Hummus is a popular dish usually made with blended chickpeas, tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, and salt. While most homemade hummus is naturally gluten-free, the question remains if all hummus is gluten-free? Read on to find out!

A coloful bowl filled with hummus ahd chickpeas.

Traditional Hummus Ingredients

Hummus is a Middle Eastern dip made by blending chickpeas with tahini and other ingredients and spices. It is commonly used as a dip for bread or crackers or as a spread on sandwiches.

While most homemade hummus is naturally gluten-free, not all store-bought brands are considered 100% gluten-free. This is because the hummus may be prepared on shared equipment and present a cross-contamination risk.

Packaged Hummus Ingredients

The ingredients in store-bought hummus just depend on the brand.

The following is a list of popular brands of hummus as well as their ingredients (note: some ingredients may change over time, so you’ll need to refer to the package label for the most accurate information).

Sabra

Cooked Chickpeas, Water, Tahini (Ground Sesame), NonGMO Soybean Oil, Garlic, Salt, Non-GMO Citric Acid, and Potassium Sorbate.

Roots

Garbanzo Beans, Safflower Oil, Tahini, Lemon Juice, Wheat-Free Tamari, Distilled White Vinegar, Cumin, Garlic, Black Pepper, Acacia, and Celtic Sea Salt.

Cedar Organic

Organic Steamed Chickpeas (Organic Chickpeas, Water), Organic Sesame Tahini, Blend of Oils (Organic Sunflower Oil, Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil), Sea Salt, Organic Garlic, Citric Acid, Organic Cumin, Organic Guar Gum.

Tribe

Cooked Chickpeas (Chickpeas, Water), Water, Tahini (Ground Sesame), Canola Oil, Natural Flavors, Sea Salt, Dry Roasted Garlic, Citric Acid, and Spice.

Ithaca

Chickpeas, Water, Tahini, Cold Pressed Lemon Juice, Organic Sunflower Oil, Vinegar, Salt, Fresh Garlic, Cumin, and Crushed Red Pepper.

Athenos

Chickpeas, Water, Tahini (Sesame), High Oleic Sunflower Oil, Salt, Dried Garlic, Citric Acid, Spice, Sorbic Acid (Preservative), Guar Gum.

Flavors of Hummus

There are many flavors of hummus that are available on the market today. Some of these flavors include:

  • Original
  • Roasted Garlic
  • Spicy Jalapeno
  • Sun Dried Tomato
  • Red Pepper
  • Pesto
  • Greek Olive
  • Chocolate

I have some homemade hummus recipes on my site including: Oil-Free Hummus and Cashew Hummus.

Risk of Cross-Contamination With Shared Equipment

Cross-contamination occurs when a gluten-free food item comes into contact with a gluten-containing food item, whether directly or indirectly.

The only risk that there would be for packaged hummus to become contaminated with gluten-containing ingredients is if the equipment that is used to make the hummus is shared with gluten-containing ingredients or has not been properly cleaned.

Most packaged hummus brands will note if they are considered 100% gluten-free or if there is a cross-contamination risk. Just be sure to read the fine print on any labels of packaged hummus you buy.

Other Gluten-Free Dips

There are plenty of other gluten-free dips available on the market. So if you’re looking for a yummy dip to have for a gluten-free snack, read on below for some great options.

  • Avocado spread
  • Bean dip
  • Guacamole
  • Salsa
  • Ranch
  • Salad dressing
  • Nut butter
  • Hot sauce
  • Tartar sauce

While there are many gluten-free dip options available, the above list is not exhaustive. If you’re unsure about whether a particular dip is gluten-free, be sure to check the ingredients or contact the manufacturer.

Bean dip in a glass pan next to bowls filled with other ingredients.

What Gluten-Free Foods Can I Serve With Hummus?

It’s important to know that many foods including pita bread are almost never gluten-free. So, if you are served a hummus plate at a restaurant or a friend’s house, you need to make sure that whatever is served with the hummus is gluten-free. Again, most pita breads are not gluten-free.

But, there are many gluten-free foods that go well with hummus. Some options include:

  • Gluten-free crackers
  • Celery sticks
  • Carrot sticks
  • Cucumber slices
  • Red pepper slices
  • Zucchini slices
  • Jicama sticks
  • Gluten-free pretzels
  • Rice cakes
  • Boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Shrimp
  • Lettuce wraps
  • Cauliflower florets

See my list of what to serve with hummus.

Sliced carrots and celery on a serving plate.

FAQs

Is all hummus gluten-free?

No, not all hummus is gluten-free. Most brands of hummus are gluten-free, while others are not due to cross-contamination or filler ingredients. If you are avoiding gluten, making your own hummus at home is best.

Is restaurant hummus gluten-free?

It depends on the restaurant. Some restaurants make their hummus from scratch using gluten-free ingredients, while others use store-bought brands that may not be gluten-free. It is best to ask the waitstaff or chef if they can accommodate your dietary needs.

Is pita bread gluten-free?

No, pita bread is not gluten-free. Pita bread is made with wheat flour and other gluten-containing ingredients.

Are flavored hummus brands gluten-free?

Yes, most flavored hummus brands are gluten-free. However, there are a few flavors that may contain gluten, so it is always best to check the ingredients list to be sure.

Conclusions

Hummus is a popular dip made from mashed chickpeas, tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, and garlic. It’s often served with pita bread, vegetables, or chips.

However, not all hummus is gluten-free due to cross-contamination or filler ingredients. If you’re looking for a gluten-free option, there are plenty of other dips available.

So if you are looking for a filling snack with lots of fiber and protein, hummus is a great option! Just be sure to check the ingredients list to ensure that it is gluten-free.

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Note: this post is for informational purposes only and is not intended as medical advice. Please consult your healthcare provider for recommendations related to your individual situation.