Product Review: Black Bean Hummus by Eat Well Enjoy Life

Eat Well Enjoy Life’s product moto is “You will never look at hummus the same way again” and they certainly are right. I happened upon their sweet and spicy black bean hummus at my local BJ’s wholesale club. I usually pick up a container of red pepper hummus made with the traditional chickpeas and tahini combination. I happened to spy the black bean hummus in the display and thought I’d give it a try. This stuff wasn’t just good. It was incredible!

Replacing chickpeans with black beans this hummus still contains many of the usual ingredients such as tahini, oil and spices. From there it takes a little adventure through flavor town with the addition of pineapple, honey, lime juice, pecans and chipotle chilies. The pineapple and honey add a touch of sweetness that is well balanced out with the spice from the chipotles. Don’t get me started on the spicy roasted corn relish that use as a garnish on top of the hummus. I’d show you a picture of the relish but, as you might be able to see from the picture below, we have already eaten half of the container. It was purchased two days ago which shows that this stuff is good.

black bean hummus

So how does this hummus stack up to the usual chickpea based stuff? My usual red pepper hummus is showing 70 calories for a 2 tablespoon serving. Fat 5 grams, carbs 4 grams, no sugar, fiber 2 grams and protein 2 grams.

The black bean hummus? Only 40 calories for the same 2 tablespoon sized serving. Fat 1.5 grams, carbs 6 grams (1 gram of that is sugar), fiber 2 grams and protein 2 grams.

The black bean hummus has a bit less fat so there are fewer calories while the addition of the pineapple and honey raised the carbs slightly. I’ve eaten the hummus multiple times over the past two days. I added about 1/4 to 1/3 of a cup to my salad and used it in place of dressing. Each hummus topped bite was nice and moist and went down without any issues. I will have to admit that I’ve joined my husband in using some bite sized pretzels as dippers along with sliced peppers. I’ve eaten several spoonfuls as a snack and plan on using it as a spread for some breakfast burritos tomorrow.

The only down side to this hummus, if you can call it that, is that it’s soooo good that you may not want to stop eating it. For me that means watching my portion sizes and NOT eating a few spoonfuls here and there. This amounts to my usual bad habit of drive by snacking and eventual contributes to weight regain.

If you like hummus I would highly recommend this one. I only hope they have some of the other delicious sounding varieties available at the store so I can try them. Mmmm…..Yellow Lentil Hummus with sunflower seeds and apricots, Tuscan White Bean hummus with roasted garlic tapenade or the Spicy Red Lentil Chipotle hummus with poblano peppers and corn topping. Mmmmmm…. 

Love hummus? Got a favorite brand? Have you tried any of the other Eat Well Enjoy Life varieties? If so let me know which ones were your favorites.

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