5 artisanal vegan spreads and dips to stock in your pantry

13 Oct 2021

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Times have changed, and so have taste buds — even when it comes to something as simple as dips and spreads. Gone are the days when sour cream and peanut butter line our grocery aisles. Gourmet spreads and dips are where it’s at, and more food businesses have introduced vegan versions as the plant-based movement gains momentum.

These snackable victuals are so versatile and come packed with flavor in spades — whether it's slathered on warm toast, added into salads, or if you’re spooning it right out of a jar (we won’t tell). To get you started, nosh on these five dips and spreads from artisanal brands that our members have helped us discover.

Loaded Gun Kitchen

The pandemic may have changed our lives, but for Chan Fang Lynn, things took an entrepreneurial turn. The founder was inspired to start her brand, Loaded Gun Kitchen, which is known for its plant-based dips.

She started by experimenting with traditional hummus and slowly expanded to bigger flavors. The aim? To help people transition into a plant-based lifestyle, using zero preservatives and only fresh ingredients.

Photo of Kombucha BBQ Pinto Bean Photo: Kombucha BBQ Pinto Bean from Loaded Gun Kitchen

Flavor-wise, Loaded Gun Kitchen’s handcrafted dips range from sweet to savory. Choose from Sweet Miso Cashew Cream, Kick-Ass Carrot Kimchi Hummus, and Kombucha BBQ Pinto Bean. Our members particularly enjoy the Kombucha BBQ Pinto Bean; it’s a tangy dip made with their signature Green Apple Kombucha combined with organic blackstrap molasses.

@lolahippie reviews the Carrot Kimchi Hummus saying, “WOW I never knew hummus could pack such a punch! I absolutely love this. It’s flavourful and spicy. Loaded Gun has some recipes on how to use their dips on their website, so be sure to check it out. Otherwise paired with chips or even by itself if you’re daring enough. DON’T SLEEP ON THIS! I’m definitely getting this in the bigger tub next time. #supportlocal

Nutty Bay

Australia-based brand Nutty Bay churns out all kinds of plant-based fermented cheese spreads, all of which promise to be good for your gut. Here, sustainable produce is key. Their dips are cashew-based and made with certified organic, whole foods, coming in the likes of Tomato & Basil, Olive Oregano, Chives & Shallots, Mushroom.

Photo of Cashew Cheese Garlic Photo: Cashew Cheese Garlic from Nutty Bay

Our members’ love the Garlic and Tomato & Basil spread in particular. @ed8080 writes saying, “Absolutely delicious cashew cheese spread. The tomato and basil is obvious and a clear difference from the other flavours available by this brand. Not cheap but it's also organic and probiotic with a L-planterium culture starter in the ingredients.”

Yumello

What makes a good peanut butter? For Bristol-based brand Yumello, it’s multiple steps away from your regular jar in many ways.

All their nut butter spreads are inspired by North African flavors, mainly from Morocco. Co-founders Esther Lopez and Omar El Haji met while trekking the Atlas mountains, near the Berber villages — home to an indigenous community from Morocco. One of the foods that kept them fueled during their long journey was "Amlou," a thick brown paste made with almonds and argan oil. Thus, the brand was born.

Photo of Yumello Photo: Salted Date Almond Butter from Yumello

Take your pick from five flavors: Salted Peanut Butter, Smoke Harissa, Salted Date (available in an almond version), or sticking to classics like Crunchy. The products use hi-oleic peanuts sourced from Argentina, which is known to be sweeter and packed with healthy fats.

@appleapleamanda describes the Salted Date Almond Butter saying, “It’s runnier than I expected but very, very delicious. Obviously this is a bit more gourmet, but I treated myself and love putting it on bananas or toast. I definitely recommend it if you enjoy nut butters! #almondbutter

Roots Hummus

Roots Hummus was born when founder Matt Perris started his takeout business in 2006, in Asheville, North Carolina — one of the most vegan-friendly places in the US. The company is known for its all-natural, preservative-free ingredients method of making hummus and has a strong focus on sourcing ingredients from local farmers.

Photo of Mango Sriracha Photo: Roasted Garlic from Roots Hummus

That’s no mean feat as the flavors are as unique as they come. Think along the lines of Mango Sriracha, a floral flavor infused with mangoes and sweet sriracha; Thai Coconut Curry; and Lemon Pepper, a citrusy flavored hummus.

If you’re new to the brand, check out their Roasted Garlic Hummus. @fluffylove2019 says, "This was my first time trying this brand, and I have to say I am in love. It's not greasy and tastes very fresh."

Misha’s Kind Foods

Misha's Kind Foods is well-loved by many in the LA community especially after it earned the title of Best Dairy-Free Cheese when it debuted in the Local Farmers Market in 2018.

French Connection Photo: French Connection from Misha’s Kind Foods

All their spreads are made with a blend of organic cashew and almond milk with eight product variations. These range from innovative flavors such as Black Truffle; Sari, a Mediterranean-inspired flavor; Seven Point Five; a spicy flavor balanced with strawberries; and Smoked Cheddar.

@beckyyy reviews the Lox cheese saying, “This creamy spread is so good! I love dill, and this tastes very similar to a dill cashew ranch that I make but with a thicker, whipped texture and a punch of umami. Delicious!”

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soracat1 YEAR AGO
Sounds so yummy❤
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xmarcsthespot8 MONTHS AGO
Looks yummy Loaded Gun Kitchen
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