Pumpkin spice season has arrived and with it, a new offering from vegan-friendly chain The Hummus & Pita Co. Its Pumpkin Spice Hummus Shake uses real pumpkin pur\u00e9e and a blend of spices to deliver a \u201cguilt-free\u201d taste of autumn. Like the New York-based company\u2019s other shake flavors, the Pumpkin Spice Hummus Shake is vegan and gluten-free. The Hummus & Pita Co. caused a buzz back in May when it first launched a range of Hummus Shakes in five flavors: original, chocolate, strawberry, pistachio, and butter pecan. The public initially seemed to raise an eyebrow at the idea of hummus in their milkshakes as it\u2019s typically a savory dip and spread. But after positive reactions to the dairy-free shakes, the company\u2019s founder Dave Pesso was eager to create a seasonal specialty to add to the menu. In Arabic, \u201chummus,\u201d simply means \u201cchickpeas.\u201d The Hummus & Pita Co.\u2019s shakes uses a base of real chickpeas and tahini, but you won\u2019t find other common hummus ingredients like garlic, olive oil, or lemon juice here. Instead, the \u201call natural\u201d shakes are made sweet and creamy with bananas, dates, almond milk, and tahini. The fast casual Mediterranean chain is known for sneaking healthy ingredients into seemingly indulgent treats, and the new Pumpkin Spice Vegan Shake is no exception. As consumer demand for vegan products continues to grow, more businesses are making their pumpkin spice seasonal specialties vegan-friendly. This year, Pret a Manger\u2019s fall menu includes a spiced vegan pumpkin bisque, among many other vegan treats. Peet\u2019s Coffee offers several pumpkin spice beverages, and like the drinks on Peet\u2019s year-round menu, these can be veganized with optional non-dairy milk\u00a0and even a coconut whipped cream. And Starbucks, the originator of the Pumpkin Spice Latte craze is now offering vegan PSL\u2019s across several European countries. Some blogs have speculated that pumpkin spice has peaked and may soon be overrun by maple and apple cider products. But, whatever flavor is in season, vegan options are likely to make it to market as well. The Hummus & Pita Co.\u2019s Pumpkin Spice Hummus Shake is available at all locations and retails for $5. The chain currently has eateries in New York and Connecticut, and according to the company website, is expected to expand to California, Colorado, Michigan, and New Jersey soon. Become a\u00a0CLUBKINDLY\u00a0member today!