Chickpea flour (also known as garbanzo bean flour or Bengal gram flour) is an amazing ingredient that can transform your recipes! Whether you are vegan, gluten-free, allergic to eggs, or simply like new and exciting foods, this is one ingredient that you need to start using in your cooking and baking!
You will LOVE chickpea flour because it's...
- high in plant-based protein.
- full of fiber, iron, magnesium, and B6.
- inexpensive compared to other gluten-free flours.
- delicious in both sweet and savory dishes!
Everything you need to know about Chickpea flour...
What is chickpea flour?
Chickpea flour is simply finely ground dried chickpeas (garbanzo beans). It has been used for centuries in Indian, Middle Eastern, and Mediterranean dishes.
Uses for chickpea flour:
- An egg substitute to make vegan omelets and quiches.
- A high protein gluten-free bread replacement.
- Mix with other gluten-free flour to increase the protein and help your baked goods bake up more similar to wheat products.
- Use in sweet or savory baked goods.
- Mix with equal parts water, it can be used as an egg replacer in your recipes. (1 1/2 tbsp chickpea flour mixed with 1 1/2 tbsp water = 1 egg).
Is chickpea flour good for you?
Yes, it's high in protein, iron, and fiber. It's also low in fat, has no cholesterol, and can be used as egg substitutes that are free of gluten and soy.
What you need to know about chickpea flour before you start using it in your cooking or baking...
The raw chickpea flour tastes terrible! I can't stress enough how bad any batter will taste when chickpea flour is in it! It will magically turn delicious once it is cooked, but don't lick your fingers if you get some batter on them or you'll regret it.
You also have to make sure that whatever you make with this flour is cooked through all the way! If there is a little undercooked section in the middle, it will taste terrible and ruin your dish.
Can I use canned chickpeas instead of the chickpea flour in these recipes?
No, hydrated cooked chickpeas are different than chickpea flour and can not be interchanged in these recipes. You need to use dried chickpea flour and then rehydrate it into a batter.
Where can I buy chickpea flour?
Although chickpea flour is not a traditional flour in the USA where I live, since gluten-free foods have become common, you can now find it in nearly every decent-sized traditional grocery store, healthy food, or natural grocery store. It's usually with the specialty flours or in the Bob's Red Mill section. You can also easily order in on Amazon.
How do I store chickpea flour?
Store your chickpea flour in an airtight container in the pantry for up to 6 months. It will stay good longer if kept in the refrigerator or freezer.
Now let's get to all of the awesome recipes that you can make with chickpea flour...
Sweet Chickpea Flour Recipes:
Chickpea flour bakes up delicious in desserts like these:
- Vegan Peanut Butter Bars from Spabettie.
- Double Chocolate Chickpea Flour Cookies from Occasionally Eggs
- Chickpea Flour and Coconut Fudge from Vegan Richa
- Vegan Lemon Tahini Cookies from Sunny Side Hanne
- Chickpea Flour Brownies from Watch Learn Eat
- Perfect Vegan Yorkshire Puddings from A Virtual Vegan
- Vegan Gluten-Free Chickpea Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies from Watch. Learn. Eat.
- Vegan Angel Food Cake from The Hidden Veggies
- The Best Vegan Pumpkin Pie from The Hidden Veggies
You can also make breakfast treats like:
- Sweet Vegan Chickpea Flour Pancakes from Running on Real Food
- Salted Carmel French Toast Casserole from Vegan Yack Attack.
- Gluten-Free Grilled French Toast by Strength and Sunshine
- Savory Vegan Chickpea Flour Pancakes from Vegan Richa
- The Best Vegan French Toast from The Hidden Veggie
Savory Chickpea Flour Recipes:
Chickpea flour can also be fried or baked to simulate eggs in omelets and quiches.
- Chickpea Omlette from The Hidden Veggies
- Chickpea Scramble with Zucchini and Thyme from Tasting Page
- Zucchini Fritters with Avacado Crema from Delightful Adventures
- Baked Pakora from Kind Earth
- Chickpea Asparagus Frittata from This Healthy Kitchen
- Low Fat Chickpea Quiche from Carob Cherub
- Mini Chickpea Flour Fritattas from The Simple Veganista
- Air Frier Omletes From Vegan Dollhouse
- Boil in a Bag Camping Omelets from The Hidden Veggies
Chickpea flour is also delicious when baked into bread in these recipes...
- Chickpea Bread - Made 5 Ways from The Hidden Veggies
- Farinata (aka Socca or chickpea Flatbread) from The Hidden Veggies
- Speedy Lentil and Rice Dosa with Chickpea Flour from Occasionally Eggs
- Olive Chickpea Flour Bread from Contentedness Cooking
- Farinata with Charred Broccoli and Lemon Caper from Quite Good Food
- Curried Sweet Potato Chickpea Patties from Cupful of Kale
Chickpea flour can also be used as a thinker in creamy sauces or in place of eggs like in these recipes...
- Vegan Pasta Carbonara from Slavic Vegan
- Chickpea Flour Gravy from Watch. Learn. Eat.
- Vegan Onion and Sweet Potato Pie from Carob Cherub
You can also use chickpea flour as a replacement for eggs in fritters and other recipes that use egg as a binder...
- Vegan Carrot Fritters from Thinly Spread
- Vegan Chickpea Squash Fritters from Piping Pot Curry
- Crunchy Veggie Tacos from Veggie Inspired
- Vegan Egg Drop Soup from The Hidden Veggies
Make delicious appetizers from chickpea flour with these recipes...
- Chickpea Fries from Hey Nutrition Lady
- Chickpeas on Toast with Stir-Fried Greens from Vegan On Board
- Savory Eggless French Toast Brushetta from My Pure Plants
- Vegan Fried Okra from Belly Rules the Mind
Use chickpea flour to add protein and density to vegan meat substitutes with these recipes...
Make your own homemade gluten-free cracker using these chickpea flour recipes...
- Gluten-Free Chickpea Crackers from Elephantastic
- Seasalt Chickpea Crackers from Moon Spoon Yum
- Homemade Gluten-Free Goldfish from Strength and Sunshine
- White Bean Protein Crackers from This Healthy Kitchen
Whatever you choose to make with chickpea flour, I'm sure it will be delicious! I hope that you break out of your old routine and give it a try! I know that you'll love it!
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