These savory and sweet chickpea flour recipes make the perfect easy and healthy vegan meals. Not to mention gluten-free! Whether you’re craving something Indian, something sweet, a vegan omelette perhaps or some chocolate chip cookies, you will find it on this list. Enjoy!
What can you use chickpea flour for?
Chickpea flour is a popular ingredient in Indian cuisine in recipes like pakora, besan ka chilla (savory chickpea flour pancakes), and savory crepes. It can also be used in some vegan recipes to add an eggy flavor or texture to recipes like French toast, vegan crepes, and omelets.
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Chickpea Flour Recipes
Savory Chickpea Flour Recipes
A chickpea flour omelet is about as close as you can get to a fluffy egg omelet in terms of texture and protein. A little turmeric offers an eggy yellow tint. Stuff it with mushrooms and spinach just like you would an egg omelet.
Socca is a lovely chickpea flour flatbread believed to have originated in Genoa, Italy. It is almost like pizza crust with crisp edges and chewy center. You will want to top this with your favorite herbs and good olive oil.
Do you enjoy a hot crisp waffle with sweet or savory toppings? These crunchy waffles have only 4 ingredients and you can make the batter a day ahead to have for a super quick breakfast or as fun party appetizers with savory toppings.
Call these mini vegan frittatas, muffins, quiches, or whatever you want. They are loaded with veggies and aromatics and are excellent for breakfast or an afternoon snack.
If you have kids, they are going to flip for chickpea nuggets. They are coated in breadcrumbs and sesame seeds and fried until crunchy on the exterior. Dunk them in your favorite nugget dipping sauce or ketchup.
A frittata is a classic and classy brunch dish. Try this chickpea flour version with sauteed vegetables inside. Vegan cilantro cream can be spooned over the frittata for an impressive presentation to wow your guests.
Looking for something different for a savory breakfast other than scrambled tofu? Try a vegan scramble made with garbanzo bean flour. Add some nutritional yeast for a bit of cheesiness.
Chickpea fritters are just plain good and they are packed with protein and dietary fiber. This recipe calls for a combination of whole chickpeas and chickpea flour. A bonus is that these are gluten-free.
It’s time for a trip to India for the best fluffy crepes. Season them generously with Southeast Asian spices. And enjoy vegetable curry and chutney for an easy weeknight meal.
I am guessing most vegans enjoy a good falafel made with chickpeas and fresh herbs. These baked falafel balls can be stuffed into pita pockets with fresh lettuce leaves and tangy cashew yogurt.
Okonomiyaki is a giant Japanese pancake made with shredded cabbage. They are quite filling and appetizing. This savory pancake uses chickpea flour, slaw mix, and smoked tofu for a high-protein take on the traditional okonomiyaki.
Every local diner or deli seems to offer some version of a breakfast egg sandwich. Chickpea flour eggs, tempeh bacon, and vegan cheese are layered inside a toasted bagel for an excellent take on a breakfast sandwich.
Homemade tortillas are simply awesome. These are soft and a little nutty. They go perfectly with sauteed vegetables, refried beans, or tofu asada. Make these for your next Taco Tuesday.
Here is a truly elegant brunch main course that is sure to evoke some compliments to the chef. Layers of zucchini slices are bathed in chickpea batter and baked into a pie. This is a great way to use all that summer squash in your garden.
You may have already tried a lot of gluten-free bread recipes. What I like about this particular GF bread is that it is made with chickpea flour that is leavened by baking soda and vinegar. It’s pretty easy and is high in protein.
The Mediterranean diet includes garbanzo beans in many forms. Garbanzo bean flour is a popular ingredient in simple flatbreads like this one. It is liberally seasoned and can be topped with fresh vegetables.
Ready to fire up the grill and enjoy a vegan burger feast outside? You are going to want to make these burger buns for your gluten and grain-sensitive family members and friends. You can make them the day ahead of your BBQ.
Are you looking for an alternative to cauliflower pizza crust? This crust crisps up nicely and doesn’t fall apart because it has flax meal to bind the flour. Top it with vegan cheese, herbs, and fresh tomato slices.
Besan or chickpea flour crackers are speckled with black sesame seeds for a beautiful contrast in color and flavor. Besan and sesame just seem to marry well. This is an uncomplicated recipe with foolproof results.
Sweet Chickpea Flour Recipes
Tender and lightly sweetened waffles are a satisfying breakfast treat with bananas and a drizzle of maple syrup. They also make a great dessert when topped with plant-based ice cream and chocolate syrup.
Can pancakes really be fluffy without eggs? These pancakes prove they can be. And, you get 14 grams of protein per serving!
I got excited when I saw the list of ingredients in these chocolate muffins. Chocolate, of course, is the best. There are also high-protein flour, peanut butter, almond milk, and chia seeds. These muffins have quite a few nutrients.
Pretend it is snowing outside and you are craving s’mores around a fire pit. You can bake dairy and egg-free s’mores cookies that are close to the same thing without the mess or the fire. Enjoy with tea or hot chocolate.
If you are new to baking with any bean flour, here’s a recipe that is a good place to get your feet wet. These brownies are allergen-free, very rich, and deeply chocolate in flavor. They look decadent, but the recipe is straightforward.
25. Banana Bread
Ever find yourself with some extra bananas that are just starting to get brown spots on the skin? This is a perfect opportunity to mash them up and make vegan banana bread. Add dark chocolate chips to take it to the next level.
Lemon poppy seed muffins are so delicate and refined. Imagine a summer brunch in the garden with tall glasses of iced tea or flutes of champagne accompanied by lemony chickpea and coconut flour muffins.
The next time you have a serious chocolate chip cookie craving, give these vegan and gluten-free cookies a try. I recommend doubling the recipe to satisfy that urge for something sweet because anyone else around will snatch them up.
Let’s get serious about pancakes and make them with cocoa powder in the batter. Oh, and how about adding bananas too? This is a really smart idea that kids and adults will love.
These peanut butter cookies will take you back in time. They are reminiscent of those of our childhoods that were crumbly and chewy at the same time. Chunky peanut butter gives them a textural edge.
Do you have little ones that you want to go light on the refined sugar with? These blueberry muffins are sweetened with ripe bananas and coconut sugar. Dairy milk is replaced with coconut yogurt. Chickpea flour is a good source of minerals and protein.
If you like the natural pairing of chocolate and orange, these are the pancakes you want to whip up and fry. They are chocolatey, sweet, and have a concentrated hit of vitamin C from the fresh floral orange zest.
Oh snap, cinnamon roll cookies! That’s a novel idea, but it makes so much sense. These are small rolled-up gems with a slightly brittle exterior and a soft interior.
You won’t be able to resist eating chickpea flour chocolate cookies hot out of the oven. The chunks of dark chocolate are melted and gooey while the cookies are still warm.
It must be high tea somewhere because these scones are calling. Once baked, you can stuff them with jam or marmalade and vegan clotted cream or cream cheese. Serve with a cup of Earl Grey.
What are your favorite vegan chickpea flour recipes?
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Chickpea Flour Recipes FAQ
No, you generally cannot substitute chickpea flour for all-purpose flour in most recipes, especially baked goods and desserts. You can, however, use it as a binder in savory recipes where you would use a small amount of all-purpose flour, like veggie burgers, veggie meatballs, and fritters.
No, chickpea flour does not taste like regular flour. Chickpea flour is milled dry chickpeas, so it has a bitter, unpleasant taste when eaten raw, and a savory, beany flavor when cooked. It’s best used in savory vegan recipes, with the exception of sweet breakfast dishes like French toast and crepes where it lends an eggy flavor to the dish.
No, chickpea flavor does not rise in most applications. It will rise when mixed with another type of flour like all-purpose flour and a leavening agent like baking soda or baking powder, but this is due to those other ingredients. Chickpea flour is ideal for flatbreads, crepes, and vegan omelets, not for recipes that need to rise.