The following is a list of chickpea FLOUR recipes (not whole, canned garbanzo beans). Have you ever tried the flour before? I had never heard of it before I started eating gluten-free but now that I’ve tried it I’m so glad that I did because I love it!
I love garbanzo bean flour because it is naturally gluten-free and has a nutty, almost “golden” taste to it. I dare you to be adventurous and try something new. You may be surprised by how good it tastes.
Remember that GARBANZO BEAN FLOUR, CHICKPEA FLOUR, GRAM FLOUR, and BESAN flour are all the SAME THING! An interesting fact is that if you look at the ingredients of what is called gluten-free flour, the first ingredient is usually garbanzo beans.
Wondering where to find chickpea flour? I like to either buy it all ready to go (see links on this page) or you can make your own by buying dried garbanzo beans, which I found in the bulk section at my local Winco grocery store. Put them in a blender and blend them until they turn into flour. Easy peasy and a whole lot cheaper.
Here are some answers to some common questions:
Can I substitute chickpea flour for all-purpose flour?
You may replace it up to twenty-five percent of wheat flour. BUT I recommend always following a recipe that has been tested and proven such as the recipes below.
Is chickpea flour good for you?
It is high in protein, fiber, and iron. All it is is ground up dried chickpeas. You can even make your own by buying dried chickpeas and blending them up in the blender. It is definitely the cheapest way to make it. In fact, I had a hard time find chickpea flour when I was shopping around so I just made my own.
Is chickpea flour gluten-free?
Yes. It is an excellent choice for gluten-free baking or even in savory dishes since it is so versatile.
Is gram flour gluten-free?
Yes. Since it is just blended up dried chickpeas, it is both gluten-free and healthy.
Is besan gluten-free?
Yes. Besan is just another word for chickpea flour and is a great choice for a gluten-free flour.
What is chickpea flour called?
It is the exact same thing as garbanzo bean flour. Garbanzo beans and chickpeas are the exact same thing. Just different names for the same thing. It can also be called besan flour or gram flour. It’s very common in India.
What is in chickpea flour?
Chickpeas or ground up dried garbanzo beans.
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Garbanzo Bean Flour Recipes
1. Pancakes – My Natural Family
Egg – Banana – Berries – Real Salt – Cinnamon – Flax Meal – Honey
I’ve made these pancakes tons of times and I think they are the best gluten-free pancakes I’ve had. They keep me satisfied for hours plus they are high in complex carbs and protein. I eat them for breakfast quite a bit because they are an easy solution for a quick easy gluten-free breakfast. I don’t like the texture of “normal” pancakes especially if they aren’t cooked the way I like them. I have found that these have a little thicker texture and hold up to syrup better. You should really try these pancakes.
2. Cheddar Biscuits – Chameleon Kitchen
Butter – Cheddar Cheese – Sour Cream
This is for a simple batch of cheddar biscuits. When I found this recipe I chose to include it because before I ever had to limit my diet I LOVED going to the restaurant Red Lobster and one of the best parts was always getting their cheddar biscuits. They are to die for, so good!
3. Brownies – Fit Foodie Finds
Cocoa Powder – Sugar – Chocolate Chips – Vanilla – Eggs – Coconut Oil – Powdered Sugar – Peanut Butter
This is for brownies which only use natural ingredients and are not as sweet as typical brownies. It is mentioned you can add a little more cane sugar or add stevia you have a sweet tooth and want more sugar but it sweet enough as is. You can also drizzle peanut butter on to add more flavor to these brownies.
4. Mini Loaves for Breakfast – The Scratch Artist
Flax Seed Meal – Real Salt – Eggs – Fresh Rosemary – Olive Oil
This is for mini savory loaves of bread which include recipes for 3 different flavor variations which are: Sun-dried tomato, parmesan, and basil loaf – Spinach, feta cheese and tomato loaf – mushroom, sage and onion loaf. This post says they are good for breakfast but I think these mini loaves would work well for a snack or even part of a meal.
5. Tandoori Sweet Potato Socca Pizzas – Eat Love Eat
Olive Oil – Sweet Potato – Tandoori Seasoning – Red Cabbage – Avocado – Onions – Fresh Coriander – Lemon
I wouldn’t really call these pizzas but they resemble somewhat of a pizza with a bread-like base with the avocado sauce and toppings on it. It is fun that they are smaller which works well with children. It can be helpful and fun anytime our children can custom make their own version of dinner. One of my daughters hates cheese and a different daughter loves cheese but hates chicken. If we were to never use those to ingredients you can see how much of a problem that would make!
6. Banana Bread – Ambitious Kitchen
Bananas – Honey – Vanilla – Eggs – Coconut Oil – Apple Cider Vinegar – Baking Soda – Cinnamon – Real Salt – Optional add-ins: Walnut or Pecans, Chocolate Chips – Coconut – Blueberries
I have seen a LOT of banana bread recipes and what excited me about this one other than it uses chickpea flour and the amount of fruit it contains. The optional toppings all sound so good with this bread I am not sure which one to try first…which toppings do you think you will try first?
7. Double Chocolate Cookies – Power Hungry
Cocoa Powder – Baking Soda – Real Salt – Egg – Coconut Oil – Coconut Sugar – Vanilla – Chocolate Chips
Alright, I had to include at least one recipe for those chocolate lovers out there! Yes, if that is you might enjoy these double chocolate cookies. You could make these for a party or other gathering and are sure to be a hit by a lot of people there. I know I would be happy if someone brought these cookies to a party I was at!
8. Crackers – Love to Know
Xanthan Gum – Real Salt – Turmeric – Nutritional Yeast – Sesame Oil
I thought some of you would appreciate a recipe for crackers. I love having homemade crackers around to eat with my favorite spread or dip. There are so many different topping combinations you can use on crackers it makes crackers a fun snack and never gets old. One of my favorites is my homemade hummus recipe spread on crackers. It is such a simply delicious combination.
9. The Best Cauliflower Pizza – Ascension Kitchen
Cauliflower – Onions – Flax Meal – Nutritional Yeast – Fresh Basil – Olive Oil – Real Salt
The last one we have for you today is a cauliflower pizza crust and then you can choose what toppings you want to put on top. I love using cauliflower crusts because it has the same crispiness as a regular pizza crust but a lot more nutrients.
Chickpeas are a legume that contains lots of protein and fiber and they have a great nutty flavor and are most popular in countries such as India, Pakistan, Turkey, and Australia. They are becoming more popular in the United States, especially with people who are allergic to gluten.
I have a good a variety of recipes below to help if you are new to cooking with chickpea flour or are a lover of it. I hope that at least a few of these recipes will speak to you.
1. Pancakes – My Natural Family (also above)
2. Chocolate Chip Cookies – Vegan Richa
Flax Seed Meal – Maple Syrup – Molasses – Sugar – Vanilla – Oil – Baking Soda – Almond Flour – Chocolate Chips – Real Salt
I used to question when people claim their chocolate chip cookie recipe is “healthy”. It just didn’t seem like healthy and cookies could be in the same sentence. Now that I spend a LOT of time looking at different recipes I can say there are definitely some recipes that are healthier than “normal” cookies and have foods that are in fact good for you.
These cookies are no exception. They are gluten-free, vegan, and are packed with protein. These are for sure a good option when looking for a better alternative to the traditional recipe.
3. Broccoli Fritters – Healthier Steps
Broccoli – Onion – Cilantro – Garlic – Flax Seed Meal – Cumin – Coconut Oil – Real Salt
This is a good twist on fritters using broccoli and chickpea flour as the main ingredients. I appreciate this recipe is still crisp without deep frying them. the fritters can be paired with a salad, guacamole, or your favorite meat to have a well-rounded meal.
4. 3-Ingredient Grain-Free Tortillas – A Saucy Kitchen
Tapioca Flour – Coconut Milk
I love simple recipes that only use ingredients in them. I then know exactly what I am eating and I am not putting a lot of unnecessary ingredients in my body when I could make the same thing with a few ingredients. These grain-free tortillas are made of just tapioca and chickpea flour and coconut milk combined.
5. Raisin Spice Zucchini Muffins – Begin With Nutrition
Flax Seed Meal – Nutmeg – Cloves – Cinnamon – Sugar – Zucchini – Banana – Olive Oil – Maple Syrup – Raisins
This recipe uses a combination of flaxseed meal and chickpea flour. These ingredients make these fluffy cake-like muffins gluten-free and vegan. It is a simple recipe with a lot of good healthy ingredients everyone can benefit from!
6. Pizza Crust – Kitchen Stewardship
Real Salt – Cumin – Olive Oil – Oregano – Garlic Powder
One of the favorites and easiest meals is pizza because of the versatility and customization for individuals to have exactly one they want! This is a great recipe for a grain-free pizza crust that is also high in protein! This recipe uses only uses 6 ingredients total!
7. Homemade Pasta – Snixy Kitchen
Tapioca Starch – Sweet Rice Flour – Xanthan Gum – Eggs – Olive Oil – Real Salt
It is not often people take the time to make homemade pasta but fresh homemade pasta always tastes better the store-bought pasta. This is a simple recipe that is similar to traditional pasta, unlike some gluten-free pasta recipes.
8. Crepes or High-Protein Wraps – Sweet as Honey
Real Salt – Cumin – Oregano – Coconut Oil
This is a three-ingredient (plus optional spices) crepe/wrap recipe and is egg-free and gluten-free. The recipe works well with savory flavors of your choice and is simple to make. This is a good one to always keep on hand and can be used in some many different ways!
9. Olive Bread – Contendedness Cooking
Lemon – Baking Soda – Sunflower Seeds – Green Olives – Tahini – Olive Oil – Garlic
The last recipe on this list is for a homemade loaf of bread. The recipe is gluten-free and vegan. This recipe combined with hummus and your favorite toppings makes for a yummy snack or meal.