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Mediterranean Chickpea Bread [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

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Oh, the agony of gluten-free sometimes! What we would do for a crusty end of baguette, torn lustily, devoured with passion, dripping with olive oil, and kissed by sea salt! Commercial breads offer little solace, as they are never gluten-free and vegan at the same time, and are too often laden with sugars and other unhealthy ingredients. We can bake our own, certainly, but that requires logging in some serious hours in la cucina. So, what to do?

I have the most delicious recipe for you. It’s super easy, versatile, inexpensive, and requires few ingredients. Based on the Sicilian panelle, variations can be found throughout the Mediterranean, from Morocco to Israel. These little breads are light and fluffy, with a crispy outside that perfectly compliments the smooth creaminess of the coconut oil. Add in the protein from the chickpeas, and you have a winner!

These are perfect with sliced avocado and a few red pepper flakes, or dijon mustard and sliced tomato as a side to your salads, with hummus or tapenade, toasted with a bit of preserves, or just as they are!

Try the larger ones as a salad wrap, filled with dark greens, crunchy veggies, and a drizzle of lemon. Heaven!

Mediterranean Chickpea Bread [Vegan, Gluten-Free]


  • 3 1/2 cups pure water, chilled
  • 1 teaspoon Celtic salt
  • 2-3 cups chickpea flour
  • 3 tablespoons unrefined coconut oil



  1. Mix the water and salt in a bowl, preferably with a whisk.
  2. Gradually add in the flour, a little at a time, continuing to whisk so that you don’t make lumps.
  3. Refrigerate the batter for 1/2 hour.
  4. After the batter has chilled, remove it from the refrigerator, and melt 1 tsp of the coconut oil in a large skillet or griddle, on medium heat.
  5. Drop tablespoons full of batter into the oil.
  6. Cook about 4 minutes each side, allowing them to brown.
  7. Add coconut oil as needed, and continue to cook until you have finished all the  batter.


These are kind of a cross between making a pancake and a crepe. You can thin the batter by using only the two cups of garbanzo flour, or make them thicker using all three. Experiment! Make teeny little round ones, or large, tortilla sized!

Cool these as you are cooking them on a plate. They will become crispy as they cool, even more so if you use a little less oil and allow them to get really brown.
Or, if you want to use them as more of a wrap, keep them moist by putting them in a lidded container as soon as they cool.





Alise Marie is an actress and writer with thirty years of vegan cooking experience. She is a passionate supporter of animals, the environment, and human wellness. Her blog, Alise In Wonderland, is a playful romp through living compassionately with humor, sensuality, and a rock and roll heart.



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22 comments on “Mediterranean Chickpea Bread [Vegan, Gluten-Free]”

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Kelly b
4 Years Ago

Where do you buy garbonzo flour? I've never heard of it. How cool!

Alise Marie
11 Mar 2014

Hi Kelly! You can buy garbanzo flour at your local natural foods store, or Whole Foods, in the baking section. It's a very moist and dense flour, great for baking...xo

Daniel Trisker
26 Mar 2017

I actually buy dry organic chick peas & use the flour container for the vitamix to make my own!

Veronica Varlow
4 Years Ago

Love this post! More Alise Marie on One Green Planet, please! She's my fav femme fatale of food <3. Keep up the great work, One Green Planet.

Alise Marie
08 Mar 2014

Why, thank you, Veronica! I've got so many saucy recipes for you! xo Alise

Tammie Karalfa
4 Years Ago

I wonder what other types of salt you can use instead.

Sandy Komhyr
07 Mar 2014

You could probably use any kind of salt, I think Celtic is their preference because it is healthier. I use the pink Himalayan salt.

Sairy V Stepanian
4 Years Ago

I want!!!

4 Years Ago

Is there a way where you could bake it instead of fry it?

Alise Marie
06 Mar 2014

Hi Harmony! Sure you can bake them, but use a little olive oil on the bottom of the baking sheet so they don't burn. Coconut oil is incredibly healthy, though, so don't feel bad about frying them :) xo

Jade Anne Kirkland-Burr
4 Years Ago

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Susan Elsasser Hokenson
4 Years Ago

These look great...thanks!

Ally Lazare
4 Years Ago

Can these be baked instead of fried to make them healthier?

Alise Marie
06 Mar 2014

Hi Ally! Yes, they can be baked, but the coconut oil is a healthy fat, so feel free to indulge! If you're baking them, rub a bit of olive oil on the bottom of the baking sheet so they don't burn. Enjoy!

Angela Mitchell
4 Years Ago

Looks fantastic thank you

Tammie Karalfa
4 Years Ago

What and where do you get celtic salt

Alise Marie
06 Mar 2014

Hi Tammie! Celtic salts are sea salts containing the highest mineral content of all salts-all 82 trace minerals. You can find them in your local natural foods store (often in bulk), or online. Himalayan pink salt is also great. If you can't get hold of either, no worries. A good quality sea salt will work just fine. xo

Sairy V Stepanian
06 Mar 2014


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