There are a lot of gluten-free flours out there. There’s almond flour, rice flour, coconut flour, and more and each flour has its own “specialty.” So, if you’re new to gluten-free flours, you might not be sure where to start. If you’re like us, you probably love things like fritters, crispy, crunchy breaded-and-fried snacks, French toast, quiches … We get hungry just thinking about all these things. Usually, these types of recipes require eggs. But, did you know that you can use chickpea flour? Oh, yeah.
Chickpea flour is made from chickpeas that are ground down into a fine flour. You can make it at home, in a powerful blender or food processor, but it can be noisy and time-consuming. If you’re not up for that, then you can find it in grocery stores or online. Not only can chickpea flour play a part in gluten-free baking, it also makes a great substitute for egg in recipes that require a batter. So, you can have French toast, fritters, and anything battered and fried —just use chickpea flour instead! It can even be “scrambled” for breakfast, like this Chickpea Flour Scramble. Yum!
The ways we use chickpea flour goes beyond acting as an egg substitute. For example, did you know that you can make flatbread and falafels? We’re impressed and we bet you are, too. You must be thinking, “where are these amazing chickpea flour recipes?!” Don’t worry — they’re right here. So, check out these 15 recipes from our Food Monster App that use chickpea flour and get inspired to start cookin’!
1. Fried ‘Chicken’
This vegan Fried “Chicken” is magical. It’s made from textured vegetable protein wrapped in rice paper wrappers, which helps make an awesome, crispy skin. They’re dredged in a batter of chickpea flour before being dunked in an herby flour coating. If you miss fried chicken, this recipe is a must-try.
2. Challah French Toast
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Even people who don’t eat challah regularly know it’s one of the best breads for French toast. It’s soft and soaks up the batter, yet it’s hearty and can hold it all. The batter for this Challah French Toast by Rhea Parsons uses a chickpea flour-based batter to make it all happen. It tastes very eggy and if you have black salt, even more so. A little cinnamon and a pinch of nutmeg add more delicious flavor. This French toast is crispy but tender; the challah is so light and delicious! The batter is perfect and topped with maple syrup and fresh fruit, so it’s the perfect breakfast or brunch dish.
3. Khaman Dhokla: Indian Steamed Chickpea Flour Cake
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Rinku Bhattacharya‘s Khaman Dhokla is a savory, sweet, and spiced Indian cake. Gluten-free eaters will rejoice this delightful light and fluffy cake because it’s a power-packed comfort food without the use of gluten. Khaman or khaman dhokla, is an easier version of the traditional dhokla, which is made of soaked fermented split gram lentils or channa dal. In this instance, garbanzo bean flour or besan is whisked into yogurt and then leavened. The rising agent is fruit salts, also known as eno, which reacts with the lime in the batter to produce a bubbling effect to create the soft spongy texture.
4. Creamy Chocolate Bars
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Once you make Margaux Morton‘s Creamy Chocolate Bars, you will not be able to keep yourself from grabbing one from the freezer every time you pass by! They’re held together with chickpea flour, but you’d never guess that from the taste. The creaminess of the avocado, the pinch of spice, and of course, the chocolate, make a deliciously addicting combo. And the sticky-sweet dried cranberry topping just puts this dessert over the top!
5. Chickpea Flour Quiche
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Chrysta Hiser‘s little Chickpea Flour Quiches are like an omelet in a snackable portable form. They’re a little crispy and they taste eggy without the use of eggs. These are ridiculously filling, yet surprisingly light. Just one should be enough to satisfy you when you’re feeling peckish, but they’re so good, you won’t want to stop there.
6. Baked Potato Falafel
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Elsa Brobbey‘s savory Baked Potato Falafel are a wonderful twist on the traditional kind. They’re baked, soft on the inside with a lightly crispy texture on the outside, and so very satisfying. They’re great as an appetizer with a tangy tahini dip, stuffed in a veggie loaded sandwich, or tossed in a salad.
7. Crispy Chickpea Fries
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Crunchy on the outside with a fluffy interior, Sheri Silver‘s Crispy Chickpea Fries are absolutely delicious! They’re simple with a slight zest and their shape stays intact through frying for a very snackable dish. Enjoy these as a fun side dish or make a big batch just to munch on.
8. Crespelle With Spinach, Ricotta, and Marinara
A crespelle is the Italian version of a savory crepe. They’re light, delicious, and much faster to make than homemade pasta. These Crespelle by the Cruelty Free Family are stuffed with a creamy cashew-based ricotta and spinach, smothered in your favorite marinara sauce and even more cheese! They are delicious, comforting, and surprisingly easy to make.
9. Onion Pakora With Avocado Dipping Sauce
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A pakora is an Indian snack that’s essentially a vegetable dipped in chickpea flour, so they’re naturally gluten-free, and then deep-fried until crispy. These Onion Pakora by the Cruelty Free Family are spiced with garlic, cumin, and curry powder and served with a cool, spicy, and creamy avocado dip. These are perfect as an appetizer or snack at any party.
10. Tempeh ‘Fish’ N’ Chips With Tartar Sauce
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Kelp flakes and Old Bay seasoning bring back the flavors of the sea, and the results are delicious in this Tempeh “Fish” N’ Chips by Rhea Parsons. The “fish” is crunchy on the outside, tender and flaky on the inside. The chips are crispy and flavorful and the tartar sauce is perfect for dipping.
11. Roasted Poblano Cilantro Empanadas
Stephanie McKinnie‘s Roasted Poblano Cilantro Empanadas are full of flavorful goodness! The poblano adds the yummiest roasted pepper flavor and the combination of poblano, cilantro, and melty vegan cheese cannot be beat. The slaw becomes a beautiful bright pink and adds the much needed fresh crunchy quality to the mix. The beauty of empanadas is that they are easy to reheat, which makes them great for when you’re on the go.
12. Spicy Cauliflower Fritters
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Tina Dawson‘s Spicy Cauliflower Fritters are bound to become your new weeknight favorite. They’re super quick to make and are deliciously addictive. Seasoned with turmeric and paprika, these fritters definitely have a bite to them! Once you’re done with these, try a different vegetable!
13. Upside Down Pear Cake
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Don’t throw away those over-ripe or bruised pears! Valentina Goltara‘s Upside Down Pear Cake is the perfect way ensure that they don’t go to waste. The gluten-free cake is moist and delicious and the pears are slightly caramelized from baking in the oven. If spices are your thing, then feel free to mix pinches of your favorite flavors into the batter; cardamom and cinnamon are both highly recommended. You could even try using your favorite fruit to make this cake!
14. Chickpea Flatbread
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It can be tough finding gluten-free breads in stores. In comes Natasha Condie‘s Chickpea Flatbread! This “bread” is slightly dense, but has that great crumbly crunchy texture that you’ll love Since it’s incredibly easy to change the seasoning in this, the sky is the limit. This one is a garlic-parsley version that goes great with pasta.
15. Mushroom Mozzarella Pizza
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The inspiration for Buffy-Ellen Gill‘s Mushroom Mozzarella Pizza came from the farinata, a chickpea-based flatbread that’s eaten in Italy. It’s so simple to make with only five ingredients and is naturally gluten-free. The topping marries pizza bianca, a pizza crust with just mozzarella with mushroom pizza and the result is fantastic. It’s a blend of meaty texture with fresh, subtle herbs and a creamy cheese sauce and it’ll become your go-to recipe for pizza night.
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