In the past few years, health nuts and snack enthusiasts alike have been steering away from junk food in search of nutritious products that provide feel-good sustenance. Realizing that many consumers are no longer satisfied with greasy potato chips and “fruity” snacks that are really more candy than fruit, companies are starting to unveil more snacks that incorporate whole food ingredients and “superfoods.” These snacks and pre-packaged meals are aiming to be “guilt-free” and provide sustenance that will actually stave off hunger for more than an hour.
One of the ingredients we are seeing pop up in all sorts of products? Chickpeas! With just one cup of chickpeas providing 15 grams of protein and just four grams of fat, we can see why! Nowadays, there are chickpea chips, flour, cookies, and even cereal. The chickpea is such a versatile pulse, we think the list will only grow. But for now, check out these 15 products that are not only powered with chickpeas but available online!
Kitchens of India Ready-to-Eat Chickpea Curry
In India, chickpeas are frequently used in curries. Unless you buy canned chickpeas, you usually have to soak chickpeas overnight before incorporating them in your cooking. That is unless you have a product like Kitchens of India Ready-to-Eat Chickpea Curry. This microwaveable meal is made primarily from water, chickpeas, potatoes, and onions. To enjoy this meal, you can either warm it on a skillet, submerge the pouch in a pot of boiling water, or microwave it. Reviewers are saying that this product is tasty, filling, and mildly spicy. Just beware, each package is technically 2.3 servings so you may not want to make the whole pouch for one meal. You can get a pack of six 10-ounce boxes for about $16.
Bob's Red Mill Chickpea Flour
Chickpea flour, also called garbanzo bean flour, acts so much like all-purpose flour it’s pretty much magic. Made from ground chickpeas, the flour is high in protein, fiber, and iron. Chickpea flour, such as Bob’s Red Mill Garbanzo Bean Flour, can be used to make pizza crusts, crackers, bread, and cakes. According to reviewers, this flour is also a “perfect” egg substitute and can be used in batters for cookies, waffles, doughnuts, pancakes … the list goes on. At less than $3 for 16 ounces, this flour is a total bargain!
Pro-Teen Crunch Cereal
Putting protein inside of cereal is not exactly a new idea, but have you ever seen cereal made from chickpeas? Freedom Foods Pro-Teen Crunch Cereal is made from chickpea flour, a protein-dense flour that has become popular, as of late. The flour creates a cereal that is fluffy and airy texture, packs a generous amount of protein, and is free of nuts, gluten, wheat, dairy, and artificial flavor. Reviewers are reporting that this cereal is crunchy (and remains crunchy even with milk), tastes great (“even for a gluten-free” cereal), and is sweet, but not overly so. You can get one 10.6-ounce for a little under $6.
Banza Chickpea Penne
Banza Chickpea Penne aims to re-transform the pasta experience into something that is not only tasty and indulgent but nutritious! According to Banza, their pasta has two times the protein, four times the fiber, and nearly half the net carbs of the traditional variety. Their penne is made with chickpeas and pea protein and can be cooked just like regular penne. Reviewers describe this pasta as slightly nutty-tasting, filling, and a great protein-packed alternative. However, it is worth noting that some people have said that this pasta doesn’t taste exactly like white pasta but more like whole wheat. If you want to try it out yourself, you can get six boxes for a little under $18.
Chickpea Miso Broth Powder
Vegetable broth is a great vegan option for people who want the comfort of broth soup or a great marinade for cooking but don’t want to use chicken stock. However, if you’d like to try something new, consider buying Chickpea Miso Broth Powder. This sugar-free, soy-free, and gluten-free broth is made from organic chickpea miso powder, yeast extract, garlic powder, onion powder, Shiitake mushroom powder, and a few other ingredients. For one serving, you simply have to combine one cup of water with two tablespoons of the powder. Reviewers are reporting that this broth powder is very good. Since it’s all natural you don’t have to worry about MSG or preservatives like in some other broths. To try it out, you can get one box (four servings) for about $6.
Fantastic World Foods Original Hummus
Hummus is one of the most popular products made from chickpeas. Fantastic World Foods Original Hummus is similar to your typical garbanzo bean hummus, except for the fact that you can keep this one out of the refrigerator and whip up however much you want, when you want. As the company explains, simply add warm water, a bit of olive oil, and blend with a fork. Pretty easy! Reviewers are reporting that this hummus is tasty (and slightly lemony), convenient, and “one of the best instant hummus mixes out there.” You can get a pack of 12 six-ounce boxes for about $45, that’s $3.75 per box.
Jyoti Natural Foods Punjabi Chhole
Made with chickpeas, water, onions, soybean oil, potatoes, tomatoes, corn starch, ginger, lemon juice, garlic, salt, and spices, Jyoti Natural Foods Punjabi Chhole is a quick and easy dinner for when you want a filling dish but don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen. This product simply needs to be warmed and Jyoti suggests pairing it with bread or rice. Reviewers are reporting that this product is filling (even if just half the can is eaten), is flavorful (even served cold), and in one reviewer’s opinion, “is by far the most amazing packaged Indian food” they’ve ever eaten. Passionate! Just be aware that one can is considered four servings. You can get a pack of 12 15-ounce cans for about $35.
Good Bean Chickpea Snack
Instead of packing greasy chips or candy, get your snack fix on with Good Bean Chickpea Snack. With this particular bulk option, you get to try all four flavors – Sea Salt, Cracked Pepper, Smoky Chili and Lime, and Sweet Cinnamon. Each pack contains about two ounces of chickpeas which are roasted and then tossed in a bit of sugar, coarse salt, canola oil, vitamin E, and different spices or sweeteners. According to the company, just one serving contains as much protein as almonds, as much fiber as two cups of broccoli, and as much folate as three cups of spinach. Reviewers report that these roasted chickpeas have all the crunch and savory goodness you want in a snack but are much healthier since chickpeas are low-fat and high in fiber. Some reviewers have found these chickpeas contain too much sodium and are overly dry. Everyone has different tastes, though, and one Amazon reviewer even points out that dryness should be expected from dried beans. We see her point. If you want to give these a try, you can get a pack of 12 (three of each flavor) for a little under $30.
Barmaki Chickpea Cookies
A Persian product, Barmaki Chickpea Cookies take garbanzo beans and turns them into perfect coffee treats. These tiny cookies are made from chickpea flour, powdered sugar, vegetable shortening, pure vanilla, cardamom, cinnamon, and safflower. They are free from gluten and preservatives. Reviewers are reporting that these cookies are delicious and make a great gift. You can get one 12-ounce box for about $18.
Casbah Falafel Mix
Falafel, or fried chickpea balls, are another one of the more popular ways to enjoy garbanzo beans. Casbah Falafel Mix makes the process of making falafel easier. Made from garbanzo bean flour, enriched unbleached wheat flour, spices, expeller pressed canola oil, baking soda, granulated onion, and sea salt, this product simply needs to be mixed with cold water, formed into balls, and then deep fried. Reviewers are saying that this mix is much easier than making falafel from scratch, has the perfect level of spiciness, and is very authentic-tasting. To try it out for yourself, you can get a pack of 12 10-ounce boxes for a little over $25.
Chickapea Pasta takes chickpea-based pasta a step further by including lentils in the mix. Specifically, this product is made from organic chickpeas and organic red lentils. It is gluten-free, preservative-free, and non-GMO. Each serving (85 grams) has 23 grams of protein, 11 grams of fiber and is high in iron and B vitamins. Reviewers are saying that this product is healthy, delicious, and goes fast! You can get a pack of six eight-ounce bags for $30.
Maya Kaimal Chickpea Chips
Maya Kaimal Chickpea Chips are a gluten-free snack made from chickpea flour, two types of rice flour, sunflower oil, canola oil, dehydrated potatoes, rice starch, sea salt, black sesame seeds, cayenne pepper, and asafetida (a spice). This particular posting is for a variety pack, including the following flavors: Sweet Chili, Lightly Salted, and Seeded Multigrain. Reviewers are reporting that these chips are very tasty. You can get this pack of three 4.5-ounce bags for $19.
Tasty Bite Channa Masala
Put the take-out menu away, Tasty Bite Channa Masala proves that you don’t have to order from a restaurant to get yummy and authentic Indian food. This microwaveable meal is made with onions, water, chickpeas, tomatoes, sunflower oil, and spices, and simply needs to be warmed for one minute. It has no additives, fillers, or preservatives, and is gluten-free. Reviewers are reporting that this product is tasty, super simple and convenient, and very filling. Just be aware, this product is definitely on the softer side, so if you’re not in the mood for a “purée-style” dish, you may want to add some fresh chickpeas for texture, or serve with rice or pita. You can get one 10-ounce bag for a little more than $3.
Want fresh hummus on the go? With Hummustir, it’s possible. To enjoy this product, you simply lift the protective seal, stir the ingredients together, and start using. This particular variety pack comes with three flavors: Original, Mediterranean, and Village. The Original is made with organic cooked chickpeas, organic tahini, sea salt citric acid, and water. For Mediterranean, garlic is added, and for Village, a little cumin, and garlic. Reviewers are reporting that this hummus is convenient, very rich, and fresh-tasting. Just be sure to taste continuously as you’re adding the flavor packets, some reviewers are saying that they are very strong-tasting. You can get this pack of three 12-ounce tubs for $15.
Sincerely Nuts Roasted and Unsalted
Want roasted chickpeas but don’t want all of the extra sodium? Consider trying Sincerely Nuts Roasted and Unsalted Chickpeas. Since this chickpea product doesn’t have any added seasoning, it’s very versatile. Sincerely Nuts suggests adding these chickpeas to salads, oatmeal, and trail mixes, or adding it right into batters while baking. Reviewers are reporting that these buttery chickpeas are a great healthy snack, are more chewy than crunchy, and are a good value for the price. You can get one one-pound bag for $9.
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