My Unusual Go-to ChickPea Recipes

chick Pea Benefits

These recipes are all super tasty. In my book they are all Tried and True.  I hope these inspire you to try something carazay. Seriously, get funky & make mistakes. That’s how the best recipes are created!

 

 

Chick Peas:

1. Can help Control Blood Sugar Levels
2. Can increase Satiety and Helps with Weight Loss
3. Can improve Digestion Thanks to a High Fiber Content
4. Can help Protect Against Heart Disease and Cancer
5. Provide Essential Vitamins and Minerals
6. Are a great Source of Plant-Based Protein

There's a lot more info here: http://draxe.com/chickpeas-nutrition/

 

 

 

Better Latte than Never

Chickpea, Avocado & Feta Salad

You only need 5 minutes to make this healthy salad!

INGREDIENTS:

1 can chickpeas, rinsed & drained

2 avocados, pitted, and chopped

1/3 cup chopped cilantro

2 tablespoons green onion

1/3 cup feta cheese

Juice of 1 lime

Salt and black pepper, to taste

My Tasty Tip: Combine avocado & lime first to stop the avocado from browning!

Check out Maria & Josh at:
http://www.twopeasandtheirpod.com/chickpea-avocado-feta-salad/
Better Latte than Never

 Hummus Without               Tahini

INGREDIENTS:

1 (15 oz.) can garbanzo beans (chickpeas), drained and rinsed

2 to 4 tbsp. water

2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

1 tbsp. lemon juice

1 garlic clove, minced

¾ tsp. ground cumin

¼ to ½ tsp. salt
 
My Tasty Tips:
1. Combine the garlic and lemon first and blend until minced (this takes away the overpowering garlic flavor).

2. Forget the cumin and shake in some sesame seeds if you have them. Not something you have to do, just something I like to do.
3. Reserve some of the water from the can. Instead of using regular water, use the juice from the can. It brings the flavors together IMO.

Check out Amanda at:
  http://www.thewholesomedish.com/simple-hummus-without-tahini/
Better Latte Than Never

Super Secret Cookie Dough

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups Cooked chickpeas 

1/3 cup Chunky OR creamy peanut butter 

2 tsp. Pure vanilla extract

1/8 tsp. Sea salt (omit if using salted nut butter)

2 Tbsp. Almond milk or other non-dairy milk

3-4 Tbsp. Coconut palm sugar, honey, agave or a combo 

2 Tbsp. Flaxseed meal, almond or other nut meal or oat flour 

Chocolate chunks, chips or carob or cacao nibs (Lindt's Hint of Sea Salt – my fav!)

My Tasty Tips:
1. I prefer adding brown sugar for the texture. It brings a "crunch" to the cookie dough that you know you love when you sneak a bite of the real stuff! Usually I cringe thinking about crunching sugar between my teeth. This is the ultimate exception!
2. Wait until the chick peas have cooled after cooking to start the recipe. I did not do this, so my chocolate melted into the dough (no chunks of chocolate...boooo!)
3.  I thought the peanut butter was a bit overwhelming because I don't usually reach for a peanut butter cookie, I'm more of a chocolate chip gal. This is cooks preference...but if you prefer regular cookie dough I'd omit the PB all together.


Ps: The husband had no idea it was chick pea until I told him. He is a sucker for eggless cookie dough recipes, so I wanted to find a fun & healthy one. This was a big win!

Check out  Nora's Full Recipe at:
https://naturalnoshing.wordpress.com/2012/04/19/speedy-sweets-n-snacks/

Better Latte Than Never

High Protein Energy Balls

Makes 30 balls

Ingredients:

1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained

1/2 cup almonds

3/4 cup natural peanut butter

1/4 cup honey

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1/4-1/2 cup chocolate chips (optional)

My Tasty Tips:
1. Make sure you get the garbonzo beans to a very smooth texture
2. They are yummy as a frozen treat!
3. Keeping the peanut butter in this recipe helps differentiate my cookie dough and my protein balls a bit. This way I can have whichever flavor I'm in the mood for. 

Check Out Maryea At:

http://happyhealthymama.com/2011/07/high-protein-energy-balls.html#_a5y_p=3944664

Smashed Chickpea Avocado Sandwich      

Ingredients:

1 avocado - pit removed and scooped from peel


2 scallions roughly chopped

1 large handful of parsley

2 oz feta cheese

1 small lemon juiced - about 2 Tbs

15 oz can of chickpeas

2 stalks of celery - diced

Bread for sandwiches - I used toasted sour dough

Cucumber slices and fresh spinach to add to the sandwich as topping.
 
My Tasty Tip: IMO cucumber doesn't go with the sandwich. But if you love cucumber than add it!

Check Out the Full Recipe At:
http://greenvalleykitchen.com/smashed-chickpea-avocado-sandwich/

Parmesan and Olive Oil Crispy Chickpeas
 

Ingredients:

2 Cups Cooked Chickpeas, Rinsed and Dried (1 Can)

1 Tablespoon Olive Oil

1-2 Tablespoons Finely Grated Parmesan Cheese

Sea Salt and Fresh Ground Pepper



My Tasty Tips: 
1. Buy that fresh ground black pepper if you haven't yet. It makes everything better IMO! 

2. For a hassle free cleanup, use parchment paper on your pan.
3. Just do it. It's so easy!

Checkout the Full Recipe At:
http://thewellflouredkitchen.com/2014/07/08/parmesan-and-olive-oil-crispy-chickpeas/


Foolproof Roasted Chick Peas:

Ingredients:

1 - 2 cans Chickpeas (low-sodium or no-salt-added)
 
Oil - For misting
 
Spices (I use paprika & cayenne pepper)


Check Out Lindsay''s Full Recipe At:
http://www.theleangreenbean.com/how-to-roast-chickpeas/



 I could add about 20 more recipes to this list.

Chick peas are incredibly versatile and they just so happen to be really good for you, too.

Take advantage of these recipes and go wild!!

Seriously, don't you want to go out and buy 10 cans now? That's what I did! I did tons of experimenting and will continue to do more. 

 

 

Happy Chick pea-ing<3 Amber

2 comments

  1. Angelina says:

    I love chickpeas! I’ve printed a slew of recipes now (yours + some from the links, and some from links from their links…) and am SO hungry, want to whip up one of these right now but, lo and behold, I have only dried chickpeas!! Where’s the mercy?!! You need to email the day before you do things like this and say, SOAK YOUR CHICKPEAS NOW OR YOU WILL BE SORRY!!
    P.S. I forgive you. Or at least I will tomorrow when I’m eating a big chickpea salad with roasted chickpeas on the side. <3

    • amber says:

      Hahaha yes!!!! (Sorrryyyy!!) I love these recipes, and it’s so easy to get lost in the blogosphere of recipes. If I ever prepared myself I’d have used dried peas as well…but of course I’m too lazy and don’t plan ahead! But I definitely want to try it next time around. Let me know how everything turns out. 🙂

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