Food Talk: What Can You Make With Chickpeas?

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What can you make with chickpeas?? (also known as garbanzo beans) I share a few ideas of different things I can easily make with Chick peas such as hummus, a crunchy snack and even whipped topping! Check out this edition of Food Talk.

What Can You Make With Chickpeas?? I share a few ideas of different things I like to make with Chickpeas. Check out this Food Talk! #TexasHomesteader

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Recently we were gathered with a few friends and RancherMan overheard me speaking with a friend who was asking about garbanzo beans. (also known as Chickpeas or Chick Peas). She had some and didn’t know what to do with them.

I was pretty excited about my suggestions and RancherMan had to smile. Afterward he suggested I do a series of posts about food that people may need suggestions about. 

What to make with chickpeas garbanzo beans - snacks, hummus, aquafaba. #TexasHomesteader

So this is my first of such series and I’m talking about chickpeas.

What To Make With Chick Peas

A can of chickpeas is pretty inexpensive to buy. But chickpeas are even CHEAPER if you buy a bag of dried beans instead of canned. I like that because I’m cheap,  I mean broke, errr – careful with our money.

I’ve been very successful in cooking dried chickpeas very quickly using a pressure cooker – provided I’d pre-soaked the beans. And the cost (and landfill-bound trash) is significantly reduced. That really matters to me. 

But now that you’ve got chickpeas, what do you do with ’em?

A Healthy Serving Of Beans

Of course you can eat chickpeas like you would any other bean, just seasoned as a side dish. I like to toss in a pinch of cumin.

They’re a great plant-based protein and they’re loaded with fiber, iron, B vitamins & more. We enjoy garbanzos from time to time this way.

It’s also a nice protein boost to sprinkle chickpeas atop a healthy garden garden salad. Plus it adds fiber too.

Roasted Chickpeas As A Crunchy Snack

I’ve also made Roasted Chickpeas. It was easy.

    • Drain chickpeas

    • Coat with flavored olive oil

    • Toss with garlic salt, cajun spice, Taco Seasoning or any other spice blend

Roast in oven or air fryer until crispy. (be watching so they don’t burn)

Air Fryer roasted chickpeas healthy salty savory snack #TexasHomesteader

It’s a healthier snack for my handsome RancherMan. And he really enjoys both the taste and the crunch.

Simple Chickpea Aquafaba

Now here’s one of the most unusual things you can do with a can of chickpeas. Well, actually the LIQUID drained from a can of chickpeas… 

Drain a can of chickpeas into a bowl. It yields about 3/4 cup. Then use this bean water (also called aquafaba) and whip using a stand mixer on the highest setting for until stiff peaks form Magic!

Whipped aquafaba whipped topping from chickpea juice - whip in stand mixer with whisk until peaks form. #TexasHomesteader

To make a sweetened topping I use this thickened aquafaba and add sugar. I just add about ½ cup powdered sugar and sometime a drop or two of vanilla extract. Then I whip it again until it’s all fluffy & sweet!

This aquafaba is not as dense as my  Homemade Whipped Cream or the commercial tub of Cool Whip topping. Aquafaba is lighter and airier. But it’s fluffy & sweet and you can put a dollop on top of Homemade Chocolate Pudding and such. 

Others use the aquafaba as an egg-white substitute in baking or to make meringue cookies. I’ll be writing a detailed post about making aquafaba soon, be watching!

Chickpea Hummus A Creamy Dip

What Can You Make With Chickpeas?? Homemade hummus. I share a few ideas of different things I like to make with Chickpeas. Check out this Food Talk! #TexasHomesteader

But my favorite way to enjoy chick peas is by making my own Homemade Hummus. Our youngest daughter shared the recipe with me a couple of years ago and she was right, it really is ‘Stupid-Easy’ to make!

I just place drained chickpeas and a few other simple ingredients/seasonings in my *Ninja Blender, whirr them for a few seconds and BOOM!  Hummus! 

I’ve made & served this delicious yet healthy snack food at many gatherings.

How do you most like to enjoy chick peas?


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5 thoughts on “Food Talk: What Can You Make With Chickpeas?

  1. Melonie K.

    I’m a new reader – found you while looking for a solar oven recipe. You’ve hit on a bean close to my heart! We love hummus at my house, but my main use for chickpeas is in a slow cooker turkey three-bean chili (easily made veg by leaving out the ground turkey). It has chickpeas, kidney beans, and black beans in it. Love to serve it over rice and a slow cooker full always makes enough to feed us, set aside leftovers for another night, and often feed some guests or put a few containers by for my husband to take for lunch.

  2. Nancy

    I absolutely love hummus. I’ve made it a few times and eat it wuth Stacy’s pita chips. But they are pretty pricy. I’ve thought about trying to make them, but just haven’t got around to it.

    1. Nancy

      I always seem to see typos after I post my comments. And I usually proof read before I post but this time i got a call and posted before. I hate that.

  3. Patty

    Thanks for reminding me that I have a couple of cans in the pantry. Homemade hummus sounds delicious for this weekend. Next time, I’ll try cooking the dried ones in the pressure cooker. I have my mom’s and rarely remember to use it 🙁

  4. Miss B

    Love your post today! I’m a big fan of chickpeas too. I like to make hummus, of course. I also like to use them drained and rinsed on a green salad. They are an inexpensive source of protein and fiber, and they add a bit of texture. I’ve made a Greek version of something like a 3 bean salad with them. We also enjoy homemade veggie burgers, and a lot of times I’ll use mashed chickpeas in those. In case you’ve never made veggie burgers, let me inform you that they are absolutely nothing like storebought. Homemade ones are delicious, and the kind I make aren’t meant to replace beef burgers. Rather, they are made of beans and veggies and served with something like guacamole, garlic mayo, sriracha mayo, or chipotle mayo. They can be served on a bun or without. Hooray for chickpeas!


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