Why Everyone's Talking About Chickpea Flour + What To Do With It

Written by Leah Vanderveldt
Leah Vanderveldt is an author living in Brooklyn, New York. She received her Bachelor’s in Communications and Media from Fordham University, and is certified in culinary nutrition from the Natural Gourmet Institute.

Chickpea flour, also known as garbanzo bean flour, gram flour, and besan, is made from ground chickpeas. While its many brilliant (and tasty) uses are just emerging here in the U.S., this protein-packed, high-fiber, and gluten-free flour has been a staple in Asian countries for centuries.

In addition to being a nutritious stand-in for refined wheat flour, it can also be an egg replacement for vegan baked goods and can even be used as a face exfoliant.

With its nutty flavor and sturdy texture, it's easy to see why this flour is so versatile. Here are three recipes to inspire you to grab a bag and get cooking.

4-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

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Soft vegan peanut butter cookies with only four ingredients? If this doesn't convince you to go out and buy a bag of chickpea flour, nothing will.

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Summer Socca

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Socca is a flatbread or crepe-like pancake traditionally made with chickpea flour. You can top socca with anything you'd like; we love this version with blistered tomatoes and roasted zucchini.

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Carrot Cake

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This impressive carrot cake not only looks gorgeous, but it's also healthy enough to responsibly eat for breakfast, thanks to chickpea flour, coconut oil, and—of course—carrots.

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