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 four recipes to inspire you to grab a bag and get cooking.