Garbanzo Bean Flour

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I thought it convenient to run for this contest post-Whole30 (even tho I already reunited with grains). The judges are looking for recipes that show the endless possibilities of gluten free cooking. I take that to mean, GO ABOVE AND BEYOND BABY!

Now I’m no baking expert nor can I afford pricy grain-free flours like coconut, sorghum, or rice. So I’m submitting a recipe that’s inexpensive, easy to make, and uses only 4 ingredients. My friend and cooking guru, Laura, suggested I try making Farinata or Socca. It’s like a chickpea flatbread, pancake, or crêpe. The best part is how customizable it is! Add in onions, herbs, dried fruit. Top it with yogurt, salad, or pizza sauce and cheese. Now that to me sounds like a gluten free recipe that demonstrates possibilities.

UPDATE: I didn’t make it to the finals. *sniff sniff* But I’m no sore looser! It was still fun making a new recipe. Onward and upward to the next contest!

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Garbanzo Flour

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BASIC INFO

Names: gram flour · chickpea powder · cici bean flour

About: Powder chickpeas have a world of flavor beyond what you’d find in regular flours. Just recently gaining popularity as a pantry staple in the States, chickpea flour has been used in parts of Asia and Europe for centuries (and for good reason). These creamy, tasty ground beans cook up incredibly rich and nutty baked goods. They’re great for thickening soups, sauces, or gravies. Try it in homemade crackers, pizza crusts, breads, even chocolate cake! And when mixed with an equal propitiation of water, this flour can turn into an egg replacement in vegan cooking.

Plant: Cicer arietinum

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HEALTH INFO

Benefits: high in protein and fiber

Nutrition: calcium · iron · magnesium · potassium

Replaces: gluten-based flours

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WHERE TO BUY

Store: healthy food stores · in gluten-free sections of your grocery store

Online: Bob’s Red Mill

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HOW TO STORE

A cool, dry place for 1 – 2 years.

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FUN FACTS

  • Chickpea flour is an excellent exfoliant which helps scrub off dead skin cells and dirt. (DIY face masks here)
  • During the 18th century, ground chickpeas have been used as a coffee substitute. And can still be a caffeine-free option today.
  • You can make your own chickpea flour here.

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RECIPES

Farinata

Omelet

Falafel Patties

Chocolate Chip Cookies

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