37 Vegan Chickpea Recipes + How to Use Chickpeas in the Kitchen

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Craving vegan chickpea recipes? We’ve got recipes from breakfast through dessert plus a guide to find out what chickpeas are, learn about chickpea varieties, and how to use them in the kitchen.

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This blog post is written by Alix Eve Schram, newly minted RD, Health Coach, and VA at Kara Lydon Nutrition. Alix is two classes away from her Master’s in Clinical Nutrition at NYU. Alix is passionate about helping others find a more positive and peaceful relationship with food and body via Intuitive Eating. She feels strongly that there is no single image of health and that diets do not work. Alix plans to specialize in Eating Disorders and Disordered Eating. 

What are Chickpeas? 

Also known as garbanzo beans, chickpeas are a type of legume and they are a super versatile staple to have on hand. They’ve been around for over 7500 years and are an essential ingredient in many cultures around the globe, particularly Indian and Mediterranean. Even if you haven’t eaten chickpeas whole, you may have unknowingly eaten them in various popular dishes, the most ubiquitous being hummus.

In terms of flavor, chickpeas are slightly nutty and buttery, but overall rather mild. This is what makes them a great addition to all kinds of meals (keep scrolling for recipes!). They blend smoothly as well, making them a perfect base for creamy dips.

Chickpea Nutrition

Chickpeas pack a nutrition punch! One cup provides

  • 10 grams of fiber
  • 11 grams of protein
  • 15% DV of folate
  • 8% DV of iron
  • 17% DV of phosphorous
  • Some calcium and B vitamins, too 

Are Chickpeas Suitable for Vegans?

Yes! Chickpeas are naturally gluten-free, nutrient-dense, and 100% vegan. If you are vegan or vegetarian and looking for more plant-based protein sources, chickpeas are a great option. 

Dried vs. Canned Chickpeas

Chickpeas can be purchased dry or canned.

  • You’ll find dried chickpeas in the bulk section of the grocery store. They can be stored in the pantry for up to a year, and need to be soaked then simmered before eating. Cover 1/2 cup dried chickpeas with 3-4 cups of water and let soak for 12 hours (or overnight). Then, drain, rinse, and add back to a pot. Cover with water, up to 2 cups, and add 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer, covered or uncovered, for 90 minutes to 2 hours, until tender. Drain and allow to cool. 
  • Canned chickpeas, found with other canned goods, have already undergone that process. Simply rinse them in cold water and enjoy.

What Can I Do with a Can of Chickpeas?

  • Add to any salad
  • Toss them into pasta
  • Roast and season for a snack
  • Mash and add to sandwiches or tacos
  • Blend into a dip, like hummus
  • Make your own falafel
  • Use in soups, stews, chilis, and curries
  • Sauté them with greens and eggs
  • Blend or mash into meatballs or burgers
  • Make faux-cookie dough or cookie-dough bites

**Dried chickpeas work for all the above, too!

What About the Extra Liquid In Canned Chickpeas?

Translated loosely to “water bean,” that liquid has a name: aquafaba. Aquafaba is specifically the liquid found in canned chickpeas. It is commonly used in vegan cooking as an egg replacement in several recipes, such as pancakes, waffles, meringue, and even whiskey sours. Per Bon Appetit, the substitution is 3 tbsp aquafaba per one egg. 

Can Chickpeas Be Made Into Flour?

Though here in the U.S. chickpea flour is relatively new to our shelves, it’s a staple in both Indian and Middle Eastern culture. Chickpea flour is made from dry, ground chickpeas, and can make a great substitution for regular flour, if that’s something you’re interested in. It has a nutty, slightly deeper flavor than regular flour, and also has some extra protein. Generally, chickpea flour hides pretty well in most dishes. You can find chickpea flour in either the gluten-free aisle or baking aisle of your grocery store. Look for other gluten-free flours like almond or oat and you’ll likely spot chickpea alongside them.

Flour Substitutions

Though chickpea flour can be substituted in many recipes, it does not have gluten, so it won’t rise like all-purpose flour. It may also make your baked good a bit denser, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, just a choice. Here are some substitutions for commonly used flours:

  • ¾ cup chickpea flour: 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ chickpea flour: 1 cup almond flour
  • 1 cup chickpea flour: 1 cup quinoa flour, millet flour, buckwheat flour, and rye flour

How to Use Chickpea Flour

  • Sub for another flour in various baked goods, such as banana bread, brownies, and cakes. Just make sure you have your ratios right!
  • Coat seafood, chicken, or vegetables
  • Use as a binder in vegan burgers or meatballs
  • Thicken soups and sauces
  • Make your own pizza crust

Vegan Chickpea Recipes

Breakfast

Chocolate Strawberry Power Smoothie via The Nutrition Adventure

  • Sub any non-dairy milk to make it vegan

Vibrant pink smoothie in clear, short glass, strawberries and chickpeas scattered in background

Chickpea Flour Banana Muffins via Kelly Jones Nutrition

Flourless Blueberry Muffins via Jennifer Hunt Nutrition 

Lunch and Dinner

Bowls

Moroccan Chickpea Bowl – perfect for meal prep lunch via The Foodie Dietitian

  • Omit the cheese (or sub vegan cheese) to make it vegan

Moroccan Chickpea ingredients placed in a glass container for a satisfying meal prep lunch

Chickpea Coconut Curry via The Gourmet RD 

Vegetarian Rice Bowl via Amy Gorin

Chickpea Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Coconut and Kale via Champagne Nutrition

Burgers and Sandwiches

Buffalo Chickpea Veggie Burgers with Vegan Blue Cheese Dressing via The Foodie Dietitian

Buffalo Chickpea Sliders via Ashley Munro Nutrition

  •  Skip the dressing to make it vegan

Easy Chickpea Salad Sandwich via Chelsea Dishes

Chickpea salad, arugula, and slice of tomato between whole grain toast, sandwich halves open and stacked

Falafel

Spinach and Quinoa Falafel via Kissed by Spice

Air Fryer Falafel via Shaw’s Simple Swaps

Tacos

Chickpea Salad Avocado Boats via The Foodie Dietitian

Beet Falafel Tacos via Shaw’s Simple Swaps

  • Omit the cheese (or sub vegan cheese) to make it vegan

Three soft flour tacos open-face with beet falafel, crumbled vegan cheese, cucumber, and cilantro inside on a plate

Chickpea TIkka Tacos via Kissed by Spice

  • Omit the sour cream (or sub vegan sour cream) to make it vegan

Salads

Blueberry Walnut Chickpea Salad via Kissin in the Kitchn

Roasted Potato Kale and Chickpea Salad via Tara Rochford

Two bowls of kale salad with crispy tofu and chickpeas on white background, two forks, and a beige linen napkin

Quinoa Salad with Chickpeas, Fresh Herbs, Tahini Dressing via SoundBites Nutrition

  • Omit the feta to make it vegan

Chickpea Salad with Pistachios and Mint via Meals with Mama

Green Bean Quinoa Salad via Meals with Mama

  • Omit the feta to make it vegan 

Snacks

Hummus

Spicy Sweet Potato Hummus via Kelly Jones Nutrition

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus via Healthy Seasonal Recipes

Easy Roasted Asparagus Hummus via Ashley Munro Nutrition

Roasted and Spiced Chickpeas

Truffle Roasted Chickpeas via The Foodie Dietitian

Small blue and white bowl filled with golden crispy chickpeas on a white background

Taco Seasoned Chickpeas via Tara Rochford Nutrition

Healthy Roasted Chickpeas via Amy Gorin

Crackers

3 Ingredient Crackers via BeeKay Nutrition

Dessert

Blondies and Cookies

Chickpea Chocolate Chip Cookies via Your Choice Nutrition

Flourless Chickpea White Chocolate Blondies via Beautiful Eats and Things

  • Sub vegan chocolate to make it vegan

Gluten Free Pumpkin Chickpea Blondies via Once Upon a Pumpkin

Half tray of golden blondies studded with chocolate chips and sea salt on gold cooling rack

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chickpea Bars via Sharon Palmer

Dips

Snickerdoodle Hummus via Colleen Christensen

  • Sub maple syrup for honey and use non-dairy milk to make it vegan

Chocolate Peanut Butter Dessert Hummus via Your Choice Nutrition

Chocolate Hummus Dip via Foods with Judes

Bites

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites via Milk and Honey Nutrition

  • Sub vegan chocolate chips to make it vegan

No Bake Brownie Bites via Milk and Honey Nutrition

  • Sub vegan chocolate chips to make it vegan

3-4 dark brown brownie balls on white background, topped with cocoa powder, one with bite taken out

Chickpea Cookie Dough Bites via Leanne Ray

  • Sub vegan chocolate chips to make it vegan

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