10 Ways to Use Chickpeas

It’s easy to overlook a little old can of chickpeas in the grocery store. It may not seem like it at first glance, but that can of garbanzos holds untold culinary potential. From tasty snacks to surprising desserts, there are endless ways to jazz up this unassuming protein powerhouse. Rich in protein and fiber but low in fat, they can add healthful heft to a wide variety of dishes. We’ve rounded up 10 ideas to get you started.

Chickpea Poppers

All it takes is a little oil, salt and seasoning, then a quick toast in the oven to turn canned chickpeas into an addicting snack that everyone will go crazy for. Try this recipe for Chickpea Poppers.

Gluten-free cupcakes

Having a gluten allergy doesn’t mean getting rid of delicious baked goods. Chickpea flour often serves as the base for gluten-free treats like these fantastic chocolate cupcakes.

Vegetarian Tuna Sandwich

Vegetarians and meat-eaters alike will love this fish-free take on a tuna salad sandwich. With their dense texture and mild flavor, chickpeas are a perfect seafood substitute. 

Healthy Blondies

These fiber- and protein-rich blondies contain some unexpected ingredients, like banana, almond butter and coconut oil. But the most notable addition is an entire can of chickpeas, which creates a surprisingly fudgy consistency. 

Fritters

In this Italian-inspired appetizer, chickpeas take center stage as crunchy fritters topped with a fresh mozzarella-tomato salsa.  

Substitute for Macadamia Nuts

That’s right: try a batch of these chocolate chip cookies, which replace macadamia nuts with chickpeas, and you might be surprised by how good they taste. With their mild, chewy texture, chickpeas make a great allergy-friendly stand-in for nuts. 

Smashed Chickpea Salad

Take a can of chickpeas, add olives, onion, parsley and a light lemony dressing, and you’ve got a salad that’s as fresh and light as it is versatile. Try it atop a bed of greens, on toasted bread or inside a pita for a great sandwich, or just eat it as-is.

One-Pot Meal

Chickpeas can add balance and texture to hearty stews. This easy-to-make dish, with lamb, paprika, garlic, tomatoes, spinach and white wine, is packed with flavor (and two cans of chickpeas). 

Meal-worthy soup

Have a favorite soup that isn’t substantial enough to serve as a main dish? Throw in some chickpeas — problem solved! This French onion soup is a great example. 

Chickpea Burgers

The classic beef burger gets a delicious makeover with a chickpea patty. It’s lighter than fried falafel and a great vegetarian option, perfect for stuffing in pita pockets too. 

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