Check out these delicious (and overall pretty healthy) chickpea snacks next time you’re feeling peckish.
Chickpeas are a wonderful superfood. They are packed with protein, have filling fiber, and are low in fat; a great pantry staple. They are often considered to be a primary component of a vegan or vegetarian diet, but are still loved by carnivores and omnivores alike. When we think of chickpeas and snacks, our minds may gravitate towards a creamy, thick hummus, or a savory, crispy falafel (maybe even aquafaba). But the chickpea has expanded beyond the traditional hummus role, and has even ventured towards sweet.
Innovations such as a hummus milkshake (yes, you read that right), and “raw cookie dough” made out of chickpeas are becoming increasingly popular. Other new chickpea snacks include dry-roasted or salted caramel-covered, and there are even chickpea chips—and most of them are also gluten-free. We’ve gathered our favorite innovative ways to enjoy this up-and-coming snack below. All hail the mighty chickpea!
Certified organic, with 6 grams of protein, this crunchy chickpea snack is addicting. Seasoned with sea salt and perfectly roasted, this is a wholesome, crackling snack that will keep you satisfied for hours. And they have awesome flavors, including Falafel and Bombay Spice for when you want to switch things up.Buy Now
These puffed-up snacks are the white cheddar vegan version of Pirate’s Booty or a super healthier version of Cheetos (sort of…). Hippeas have a little bite and crunch, and offer a nice vegan cheese flavor alternative. They contain 4 grams of protein and 3 grams of fiber, are organic and gluten-free, and come in other flavors too, like Sriracha Sunshine. Hippeas also supports Feeding America, a charity that provides families with food and aiding in disaster relief.Buy Now
If tortilla chips are your jam, but you want to try a protein-packed snack that’s a bit lighter and airier, then you may like Saffron Road’s Chickpea Chickbean Crisps. Composed of superfoods such as chickpeas, peas, lentils, and sweet potatoes, these crisps have a nice crunchy texture. They boast 5 grams of protein, are baked and made in the USA, and are gluten-free. And they’re available in Sea Salt, Chili Lime, White Cheddar, and Zesty Ranch flavors.Buy Now
Indian food goddess Maya Kaimal delights us once again with a new healthy creation, the chickpea chip, inspired by a Southern Indian snack, murukku. Made with chickpea and rice flour, and dehydrated potatoes, this thinly sliced, crispy snack is a great replacement for your greasy potato chip craving. The medium-spiced seeded multigrain version is chock-full of black and white sesame seeds, quinoa, and chia seeds, and is flavored with cumin and asafetida, a unique flavoring similar to scallions. These chips go well with guacamole, or hummus, for an extra chickpea punch.Buy Now
For a subtly sweet snack, Biena has created a delightful salted caramel chickpea snack, which is non-GMO. These snacks are gluten-free and have 4 grams of protein and fiber, making them a healthy alternative that satisfies those sweet-tooth cravings. The salted caramel coating has a velvety texture that pairs well with the crunch of the roasted chickpea underneath. Biena also has chocolate-covered chickpea snacks that are just as lovely, including a dark chocolate version for an extra dose of antioxidants, and milk chocolate for a classic candy taste.Buy Now
Isn’t the best part of making chocolate chip cookies eating the dough left in the bowl afterwards? But with potential food-borne illnesses, it’s not exactly recommended. However, thanks to P.S. Snacks, we can now binge on “raw” chocolate chip cookie dough that’s made with chickpeas and creamy almond butter. Not only is it safe to eat, but it’s healthful (more so than regular dough, at least). Flavors and varieties include peanut butter and fudge brownie cookie dough. So bring on the spoons and a glass of milk (or almond milk), and dig in!Buy Now
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