6 Ways to Use Garbanzo Beans Without Breaking Out The Hummus

Don’t get us confused, we’re not here to blaspheme the good name of hummus. However, we’d be remiss if we didn’t talk about the powerfully versatile culinary power of garbanzo beans. Chefs around the world have used it in everything from street food to cookies, and we don’t see the innovation slowing down anytime soon. What are you waiting for? Get cooking!

Fill Up On Falafel

One of the original street foods, falafel is the perfect introductory course to cooking beyond hummus. The middle eastern favorite is filling without being unhealthy, and can be used a simple side or as a part of a greater dish. For your first foray into falafel, we’d recommend serving it the classic way; wrapped in pita, dosed in tahini, and filled to the brim with fresh vegetables. 

Make Some Unmissable Masala 

One of the few dishes that could beat humus in a popularity contest, this Indian style curry is enjoyed worldwide. Simultaneously spicy and savory, a good chana masala is integral to any Middle-Eastern menu. Serve it on its own or over a bed of rice for a rewarding main.

  • Pro Tip: For a traditional take, be sure to lean into the numeric and garam masala when seasoning!

Toss Em Into A Salad

When thrown into a traditional salad, garbanzo beans add texture and a light flavor. But when allowed to serve as the base of a mediterranean salad, they become something else entirely. By combining garbanzo beans with greek salad favorites like cucumber, feta and onions, you can transport classic flavors into an unexpected dish that can start a meal off right. 

Snack On Roasted Garbanzo Beans

Hummus is one of our all time favorite snack foods, so it makes perfect sense that roasted garbanzos are just as crave-able. They’re excellent for customers who want a healthier, light snack option, as roasted garbanzos are naturally high in protein and fiber, plus they can be seasoned in a variety of ways. We’d recommend starting with a mixture of salt, paprika, and chili powder for a crunchy, approachable delight. 

  • Pro Tip: Be sure to throughly dry your chickpeas before roasting.

Say Goodbye To Gluten

Did you know that garbanzo beans can actually be used as a gluten free alternative to wheat flour when baking? While chickpea flour is available commercially, it’s actually extremely easy to make in house, as it only requires a food processor, a grinder, and a sieve. Best of all, the whole process takes ten minutes or less! 

  • Pro Tip: Try combining chickpea flour and chocolate covered roasted chickpeas for a protein packed take on chocolate chip cookies.

Rise Up With A Risotto

Garbanzo beans aren’t afraid to get a little fancy. The humble legume is right at home in Italian inspired risottos and is a particularly good partner to mushrooms and garlic. The combinations don’t stop there though; we’ve seen chefs utilize everything from carrots, cauliflower, and sweet potato in a chickpea risotto!