It's Made of Chickpeas? 5 Tasty Ways to Use Chickpeas.

It's Made of Chickpeas? 5 Tasty Ways to Use Chickpeas.

September 24, 2020

Chickpeas are part of the legume family. They are a great, simple and cost-effective way to add protein to practically any dish. Although often eaten straight from the can with dressing or saucechickpeas are actually very versatile food that can be included in both savoury and sweet recipes.  Have you ever heard of aquafaba? It is the leftover liquid from canned and/or cooked chickpeas. If you are like me, the chickpea liquid often gets thrown away when rinsing the chickpeas.  However, you can actually use it in baking as a binding and leavening agent in replacement of an egg or egg white. Below I’ve included some of my favourite chickpea recipes. I love that they can be used anywhere from a simple salad to baked goods. 

Mediterranean Chickpeas Salad 

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  • 2 cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed 
  • 1 cucumber, chopped 
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped 
  • ½ red onion, thinly sliced 
  • ½ cup kalamata olives, sliced or chopped 
  • ½ cup crumbled feta 
  1. In a bowl combine all the ingredients. 
  2. Add your favourite vinaigrette dressing (I love balsamic vinaigrette). 
  3. Enjoy! 

1-Pot Chickpea Shakshuka 

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  • 1 Tbsp olive oil 
  • ½ cup diced white onion 
  • ½ bell pepper, chopped 
  • 3 cloves garlic 
  • 1 28 oz can tomato puree or diced tomatoes 
  • 3 Tbsp tomato paste 
  • 1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained 
  • 4-5 whole kalamata or green olives 
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup (optional) 
  • 2 tsp paprika 
  • 1 tsp ground cumin 
  • 2 tsp chili powder 
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon (optional) 
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper (optional) 
  1. In a large pan over medium heat, add the olive oil, onion, pepper and garlic.  Sauté for 4-5 minutes until soft and fragrant. 
  2. Add tomato puree/diced tomatoes, tomato paste, maple syrup and seasonings and stir to combine. 
  3. Bring to a simmer and add chickpeas and olives. Note if you want a less chunky sauce, blend before adding the chickpeas and olives. 
  4. Cook for 15-20 minutes. 
  5. Serve with bread, pasta, rice and/or alongside some greens and enjoy! 


Chocolate Mousse 

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  • 7 oz (200 g) dark chocolate 
  • ½ cup aquafaba 
  • ½ cup white sugar 
  1. Melt the chocolate in the microwave or in a heat-proof bowl over simmering water. Set aside to cool. 
  2. Using a hand mixer, whip the aquafaba and sugar until stiff peaks form (takes at least 10 minutes). 
  3. Fold the cooled melted chocolate into the mixture until well combined. 
  4. Chill in the fridge for at least an hour. 
  5. Eat on its own or serve with your favourite fruit and enjoy! 


Chocolate Chip Chickpea Cookies 

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  • 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed 
  • 1 cup oats 
  • 2 bananas 
  • ¼ cup brown sugar 
  • 1 tsp vanilla 
  • 1 tsp baking powder 
  • ¼ cup chocolate chips  
  1. Preheat oven to 350° F and line a baking tray. 
  2. Place all the ingredients except the chocolate chips in a food processor or blender. 
  3. Blend for 2-3 minutes until very smooth. 
  4. Add mixture into a bowl and stir in the chocolate chips. 
  5. Shape into cookies and bake for 25 minutes until soft and golden. 
  6. Let cool for 5-10 minutes and enjoy! 

Chickpea Fritters 


  • 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed 
  • ⅓ cup fresh parsley, chopped 
  • 1 clove garlic, minced 
  • 1 tsp cumin 
  • ½ tsp coriander 
  • ¼ tsp cayenne 
  • Salt and pepper to taste 
  • 1 large egg, beaten 
  • 3 Tbsp whole-wheat flour 
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil  
  1. In a food processor or blender, pulse together the chickpeas, parsley, garlic, cumin, coriander, cayenne, salt and pepper until combined but still chunky. 
  2. Put chickpea mixture in a bowl and add egg and flour. 
  3. Shape mixture into 8 balls ad flatten slightly to form patties. 
  4. In a pan over medium heat add olive oil. Pan fry on each side for about 3 minutes until golden. 
  5. Serve with your favourite dipping sauce and enjoy! 


Recipes inspired and adapted from DelishMinimalist BakerMy Kids Lick the Bowl and The Loopy Whisk. 

Eat well, be well, 

Emma Minden, Registered Dietitian, Wholesome GO