You’ll be surprised how good these vegan chickpea pancakes taste! Especially considering that they’re gluten-free, grain-free, egg-free and dairy-free.
I haven’t experimented too much in the kitchen with chickpea flour, but have been on a slightly stricter diet lately (due to health issues) and I’m not able to eat wheat nor sugar. I’m also focusing on high protein low carb meals.
I set out to make myself something delicious, that also had plenty of flavour, and was quick and easy to make. I’d been looking at all the other chickpea pancake recipes online and wanted to make my own version with loads of veggies.
If you’re short on time, you can, of course, eat the pancakes on their own. Still very delicious and filling and perfect to pack for a work or school lunch!
Perfect for any meal
These vegan chickpea pancakes can be served for any meal. Breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner! You can also throw in pretty much any veggies you like. I’ve made it with fresh tomatoes inside the pancakes before and works well. I’ve also done it with mushrooms and spring onions.
You can use whatever you have in the fridge. I like the colour and flavours that come from the onions, red bell peppers and the grated zucchini and lots of greens give it a wonderful texture.
I’ve also left the batter in the fridge overnight as I made a double batch once and they were still amazing when made the next morning for breakfast. I haven’t experimented with freezing them once they’re made so I can’t say how well they will hold when thawed. If you give it a try, please let me know how you went!
Before we get into the recipe, some of you may have never heard of chickpea flour before. So I thought I’d share some useful information on this wonderful ingredient.
What is chickpea flour?
Chickpea flour, also known as besan, gram or garbanzo flour is made up of ground-up raw chickpeas.
It has a distinct smell and flavour when wet, however, when you cook it, most of that flavour goes away. If you add the right balance of flavours, you won’t taste it at all. I don’t recommend you taste the raw batter, trust me, it’s pretty awful.
The flour may also vary brand to brand in consistency, so please use the image of the wet pancake batter as a gauge for what it should look like. If it’s too dry, mix in a little more water. Too wet, add in a tablespoon or so more of the chickpea flour.
Once you get the hang of it, you’ll be whipping up these chickpea flour pancakes all the time! I don’t say that to scare you, but to give you confidence that it’s not that tricky to stuff up if you know the consistency you’re going for in the batter.
I buy my flour from my local bulk store. That way I can just take my jar in and fill up as much as I need. I always have some in my pantry.
The benefits of chickpea flour
As I mentioned earlier, I started digging around for ideas of meals I could eat that were high in protein. Anything to make with chickpea flour kept coming up time and time again.
Not only is it high in protein, but it’s also a great source of fibre amongst other nutrients such as potassium, magnesium, zinc, iron and B vitamins. It may assist in helping keep weight down, has been known to improve cardiovascular health, assists in boosting your immune system, and since it’s high in fibre, it helps with constipation.
It’s truly is wonderful stuff!
I hope you fall in love with these fluffy, golden chickpea pancakes as much as I have. Soft and healthy, they’ve become my go-to meal when I don’t feel like cooking. Paired with a deliciously creamy, earthy and rich pesto dressing, the rocket and tomato salad will take it to another level.
I would totally serve this dish to guests when they come over for breakfast or brunch. It caters for so many dietary restrictions that it’s perfect in any situation. If you have someone that is allergic to nuts and can’t serve the pesto, you can swap the cashews out for sunflower seeds.