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Monday, October 17, 2016

How To Make Homemade Garbanzo Bean Flour

Make your own garbanzo bean flour and save money!

  I discovered a recipe the other day that I so wanted to make, it was a gluten-free, egg-free quiche. This recipe needed garbanzo bean flour so I quickly raced to my store to get some. My store did not carry any garbanzo bean flour and I did not want to drive the ten miles to the store that might have carried some. So I bought a package of dried garbanzo beans (chickpeas) to see I could make the flour at home with my high-speed blender. When I arrived home, I placed the dried garbanzo beans in my blender and much to my surprise I was able to make my own garbanzo bean flour. I was so happy as I had fresh flour and I saved over $4.00! It was so easy to make and now, of course, I am going to discover what other homemade flours I can make with my high-speed blender. I was happy to discover this money-saving hack. I like DIY recipes and homemade is always a good thing.

Chickpea flour is loaded with protein

 Chickpeas are loaded with protein so it makes a wonderful gluten-free flour. In fact, one cup of garbanzo bean flour has 20 grams of protein. This allergy-friendly flour also has plenty of heart-healthy fiber with one cup providing 10 grams of fiber. This delicious plant-based flour is perfect for many recipes like an egg-free quiche or grain-free crackers. You need to try this wheat-free flour in gluten-free bread recipes as it makes a healthy allergy-friendly loaf of bread. This dairy-free mom sure does appreciate that the healthy gluten-free flour is a great source of magnesium, potassium, and phosphorus.

This gluten-free flour makes delicious grain-free crackers
Get the recipe for Savory Everything Spice Rosemary Chickpea Crackers HERE

Save money

  All you need to make the garbanzo bean flour is a package of dried garbanzo beans and a high-speed blender, like my Ninja. So save money and make this tasty grain-free flour at home. Next time you are at the store, buy a package of dried garbanzo beans. These delicious beans also go by the name chickpeas. I always have several packages of garbanzo beans in my pantry as these beans are so easy to cook in the pressure cooker or slow cooker. The cooked garbanzo beans are perfect to use in homemade hummus. I like to substitute the chickpeas for white beans in my Spicy Carrot Hummus or Easy Beet Hummus.

DIY Garbanzo Bean Flour

one pound dried garbanzo beans (also known as chickpeas)
A high-speed blender

1. Add the dried garbanzo to a high-powered blender and turn on. Blend until the garbanzo have been ground as finely as possible - note that there may still be some larger pieces in there depending on the blender you are using. 
2. Using a fine-mesh sieve, sift the flour into a bowl, and any larger pieces that did not fit through the sieve, return to the blender and process again to break them down further

3. You may need to repeat this step once or twice more to get all pieces finely ground.

4. Store in an airtight container, preferably in the freezer.

Garbanzo bean flour is made from dried garbanzo beans or chickpeas

If you discover large pieces just run them through the blender again.
My Ninja Blender was able to grind all the garbanzo beans to a fine flour in one minute so I did not need to do the next step.

If you don't have a high-speed blender, you can use a coffee grinder. Just grind the beans in smaller amounts.

Garbanzo beans make a great gluten free flour and they are high in protein and fiber. Just look at the nutrition facts of ½ cup of garbanzo bean flour:
178 calories
3 grams of fat
10 grams protein
5 grams fiber
5 grams of sugar (no added sugar)
101 milligrams folate (50 percent DV)
0.75 milligrams manganese (37 percent DV)
0.4 milligrams copper (21 percent DV)
76 milligrams magnesium (19 percent DV)
146 milligrams phosphorus (15 percent DV)
0.2 milligrams thiamine (15 percent DV)
2 milligrams iron (12 percent DV)
0.25 milligrams vitamin B6 (12 percent DV)
778 milligrams potassium (11 percent DV)
3 milligrams zinc (9 percent DV)
7 milligrams selenium (6 percent DV)


  1. I just heard about this on Rachael Ray yesterday, what a crack-up! What a great product for people with allergies, etc. Definitely want to try out for my son to sneak in some nutrients! :)

  2. Great! I've never thought about this before and it's a really good idea!

  3. I will try this one out, I have a bag of dried garbanzo beans in the cabinet. Very useful.

  4. Good one. I will look for dried garbanzo beans in the store. :) xo

  5. This is sounds interesting for me. I am going to try this

  6. That is pretty interesting. I'd have to try this with the kids as an experiment. (Posting for Jay Simms)

  7. This is totally perfect! I need to get my food processor out and give it a whirl!

  8. I wondered about this. Thanks for sharing. Since my husband became allergic to wheat, I am always looking for alternatives to regular flour. I prefer making these flours myself so this is perfect.

  9. What a lovely idea to make your own bean flour, atleast with this you know exactly whats in it

  10. Handy little tip for folks who can't get chickpea flour easily! It's definitely a useful flour.

  11. Wow! That looks so simple to make. Hmm I'm wondering what the taste going to be like as an alternative.

  12. You know what I think my Ninja might be able to do this and it looks so simple! Will try

  13. Your post on Vegan Potluck Party intrigued me so I thought I'd come over and take a look! My recipe over there this week uses chickpea flour! Fortunately in the UK we can pick gram flour up really cheaply in the specialist Asian food-stores-I wish the dried chickpeas were as cheap! I often make my own flours (& milks) but I'd never even considered this... I think I'll go and experiment! Thanks for sharing! :)

  14. I have never heard of this! It sounds like such a fun thing to make though. Pretty simple, too!

  15. I am always looking for new things to try making. I will have to grab the supplies I need to make this in the weekend.

  16. So cool! never thought of making my own flower before!


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