These vegan chickpea chips are a perfect healthy alternative to tortilla chips or crackers for snacking. They pair well with hummus, salsa, guacamole, or any other dip.
Vegan | Gluten Free | Dairy-Free | Less Than 30 Minutes
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What Are Chickpea Flour Chips
Everyone is looking to be a little bit healthier, and chickpea chips are the perfect way to do this. Since living in Spain we became addicted to having a little snack before dinner.
What started as a way to not starve before a traditional late dinner is now a way for us to celebrate the end of the day. This meant loads of chips or tortilla chips with dips, hummus, or olives, most days of the week.
After a while, we knew we needed an alternative. Baked chickpea chips are the perfect healthy alternative to serve with a dip or as a snack. If you make these chips thinner, or maybe fry them, they become chickpea tortilla chips, but these garbanzo chips are a little more like crackers because of their thickness. And, they also seem a little bit like crackers because they are baked.
For more chickpea snacks see these recipes:
Our roundup of the Best Chickpea Snack Recipes
Ingredients For Vegan Chickpea Chips
These chips made from chickpeas are made with mostly pantry staples. The base of the recipe is chickpea flour. Chickpea flour is made from ground chickpeas. This makes it a perfect alternative for someone who is on a gluten-free diet. I use Bob’s Red Mill Chickpea Flour when I can find it.
The liquid in the recipe for chickpea chips comes from a combination of olive oil and water. The amount of water may vary depending on how dense the olive oil is and how fine the chickpea flour is.
The seasoning comes from salt, garlic powder, and onion powder. A bit of baking powder is used to help the chips keep their shape.
How To Make Chickpea Chips
These homemade chickpea chips aren’t as easy to make as other snack recipes we have. That’s just because the dough is a little different to work with than a typical bread or cookie recipe.
Start by pre-heating the oven to 450F.
Add the chickpea flour, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, and baking powder into a medium-sized mixing bowl. Stir to blend the dry ingredients. Add the olive oil and stir.
Add the water a tablespoon at a time until the chickpea mash becomes moist and starts to form a ball. You may need to hand knead the dough in the bowl to make sure it is blended well.
Cut two pieces of parchment paper about the same size as your cookie sheet on the countertop. Place one of the pieces on the countertop and dust it with a bit of chickpea flour. Add the ball of chickpea dough onto the parchment paper.
Knead the dough with the palm of your hand for 2-3 minutes. Press the ball down with your hand to thin the dough out. Place the other piece of parchment paper on top.
Looking for more healthy snacks? Check out our Vegetarian Zucchini And Lentil Fritters recipe.
Use a rolling pin to roll out the dough until it is less than a ¼ inch thick. The thinner you can get it the better. Use a knife to create triangle-shaped pieces of chickpea chips.
They don’t need to be perfectly triangular. If they are a little broken, it’s okay, they will look rustic and homemade. Use the edge of the knife to transfer each piece to the baking sheet.
Sprinkle with a little salt if you want. Bake the crackers for 8-10 minutes or until they start to brown. Remove the baked chickpea chips from the oven and allow to cool. When they become cool they will become more crunchy, like chickpea crisps. Serve with your favorite dip, salsa, or guacamole.
- 1 cup chickpea flour
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 3-4 tablespoons water
- Preheat the oven to 350F.
- Add the chickpea flour, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, and baking powder into a medium-sized mixing bowl. Stir to blend the dry ingredients.
- Add the olive oil and stir. Add the water a tablespoon at a time until the mixture becomes moist and starts to form a ball.
- Cut two pieces of parchment paper about the same size as your cookie sheet on the countertop. Place one of the pieces on the countertop and dust it with a bit of chickpea flour.
- Add the ball of chickpea dough onto the parchment paper. Knead the dough with the palm of your hand for 2-3 minutes. Press the ball down with your hand to thin the dough out.
- Place the other piece of parchment paper on top. Use a rolling pin to roll out the dough until it is less than a ¼ inch thick.
- Use a knife to create triangle-shaped pieces of chickpea chips. Use the edge of the knife to transfer each piece to the baking sheet. Sprinkle with a little salt if you want.
- Bake the crackers for 8-10 minutes or until they start to brown. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
These chickpea chips aren't complicated, but there are some tips above to help understand how to prepare the dough before baking.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 241Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 804mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 5gSugar: 5gProtein: 10g
This nutritional data is provided by a third-party source and should not be relied on if you are on a strict diet.
Tips For Making Homemade Chickpea Chips
When I started making chickpea chips, I found them hard to make. Every recipe for chickpea chips I found seemed to imply they were easy to make, and mine never looked like theirs. Most of them didn’t include photos to show how the chips were made or the consistency of the dough. I never knew if I was on the right track.
I tried so many different recipes and variations until I came up with one of my own that works. This recipe should work for you. That said, there could be some variations depending on the type of chickpea flour and the density of the olive oil. It is why I add the olive oil first and then the water to balance out the moisture.
Also, baked chickpea chips are not going to look like tortilla chips, with all of the bumps and air pockets. First, it’s hard to make chickpea flour do that. And, those air pockets are easier to come by from frying chips rather than baking.
Tips For Rolling Out The Chickpea Dough
Here’s another tip for rolling out the dough. It’s not as easy to roll this chickpea dough as it is for rolling pasta or cookie dough. In part that’s because the there isn’t a lot of dough available to roll out when making a little more than a dozen chips at a time.
I find it almost impossible to get the dough to be straight at the edges in order to cut the triangle shapes. So, after rolling the dough as thin as I can get it. Then, I cut the rough edges and fold them back over the dough. Then, roll the dough out again, like in the photo above.