The secret ingredient for many vegan cooks, chefs, and bakers is beautiful, thick aquafaba (bean water). It is used as an egg replacer in many amazing recipes such as macarons, meringues, cookies, royal icing, and so much more. This amazing vegan nectar leaves us all with a common problem: we are drowning in a surplus of chickpeas (garbanzo beans).
Knowing that I’m not alone in my overwhelming supply of chickpeas, I have compiled a list of the internet’s best vegan recipes starring them so that you may finally reclaim your fridge and freezer back from the garbanzo overlords!
Psst… don’t miss my super chickpea tip at the bottom of the list!
Avocado Chickpea Salad with Vegan Pesto makes for the perfect lunch recipe that is ready in minutes. Super simple 5 ingredient recipe packed full of flavor and protein. Lunch or grill day appetizers don’t get easier than this!
Perfect for an appetizer or snack that’s also a naturally gluten free and vegan recipe, and you can even pack it in the kids’ lunchboxes. Get your apples, carrots, and crackers ready, and blend up a batch of Maple Walnut Sweet Potato Hummus.
Easy Homemade Almond Hummus is a tasty switch up to a traditional hummus, using almonds instead of the usual tahini. Serve with toasted baguette slices, pita chips or fresh veggies for a healthy, nutritious snack.
This Creamy Chickpea Soup is so easy to make and it makes a perfect meal prep lunch. Simply, healthy, and flavorsome, this recipe is a super simple way to get your protein and vegetables on the table in no time!
This vegetarian Passover entree includes hearty Mediterranean and springtime ingredients like tomatoes, olives, potatoes, and artichoke hearts. And the entire dish can be made in one single pot—a critical quality for one of the kitchen's busiest nights of the year.
More than just recipes...
So, there you have it! You are now armed with 21 amazing recipes to try against your stash of garbanzo beans - and they're not all hummus and curry!
One option remains, and it’s not even a recipe: farm animal sanctuaries and shelters. Give your local sanctuary a call or shoot them a message on Facebook and see if they'd like a delivery of your surplus beans. Most of the time, they will be thrilled with the gift - and the animals will be too!