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Chickpea Flour - The Underrated Egg Replacer

Chickpea Flour - The Underrated Egg Replacer HildaJorgensen

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Chickpea flour not only binds these Danish chocolate and orange biscuits together as an egg replacer, but adds nutrition and contributes to the colour, recipe from Triumph of the Lentil

I am often shocked when I read egg replacing tips written by other vegans, because chickpea flour never seems to be there. While my go-to egg replacer used to be ground flaxseeds, since discovering chickpea flour I have never looked back.

Chickpea flour is readily available in health food shops, along with Indian, Italian and French grocers. It is also known as besan, chana flour, gram flour, cici flour and garbanzo bean flour. You can even make your own out of whole, dry chickpeas if you have a grain mill or very powerful food processor.

Veganising recipes with chickpea flour could never be easier. Simply add 1/4 cup of chickpea flour to the dry ingredients, making sure to break up any lumps in it, and increase the liquid in the recipe by 1/4 cup.

I've successfully veganized and created recipes that would normally be very egg-heavy with chickpea flour. Even in my version of a lemon slice (published in Triumph of the Lentil), where the topping normally consists almost entirely of eggs, the chickpea flour not only replaced the texture that I remembered, but also added the yellow colour that eggs would normally add.

Nutritionally, it provides the protein that would normally be found in eggs, not to mention the many vitamins and minerals that are found in chickpeas including folate, iron and calcium.

The only drawback to using chickpea flour is that it has a terrible taste before cooking. So if you're using it heavily in a recipe and want to eat the uncooked batter, you may be in for some disappointment. But given the benefits I've explained above, this is something that can be overlooked.

To replace one egg, use ¼ cup of chickpea flour and ¼ cup water or non-dairy milk.

About the author: Hilda is the author of Triumph of the Lentil: Soy-Free Vegan Wholefoods for all Appetites


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This works great in semi-liquid "eggy" batter that is then fried: french toast, omlettes, pancakes, I didn't try it in baking, but I make very good eggless french toast, not kind of 'desperate vegan delight" ;) So I belive, that chickpea flour could work fine in baking.
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Reviewed by Alexxx October 03, 2013

This works great in semi-liquid "eggy" batter that is then fried: french toast, omlettes, pancakes, I didn't try it in baking, but I make very good eggless french toast, not kind of 'desperate vegan delight" ;) So I belive, that chickpea flour could work fine in baking.

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Hi Christina,

I haven't tried the ultimate brownie recipe myself, but I imagine that replacing the flax/water mixture with 1/4 cup chickpea flour and 1/4 cup water would work.

-Hilda
Reviewed by Hilda June 15, 2013

To Christina

Hi Christina,

I haven't tried the ultimate brownie recipe myself, but I imagine that replacing the flax/water mixture with 1/4 cup chickpea flour and 1/4 cup water would work.

-Hilda

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I want to make your Ultimate Brownies (http://www.veganbaking.net/brownies-and-bars/brownies/616-ultimate-brownies#.UburBOcp9u4) using the chickpea flour instead of the flax eggs. Do you think this would work?
Reviewed by Christina Goldpaint June 14, 2013

Question for chickpea flour egg replacer in browni

I want to make your Ultimate Brownies (http://www.veganbaking.net/brownies-and-bars/brownies/616-ultimate-brownies#.UburBOcp9u4) using the chickpea flour instead of the flax eggs. Do you think this would work?

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Just wondering what equivalent would be per egg? If it's a large batch or a small batch, the 1/4 cup estimate wouldn't help.

Thanks!
Reviewed by Justin June 28, 2011

Awesome.. But egg equivalent?

Just wondering what equivalent would be per egg? If it's a large batch or a small batch, the 1/4 cup estimate wouldn't help.

Thanks!

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