Choosing Chickpeas: 8 Delicious Ways to Enjoy These Little Legumes

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Chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, are steadily gaining in popularity in the U.S. That’s because folks are catching on to the many health benefits—and incredible versatility—of these creamy, nutty, little legumes.

Concept of How to Eat Chickpeas Represent by Overhead View of White Bowl Filled with Chickpeas on White Wooden Surface | Vitacost Blog

Rich in vitamins, minerals, protein, dietary fiber, resistant starch and polyunsaturated fatty acids, chickpeas are believed to aid in digestion and weight management. They may even help reduce the risk of certain diseases.

A staple in the popular Mediterranean Diet (chickpeas have been all the rage in the Middle East for thousands of years!), garbanzo beans make an easy, nutritious snack straight from the can. They are also a great addition to many types of salads and soups. But those aren’t the only ways you can enjoy delicate, delicious chickpeas.

Following are eight exciting new chickpea products to help you incorporate garbanzo beans into your diet:

 Ziyad Brand All Natural Hummos Tahini Chick Pea Dip |

Ziyad Brand All-Natural Hummus Tahini Chickpea Dip.

What’s not to love about humus? This delectable, gluten-free dip is ready to serve and enjoy. Simply pour the contents into a bowl, drizzle some olive oil on top and bring on the veggies and/or pita bread!

The Good Bean Chickpea Snacks Gluten Free Sea Salt |

The Good Bean Chickpea Snacks.

This chickpea snack is so crispy, crunchy and flavorful, you might mistake it for junk food. But, there’s no need to worry because “one serving has as much protein as 23 almonds, as much fiber as two cups of broccoli and they’re 100 percent free of nuts, soy and gluten.” Did we mention it contains just 120 calories?!

Biena Roasted Chickpea Snacks Dark Chocolate  |

Biena Dark Chocolate Roasted Chickpea Snacks.

These decadent dark chocolate roasted chickpeas are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth! They provide four grams of protein and fiber per serving, plus “the sweet and savory flavor you crave and a satisfying crunch—all for 130 calories.” Gluten- and GMO-free!

EFFi Foods Wholesome Raspberry Probiotic Chickpea Granola Clusters.

Organic chickpea granola? What a brilliant idea! This wholesome raspberry-flavored snack is not only made with nutritious chickpea flour, it also contains the powerful probiotic strain Bacillus Coagulans BC30, which is believed to “fight off invading viruses and pathogens” and promote intestinal health.

EFFi Foods Probiotic Chickpea Granola Clusters - Wholesome Raspberry |

Harvest Stone Toasted Sesame Organic Brown Rice & Chickpea Crackers.

These tasty chickpea crackers pair perfectly with hard and soft cheeses, spreads, lunch meats and even seafood. They’re free of gluten and saturated fat and contain 17 generous grams of whole grains per serving.

Explore Cuisine Organic Chickpea Spaghetti |

Explore Cuisine Organic Chickpea Spaghetti.

This USDA Organic chickpea pasta “integrates beans, peas, lentils and rice to provide you and your family nourishing meals which are easy, quick, colorful and simply delicious!” It’s low in fat, low on the glycemic index and contains just 32 net carbs per serving. Loaded with beneficial plant proteins!

Casbah Falafel Chickpea Mix  |

Casbah Falafel Chickpea Mix.

Falafel was originally enjoyed by “the caravaneers on their long desert journeys.” But this flavorful mix allows you to whip up the popular Middle Eastern dish with ease in the comfort of your home. A perfect addition to any vegetarian diet!

Pure Living Organic Sprouted Garbanzo Flour |

Pure Living Organic Sprouted Garbanzo Flour.

This organic raw sprouted chickpea flour “brings unique flavor and texture to breads, crackers and pizza dough.” Packed with protein and other essential nutrients, it also makes a great thickener for sauces, soups and stews!