Does anyone else get serious excitement when they get to create recipes with a new ingredient??? Well, that’s me all over. And my new ingredient that has me jazzed is CHICKPEA FLOUR! Also know as gram flour! Recently, on a city break to Nice with my family, I got to try two foods made from chickpea flour – chickpea fries, and socca! Socca is a traditional chickpea flatbread (also can look like a crepe, or pancake!) made using chickpea flour, olive oil, water and a little salt (depending on the area!) and its unique to the south of France as a regional food – Nice in particular! I bought a Socca snack to try at the Nice Christmas Markets and literally swooned, foodie-style. I couldn’t stop talking about it, it was so delicious! So I decided there and then that when I got home to Ireland, I was going to make it my mission to find chickpea flour, and get creating with it!
I do intend to try my own flatbread recipes, and hopefully chickpea crackers and fries too! But to start, I went for a chocolate chip snack recipe, after the success of my Chocolate Series of recipes I’ve worked on in collaboration with Magic Mayan Chocolate. And the result? A beautiful new plant-based snack for you guys to try, flavoured with cacao and cinnamon, with a punch of protein and fibre from the chickpea flour!
Recipe (Makes 10-12 bars)
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp sweetener of choice (I use Meridian Foods Date Syrup)
- 1 tbsp whole chia seeds
- 2 tbsp cacao powder
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (or you could use melted coconut oil!)
- 1 ripe banana, mashed until slightly liquid-like
- 100-130ml Milk of choice (I use Coconut Milk!)
- 150g Gram or Chickpea Flour
- 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips (I use Magic Mayan Creamy Cashew 73% Dark Choc!)
- Pre-heat the oven to 175C (fan oven). Line a baking tray with tinfoil, and grease the tinfoil with a little olive oil to stop the bars sticking as they bake.
- Take a large mixing bowl, and into it add the dry ingredients – chickpea flour, baking powder, cacao powder, chia seeds and cinnamon.
- Mix the dry ingredients well, and then create a little well in the centre.
- Add yout wet ingredients to the dry – 100ml milk, olive oil, sweetener of choice, mashed banana and vanilla extract.
- Combine everything into a batter, and if the batter is a little dry, keep adding splashes of liquid as you need.
- Finally, add your chocolate chips, and stir everything one more time to fold them in.
- Transfer the batter to the baking tin, and bake in the oven for 30 minutes!
- Remove from the oven, and allow to cool for about 15 minutes before slicing up and chowing down!
Enjoy guys – I already love cooking with chickpea flour after just one recipe, so stay tuned for lots more to come! Tag me if you try this out – @theirishbalance on Instagram/Twitter/Facebook!
Ciara 🙂 x