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How to Make Chickpea Flour (Gluten-Free, Vegan)

Learn how to make chickpea flour at home! Super easy, ready in minutes, and way cheaper than buying it from the store! Also known as garbanzo bean flour, it’s naturally gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan, and is perfect for recipes such as this delicious chickpea flatbread or chickpea chocolate chip cookies.

Homemade chickpea flour in a glass jar on a wooden board.

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What are Chickpeas?

Chickpeas are legumes of the fabaceae family, and are also commonly known as gram beans, garbanzo beans, or Egyptian peas.

As a staple ingredient in Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and Indian cuisines, chickpeas are high in protein and are commonly used in vegan diets.

Chickpeas are often processed into a puree make a creamy hummus, or eaten whole in chickpea curry. We also love these crispy air fryer chickpeas (soooo good!).

Another way to use this pantry staple is to grind dried chickpeas into a fine flour and use it to make baked goods such as chickpea pancakes, chickpea flour tortillas, farinata (chickpea flatbread) or these amazing chickpea chocolate chip cookies.

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Why Make Your Own Chickpea Flour?

While you can easily buy pre-made chickpea flour (also known as garbanzo bean flour), you’ll find that making your own homemade flour is definitely cheaper, especially if you use a lot of this gluten-free flour.

Plus, it’s insanely simple to make!

Why This Recipe Works:

  • Only One Ingredient: Yep! That’s right, you only need one simple ingredient to make homemade chickpea flour, and you might already have it in your pantry!
  • Cheaper than Store-bought: If you use a lot of chickpea flour in your baking, you’ll find that making your own flour is cheaper and fresher too.
  • Naturally Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free and Vegan: The good news is that this chickpea flour is 100% gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan, which means that those with Celiac disease or lactose or gluten intolerances, or those on a gluten-free diet or vegan diet can enjoy it without worries.
A half-filled glass jar with chickpea flour.

Ingredients You’ll Need:

To make chickpea flour, you’ll need dried white chickpeas.

A bowl full of dried chickpeas.

How to Make Homemade Chickpea Flour (Step by Step):

1. Process the Chickpeas

Place 1 cup of dry chickpeas in the high-speed blender and process for a few minutes until you get a fine powder, scraping down the sides as necessary.

(Tip: If you don’t own a high speed blender, you may also use a coffee grinder or a spice grinder, but since those tend to be smaller in size, you’ll have to grind the garbanzo flour in multiple smaller batches. Alternatively, if you have a grain mill, feel free to use that instead).

Dried chickpeas in the bowl of a high-speed blender.
Hand holding a blender with processed chickpea flour.

2. Sift the Chickpea Flour

Pass the processed chickpeas through fine-mesh sieve, filtering out any larger pieces.

Holding up a fine mesh sieve with pieces of chickpeas.

3. Return Unprocessed Pieces to Blender

Return all the large pieces unprocessed pieces of chickpeas to the blender and blend until you get a fine powder.

Finely ground chickpea flour in a glass blender.

4. Repeat

Repeat with the remaining chickpeas until all are used up.

Hand holding a bowl of homemade chickpea flour.

5. Store in Glass Jar

Store the homemade chickpea flour in an airtight glass jar for up to 6 months (or longer if you store it in the refrigerator) until ready to use.

Hand mixing chickpea flour in a glass jar.

Dish by Dish Tips/Tricks:

  • Process in Batches: To prevent the blender from overheating, make sure you process the chickpeas in a 2 or 3 batches.
  • Sift the Flour: To ensure that you get as fine a flour as possible, I recommend sifting the flour through a fine-mesh sieve to get rid of any large pieces. It may take a longer time but it is definitely worth it.

Recipe FAQs:

How Do I Store the Homemade Chickpea Flour?

The best way to store the flour is in an airtight container, and it will keep for up to 6 months at room temperature in a cool dry place, or longer in the refrigerator.

Is Besan Flour the Same as Chickpea Flour?

While the terms “besan flour” and “chickpea flour” are sometimes used interchangeably, they are actually different. Chickpea flour, also known as garbanzo flour, is made by grinding whole white chickpeas. On the other hand, besan flour, also known as gram flour, is made from grinding split brown chickpeas (chana dal).

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How to Make Chickpea Flour (Gluten-Free, Vegan)


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  • Author: Felicia Lim
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1/2 cups 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

Learn how to make chickpea flour at home! Super easy, ready in minutes, and way cheaper than buying it from the store! Also known as garbanzo bean flour, it’s naturally gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan, and is perfect for recipes such as this delicious chickpea flatbread or chickpea chocolate chip cookies.


Ingredients

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Instructions

  1. Process Chickpeas: Place 1 cup of chickpeas in the high-speed blender and process for a few minutes until you get a fine powder, scraping down the sides as necessary.
  2. Sift the Chickpea Flour: Pass the processed chickpeas through fine-mesh sieve, filtering out any large pieces.
  3. Return Unprocessed Pieces to Blender: Return all the large pieces unprocessed pieces of chickpeas to the blender and blend until you get a fine powder.
  4. Repeat: Repeat with the remaining chickpeas until all are used up.
  5. Store in Glass Jar: Store the homemade chickpea flour in an airtight glass jar for up to 6 months (or longer if you store it in the refrigerator) until ready to use.

Notes

Process in Batches: To prevent the blender from overheating, make sure you process the chickpeas in a 2 or 3 batches.

Sift the Flour: To ensure that you get as fine a flour as possible, I recommend sifting the flour through a fine-mesh sieve to get rid of any large pieces. It may take a longer time but it is definitely worth it.

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Category: Basics
  • Method: Blender
  • Cuisine: American

4 Comments

    1. Hi Stephanie! I would suggest that you use dried chickpeas (these are easily available in most supermarkets).

  1. Wow Felicia!

    Thanks for posting this.

    In this blog, not only do I get to make chickpea flour, I also get to understand the difference between Besan Flour and Chickpea flour – one from whole white chickpea and the other from split brown chickpea.

    Just wondering how differentiated are their quality and taste ? Is chickpea flour more superior for cooking purposes?

    Love all your posts – very rich with information and good for educational purposes.

    Have a blessed day ahead!
    Mum






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