Chickpea crepes are thin savory chickpea pancake made of chickpea flour.
Bonus, those are easy, healthy gluten-free vegan crepes made with only 3 ingredients in a blender.
How to make chickpea flour ?
In order to make those delicious chickpea flour crepes you need chickpea flour also know as garbanzo bean flour. While you can buy chickpea flour from the store you can also make your own. Obviously, to make chickpea flour you need to grind raw dried garbanzo bean into a flour. This means that you need a powerful blender or food processor to pulse your garbanzo beans into a fine flour. First, cover the blade of your food processor with garbanzo beans. Next, blend on high speed to grind the beans into a flour. This require 2 or 3 attempts. Blend for 1 minute, stop the food processor, scrap the bowl and repeat until you obtain a fine flour. Finally, sift the flour to remove any big parts. Store chickpea flour in an airtight container, glass or plastic, in the pantry for up to 3 months.
Why is chickpea flour healthy ?
Chickpea flour nutrition benefits are various. First, it is a high protein flour with 22 grams of plant-based protein per 100 grams. Therefore it is a great flour to get your protein on a vegan diet. Next, the amount of carbs per 100 grams is moderate with only 47 g net carbs which is way less than white wheat flour. Finally, it contains lots of magnesium, iron and vitamins B6.
How to make chickpea crepes?
This said, let’s talk about turning chickpea flour into delicious thin chickpea pancake aka chickpea crepes. Surprisingly, there is nothing easier than chickpea crepes recipe. All you have to combine are 3 simple ingredients:
Garbanzo flour – also known as chickpea flour
How to make thin chickpea crepes?
The most difficult part of making crepes of any kind is to make thin crepes. Those are the 3 tips to follow to make the most beautiful crepes anytime.
Batter. Your batter must be liquid, thinner than a pancake batter but not as liquid as water. It is very important to use a blender to make your batter to achieve this result and avoid any lumps. Also, if your batter is too liquid don’t be afraid to adjust, adding 1 or 2 tablespoons of chickpea flour at a time to get the right consistency.
Non stick tefal pan. A non-stick crepe pan or non-stick pancake griddle is required to make thin crepes that won’t stick.
Slightly grease the pan. Don’t add lots of oil in your pan, always use a spray or piece of absorbent paper to spread a thin layer of oil on the pan. Indeed, too much oil will fry your crepes.
What to eat with chickpea vegan crepes?
Basically anything goes well into those savor chickpea crepes. My recommendation is to bring back the crepe to the pan with your filling especially if you add vegan cheese. This will melt your cheese and make the whole filling hot. Grilled vegetables lie zucchini, eggplant, red peppers are delicious in those vegan crepes.
How to store your vegan crepes
This recipe makes 5 chickpea crepes. I stored mine on a plate in the fridge – make sure you wrap the plate with a piece of plastic film to avoid the crepes to dry out. The next days, I fill my crepes and rewarm in a sandwich press. It adds a little crisp all around the crepe that is absolutely delicious. And if you are not keen to eat with your fingers, it is also a lovely crepes to eat in your plate with some green salad on side.
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In a blender, add the garbanzo bean flour, water, salt and spices (if used, the authentic French chickpea crepe use the spices)
Blend on high for 30 seconds - 1 minute or until no more lumps appears. It will form a very liquid yellowish batter.
Transfer into a bowl. Set aside at room temperature for 30 minutes before cooking.
Warm a crepe pan of 10 inches diameter (26 cm), under medium/high heat, and use an absorbent paper to rub the coconut oil on the pan and grease the pan.
Scoop 1/3 cup of the crepe batter into the frying pan and tilt the pan with a circular motion to ensure that the batter coats the surface evenly. The batter is very liquid and that is what you want. The thickness of the crepes will depend on how much batter you use for each. Usually 1/3 cup is what you need to make a 10 inches (26 cm) crepe but you may want to add a little more to make a thick crepe. I love mine super thin as it gets crispier.
Cook the crepe until the sides start to crisp up and lift off easily from the frying pan. It should take about 2 minutes each, over medium heat.
Loosen with a spatula and flip over to cook the other side. Both sides should be lightly brown, and the crepes should be crispy on the sides and softer in the middle.
Repeat for the next crepe until no more batter left. I made 5 crepes with this recipe.
To serve fill each crepes with the savory filling of your choice. I spread hummus, mashed avocado, grilled zucchini, grilled eggplant, fresh cherry tomatoes, raw chickpeas and a drizzle of Dijon mustard.
Storage:I store my crepes in the fridge for up to 4 days. Simply place the crepes on a plate, cover with a piece of plastic wrap/film to avoid them to dry out. Rewarm on a crepe pan or fill with your favorite filling, roll and warm up in a sandwich press.Garbanzo flour is also known as chickpea flour. It is a gluten free flour.