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Chickpea Flour Frittata

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An easy Chickpea Flour Frittata recipe made with 5 ingredients and filled with a combo of vegetables for a delicious gluten-free, vegan breakfast. Bonus, these vegetable frittatas contain only 83 calories per serving and are packed with 5 grams of fulfilling plant-based protein.

I am all into chickpea flour right now. I discovered that magic yellow flour a few weeks ago, and I can’t stop myself from cooking with it. Since hubby goes vegan, this is my favorite flour to use as an egg replacement. I made chickpea flour crepes and now chickpea flour frittata.

If you are not vegan, you probably wonder if it tastes great? Well, it does taste like an egg frittata. It has the same egg-like texture with similar yellow colors, but it’s pretty tasty. So let me share with you my chickpea frittata recipe.

What’s chickpea flour frittata?

A chickpea frittata is an egg-free frittata recipe made of chickpea flour and water. When combined, these two ingredients create an egg-like texture that makes delicious frittata suitable for vegans and vegetarians.

Chickpea frittatas are naturally:

  • egg-free
  • vegan
  • dairy-free
  • gluten-free
  • oil-free

Chickpea frittata can’t be made with any other flours. Also, you can’t make chickpea frittata from canned chickpeas. You must use chickpea flour made from unroasted cooked chickpeas.

How to make chickpea frittata?

This vegan frittata recipe with chickpea flour is super easy to make!

All you need to make 12 muffin size frittata with chickpea flour are few basic ingredients:

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  • Chickpea flour – read my paragraph below to pick the right chickpea flour from the store.
  • Water
  • Baking powder
  • Garlic powder
  • Salt
  • Kala Namak, also called black salt. It adds a Sulphur flavor similar to eggs in vegan egg-free dishes.
  • Italian seasonings
  • Cumin
  • Smoked paprika
  • Pepper
  • Nutritional yeast – adds a cheesy flavor to the vegan frittata.
  • A combination of vegetables – I mix steamed diced sweet potatoes, trimmed kale, and red bell pepper. However, feel free to use any vegetable you love in your crustless quiche, like spinach, stir-fried mushrooms, or corn kernels.

Chickpea batter

First, prepare the chickpea flour batter. It’s your egg-free binder in the frittata. In a large bowl, sift the chickpea flour to remove any lumps and stir in spices, salt, and pepper.

Then, whisk in water until it forms a smooth batter. The batter won’t be as thick as pancake batter, it’s more liquid, and that’s what you want. Set aside in the mixing bowl. Meanwhile, prepare the vegetables for your frittata.

Cook vegetable

In a large non-stick skillet, warm olive oil and cooked finely chopped kale, bell pepper, mushroom’s or any vegetables you love. If you use hard vegetables like potatoes or sweet potatoes, as seen in my picture below, steam before adding them into the skillet.

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Stir fry until the vegetables are fragrant and cooked—season with salt and pepper.

Stir in the cooked vegetable into the chickpea flour batter.

Bake in muffin tins

Then, spray non-stick 12 muffin tin with olive oil and fill each muffin tin with the batter – about 1/4 cups per muffin tin. If you are using jumbo 8 hole muffin tin, you may fit 1/2 cup batter, but it takes longer to set in the middle.

Bake the chickpea frittata in the center rack of your oven in preheated oven 350 F (180C) for 20-30 minutes. Don’t overbake your frittata, or they dry out very quickly in the center.

Bake as a crustless quiche

You can also bake this recipe in one baking dish of 8 inches x 8 inches. The best dishes to bake this egg-free frittata are ceramic dishes. They keep the frittata moist and soft.

First, spray oil all over the surface of your baking dish. Then, pour the frittata mixture and bake until set in the center.

How to make chickpea flour frittata

Vegan frittata filling ideas

There are many vegetables that you can add to a vegan frittata. If you want to use root vegetables like potatoes, sweet potatoes, turnip, it’s recommended to pre-cook the vegetables before adding in the batter.

Chickpea flour frittata - Vegan, Gluten free You can steam or boil the vegetable to tender their flesh before stir-frying with the remaining vegetables.

The best filling for vegan frittatas are:

  • Mushrooms – you must stir fry mushrooms slices, or they release too much water in the batter, and the frittata won’t cook through.
  • Onion
  • Corn kernel
  • Vegan cheese
  • Cooked black beans
  • Spinach – finely chopped
  • Green asparagus
  • Cooked lentils

Chickpea flour choices

Did you know that chickpea flour contains more protein than eggs per serve? There is 22 g of protein in 100 g of chickpea flour compared to 13 g in 100 g of cooked eggs. Amazing right?

Another interesting point, there 27% iron in chickpea flour compared to 7% in eggs. So, enough nutritional talk, and let’s jump to this easy delicious chickpea flour frittata recipe.

But the confusing thing about chickpea flour is the different names you can found at the store.

There are a few names for chickpea flour:

  • Chana flour is made from roasted chickpea and NOT recommend in this recipe.
  • Garbanzo flour or gram flour or besan flour – this is the one you need to make chickpea frittata. It’s made from unroasted chickpeas and less liquid absorbent to make a creamy egg-free frittata.

Also, remember that chickpea flour forms lumps very easily. So for any recipe calling for chickpea flour, it’s better to sift the flour first to remove any lumps and create a smooth frittata chickpea batter.

Vegan frittata taste and texture

The taste and texture of this egg-free frittata made of chickpea flour are pretty unbelievable. It tastes eggy, thanks to Kala Namak. It’s creamy and chewy like egg bake dishes but without the eggs!

Storage

Also, these vegan chickpea frittatas are great to make breakfasts ahead for a week. You can store them in an airtight box in the fridge or freeze them for later.

Thaw in the fridge the day before and rewarm in preheated oven on a medium heat – 140C until hot. You can also microwave these frittatas for a quick hot lunch.

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Is chickpea frittata low-carb?

Chickpea flour is not keto-friendly, but if you are looking to cut the carbs on a vegan diet, then a chickpea flour frittata is considered a low-carb meal.

In fact, one serve of chickpea frittata contains between 8g – 10 g net carb, depending on the vegetables you add in your filling.

Of course, to keep this vegan frittata low-carb, focus on low-carb friendly vegetables and avoid starchy vegetables like potatoes, sweet potatoes, or corn!

Serve with a dip

These chickpea frittatas are very good on-the-go breakfast, easy to carry in a box, and eat by hand. However, they can be a bit dry, and we found them tastier way topped with some vegan sour cream, coconut yogurt, or some dips like:

More vegan recipes

I love to create vegan recipes, and below I listed some more chickpea flour recipes for you to try.

Made this  vegan frittata chickpea flour recipe? Share a comment or review below to connect with me,

XOXO Carine

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Chickpea Flour Frittata

Chickpea Flour Frittata
10gNet Carbs
4.91 from 258 votes
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 40 mins
Net Carbs 10g
Fat 1.4g
Protein 4.9g
Calories 83.7kcal
Author: Carine Claudepierre
12 frittatas
Chickpea flour frittata is a delicious vegan version of the Italian dish that doesn't compromise on flavor. It's 100% gluten-free, clean-eating-approved and protein-loaded. 

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Ingredients

Frittata Batter

  • 2 cups Chickpea flour
  • 2 ½ cups Water
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder optional, use if you like fluffy/less dense frittata

Spices

  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • ¼ teaspoon Kala namak add an egg flavor
  • 1 teaspoon Ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon Ground paprika or smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • ¼ teaspoon Pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Nutritional Yeast

Vegetable filling - choose 3 cups of your favorite vegetables

  • ½ cup curly kale trimmed, chopped
  • ½ cup capsicum cubed. I used half a red, half a yellow, and half a green capsicum.
  • ½ cup Steamed orange sweet potatoes peeled, finely diced
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Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 200°C (400°F).
  • Spray a 12-hole non-stick muffin tray with olive oil or rub olive oil in each muffin hole using a piece of absorbent paper. Make sure you oil them very well to prevent the frittata from sticking. Set aside. 

Frittata batter

  • In a large mixing bowl, sift the chickpea flour to remove any lumps. Then, stir in all spices and baking powder. Whisk in the water until it forms a liquid, slightly creamy yellow batter. Set aside while you prepare your vegetable filling.
  • Finely cube or chop your vegetables. For hard vegetables like sweet potatoes or potatoes, steam or cook in boiling water before adding to the recipe.
  • Warm a large non-stick skillet over medium heat with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Stir fry vegetables for 2-3 minutes or until the kale has wilted and vegetables are fragrant. Season with garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
  • Stir the cooked vegetables into the chickpea flour batter.
  • Fill each muffin hole up to the top with the frittata batter.
  • Bake at 200°C (400°F) for 20-30 minutes or until the borders are golden and the center is set. Check using a toothpick inserted in the center. If it comes out clean, it is ready.
  • Loosen the sides using a knife to easily remove the frittata from the tray. 
  • Serve immediately with a green salad on the side, or cool down on a rack and store the leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. 
Freezing: freeze well in an airtight container. Defrost an hour before and quickly rewarm in the oven at 160 C (320F) for 3-5 minutes or until warm in the center.
Storage: store well in the fridge for up to 3 days. Can be rewarmed in the oven at 160 C (320F) for 3-5 minutes or until warm in the center. At work, rewarm in a sandwich press - I recommend wrapping the frittata between two pieces of parchment paper to keep the moist texture - and rewarm for 3 minutes in a hot sandwich press. 
Serving: I love to top up my chickpea flour frittata with mashed avocado, homemade tomato sauce or hummus, and a green salad on the side. 
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Nutrition Facts
Chickpea Flour Frittata
Amount Per Serving (1 frittata)
Calories 83.7 Calories from Fat 13
% Daily Value*
Fat 1.4g2%
Saturated Fat 0.1g1%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.6g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.3g
Sodium 245.1mg11%
Potassium 203.9mg6%
Carbohydrates 12.6g4%
Fiber 2.6g11%
Sugar 2.5g3%
Protein 4.9g10%
Vitamin A 248.8IU5%
Vitamin C 7.9mg10%
Calcium 35.3mg4%
Iron 1.3mg7%
Magnesium 35.9mg9%
Zinc 0.6mg4%
Net Carbs 10g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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    21 thoughts on Chickpea Flour Frittata
  1. 5 stars
    Love love love these! The texture,taste and everything was so delicious! I used spring onions (scallions), spinach, bell pepper and a little kale and put some garlic powder and minced ginger on the batter too! Thank you for sharing!

  2. 4 stars
    I need help. I tried making this twice and it didn’t turn out good. I am wondering if I made to many swaps.

    I used russet potatoes, bell pepper and shredded zucchini. Did I make the mixture to moist? It was completely mushy in the middle. I also added the baking powder but is it possible to over mix?

  3. 5 stars
    These are AMAZING!!! I am so glad you posted this! I had some left over batter so my daughter suggested that we throw it in the waffle iron. It worked! Best Mickey Mouse Waffle ever!
    Thanks for the great recipe!

    • WOW! That is a great idea, I will definetly try the waffle idea. My kids loves waffles too so this is good to know I can reuse the batter in my iron. Enjoy the recipes on the blog. XOXO Carine.

  4. 5 stars
    I tried these this morning and they are great. Any thoughts about about how to make this in a bigger dish vs. in muffin tins? I am thinking pie like slices. Thank you so much!

    • Yes sure! I do large large frittata with this recipe in a 26 cm pie dish with no problem. It makes a nice brunch or dinner that all the family loves. Enjoy ! Carine.

  5. Is it possible that you could post the macros per serving please? I’m going to make these but trying to track my intake!

    • Hi Jamie, scroll down after the recipe box and you will see the full nutrition panel per serving. Enjoy the frittata! XOXO Carine.

  6. A very easy recipe to make. Thank you. I found them a bit bland – will add curry powder or cumin next time. Will addition of baking powder make them less dense?

    • Hi there , I found this very easy to make, but agree with Carol, a bit bland, I followed the recipe to the letter. I will definitely be making it again but will add loads more flavour. Perhaps tomato pure, some lemon juice and chopped coriander.

      Thanks for the recipe

      • I agree, adding chopped herbs or tomato paste is a great idea. I usually serve those frittata with tomato paste sauce on side and a green salad to add some flavor into my plate. Thanks for your lovely comment. XOXO Carine.

    • Thanks for your feedback There is alerady cumin, paprika and italian herbs in the recipe. Did you skip it ? I like frittata thick and dense so I did not add any baking powder but I guess it could help with the texture if you like fluffy frittata. Thanks for trying ! Carine.

  7. 5 stars
    Oh, my goodness! I made these this morning and they’re GREAT! Well received by the whole family. The extra are in the fridge, but likely will be eaten later today.

    • I am SO happy you love them too! Amazing right? I love my chickpea flour right now, it is so versatile and a great flour for vegan recipes. Enjoy the blog (and leftover! I am sure it won’t last long :))
      XOXO Carine.

    • I am pretty sure yes. We always eat the whole batch in less than 3 days. But it should freeze as any regular muffins. Enjoy ! XOXO Carine.

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