Chickpea flour (aka: besan, gram flour, and garbanzo bean flour) is a very smart alternative to refined flours. It is one of the most nutritionally dense and versatile flours out there. Packed to the brim with fiber, healthy proteins, complex carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals. It is 100% made of ground chickpeas (traditionally raw, and sometimes roasted).
Chickpea flour is entirely free of grains and gluten, a perfect solution for gluten-free cooking and baking. But unlike most gluten-free flours that lack the binding power of gluten, it has a natural density that can bind and help foods hold its shape. Whether used on its own or mixed in with other gluten free flours, it creates a sturdy yet delicate texture. Vegan cooking has also embraced it as an egg or cheese substitute.
Chickpea flour is a wonderful aid in
- heart health
- maintaining healthy blood pressure levels
- lowering cholesterol
- stabilizing blood sugar
- weight loss
- lowering inflammation
- improved immune function
Nutritionally dense, chickpea flour is particularly high in
- complex carbohydrates