Chickpeas: they’re not just for hummus anymore.

As such, many of the chickpea products available today go above and beyond the typical creamy spread; although, dessert hummus has certainly made an impression on those with a sweeter tooth. From pastas and fries to snacks, chips, and even a mayonnaise spread made from the legume’s cooking liquid, chickpeas are breaking out of the can and into some of the most delicious items on the market. Recipes using chickpea products abound; not only promoting a new flavor experience, but a more nutritious profile as well. Here are some of the most exciting chickpea products recently introduced.


Banza Chickpea Pasta. Chickpeas make for some delicious and notably nutritious pasta, with each serving of Banza containing 25 grams of protein, 13 grams of fiber and only 43 grams of net carbs. Classic family pasta recipes are now a healthier option for dinner. Varieties in the Banza Chickpea Pasta lineup include shells and cheese, mac and cheese, elbows, penne, rotini, and spaghetti. eatbanza.com 


Biena Sea Salt Chickpea Snacks. Biena Sea Salt Chickpea Snacks pack a huge protein (5 grams) and fiber (6 grams) punch, leaving eaters more full and satisfied than a usual vending machine snack. Eaten right out of the bag, these salty, crunchy snacks are naturally gluten-free, come from family-owned farms, and are non-GMO. Other flavors in the Biena chickpea snack lineup include Cinnamon Crunch, Honey Roasted, Rockin’ Ranch, Habanero, and Barbeque. bienafoods.com 


Delighted By Dessert Vanilla Bean Hummus. Dessert Hummus is an entirely new concept that combines chickpeas, water, coconut milk, organic turbinado sugar, tahini, coconut sugar, pure vanilla extract, ground cinnamon, and sea salt for a dippable and spreadable snack that is both sweet and savory. Consumers can enjoy it with a bowl of fresh berries, as a great frosting substitute, or even by the spoonful. Other dessert hummus flavors include Brownie Batter, Orange Dreamsicle, and Snickerdoodle. delightedbyhummus.com 


Healthy Life Brands Chickpeas, Red Peppers and Potatoes Veggie Fries. These frozen french fries are a blend of chickpeas and red peppers combined with herbs, spices and a pinch of sea salt. Each serving of veggie fries gives consumers two servings of vegetables in addition to protein, fiber, and vitamin C. Unlike the age-old frozen french fry from the grocery store freezer aisle, these are crispy and fluffy every time. eatveggiefries.com 


Hippeas Maple Haze Chickpea Puffs. Packed with fiber, protein, and good vibes, Maple Haze Chickpea Puffs are syrupy sweet with a savory edge, for a sweet-salty snack with plenty of flavor. Hippeas also works with farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa to help them become more pioneering and productive, climate-smart and competitive, enabling them to grow their own way out of poverty. hippeas.com 


Maya Kaimal Sweet Chili Chickpea Chips. Sweet Chili Chickpea Chips capture the balance of sugar, red chili, and sautéed garlic, just like the Thai dipping sauce. The combination of chickpeas and rice creates a light and crispy texture, and a generous dusting of spice gives these chips a nice kick. Enjoy with hummus, salsa, guacamole, chutney, or a creamy dip. mayakaimal.com 


RW Garcia Chickpea and Ancient Grains Tortilla Chips. Chickpeas and ancient grains come together to make a satisfying chip that is sustainable, clean, and flavorful. Made with stone-ground white corn, chickpeas, sunflower oil, chia seeds, red bell pepper flakes, flaxseeds, garlic, black sesame seeds, and sea salt, they are a nutritious snack that dips perfectly into salsa or hummus. rwgarcia.com 


Saffron Road Korean BBQ Crunchy Chickpeas. Crunchy chickpeas enjoy a kick of Korean barbecue, inspired by the classic bulgogi marinade made of soy sauce, pear juice, sesame oil, garlic, and red pepper. Sweet and spicy flavors come together for a guilt-free alternative to croutons in a salad or a snackable bite right out of the bag that is a good source of protein, and is gluten-free and non-GMO. saffronroadfood.com 


Sir Kensington’s Fabanaise. Made with aquafaba, the liquid left behind after chickpeas are cooked in water, Fabanaise is the first and only vegan mayo made with this versatile and over-looked ingredient. Mixed with vinegar, lemon and sunflower oil, it is a smooth and creamy egg-free alternative to mayonnaise that will upgrade any sandwich, transform chicken and tuna salad, and serve as a flavorful dip for crispy french fries. Flavors include Classic Fabanaise and Chipotle Fabanaise. sirkensingtons.com 


Watusee Foods Rosemary Chickpeatos. Rosemary Chickpeatos are a versatile and herbaceous savory snack that can be used as a replacement for croutons in a salad, a protein crunch in soup, an alternative to regular breadcrumbs or panko for crispy chicken, or a salty snack. Each serving has 6 grams of protein, 5 grams of fiber, is gluten-free and vegan, and is roasted using 100 percent organic extra virgin olive oil. Additional flavors include Cinnamon Toast, Tomato Basil, and Spicy Cayenne. watuseefoods.com 

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Sara Kay is content and education associate at the Specialty Food Association.