By: Chantal Urbina ()
Chickpea Fritters are one of the best homemade things to have on hand. They can complement any meal perfectly but also make for the best, nutrient rich snack. They are filling; full of plant-based ingredients that help us thrive and are a delicious way to switch things up. Think of them as a super thick and healthy, savoury pancake. Pancakes that are in fact loaded with proteins from the earth, vegetables, and classic fresh herbs.
Our favourite way to enjoy these fritters is alongside a homemade Greek style salad. We mash some beautiful avocado on top of our chickpea fritters and enjoy alternating bites. However, I do also love the idea of having them handy for a veggie-dominant snack. Most of the easy, go-to snacks families tend to rely on are fruit based, and often contain some amounts of added sugars. These chickpea fritters avoid that altogether and are a great way to add some variety in the snack routine. They can also be kept in the freezer as well which is a parent hack in itself.
- 1 cup grain based flour (I used spelt flour).
- 2 Tbsp. nutritional yeast
- 1.5 Tsp. baking powder
- 1 chickpea egg: (1/4 cup chickpea flour + ¼ cup water mixed together-or use a poultry egg).
- 1 + 2/3rd cups of cooked/canned chickpeas
- 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
- 1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
- ¾ cup milk/milk alternative
- ¾ cup grated carrots
- 1/3 cup leafy greens, chopped finely (spinach or kale are both great).
- ¼ cup chopped onion
- 1 Tbsp. freshly chopped basil
- 1 Tbsp. freshly chopped oregano
- In a large bowl, combine the flour, nutritional yeast, and baking powder.
- In a food processor, blend the chickpea egg (or regular egg) with the chickpeas, lemon juice, oil, and milk. *Note: you can choose to simply pulse these ingredients for a chunkier textured fritter or blend smooth for a fritter that resembles a thick pancake.
- Pour out the wet ingredients from the processor into the bowl of dried goods and stir thoroughly.
- Fold in the carrots, leafy greens, onion, and fresh herbs.
- Heat some avocado oil, grass fed butter, ghee, or coconut oil in a skillet over medium heat. Place fritter batter on the skillet in ¼ cup measurements. Slightly flatten out and shape the fritter using a fork or spoon.
- Cook the fritters for about 4-5 minutes and flip to cook the opposite side.
- Serve warm.
Meet Chantal Urbina
I am currently a retired Registered Massage Therapist on maternity leave with my first child. I am a certified Culinary Nutrition Expert and aim to create delicious but powerful meals that serve our bodies with the love and respect they deserve. Introducing solids to my daughter, Eliana, has further inspired me to create recipes with holistic foods. Motherhood has blessed me with the highest motivation to live the healthiest and happiest life that I can. Summers are when I shine my brightest as I live for adventures out in the sun. I live in Winnipeg with my daughter, husband and two cats.