I am constantly looking for new snack ideas. I am trying my best not to buy munchies from outside and make as many different kinds as possible myself. I feel like all my efforts to eat better are ruined by a few packs of deep fried savory snacks or sugar filled cookies. After a hearty healthy meal cooked at home I want my family to munch on nutritious snacks without compromising on the taste factor.
I was planning on making some whole wheat crackers (which I LOVE) the other day when I saw a packet of dry chickpeas in my pantry. For one moment I thought I’ll soak it and make some curry but immediately I thought why not make crackers with them!!
Chickpeas or Garbanzo Bean are a GREAT source of protein, folate, zinc, dietary fiber and are low in fat. I use them regularly in my kitchen. I had never attempted making cracker out of them but I didn’t see a reason for it to not work. I was right!! Chickpeas made awesome crackers!
I used whole wheat flour to bind it together and added a little bit of thyme for flavor. These crackers are completely oil free. They are hard, dense and have a beautiful deep chickpea flavor which I loved the most about it. Roll them as thin as possible for the best results. You can get creative with different herbs and spices and I am sure chickpea can be great base for most flavors.
Serve these amazing healthy crackers with any spicy dip, creamy cheese for a great appetizer or sweet jams/jellies for a great sweet snack!
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- 250 grams of dry chickpeas
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp dried thyme
Soak dry chickpeas in water for 5-6 hours or overnight. Cook them with a pinch of salt till soft.
Drain all the water and mash the chickpeas well by hand or in a food processor.
Add the thyme and salt and mix well.
Now add the whole wheat flour little by little, enough to make hard dough. I used almost a cup.
Roll the dough between two cling films as thin as possible and cut into desired shapes.
Bake in a preheated oven at 160 degree C for 25 to 30 minutes till golden and crisp.