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Chickpea Flour Mini Quiches {Vegan, GF}

Delicious and versatile chickpea flour mini quiches! They are naturally vegan, gluten-free, grain-free, and 100% delicious. Change the flavors any which way you like based on what you have on hand.

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Portable Vegan Breakfast Quiches

Today is the last day of my month of portable power food (I’ll do a round-up of all of the recipes in a separate post), all of which I designed for staying on track through January in particular, but all year round, too.

I’ve written only one savory option so far (Paleo Almond Flour Mushroom Muffins), so I am squeezing in one more on for this final post of the series. As good as the other recipes are, I have saved the best for last. It is extraordinary. Rock-your-world-worthy. A  year from now, you will have made the recipe more times than you can count.

I’m talking about my Mini Chickpea Flour Quiches.

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Benefits of Chickpea Flour Mini Quiches

Here is a brief list of their attributes:

  • Vegan (egg-free and dairy-free)
  • Gluten-free
  • Grain-free
  • Easy to make
  • Portable
  • Frugal
  • Endlessly versatile flavor combinations
  • Filling and satisfying
  • Low in calories
  • High in protein (8 grams per quiche)
  • High in fiber (7.2 grams for the basic batter–even more once you add vegetables)

Most importantly, they are incredibly DELICIOUS! Creamy and custardy like traditional quiche, plus the outside edges are slightly crisp like a traditional crust.

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Ingredients

The exact amounts of each ingredient are indicated in the recipe card at the end of the post.

The essential batter for the quiches has a short list of ingredients:

To this basic batter, you add the vegetables (cooked, or finely shredded raw ingredients), herbs (dried or fresh) and spices of your choice.

The options are endless. I find this recipe is a great way to use up leftover vegetables, in particular.

What is Chickpea Flour?

Chickpea flour is simply finely ground dried chickpeas. It is the magic ingredient that makes these egg-free quiches possible.

Chickpea flour goes by many names, including garbanzo bean flour, besan, cici flour and gram flour, and is used in cuisines all over the world, including India, Pakistan, Myanmar (Burma), France, Spain, Italy, Morocco, and throughout the Middle East.

Naturally gluten-free and grain-free, chickpea flour can be used in many ways similar to wheat flour, but also in extraordinary ways to make creamy and crispy savory and sweet dishes.

It is a very inexpensive gluten-free flour. You can find it in the health food section of most grocery stores, at natural food stores (including the bulk food section) , and in many Southeast Asian and Middle Eastern markets.

How Make Chickpea Flour Mini Quiches

Step One: Preheat the Oven and Prepare Pan

Preheat the oven to 400F. Grease or spray (with nonstick cooking spray) the cups of a standard size muffin tin.

Step Two: Whisk the Batter

In a mixing bowl, whisk the chickpea flour, water, olive oil, salt & pepper, and any herbs and spices you like until smooth. You could also make this batter in a blender or a food processor.

Step Three: Add Vegetables

Add the vegetables of your choice to the batter. I prefer using cooked vegetables, but you can use raw vegetables too, so long as they are finely shredded.

Step Four: Divide the Batter

Even divide the batter between the prepare muffin cups. A ladle or large muffin scooper make this job a breeze.

Step Five: Bake

Bake in the preheated oven for 14 to 17 minutes until browned, slightly puffed, and a toothpick inserted near the center comes out with only a few moist crumbs attached.

Do not bake the quiches until they are dry (or else they will be more like muffins). The interiors should still be somewhat moist. The quiches will continue to cook in the hot pan.

Step Six: Cool the Quiches

Transfer the pan to a wire rack and cool for 15 minutes. Run a knife around the edge of each cup and carefully remove the quiches from the muffin tin. Serve warm or let them cool completely before serving.

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The resulting quiches are great travelers for breakfast, lunch or snacks on the go, plus they keep well in the refrigerator for up to a week or the freezer for several months.

Yield: 12 mini quiches

Chickpea Flour Mini Quiches {Vegan, GF

Chickpea Flour Mini Quiches {Vegan, GF
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 27 minutes
Total Time 32 minutes

Ingredients

Essential Batter:

  • 3 tablespoons (45 mL) olive oil
  • 2 and 1/2 cups (300 grams) chickpea flour
  • 3 cups (710 mL) water
  • 1 teaspoon salt (more or less to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper (or hot sauce of choice)
  • Filling:
  • 1 to 1 and 1/2 cups chopped lightly cooked vegetables OR finely chopped /shredded raw vegetables
  • Optional: 1 to 2 cloves garlic, minced (optional, but really good)
  • Herbs (fresh or dried) and spices of choice

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).. Grease or spray (with nonstick cooking spray) the cups of a 12-count standard muffin tin.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk the flour, water, 3 tablespoons oil, salt and pepper until blended and smooth. Stir in the vegetables (I used 2/3 cup chopped roasted peppers and 3/4 cup steamed kale in the photos) and garlic.
  3. Divide the batter evenly among the prepared cups.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 14 to 17 minutes until browned, slightly puffed, and a toothpick inserted near the center comes out with only a few moist crumbs attached.
  5. Transfer the pan to a wire rack and cool for 15 minutes (the quiches will continue to cook in the hot pan). Run a knife around the edge of each cup and carefully remove the quiches from the muffin tin. Serve warm or let them cool completely before serving.

Notes

Nutrition Tip: The nutrition calculations were completed using the essential batter, not any additional vegetables.

Storage: Store the quiche in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Full-Size Quiche: Pour the batter into a greased 9-inch pie plate. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes.

Nutrition Information

Yield

12

Serving Size

1 quiche

Amount Per Serving Calories 182Total Fat 6gSaturated Fat 0.8gCholesterol 0mgSodium 322mgCarbohydrates 25.3gFiber 7.2gSugar 4.5gProtein 8g

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marlene

Thursday 22nd of April 2021

These are so very tasty! I just took a batch out of the oven , they are a keeper for us , we both like them! I kept it simple with the veggies part this time , I only did a little orange bell pepper , onion , and garlic ... I can't wait to try some of the suggestions in the comments as well! Thanks so much for sharing this recipe! :)

Camilla

Thursday 22nd of April 2021

Wonderful, Marlene! So glad you enjoyed them :)

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I've used a variation of this recipe (adding cheese and different vegetables /seasonings) for the last couple of years and it is fantastic! Besan is such a versatile flour and this recipe is perfect

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A million thanks for stopping by to let me know, Sam! I am so happy this works so well for you, I love these little quiches, too :)

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