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Basic Vegan Chickpea Flour Muffins {grain-free, oil-free}

Tender, oil-free & vegan chickpea flour muffins made with three kinds of chickpea products (canned chickpeas, chickpea liquid, & chickpea flour). They are grain-free, easy to make, & have 137 calories & 5 grams protein each.

I have a short and sweet post for all of you today, with a short and sweet recipe to match!

I still love my oats, but I do revel in the creation of newfangled grain-free bakes. It takes plenty of trial and error, but the elation of getting it right is worth it. 

Consider me elated, all thanks to these: Healthy, Easy Muffins that are Grain-Free & Vegan.  Consider them your new go-to muffin recipe!

The primary ingredient? Chickpeas. Plus chickpeas. And then…some more chickpeas. 

Yes, I love chickpeas. 🙂

To make the muffins, puree a 15-ounce can of chickpeas, including the chickpea liquid. The chickpea liquid, known as aquafaba, has eggwhite-like binding properties that contribute to the light, fluffy texture of these muffins.

Also in the initial chickpea puree: 1/2 cup creamy nut butter (see my notes for other options), 1/3 cup coconut sugar (I have options for this, too) and 1 and 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract. I like to add 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon, too, but it is optional.

Once smooth, add the remaining ingredients: 3/4 cup chickpea flour and 2 and 1/2 teaspoons baking powder. There is no need to add salt (given the canned chickpeas + chickpea liquid, and the nut butter). If you like, choose a lower sodium or no-sodium can of chickpeas to control the salt to your liking.

The resulting batter is akin to a regular muffin batter.

Divide the batter between 12 paper- or foil-lined muffin cups (in a standard size muffin pan). The batter will fill about 2/3 of each cup.

Be sure to divide the batter between all 12 cups. Fewer cups, with more batter, will not work well for these grain-free muffins. They do not develop a peak in the center when baked, so overfilled cups will overflow to the sides of the pan as the muffins rise.

Bake the muffins in a preheated 400F oven for 14 to 18 minutes to yield a golden dozen fluffy, filling, all-around fantastic muffins!

If you are looking for more of a peak to the muffins, you can divide the batter between 15 or 16 standard muffin cups (about 1/2-way full). Just be sure to reduce the baking time by about 3 minutes overall.

Use this basic recipe as a template for a host of other flavors, add-ins and toppings. For example, fresh or dried fruits, chocolate chips, poppy seeds, almond extract, citrus zests, spices galore, or a sprinkle of nuts or seeds on top (which toast as they bake).

These are my 3 current favorites for the fall season: (1) Cinnamon Chocolate Chip (1 and 1/4 teaspoons cinnamon +  2/3 cups chocolate chips), (2) Cranberry Orange (1 cup fresh or frozen, thawed cranberries + 1 tablespoon freshly grated orange zest), and (3) Spiced Toasted Nut (1 and 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice + 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans sprinkled on top).

Have fun adding your favorites to the mix!

Happy baking, everyone!

  1. More Scrumptious Chickpea Flour Muffins to Try:

    1. Chickpea Flour Pumpkin Muffins {Vegan, Grain-Free, Oil-Free}
    2. Chickpea Flour Zucchini Muffins {grain-free, oil-free, vegan}
    3. Cranberry Orange Chickpea Flour Muffins {Grain-Free, Vegan}
    4. Chocolate Chickpea Flour Muffins {vegan, grain-free}
    5. Gingerbread Chickpea Flour Muffins {grain-free & vegan}
    6. Grain-Free Vegan Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

     

 

 

Yield: 12 muffins

Healthy Grain-Free Vegan Muffins {easy, oil-free}

Healthy Grain-Free Vegan Muffins {easy, oil-free}

Tender grain-free & vegan muffins! Made with chickpeas, chickpea liquid, & chickpea flour, they are also oil-free, easy to make, & have 137 calories & 5 grams protein each.

Ingredients

  • 1 15-ounce can chickpeas, undrained

undrained

  • 1/2 cup (128 g) creamy nut butter (see notes for options)
  • 1/3 cup (48 g) coconut sugar (see notes for options)
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Optional: 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup (90 g) chickpea flour
  • 3 tablespoons tapioca starch (see notes for options)
  • 2 and 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 400F (200C). Line a 12 cup standard size muffin tin with paper or foil liners.

In a blender or food processor, place the chickpeas (including all of the liquid), nut butter, coconut sugar, vanilla and (optional) cinnamon. Puree until completely smooth.

Add the chickpea flour, tapioca starch, and baking powder; blend until smooth, stopping to scrape down sides of container.

Divide batter evenly between prepared muffin cups.

Bake in the preheated oven for 14 to 18 minutes until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with only moist crumbs attached.

Cool in muffin tin for 5 minutes. Remove muffins from tin and cool completely.

Notes

Storage: Store the cooled muffins in an airtight container at (cool) room temperature for 2 days, the refrigerator for 1 week, or the freezer for up to 6 months.

Chickpea Tip: I recommend using reduced sodium chickpeas to control the overall salt in the recipe.

Sweetener: Feel free to use any other granular sweetener (e.g., brown sugar) in place of the coconut sugar.

Tapioca Tip: An equal amount of arrowroot or potato starch can be used in place of the tapioca starch.  If you do not need these to be grain-free, you can use cornstarch as well.

Nut Butter Tips: Use any variety of creamy nut butter you like, such as peanut, almond or cashew. I prefer to use varieties that only contain nuts and salt, but use what suits your needs, budget and preference.

Nut-Free Options: For a nut-free option, use an equal amount of sunflower seed butter or well-stirred tahini. Note that sunflower seed butter will tinge the muffins pale green. They are perfectly fine, it's simply a sunflower seed side effect. You can also use an equal amount of coconut butter. I have an easy DIY coconut butter recipe that you can make in minutes.

Nutrition Information

Serving Size

1 muffin

Amount Per Serving Calories 137Total Fat 5.9gSaturated Fat 0.6gCholesterol 0mgSodium 216.2mgCarbohydrates 18.3gFiber 2.9gSugar 7.2gProtein 5g

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Faith

Tuesday 25th of August 2020

Editing my bad autocorrect typos! My cans of chickpeas are all 19 FL oz and I didn’t want to measure, so I used the whole can. I used Wow butter to make it nut free for my son’s daycare. I put in a little ginger and all spice as well. They turned out great! Great taste, great texture and great looks. A full, cracked top. Thanks for the recipe!!

Camilla

Thursday 27th of August 2020

That's greet that the 19-ouce can worked out, thanks for sharing that, Faith! I am sure it will come in handy for others. So glad they were a success for you! :)

HungryTurtle

Wednesday 15th of April 2020

Made your muffins today using Trader Joe's organic canned chickpea and creamy peanut butter without salt. It's so good that my boyfriend and i ate five together in one afternoon!

Camilla

Thursday 16th of April 2020

That is awesome-sauce, Hungry Turtle!!! Love it:)

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