Simple Chickpea Recipes for Kids

These simple chickpea recipes for kids are perfect for your regular menu rotation. Chickpeas are full of protein, fiber, iron, and healthy fats, making them a nutritious addition to any diet. Plus, kids love them!

chickpea recipes for kids

How to Cook Garbanzo Beans

Chickpeas, or garbanzo beans, are a healthy and nutritious source of folate, iron, and fiber. They have a balance of carbs and protein and can be added to a wide variety of meals since they have a mild flavor.  

If your family is vegetarian or vegan, or you’re looking for recipes that use plant-based protein that your kids will gobble up, you’ll love these simple and family-friendly chickpea recipes. 

Chickpeas have a light nutty and earthy flavor that goes well with almost anything, making them an ideal plant protein to use in a variety of recipes from hummus to cookies. 

Each of the recipes below explain how to prepare or cook the chickpeas. If they cause gas or any digestive issues, start with dried beans and soak them overnight or for at least six hours. Change the water before you cook the beans.

The soaking process helps remove some of the oligosaccharides in beans, making it easier for your body to break them down.

Chickpea Recipes for Kids and Families

Who doesn’t love tacos? Perfect for kid-sized hands, these roasted cauliflower and chickpea tacos will fill your family up with healthy protein and lots of veggies. I love family taco night because each plate is easily customized. 

Roasted Cauliflower and Chickpea Tacos

Falafel is often a family favorite, and this easy vegan falafel recipe is a breeze to make. These have a traditional taste but aren’t labor-intensive or deep-fried. They’re deliciously healthy and so good in a pita or dipped in hummus or tahini with a side of tzatziki sauce.

Have you ever tried garbanzo beans in chili? This chickpea chili recipe is quite tasty. And while they might not be an addition you make every time, it’s fun to change it up.

This traditional hummus recipe is a lovely way to use a can of garbanzo beans! Hummus is a perfect dip for fresh veggies or as a sandwich spread. 

If you don’t want to waste the liquid from canned garbanzo beans, called aquafaba, it has uses! Check out this guide to aquafaba, it can be whipped into a binder to replace eggs in baking and even in mayo!

Sautéed Chickpeas

Sautéed chickpeas are a pan-fried snack that is great for adding to salads, bowls, soups, or on top of rice. These are quick and simple, and the garbanzos soak up the flavors so well. 

sauteed chickpeas

Now, these sautéed chickpeas with yogurt, garlic, and herbs are seriously delicious with a Mediterranean flavor to them. Wonderful for a vegetarian lunch or a perfect side dish your kiddos will love.

Chickpea Snack Recipes 

Chickpeas in cookies… Yep, and they’re delicious! Chickpea chocolate chip cookies with einkorn flour are a sweet, filling dessert with added plant protein in the form of chickpeas. Trust us – these cookies are dense, making it easy to get full on just one or two.

Chocolate Chip Chickpea Cookies with Einkorn Flour

Who needs chips when you have honey cinnamon roasted chickpeas? They make a delicious snack that is perfect for toddlers and kids, but trust me, you’ll love them too. Snack on them solo or add to any salad or dish where you want a little protein and crunch.

Rice and Chickpeas

Chickpeas serve up beautifully in place of chicken in this vegan chickpea tikka masala. It’s bursting with flavor and easy to customize with more or less spice for what appeals to your family. 

You’re only 15 minutes away from these vegan sticky sesame chickpeas, a family favorite! This meal is gluten-free, with a homemade sauce that is to die for. It’s simple to make with a side of broccoli and loved by kids.

sesame chickpeas

Chickpea Salad Recipes

This chickpea salad pita sandwich is a versatile meal that can be an easy lunch or dinner. These can be casual or fancy and are perfect for a picnic or a party when you don’t want to sacrifice your health. 

Keep it super simple with this deliciously easy chickpea salad. This chickpea recipe takes no cooking at all, is really fresh, and is great for a warm evening when cooking is a no-go.

Dried Chickpeas 

Instant pot chickpeas are tender and buttery, and a super easy way to cook them dried. Once these babies are ready, you can use them for anything! This is so simple, delicious, versatile, and majorly budget-friendly. 

Chickpea Flour Recipes

Chickpea flour is another way to enjoy the nutritional benefits of chickpea recipes. To make your own, try one of these two methods. Or, feel free to buy chickpea flour if that is easier for you. Either one should work just fine in these recipes. 

Looking for a grain-free pizza to make for your family? This Moroccan chickpea skillet pizza is it! With a deep-dish pizza feel topped with savory Middle Eastern flavors, this is a healthy way to have family pizza night. 

Banana bread is a staple snack that can really be breakfast, dessert, or anything in between! Try this chickpea flour banana bread for a healthier, protein-rich, and nutrient-dense version. I recommend doubling this recipe!

Chickpea Baby Food Recipes

If you make your own baby food, you know how convenient it is to use ingredients from the family’s meal. Plus it can help baby feel more involved when they’re eating the same as older siblings. Chickpeas make a great Stage 2 baby food. Here are some easy recipes to try:

Blueberry chickpea puree with rosemary offers bright, rich flavors to help your baby get used to bold tastes. Blueberries are loaded with antioxidants, and they’re naturally sweet.

Make a puree of 1/2 a ripe banana, 1 tbsp cooked chickpeas, and 1 tbsp cooked or canned pumpkin. These flavors blend into a creamy, tasty treat for baby.

Or try this puree of sweet potatoes, spinach, and chickpeas. It’s a healthy, super-charged meal for baby.

Do your kids have a favorite way to enjoy chickpeas? Tell us in the comments.

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