If you plan on making something with canned chickpeas, did you know that the liquid from the can can be whipped up into a soft, fluffy frosting? It's very light and airy and has a very mild sweet flavor, so it pairs well with rich chocolate cake and berries. It doesn't taste even a HINT like beans. We're just using the starch they left behind!
This is a great Cool-Whip or Marshmallow Fluff alternative in or on dishes where it is the look and texture you are relying on. It truly is very mild in flavor, which means it isn't creamy tasting as Cool Whip or as sweet as Marshmallow Fluff, but it is also less likely to offend any picky eaters. A critic in our family stated, "It's not bad, it just tastes like nothing." Meanwhile, the kids raved about getting something new that was so much fun and the adults that were dairy free and watching their sugar intake were very appreciative!
A bit off topic, but also regarding baking with legumes- some recipes use peanut butter as a base instead of flour. Here's a zucchini brownie recipe on The Healthy Family and Home blog that is flour-free and has a unique flavor we love! We are gluten-free but far from grain-free. We are egg free so we aren't Paleo. We don't quite "fit" into any category around here, but we sure love collecting great recipes that are allergen friendly. If you've tried any recipes which use legumes to replace some, most, or all of the flour of other expected ingredients, feel free to link them in the comments so we can get a collection on this post for others!
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