Chickpea Muffins

Chickpea Muffins

The addition of cardamom gives a nice flavour to these "healthy" and delicious muffins.

12 servings
Preparation 15 min
Cooking 20 min

180 calories per serving 


1 3/4 cup chickpeas/garbanzo beans (canned), drained and rinsed   440 mL
2 tbsp lemonjuice, freshly squeezed   3/4 lemon
3 tbsp orangejuice, freshly squeezed, and zest   1/2 orange
1/4 cup canola oil   65 mL
1/2 cup sugar   110 g
2 eggs size large    
1/2 cup quinoa flour, sifted   90 g
2 tsp baking powder   5 g
1/8 tsp salt   0.4 g
3 cardamom pods   1 g
1/3 cup almond meal   35 g

Before you start

A blender or food processor will be very useful to purée the chickpeas.

A mixer will be very useful to beat the egg whites.


  1. Preheat the oven to 160°C/325°F. Place 12 paper muffin cups in a 12 cup muffin pan.
  2. Purée the chickpeas in a blender or food processor. Add the lemon and orange juice, orange zest, oil, and all the sugar (but 1 tbsp). Separate the egg whites from the yolks: add the yolks to the blender, add the whites to a bowl. Purée the chickpea mixture until smooth.
  3. Remove the cardamom seeds from the pods then crush them using a bottle or a meat tenderizer. Mix a pinch of cardamom with the reserved sugar, then set aside. Put the remaining cardamom in a bowl with the flour, baking powder, almond meal, and salt, then mix well. Incorporate the flour mixture to the chickpea mixture.
  4. Beat the egg whites to form stiff peaks using a mixer, then fold them into the mixture, blending gently with a spatule.
  5. Using an ice cream scoop, spoon the batter into the prepared muffin cups. Sprinkle each muffin with the sugar-cardamom mixture.
  6. Bake in the middle of the oven for about 18-20 min, until a tooth-pick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean. Take the pan out of the oven, then put each of the paper lined muffins on a rack to cool. Serve.

Nutrition Facts Table

Nutrition Facts

per 1 serving (80g)


% DV*

* DV = Daily Value




7 g

11 %

Saturated 1 g
+ Trans 0.1 g

4 %


30 mg


140 mg

6 %


24 g

8 %


2 g

9 %


9 g


5 g

Vitamin A

2 %

Vitamin C

8 %


6 %


10 %

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Servings of Canada's Food Guide

1 serving of this recipe is equivalent to:

Vegetables and Fruit: 0 serving
Grain Products: 0 serving
Milk and Alternatives: 0 serving
Meat and Alternatives: ½ serving

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Free :
Trans Fat
Low :
Saturated Fat, Sodium
Source of :
Calcium, Copper, Fibre, Iron, Magnesium, Niacin, Omega-3, Pantothenic Acid, Phosphorus, Selenium, Vitamin B12, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B6, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Zinc
Good source of :
Folacin, Manganese
Diet-related health claims :
Artery-healthy, Heart-healthy

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This recipe is in the following categories: Desserts | Snacks | Artery-healthy | Diabetes-friendly | Halal | Heart-healthy | Kosher | Low Saturated Fat | Low Sodium | Source of Omega-3 | Vegetarian

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