This vegan and gluten free chickpea bread is made with very simple ingredients and it’s surprisingly soft and flavorful. It’s very easy to cut into slices so you can make toast or make mini-sandwich with this.
When I was looking for a recipe with chickpea flour to make something vegan and gluten free I came across a chickpea flour sandwich bread recipe from Power Hungry website. I tried it with an excitement but it came out very flat and smelled very strange like bathroom cleaning liquid. Of course I was disappointed. I was wondering what went wrong and the only thing could have caused this happen is the baking soda. I tested it to see if it’s still good by dropping a small spoon in hot water but it didn’t fizz. It wasn’t expired but maybe drops of water accidentally went in last time and the lid wan’t on properly. I tried it again with new baking soda and it came out nicely. Ever since I always test my baking soda before baking anything to avoid disappointment ☺
This chickpea bread is very versatile that can be served toasted for breakfast or as a sandwich for lunch. It also goes well with soup or you can just eat as is for a snack.
Vegan and Gluten Free Chickpea Bread
- 300 g Chickpea flour
- 1-2 tbsp Sugar
- 1 and 1/4 tsp Baking soda make sure your baking soda hasn't expired and still works. Please see the recipe note below.
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 355 ml Sparkling water make sure it's an unopened bottle
- 2 tbsp olive oil or any other oil
- Preheat the oven to gas mark 5 (190°C). Grease a 9 x 5 inch loaf pan with oil or line with baking paper.
- In a large bowl, sift the dry ingredients.
- Slowly pour the sparkling water down the side of the bowl. Add the olive oil and stir until combined. Do not over mix. We want the bubbles from the sparkling water stays in the batter for a good result. Quickly pour into the prepared baking pan.
- Bake for 40-50 minutes until golden brown on the top and a toothpick inserted near the middle comes out clean.
- Let cool in the pan for 15 minutes. Remove from the pan to cool completely on a wire rack before slicing.
- You can replace the baking soda with baking powder. Just add triple amount of baking powder, for example if the recipe calls for 1 tsp of baking soda you will need to add 3 tsp of baking powder. The cake might not come out the same as the recipe but you will get a very similar result.
- To test baking soda, you just need to drop a small spoon of it into hot water. If there's fizzing, it's still good to use.