Chickpea Flour Flatbread Recipe

Chickpea Flour Flatbread Recipe

The fact that I have a chickpea flour flatbread recipe posted today means that is three days in a row with food posts and makes me wonder if this is becoming a food blog as opposed to a triathlon blog?  Either way, this flatbread recipe is so easy to make even a caveman can do it although I am not sure if this is paleo worthy.  Then again I am so confused by paleo I don't know where to start.  This diet is based on what the caveman ate yet I see post after post about paleo cupcakes and brownies and cakes but (and I'm no history expert) did caveman have ovens to bake all these items in?  I seriously do not understand the paleo diet so if you have any insight into it let me know. Anyway, back to chickpea flour flatbread for a moment.  Last week I had a hankering for bread and since my one and only foray into bread making since I have gone wheat-free was a total disaster I haven't made it since.  This time I thought that I would make flatbread since that is really nothing more than making a simple dough and then either grilling it or baking it in the oven on a pizza stone.  Chickpea flour is what I have been using to make all of my waffles and pancakes. Two nights ago I was watching Chopped on The Food Network and watched as one of the contestants made a flatbread.  At that moment I knew I was making Chickpea Flour flatbread.  He used a ton of fresh herbs and rolled it out and used the grill pan.  I did not want to have grill marks so I decided to roll out my dough and toss it in the oven.  I then used the flatbread, instead of a fork, to pick up the vegetables I roasted in gravy (that's red sauce for those of you that don't know) and it turned out great. Here is my recipe for Chickpea Flour Flatbread along with how I made my vegetables:  

Chickpea Flour Flatbread

Ingredients:

  • Chickpea Flour Flatbread: 1/2c chickpea flour (I use Bob's Red Mill which is called Garbanzo Flour), 1/4c water, 1 tsp garlic (minced), 1 Tbsp Herbs De Provence, pinch salt, pinch pepper
  • Roasted Vegetables In Red Gravy: 1/2c Pomi Tomato Sauce, 100g Crimini Mushrooms, 100g Sweet Potato, 50g Zucchini, 30g Green Bell Pepper, 30g Red Onion, 100g Broccoli, 100g Cauliflower, 100g Carrots, 1 Tbsp Honey, 3 cloves garlic, Red Pepper Flakes

Servings: 2 Nutritional Information (entire meal including flatbread and vegetables): 412 calories, 83g Carbs, 3g Fat, 18g Protein Directions:

  • Chickpea Flour Flatbread (see notes below):
    • Preheat oven to 400* with pizza stone in oven.
    • In a mixing bowl combine the chickpea flour and the herbs.
    • Pour in water slowly and mix by hand until a dough forms and pulls away from the sides of the bowl.
    • Let dough rest  for 10 minutes.
    • On a lightly floured surface roll out dough by hand and place on the hot pizza stone.
    • Bake for 12-15 minutes until crispy on the outside but soft in the center.
    • Remove from oven and let cool.
  • Roasted Vegetables in Red Gravy
    • In a pot combine the tomato, honey, red pepper flakes and garlic.
    • Bring to temp where steam bubbles start to form and then turn off heat.
    • In a baking dish add the red gravy and top with vegetables.
    • Bake in the 400* oven until vegetables are tender (approximately 35 minutes - go shorter if you want the vegetables to contain some crunchiness)
    • Remove from oven after vegetables are tender and serve.

Use the chickpea flour flatbread as your fork by ripping off pieces and picking up the vegetables along with the red gravy. I don't drink but this would be perfect with a glass of red wine (I am assuming.) Thank you for reading and hope that if you make this meal you enjoy it as much as I did. Notes: This is not going to be like bread in the sense that you can fold it.  It is going to be flat and rigid so more of a scoop.  The reason being is that there is no gluten in chickpea flour which gives bread and pizza dough its elasticity. [gallery link="file" orderby="rand"]

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I grew up in New York and lived there for 34 years until I got divorced and moved 1600 miles to my new home in Texas.  I love New York and miss it but that does not mean that Texas hasn’t been great to me because it has.  It was here that I discovered endurance sports and specifically the sport of triathlon.  Triathlon has given me new life through all the challenges it presents.  I no longer look at life the same way and I can say that is in part due to my endeavor into this sport.