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6 Delicious Post-Workout Recipes With Chickpeas

post-workout recipes

Growing up on the West Coast we called them garbanzo beans. Then, I moved to the East Coast and people called them chickpeas. Whichever name you use for this little legume, chickpeas are extremely versatile. You can eat it raw, roasted, deep-fried, as flour, or even as a dessert. There are so many interesting ways to use chickpeas. We’re going to give you some of our favorite post-workout recipes using chickpeas.

Keep in mind, some recipes use the starchy liquid that the beans sit in. So we recommend draining your chickpeas into a bowl so you can save the liquid (aquafaba) for other recipes. 

Before we jump into the recipes, let’s talk about what makes them a nutrient powerhouse. For one, they are high in protein (15 grams per cup) and high in fiber (13 grams per cup). They also contain a variety of nutrients, like iron, phosphate, calcium, magnesium, zinc, and vitamin C. 

After working out, your body needs to replace its glycogen stores and repair and regrow muscle proteins. Eating a blend of nutrients, like protein and carbohydrates, soon after you’re done can enhance recovery. 

Now for the post-workout recipes: 

post-workout recipes

Snickerdoodle Chickpea Smoothie 

How chickpeas are used: raw chickpeas from a can

Many of us love smoothies after working out. And why not? They’re easy to sip on, especially when you’ve worked out hard and food seems impossible to digest. Smoothies are also very customizable so you can adjust according to your tastes and preferences. You might have to get past the idea that you’re putting beans in your sweet smoothie. But once you do, this might become a new favorite. The sweet flavor of cinnamon complements the creaminess of this smoothie. 

Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Chip Chickpea Blondies

How chickpeas are used: raw chickpeas from a can

Your post-workout muscles will thank you for this one. Both chickpeas and bananas are great sources of potassium, which is necessary for muscle and nerve functioning. The sweet blondie is made with chickpeas, peanut butter, banana and your favorite vanilla protein powder. Because of the simple ingredient list, it takes just a few minutes to whip it together before baking. Once it’s baked, the bars last for a few days. 

Carrot-Apple Quick Bread Using Chickpea Flour

How chickpeas are used: flour 

Using chickpea flour is an excellent way to increase your protein and fiber intake. Both nutrients can be helpful for post-workout recipes and recovery. Chickpea flour works well in vegan, vegetarian, omnivorous, and gluten-free dishes. It has a mild, nutty flavor that works well for many different recipes, including quick breads. I like quick breads because a slice makes for a good post-workout snack. In addition, this recipe uses carrots and apples, so you’ve got lots of reasons to bake this one. 

Energy Garbanzo Bites

How chickpeas are used: raw chickpeas from a can

Energy balls are a great alternative to store-bought protein bars. Plus, there’s no baking or cooking involved. They also last for several days in the fridge so if you’re meal prepping you can make enough for the week. If you’re looking to make this vegan, you could substitute maple syrup for the honey. 

post-workout recipes

Salt and Pepper Crunchy Chickpeas

How chickpeas are used: raw chickpeas from a can

If your workout has you feeling munchy, roasted chickpeas can help you feel satisfied. Roasted chickpeas started making their appearance in grocery stores a few years ago. But you’ll save a few dollars by making your own. Plus, you can decide how much flavor to add to them. 

post-workout recipes

Best Ever Vegan Omelet

How chickpeas are used: flour and aquafaba 

If you’ve had a hard and long workout, your snack may need to be more like a mini-meal. That’s where this omelet comes in. Since you whip the aquafaba (liquid from a can of chickpeas), the omelet comes out very light and fluffy. I also find chickpea flour to be more forgiving than eggs. So you’ll feel a little less concerned about overcooking it. 

I hope you’ll give chickpeas a chance to help you meet your post-workout nutrition needs. And if you’ve already got a few favorites, feel free to share with us!

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