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Chickpea is a food rich in nutrients such as iron, magnesium, calcium, B vitamins and, above all, proteins. That’s why it is so present in vegan and vegetarian recipes.

Another benefit of the legume is the presence of tryptophan, an important amino acid for the production of serotonin, a neurotransmitter responsible for the feeling of happiness and well-being.

Learn how to prepare this gluten-free, chickpea-based vegan recipe:

roasted falafel

Ingredients:

500g of chickpeas

1 medium onion (150g)

1 bunch of parsley (15g)

1 bunch of coriander (15g)

3 cloves of garlic (25g)

15 mint leaves (10g)

1 teaspoon of sweet paprika (5g)

1 teaspoon of baking soda (7g)

1 level tablespoon of salt (15g)

3 tablespoons of sesame (30g)

Preparation mode:

Soak the chickpeas in water for about 24 hours before preparation and change the water from time to time.

Drain the water and dry the beans on a paper towel. It is important that it is not too wet so as not to damage the point of the dough.

In a food processor, grind the chickpeas into a dough.

Add the remaining ingredients (except the sesame) and process to homogenize the seasonings.

Place the dough in a baking dish and add the sesame.

Make the balls by hand and arrange in a greased baking tin.

Bake for 40 minutes in a preheated 190º oven.

Yield: 28, 25g cookies

vegan pesto sauce

Ingredients:

½ bunch of basil (60g)

1 cup of extra virgin olive oil (150ml)

3 cloves of garlic (25g)

5 green olives (20g)

½ cup of walnuts (30g)

1 teaspoon of salt (8g)

Preparation mode:

Place all ingredients (except walnuts) in a blender or food processor.

Tap until you get a paste.

Add the walnuts and beat again as much as desired.
Do not leave the walnuts completely pasty to make the sauce more crunchy.

Yield: 250ml of sauce

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