Exciting news – I’ll be at the P Street Whole Foods Market tomorrow with 2ArmadillosCo! They will have stations set up so you can try every flavor, and a few will be partnered with other foods – including my chickpea crackers! The tomato-basil flavor was so good I tried the same recipe with their rosemary-olive oil, and created a tomato & herb ricotta spread to complement them for the tasting on Saturday. I planned to stop there, but…
A few nights ago I got to visit Union Kitchen, where the 2Armadillos chickpeas are roasted, seasoned, and packed by hand with love. These guys really do it all by hand – first the chickpeas are soaked, then roasted, then covered in seasoning, and roasted again to lock in flavor. Here’s the process, in pictures:
Cinnamon toast is their latest chickpea flavor, and an idea struck: what if this cozy, cinnamony chickpea were made into a cracker? What if that cracker was paired with a cinnamon-vanilla ricotta spread I’ve been slathering on everything from toast to tortillas?
Unsurprisingly, the answer is: a sweet, crunchy treat that’s still loaded with protein and fiber.
Gluten-free cinnamon chickpea crackers
- 2 c 2ArmadillosCo Cinnamon Toast Chickpeas
- 1 c cashews
- 1/2 c rolled oats
- 1/2 c cornstarch
- ~1/2 c water
In a blender, grind the first 3 ingredients until the size of crumbs. Add cornstarch; pulse to combine. Drizzle in water while blender runs a little at a time. Dough should be sticky enough to form a ball. Place onto a non-stick cookie sheet and roll thin with a rolling pin or glass. (I put a piece of waxed paper on top so nothing stuck to the pin!) Use a pizza cutter to score into squares, sprinkle salt on top. Tested trick: sprinkle water around the outside of the dough so crackers bake evenly! Bake at 400F for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown and crackery. Break into squares.
- 1 c ricotta cheese (I use the real thing, made with whole milk)
- 1 Tbsp honey or sugar
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 cinnamon
- dash nutmeg
Blend all ingredients together in a bowl with a fork until spices are evenly distributed. Spread. Enjoy.