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Nutty Chickpea Giveaway and Easy Homemade Hummus

Let me just start by saying, how can you NOT like a company called The Nutty Bean Company? {Note: My goddaughter’s nickname for me is “Bean Bean” but that story is for another day…}

I contacted them a little while ago after finding their roasted chickpea snacks on Facebook and asked if I could try them.  I always enjoy sampling new healthy, gluten-free snacks that I can {hopefully}be able to recommend to my clients.

Oh, and equally important is that they taste good too!

Well, these Nutty Bean Co. snacks called ChickPz do, and I’m excited to offer you a chance to to try them too!

{How do you like my rhyming skillz??? Ha! }

But before I share these nutty delights with you, I want to give you some good reasons for including chickpeas {aka garbanzo beans} in your diet if you’re not already doing so.

Oh, and I also have a quick and easy homemade hummus recipe to share with you too!

Here’s the skinny on chickpeas…

  • GREAT source of fiber, including soluble fiber which helps keep blood sugar levels stable and keep your hunger at bay. In addition, the fiber in garbanzo beans has been shown to lower cholesterol {Total and LDL} and triglycerides.  Just one cup of garbanzo beans has 15 grams of fiber which is about half, or over half, the daily fiber recommendation for men (~30 grams) and women (~25 grams).
  • Good source of vegetarian protein.  1 cup provides ~ 14 grams of protein.
  • Provide antioxidant protection from phytonutrients such as quercetin, kaempferol, and ferulic acid to help to body combat oxidative stress.
  • Can be beneficial to the health of digestive tract by promoting the growth of Short Chain Fatty Acids {SCFAs} in the GI tract.  These SCFAs can help promote colon health, including potentially lowering your risk of colon cancer.

FYI:  Some individuals may have trouble tolerating and digesting chickpeas and other beans due to their galactan content.  {Remember this little ditty…Beans, beans,the musical fruit…?} If this is the case for you a few things to try include 1) Consuming garbanzos and other beans only in small amounts, 2) Using dry beans and soaking them before cooking {Remember to discard the liquid!}, or 3) Trying the digestive enzyme Beano.  Let me know if you tried these ideas with success or have any other suggestions???

Now, that the “nutrition” stuff is out of the way, here’s the delicious stuff-my recipe for homemade hummus!

I will start by saying that when I was a kid, my dad used to make hummus and I thought it was D.I.S.G.U.S.T.I.N.G.

Not so much anymore.

Now I LOVE the stuff, especially if it’s loaded with lots of pinenuts on top!

But, before yesterday, I had never actually made my own hummus.  I always purchased it from the store, or ate it in restaurants, but never, ever, made it myself…

Until yesterday!

Know what?

It’s SUPER easy, and I made it in less than 5 minutes using a great new product I found in the freezer section called Stahlbush Garbanzo beans {LOVE these frozen organic garbanzo beans which are ultra low in sodium-7 mg/svg- and come in 100% biodegradable packaging.}

Here’s my recipe…

EA’s Hummus

  • 1 16-ounce bag frozen garbanzo beans {Or use 1 15-ounce can of rinsed beans}
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons Tahini
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, or to taste

Place all ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth {or leave a few chunks if desired!}.


We ate this last night for dinner with some baked Udi’s gluten-free pizza crust cut in to triangles {Thanks MamaMe Gluten-Free for the great idea!}, and some sliced tomatoes.  Big Tex, who never eats the hummus at restaurants, even tried it and really liked it!

The nice thing about this recipe is that you can “doctor it up” however you like.  Add more tahini if desired; add cumin or other spices; add in cilantro and jalapeno. The skies the limit!

And, now, before we go, here’s a little more info about ChickPz from the Nutty Bean Company

What’s so cool about ChickPz???

  • All the health benefits of chickpeas {see above!}
  • 1 ounce serving has ~ 110 calories, 5 grams of protein, and 5 grams of fiber-not bad for a snack!
  • NO: artificial flavors, trans fats, high fructose corn syrup, or GMOs.
  • Naturally gluten-free.
  • Fun flavors, both sweet and savory. My favorite savory flavor was pepper and spice, and my favorite sweet flavor was Chai Vanilla, but only slightly over Sesame Crunch!  They also have dark chocolate, but I didn’t get to sample it…Sniff, sniff ๐Ÿ™

The Nutty Bean Co. is a new company trying to spread the word about their healthy and delicious chickpea snacks.   They want you  to try ChickPz and so do I !

Here’s how you can…

To learn more about ChickPz you can visit The Nutty Bean Company website, as well as follow them on Facebook and Twitter.  You can purchase ChickPz directly through their website or via Amazon.

AND, you can enter my Nutty Chickpea Giveaway to get a chance to win your own sample pack of yummy ChickPz!

Here’s how…

  1. Visit The Nutty Bean Co. website to check out their flavors and learn more about ChickPz, then leave a comment on my blog letting me know what flavor of ChickPz you most want to try.
  2. For up to three additional entries, you can do the following:1) “Like” The Nutty Bean Co. on Facebook 2) Follow The Nutty Bean Co. on Twitter 3) “Like” The Spicy RD on Facebook.  When you leave a comment here about which flavor you want to try, please also include which additional steps you have taken to enter.  You need only leave ONE comment here. I like to keep things simple!
  3. I will pick one winner via a random drawing after 5 pm ET on August 4, and notify The Nutty Bean Co. so they can contact you and send you your sample pack.
Good luck and happy garbanzo eating!!!
Note:  The Nutty Bean company sent me a sample pack of ChickPz free of charge, but this in no way influenced my review of their product.  As always, opinions are 100 % my own, and I only recommend products on this website that  like, and recommend to my own clients.

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37 thoughts on “Nutty Chickpea Giveaway and Easy Homemade Hummus”

  1. Love your recipe! Simple and yummy!
    I would love to try all of their flavors but especially the Chipotle. Do you think they might come to our Gluten Free Food Fair? If you have some direct contact information for the company, please email me :).
    Oh BTW – I have enter your contest.

  2. Janet, Angela, Vicky, and Kristen-Thanks for your comments and for entering the giveaway!
    Angela-I just found out the dark chocolate won’t be available until late fall ๐Ÿ™ but the Sesame Crunch is fabulous!

  3. I love chickpeas! Thanks for coming over to my site! I wish they sold the Nutty Bean Co Chickpz in the UK! I liked you and I liked them on facebook and I’d really like to try the Tuscan garlic and herb but I live in the UK so I guess it’s not possible to win your competition…but I’m really pleased you’ve let me know about them because maybe one day they will export them to the UK!

    1. Hi Vicky! You’re right -no shipping to the UK, but I’m glad you stopped by and checked out the Nutty Bean Co, as well as my blog. Hopefully they’ll export them to the UK in the future! Hint, hint ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. I would love to try the Sesame Crunch — but I’m also intrigued by the Dark Chocolate!! Can’t wait to tell all of my gluten-free friends about these. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Yum! These look great- I can’t believe that I had never heard of them before! I would love to try them all, BUT if I have to choose 1- I would love to try the Tuscan Garlic and Herb! And I followed The Nutty Bean Company on twitter, like them on FB, and I liked you on FB ๐Ÿ™‚ And I LOVE hummus too- in fact, I don’t think I met a food made with chickpeas that I do not like. Mmm I love roasted chickpeas, soft chickpeas, hummus, and my new fave socca (flatbread made from chickpea flour!)

    Thanks for the opportunity at this giveaway and all the delicious, gluten-free recipes you share ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. I roast chickpeas, have never seen these. Is the package 1oz or is it more than one serving? I would like savory flavors the salt/pepper or I see a hot and spicy. I will like you (and them) on FB too.

      1. Yep, that’s a great hummus, and I love those pita chips. I’ve ayalws gotten the big container at Costco, but it’s a lot of hummous! Saw that brand recently in a smaller size at Central Market.I’m going to try your brownie recipe sometime. We are vegetarian, not vegan, but I’d like to make vegan meals more often.

  7. I’ve never heard of this company either, but thanks for sharing! I saw your post on FB! I generally get my snacky things like this from another company, whose name I won’t mention here, but they’re always wonderfully fresh, same day shipping/next day delivery, and super low priced! I checked out their website, and all the “savory” flavors sound delicious…not so much the vanilla chai and chocolate, but I’ll try anything once! Again, thanks for sharing! Oh…”Like”d them on FB, as well!

  8. Yum…. I keep wanting to try roasting my own hummus beans, maybe this will give me the impetus. I liked their website, and can’t decide between the Sweet and Spicy Chipotle and the Sesame Crunch. Very intrigued to try these, my husband is Lebanese so we eat a lot of hummus, but he is a bit of a purist (though I do sneak in parsley once in awhile) LOL! Very intrigued to try these are they similar in texture to a peanut or cashew nut?

  9. oooo i’ve never heard of this company before. yes, i’m one of those people who can’t digest beans. ๐Ÿ™ but i love chickpeas and i miss hummus so much! your bowl is sooo cute btw!

    have you ever considered makin “sweet” chickpeas?

    1. Bummer you don’t digest chickpeas well!!! I got the bowl on sale this summer at Sur la Table. Very fun! I’ve tried chickpea flour in baked goods, and really liked the ChickPz Chai Vanilla and Sesame flavors which are sweet. Do you have any sweet chickpea recipes to share???

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