Roasted Chickpea “Cheese” Bean Dip (Gluten-Free, Oil-Free, Low-fat)

This may just be my favorite new dip. It honestly could be called hummus too, since I use chickpeas. However, I feel it’s more along the lines of a bean dip because I created the consistency to be similar to Frito Lay bean dip that I used to be addicted to. I made this slightly spicy, “cheesy” bean dip after making the Cheesy Spicy Black Bean Soup.

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Chickpea Dip

Shockingly, this really does taste like it has cheese in it. I taste tested it on the hubby and he agreed that it had a smoky, cheesy flavor. The key to this dip is roasting the chickpeas…it gives the dip a greater flavor and texture.

Recipe:  Serves 4  Prep time: 10 mins Bake time: 25 mins


1 15oz can garbanzo or chickpeas, drained and rinsed well

1/4 cup nutritional yeast

1 teaspoon cumin

1/2 teaspoon chili powder

3 jalapeno slices (from a jar, adjust to desired level of heat)

1 tablespoon liquid smoke

1/2 cup low sodium vegetable broth

2 large garlic cloves

1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt

1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper


Preheat an oven to 400 degrees. Drain and rinse the chickpeas. Spread the chickpeas on a parchment lined sheet pan. Bake for 25 minutes, stirring about halfway through the cooking process so they cook evenly. During the last 10 minutes of baking, add the garlic (unpeeled) to the oven to bake for the last 10 minutes. Peel the garlic and add it and the chickpeas to a food processor and pulse until broken up. Now, add the remaining ingredients and pulse for a good couple minutes, until a smooth consistency is reached. Scrape the sides as necessary. Serve with crackers, veggies or spread on some toast!

Nutrition per serving:  118 calories/ 8.25g protein/ 18 carbs/ 1.75g fat (Based on four 1/2 cup servings)

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Categories: Appetizers, Entertaining Dishes, Gluten Free, Party Platters, Snacks, VEGAN, VEGETARIAN


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21 Comments on “Roasted Chickpea “Cheese” Bean Dip (Gluten-Free, Oil-Free, Low-fat)”

  1. February 11, 2013 at 7:31 PM #

    I love how healthy this dip is but how delicious too :)

    Choc Chip Uru

  2. February 11, 2013 at 11:06 PM #

    Spicy…it is what I have been craving most meals lately……

    • February 11, 2013 at 11:24 PM #

      Yes, me too. This is slightly spicy, which can totally be amped up by adding more jalapeños! :)

  3. February 11, 2013 at 11:10 PM #

    Roasting the chickpeas is a stoke of genius! This dip sounds great, I would much rather have this than the stuff in a can, Your recipe is fresh and loaded with nutrition. Love it!

    • February 11, 2013 at 11:22 PM #

      Thank you! I made it both ways, roasted and then just straight out of the can. The unroasted had less flavor and was wetter and more liquidy. Roasting the chickpeas dried them out and brought more flavor, so it made the bean dip thicker. It was so different! Super delish!

      • February 11, 2013 at 11:27 PM #

        I think its brilliant and I bet making regular hummus would be so much better with roasted chick peas, such a great idea!!

  4. February 12, 2013 at 12:26 AM #

    I agree with the others, roasting the chickpeas is such a great idea and way to add a ton of flavor to the dip. Like to that you made this a little spicy. Good one, Brandi!

  5. February 12, 2013 at 12:26 AM #

    Looks excellent Brandi!
    Thank you!

  6. February 12, 2013 at 1:11 AM #

    Brandi, one of my favorites is chick peas. I love the addition of the jalapeno and I love the taste of smokey cheesy!! Yum to the roasted chick peas! This is delicious :)

    • February 13, 2013 at 3:01 AM #

      Thanks Judy! It is truly delicious!! Roasting the chickpeas made a difference in taste and texture .

  7. February 12, 2013 at 3:59 AM #

    Fantastic recipe! I just started adding beans back into my diet and this recipe will come in handy for sure ;)

  8. February 12, 2013 at 10:57 AM #

    Yum! Oh I’ll have to try this. I don’t know if we can get liquid smoke here. I’m sure it will still be superb without it!

    • February 13, 2013 at 3:02 AM #

      Ally-the liquid smoke definitely helps to achieve the smoky flavor so just add some smoked paprika if you can’t find liquid smoke! :)

  9. February 12, 2013 at 3:01 PM #

    This is another beautiful creation Brandi! I can already know how good it taste just by running through the ingredients. You create wonderful dips that can go with so many things. How did you do it? :-)

    • February 13, 2013 at 3:02 AM #

      Thank you so much Danny for your kind words!!! I really appreciate that. I love making dips since I eat so many veggies and having different flavors keeps it exciting :)

  10. February 13, 2013 at 6:22 AM #

    Yum, I bet this taste great!

  11. February 13, 2013 at 11:44 PM #

    OHh yum!! Frito Lay beans used to consume me!! Those were so good, but I wouldn’t touch it these days!! I LOVE beans, this looks so good.

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