Vegan, Gluten Free & Grain Free: Homemade Black Bean Chips with Avocado Yogurt Dip, + How to Make Black Bean Flour at Home!
If you’ve ever made homemade tortilla chips, you know they’re SO easy to make and much healthier than most store-bought varieties. But, few people know how simple it is to make healthy homemade grain free chips, too. These homemade black bean chips are all the proof you’ll need—gluten free, vegan, and perfectly crispy!
And, they’re made with just 4 ingredients: black bean flour, water, a bit of oil, and salt. You may be able to find black bean flour at some grocery stores or online, or you can save some dough (HA) by making your own! I’ll show you how easy it is to whip up homemade black bean flour with just dried black beans and a trusty food processor.
Store-bought or DIY flour, the result will be the same: deliciously clean, homemade black bean chips that are totally plant-based. Since these are baked chips rather than deep-fried (like many ultra-processed store-bought chips), they’ve got a lighter, crispier crunch that’s more like a cracker in texture. But, their earthy, savory flavor is eerily similar to blue corn chips!
Best of all, these homemade black bean chips are WAY more nutritious than corn chips—with 5g of plant-based protein PLUS 5g of fiber per serving of 10-12 chips. Serve with your favorite dip or try my simple avocado dip recipe! It’s like a cooler, creamier guacamole that’s just as wholesome as these bean chips, and even easier to throw together!
How to Make Homemade Black Bean Flour
If you’ve never made homemade flours of any kind, you’re in luck—it’s super easy! Most of the highly refined grain-based flours, like all-purpose flour, are super cheap to buy. But, most whole grain or grain free flour options unfortunately tend to be pretty pricey... Plus, they’re not always easy to find in the grocery store, or even online.
So, if you’ve got a quality food processor or high-powered blender that you trust, homemade flours are definitely the more convenient and affordable way to go! To make homemade black bean flour, simply add dried black beans into your food processor or blender.
For this homemade black bean chips recipe, you’ll need 1 cup of flour. Since 1 cup of dried black beans yield around 1⅓ cups of homemade black bean flour, I recommend grinding up a full cup of dried beans, just to be safe. Or, feel free to blend up as much as you’d like and store any leftover black bean flour to use another time!
Once you’ve measured out your beans, just let ’er rip.(You may want to cover your ears since it’ll be loud!) It’s really THAT easy—the hardest part is that it will take some time…
How to Make Black Bean Flour without Breaking your Food Processor…
The trick to making homemade black bean flour really is patience. Take care of your food processor or blender, unless you’re prepared for it to break!
It’s crucial to check on your machine regularly, and ONLY let it run for 3-4 minutes at a time! Then, let it rest for a few minutes before starting it up again. Otherwise, your food processor may overheat since it’ll be working overtime trying to grind those beans into a flour. So, be sure to give it some time to cool down between rounds of processing!
It will take several rounds of processing a few minutes, then rest a few minutes, processing, then rest, but it’s worth it. Eventually, you’ll have a finely-ground gray flour that’s packed with nutrients—and cost just a fraction as much as pre-made black bean flour!
You can sift your flour to remove larger chunks, especially if you plan to use it in baked goods that require a finer texture, but it’s not necessary for this recipe. In fact, I think the chunkier texture of homemade black bean flour makes these bean chips even tastier and crunchier!
Tips for the Best Homemade Black Bean Chips
Seriously, you won’t believe how easy this homemade black bean chips recipe is until you try it. Just mix together your 4 ingredients, dollop onto baking sheets, and bake—bada bing, bada boom! But, there are a few tips to keep in mind so your bean chips turn out as delicious as possible.
Add your Water Slowly, in 3 Parts
First, start by mixing together your flour and salt. Then, add in your oil until it’s integrated. AFTER those 3 ingredients are well-mixed, slowly add in your water, stirring as you go. I recommend adding your water in 3 parts (¼ cup at a time), so your mixture doesn’t get too wet too quickly. Once you’ve got a viscous, spreadable batter, you’re ready to go!
Spread your Batter Thinly and Evenly, without any Holes
Onto lined and sprayed baking sheets, dollop spoonfuls of batter and spread them into thin, rustic, chip-like shapes. I used an offset spatula to scoop about 2-3 teaspoons of batter per chip, and gently spread each chip to be about 2 inches in diameter. The shapes don’t need to be perfect, and the sizes don’t need to be exact!
The more important thing is to spread each chip as evenly as you can and keep them pretty thin, so they’ll get nice and crispy. Above all, do your best to avoid leaving any holes in your chips! They’ll still bake and crisp up if they’ve got holes in them, but you’ll have crumbly pieces of bean chips rather than whole, dippable chips.
Once you’ve got all of your chip shapes spread onto baking sheets, into the oven they go! I was able to fit 16 homemade black bean chips onto each baking sheet, and I put two sheets in the oven at a time. Altogether, I ended up doing 2 rounds of baking, 4 baking sheets in all, for a total of around 60-70 chips.
Bake, Flip, Bake
Pop your prepared baking sheets in the oven at 375°F (190°C) for just 7 minutes to start. Then, since these homemade black bean chips have a stickier texture and can’t bake on top of wire baking racks, you’ll have to flip all of ’em part way through the baking. It’s a minor annoyance, but worth it so they’ll cook and crisp up on all sides!
So, after 7 minutes, take each tray out of the oven and flip every chip over before returning to bake. (I use an offset spatula so I don’t burn my fingers.)
Finally, bake for another 12-14 minutes after flipping—and I definitely recommend watching closely during the final stretch so they don’t burn!
What’s a Chip without a Dip?
Since the best way to enjoy any chip is with a tasty dip, I’ve paired these homemade black bean chips with a creamy avocado dip! It’s got all of the yummy, savory, nutty flavors that I love in a guacamole, with a bit of creamy yogurt added to the mix. Use the non-dairy yogurt of your choice, and you’ve got a vegan dip to serve with your vegan chips!
Best of all, you can throw this simple avocado dip together in literally a minute, with just 5 ingredients. It’s full of cool, refreshing flavors, luscious creaminess, and wholesome nutrients that provide our bodies with fuel. Truly the perfect match for these healthy homemade black bean chips in all of their salty, crispy, crunchy glory!
Chips and dip don’t have to be a demonized, ultra-processed, nutrient-lacking snack. By making tasty homemade alternatives with ingredients this clean and simple, healthy snacking couldn’t be easier!Print