grown-up food: aka savoury chickpea flatbread with kale basil pesto

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Eating this scrumptious treat made me feel really fancy.

Fancy like I was at a cocktail party where people dress up in slinky dresses and suits, drink expensive liquors and wines in all the appropriate glasses and mill around discussing the latest political scandal or economic situation. Where there is undoubtedly trays of delicate bite-sized morsels being circulated among the crowd by waiters dressed in silly catering outfits. I imagine these would be happily at home on one of those trays.

And as I was eating these, feeling all fancy and grown-up like and in a gloriously good mood because of it, I had a startling realization- I AM a grown-up.

Should I be eating things like this on a regular basis? Why am I not attending more cocktail parties? When was the last time I wore a dress?

When exactly did I forget I was all grown-up?

Oh life crises.

All in a days work over here.

Oh well, at least I have these delicious bites to savour and just maybe help me forget I’m supposed to be an adult just a little while longer ;)

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While these remind me of appetizers found at cocktail parties, I assure you, these are much healthier than the traditional fare! The “bread” is made with almonds and chickpea flour, loading them with fiber, protein and healthy fats and the pesto packs a superfood punch with kale, lemon, garlic, walnuts and hemp oil. But don’t worry, taste was not sacrificed! The flatbread is deliciously spiced with garlic and herbs and the pesto is extremely flavourful thanks to basil, lemon and garlic. These are delicious served warm or cold and make a great snack or accompaniment to a meal. This recipe makes more pesto than you need so use leftovers as a dip, spread or sauce for your favourite grain or protein!

Savoury Chickpea Flatbreads with Kale Basil Pesto (Vegan, Gluten-free, Sugar-free)

Ingredients (9 squares)

Flatbread

  • 1 cup chickpea flour
  • 1/4 cup almond meal
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp rosemary
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt

Pesto

  • 1 1/2 cup kale, torn into shreds
  • 1 cup fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup walnuts
  • 2-3 cloves garlic
  • 2 tbsp hemp oil (or more olive oil)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

Flatbread

Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Grease a 9×9 square baking pan and pour in the batter. Bake at 400F for 23 min. Allow to cool in the pan.

Pesto

Add all ingredients to a food processor and process until smooth.

Assemble

Cut the flatbread into 9 squares and top with 1 1/2 tsp of the pesto. Serve warm or cold!

Save leftover pesto for a dip, spread or to top your favourite grain or protein!

I'm sharing this on Allergy-Free Wednesday and Nourishing Recipes @ Lifeologia!

I have been on such a pesto kick lately! Anything you are all obsessed with at the moment?

What’s your favourite pesto combination? How do you serve it?

Have a lovely Tuesday!

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52 thoughts on “grown-up food: aka savoury chickpea flatbread with kale basil pesto

  1. I’ve been using this recipe for some time now and absolutely love it. It never fails to amaze me that at exactly 23 minutes, the flatbread emerges from the oven with perfect texture and delightfully subtle rosemary flavour! I, too, love the vibrant green of the pesto. It took me a while to thank you but better late than never :)

  2. I’m not so good with substitutions yet. I can’t use the almond flour due to a nut allergy in the family. Can anyone suggest a good substitute for it? I’d love to try this!

  3. Now you’ve got me thinking… I still have a ton of green pea flour, and I’d love to try substituting that for the chickpea flour here. It would be great to work through some of my stash and end up with something so delicious!

  4. Hi Gabby! I’ve just discovered your wonderful blog thanks to Sandy @ Vegans Eat Yummy Food Too. All your food looks absolutely delicious & I can’t wait to try out some of your recipes (including this one!)
    The Healthy Vegan Friday blog hop looks awesome. A complete feast for the eyes (and for the belly!) It’s so great to know that every recipe is vegan. There’s so many I already want to try! I post family-friendly vegan recipes over at http://www.bitofthegoodstuff.com. I’d love to join in the HVF blog hop some time :)

  5. I love that you call it ‘grown-up food’! Chickpea flatbread sounds phenomenal. I don’t think I have time to change my plans now as I went shopping yesterday, but if I had seen this earlier I would totally have served it at my Oscars party this weekend!

  6. Hilarious Gabby! I think sometimes we forget that we’re grown ups. We have too much fun “playing” with our food in the kitchen. It’s nice that a sophisticated dish like this can be so healthy too! xx

    • Yes exactly! Why is it always that grown up food is the most decadent and bad for us? It’s just like kid food in that sense! Party food should not have to be unhealthy, but it always seems to be save for a sad little veggie plate. I think we should change that ;)

  7. Hi Gabby,

    This is my kinda food here lady. Simple with lots of flavor. I love your flatbread recipe with the added almond flour in there. And your pesto…delish.

    And me? Well, I am obsessed with hemp right now and I’ve been making cherry hemp smoothies every morning. Hmm, maybe I’ll share that recipe. Anyway, pinning this post for later. Thanks for the lovely recipes. :-)

  8. What a beautiful dish Gabby!! I love that you had an a-ha, I’m a grownup moment :) I haven’t really had many of those. I’m pushing 30 here and don’t feel like a grownup (or “real person” as I like to say) but maybe cocktail parties and fancy noshes are the way to go ;) Anyway, really great looking dish and a perfect use for chickpea flour! The kale pesto sounds so good too!

  9. Ha! I am 30 and I sometimes don’t feel like I am a Grown Up :), I guess that isn’t a bad thing….these certainly would be an awesome addition to a cocktail party!

  10. Chickpea flatbreads are one of my most favorite, super-easy meals. And pesto is the perfect topping!

    I love having “Look how grown-up I’m being” moments. I don’t have them all that often, but when I do, it’s an experience I savor! :-)

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