With Easter around the corner and SO many reasons to indulge, I thought it would be best to have some ‘healthy’ alternative sweets in my home so I don’t over indulge on the bad stuff. In my world, nothing is better than a meringue or pavlova – nothing stands a chance to its sweet, crunchy texture and yummy goodness – nothing BUT this copycat version using….are you ready…CHICKPEAS!!
Who would have thought this bland yellowish seed would produce a white creamy dessert?
Well, get ready because it does just that and will have you wanting to keep a can in your house at all times, just to make dessert!
- Liquid from one can of chickpeas (approx 3/4 cup) You can drain and use the rest of the chickpeas for another recipe once this one is done.
- 1 cup granulated white sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
**Make sure you are using an alternative bowl to mix – glass and stainless work best. Don’t use plastic bowls.
- Preheat oven to 200°F. Line 2-3 large baking sheets with parchment paper – I didn’t have any and it still worked but I’d imagine it would be easier with parchment.
- Mix the vanilla extract into your sugar and set aside.
- Add your chickpea liquid to the mixing bowl and beat on medium speed for approximately 3 minutes while adding cream of tartar until medium peaks are formed.
- While still mixing, add the vanilla/sugar mixture 1 teaspoon at a time for approx 3 more minutes on medium speed.
- The mixture should now be 3x the size and have large stiff peaks when the beater is lifted from it.
- Pipe or scoop your meringue onto the prepared baking sheets and put in the oven for 2 hours without opening the door during this time – must be a consistent temperature to work.
- After the 2 hours is up, turn off the oven and leave the meringues in there to dry for 1/2 hour -peel off the parchment paper at this point.
- Enjoy and store extras in an airtight container.
Next time I will opt for more consistency in texture and perhaps a little piping for decoration – either way they tasted fantastic!