These savory chickpea pancakes with spicy roasted carrots, sweet potatoes, and feta make for a perfect gluten-free brunch.
savory chickpea pancakes with spicy roasted carrots, sweet potatoes, and feta

I’ve made a pastime out of putting weird ingredients into The.Boy’s food and then waiting for him to eat it before telling him.

I figure it’s only fair sinceΒ he’s made it a pastime to scream at the television while watching various History Channel documentaries. Case in point – “James K. Polk was the most politically badass president”.

That is a direct quote.



Of course, it only really works if he knows what the “special” ingredients are to begin with.

So, when I put these pancakes smothered in spiced-but-not-too-spicy roasted carrots, sweet potatoes, and feta in front of him, watched him inhale them, and then told him there was chickpea flour in them. And his response was a blank and confused stare and not a look of horror?

Not really what I was going for.

But, given that it means that I made a GLUTEN-FREE pancake that was totally undiscernable from its wheat-filled counterpart? I’ll take it.


These are absolutely perfect served as brunch fare, and would be made all the better with a poached egg on top.

And if you choose to play the “guess the ingredient” game with whoever you’re serving them to?

No shame in that. It’s half the fun, after all.


One year ago…Red Lentil Dal with Charred Onions

Three years ago…Red Velvet Black and White Cookies

Four years ago…Snickerdoodles

Five years ago…Shells with Turkey Sausage and Broccoli Rabe

Savory Chickpea Pancakes with Spicy Roasted Carrots, Sweet Potatoes, and Feta
These savory chickpea pancakes with spicy roasted carrots, sweet potatoes, and feta make for a perfect gluten-free brunch.
Yield: 4 servings
For the pancakes
  • 2 cups chickpea flour
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp nut butter
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
For the topping
  • 6 carrots, peeled and cut into ½-inch dice
  • 1 medium sweet potato, peeled and cut into ½-inch dice
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp chipotle chili powder
  • ¼ tsp cumin
  • salt, to taste
  • 4 oz feta cheese, crumbled
  1. Heat oven to 400.
  2. In a large bowl, toss together the carrot and sweet potato cubes with the olive oil, smoked paprika, cinnamon, chili powder, and cumin. Spread over a parchment-lined baking sheet and sprinkle with salt. Roast for 20-30 minutes or until tender.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk together the chickpea flour, buttermilk, baking powder, salt, nut butter and olive oil. Let sit for 10 minutes.
  4. Spread a layer of butter on a nonstick skillet and heat over medium heat. Pour a scant ¼ cup of pancake batter into the skillet for each pancake, making sure not to crowd the pan. Cook until small bubbles start to form on the top of the pancakes and the edges start to be golden brown. Flip and cook for another few minutes, until golden brown. Transfer to a plate and repeat with remaining batter.
  5. Serve pancakes topped with the roasted veggies and a sprinkling of feta.
Adapted from The Year in Food
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ¼ of recipe


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60 Responses to Savory Chickpea Pancakes with Spicy Roasted Carrots, Sweet Potatoes, and Feta

  1. Lynn says:

    I can just taste those ingredients together. Looks and sounds so good!

  2. Kathryn says:

    I’m so glad you posted this recipe – my mouth was totally watering when you posted the pic on instagram! It’s such a great combination of flavours; I usually turn chickpea pancakes into some kind of pizza-hybrid but I’m definitely going to try this next time I make them!

  3. Sues says:

    Love this creative way to serve pancakes! I also love maple-glazed carrots, so I wonder if a little maple syrup would be awesome drizzled on top! (I’m basically Buddy the Elf and try to make a case for syrup on everything!).

  4. These look amazing on their own – but I agree – they would be even better with a poached egg on top! We can’t get enough eggs these days. We’ll put them on just about anything πŸ™‚

  5. I haven’t tried using chickpea flour yet but I love how healthy it is. These savory pancakes look so good!

  6. Oooohhh I love these savory pancakes. I have yet to use chickpea flower, but I would like to!

  7. How creative! I would never have thought to make chickpea pancakes! Love this idea!

  8. These sound soooo good. Josh and I usually have a dont ask, dont tell policy when it comes to what is or is not in his food πŸ˜‰ I think he’d be on board with chickpea flour though if it meant he could get more smoked paprika into his life. Obsessed.

  9. I’d take this for brunch/breakfast/second breakfast…anything!! It looks awesome! I’ve never used chickpea flour, but I like the idea of using something with protein…definitely trying this!

  10. i make savory pancake using chickpea flour a lot but never added buttermilk..I sometimes throw in some rice flour makes it slightly crispy πŸ™‚

  11. I’ve been waiting for you to post this recipe since the IG sneak peek. I really love the spicy sweet potato topping.

  12. Barbara says:

    Love that topping, Joanne. Have never used chickpea flour, but I have some buckwheat flour leftover and would love to try it in this recipe!

  13. Simply Life says:

    I would never think to combine these ingredients but it looks amazing!

  14. I have never seen pancakes like this, but now I’m totally craving them!!! Sweet potatoes and carrots on top?!!!

  15. it’s been a while but i cn still see you’re making the most incredible posts still! this looks divine. hope you’ve been well x

  16. I love how you used chickpea flour in these pancakes – I’ve been using it in GF bread and loving it!

  17. SallyBR says:

    I might finally be able to put to good use that bag of chickpea flour I have in the freezer making me feel guilty because I cannot resist a bag of flour. The more exotic, the better.

    Next. Coconut flour. Help me out, will you?

  18. Monica says:

    These savory pancakes sound amazing. And I love anything with sweet potatoes. You’ve got so much going on here in terms of flavors and textures – savory, sweet, spice, softness of pancakes, creaminess from feta…very nice!

  19. cheri says:

    I’ve been wanting to make something like this for awhile. These look really good Joanne. Will try these soon.

  20. Deena kakaya says:

    A girl after my own heart, I do love a savoury pancake and I often grate these ingredients and put them in my pancakes, yum…I don’t often use feta with pancakes but you’ve inspired me

  21. Julia says:

    Huge fan of pancakes over here! HUUUGE! Both sweet and savory! I’ve only made chickpea pancakes once and love the idea of doing it again. Plus with the roasted carrots, sweet potatoes and feta?? I’m in heeeeaven!

  22. Haha – to be a fly on the wall during your dialogues about food with The.Boy!
    I really gotta try chickpea flour – these pancakes sound wonderful – great balance of flavors!

  23. Sharing this one with my all my GF buddies!

  24. Pam says:

    That has to be delicious and love the colors too!

  25. Sounds so good, I have to try this recipe!

  26. If we lived close we would have so much to talk about, lol! That is my favorite trick with Mike…sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t…but you can’t blame a girl for trying, right? πŸ™‚

    This looks killer…your GF pancakes look amazing and topped with that savory topping = heaven.

  27. You’re going to have a very entertaining marriage…and that’s the best kind. πŸ™‚ I love that these are gluten free, so I could share them with my mom! I would definitely smother this whole thing in a yolky egg. Just talking about it is making me hungry.

  28. I love these pancakes Joanne! I do the same thing with Taylor and don’t tell him what he’s eating until he’s already wolfed it down! Works like a charm. I’m going to have tho whip up a batch of these chickpea pancakes soon!

  29. sippitysup says:

    Hey I’m a Polk fan too. Savory Pancakes as well. GREG

  30. Kate says:

    I can just imagein how perfect they’d be with a runny egg!

  31. Oh yum Joanne. We make chickpea flour pancakes all the time but usually Indian-style. Love your version here! πŸ™‚

  32. Eileen says:

    These pancakes sound great! The feta is a particularly nice counterpoint to chickpea. I used to make really simple savory pancakes with just chickpea flour, water, salt, and whatever vegetable I thought sounded good. Definitely need to get my hands on another bag of chickpea flour!

  33. I do that to my dad all the time. He won’t try things unless I don’t tell him what’s in them. I’m okay with that. In fact it kinda makes me feel like a super spy bad ass πŸ™‚ So want to try these pancakes!

  34. Just the recipe I need! I got a huge bag of chickpea flour from the Indian store (don’t ask me why) and now I’ve been struggling to figure out what to do with – UNTIL NOW. I don’t have buttermilk but I do have whole milk and some acidity that I can add!

  35. Teffy says:

    I love savoury pancakes!!
    When I was younger we used to have ours with mince meat… but these ones actually look way more appealing.

    {Teffy’s Perks} X

  36. Whoa – chickpea flour and nut butter in a pancake…..sign me up.

  37. Pancakes look lovely, savoury yet still flavoursome πŸ˜€
    And I love chickpea flour!

    Choc Chip Uru

  38. chickpea pancakes!
    with tzatziki sauce!
    I am so trying that.
    Why haven’t I made chickpea pancakes yet?

  39. Beth says:

    These look great! I might even buy myself some chickpea flour to make them happen.

  40. Hotly Spiced says:

    I think he’s so lucky to be able to sit in front of the TV while you cook for him. I’d be grateful for any kind of pancake – with or without gluten! xx

  41. Juliana says:

    I love the idea of savory pancakes for brunch…they look delicious Joanne.
    Have a great week πŸ˜€

  42. gloria says:

    yumm! I love chickpeas and this look delicious Joanne!!

  43. Dude. Chickpea pancakes. You’re killing me. BRILLIANT.

  44. Blond Duck says:

    These are my kind of pancakes!

  45. These are so creative Joanne – love the idea of a savory pancake topped with roasted veggies!

  46. wow, such a nice and comforting breakfast!!!
    great morning supper boost!!!

  47. This is such a beautiful dish. I love that you’ve made the pancakes pancake-like instead of crepe-like, which is how I’ve seen chickpea flour used previously. It’s such a versatile flour and you’re right, doesn’t give rise to suspicious comments mid-mouthful from those who might not normally choose it!

  48. sandra says:

    Wow. I never considered using chickpea flour. I need to get me some.

  49. Love this – I have chickpea flour in my fridge leftover from making flatbreads – need to try this! (And BTW, The.Boy’s quote sounds just like something my American history loving husband would say. Sigh.)

  50. Megan says:

    Ooh… Jeff loves pancakes. I wonder if I can pull one over on him with these. He would be pretty horrified to find out he’d eaten chickpeas though, even in flour form, so I probably wouldn’t tell him. Usually he just doesn’t want to know when I do things like that! Me, I would love these… especially knowing what’s in them!

  51. Johanna GGG says:

    chickpea flour is brilliant – so yes please to those pancakes – I can imagine the flour might be noticeably if they are eaten alone but feta and roasted veg would do the trick – maybe I should try them on sylvia

  52. Interesting pancake recipe, one I would have never thought of. I think it sounds great, and would love to have it for brunch or dinner.

  53. Shannon says:

    ooh yes, with an egg on top, please! yum πŸ™‚

  54. I was thinking this would be perfect for brunch, even before you said it! Gosh, this looks so yummy. I’d even say this is perfect for dinner too…oh heck, just make a whole bunch and I’ll nosh on it all day. πŸ™‚ Now I’m craving these pancakes!!

  55. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    This is an absolutely fantastic idea, how delicious!!

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