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Chickpea Polenta (made with Masa, Vegan, Gluten-free)

This Chickpea Polenta is faster and easier to cook than regular polenta, thanks to masa! ... And, it's more nutritious and creamier, thanks to chickpeas!
Course Breakfast, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Italian, Mexican
Keyword chickpea, gluten-free, low oxalate, low salicylate, masa, polenta, vegan
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
30 minutes to 1 hour of resting time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 155kcal
Author Megan
Cost $4


  • saucepan


  • 3-1/2 cups water or just 3 cups if you want it extra thick (as it's shown in the photos)
  • 1 can chickpeas also called garbanzo beans, strained and rinsed (or 1-2/3 cups beans, home-cooked)
  • 1 cup masa harina flour <--this brand, white organic
  • 2 tablespoons butter OR favorite vegan fat
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt


  • Place water, strained chickpeas and salt in blender. Purée on medium high speed until smooth and creamy, about 40 seconds.
  • Pour purée into medium size saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium high heat, and then reduce heat to maintain slow simmer over lower heat.
  • Fan masa into simmering purée WHILE whisking the whole time, until it's completely incorporated. If there are few small lumps, don't worry, as they'll mostly cook out. (The steam can be quite hot when you first whisk in the masa, so try to use a longer handled whisk, or reduce heat so the mixture doesn't pop and sputter on you.)
  • Reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring with a long-handled spoon, until polenta is thick, about 5 minutes. (The mixture doesn't need to simmer during the 5 minutes, as long as it's very hot and steamy and thickening while you stir.)
  • Stir in butter. Cover and place over very low heat for 30 to 60 minutes. Polenta is done when texture is creamy and the individual grains are tender.
  • Serve topped with or as a side for roasted veggies and favorite meats. Or, serve as a porridge for breakfast.


Calories: 155kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 196mg | Potassium: 77mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 236IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 2mg