How to Sprout Chickpeas

How to Sprout Chickpeas

My favorite part about spring is seeing the sleeping plants and animals wake up and come to life. Here in It’s-Never-Winter-in-California/Nevada (at least not this year), we have small buds popping out of the ground already. In honor of spring and all that has sprung as well as all that has yet to be sprung, we’re going to do some sprouting!

Sprouting chickpeas, (or any bean, grain, seed, and/or nut) is a fabulous idea. Legumes and grains have anti-nutrients inside of them which help protect them in nature but also make them difficult to digest. The process of sprouting neutralizes the anti-nutrients and also unleashes Vitamins and minerals that are trapped inside of the food.

How to Sprout Chickpeas (and other legumes, grains, seeds, and nuts)

Sprouting can be done in the comfort of your own home any time of year. Those who eat a raw food diet tend to be big on sprouted grains and typically have batches of various grains, nuts, seeds, and legumes sprouting at any given time. You can add sprouted beans and legumes to any salad, or even plant them in your garden to grow. Many people sprout grains in order to grind them into flour for baking sprouted grain bread.  It’s incredibly easy to sprout a whole food, there are a myriad of uses for them, and it’s fun to see the little guys come to life.

Dying to sprout something? Let’s do this! The process I have described below is the same exact process you will use to sprout other legumes, grains, seeds, and nuts. The time it take sprout something from start to finish is dependent slightly upon the type of food you are sprouting, but mostly on the temperature of your home. You’ll become a sprouting fool before you know it! Do note: you can sprout at home any time of year.

How to Sprout Chickpeas:

Rinse your dry, uncooked chickpeas (garbanzo beans) under lukewarm water. Pour them into a large glass jar and cover with 2 to 3 inches of water. Cover the jar with cheesecloth bound by a rubber band.

How to Sprout Chickpeas (and other legumes, grains, seeds, and nuts)

Allow the chickpeas  to soak for 24 hours in a dark spot (a cupboard or closet works perfectly). Strain the water and rinse the beans well.  Rinse the glass jar out well and place the chickpeas back in the jar, making sure the chickpeas are moist, but not overly drenched. Be sure they are not submerged in water, or else they won’t sprout. Cover the jar again with cheesecloth bound by a rubber band and lay the jar on its side in a dark spot.

Rinse and drain the chickpeas 2 times each day, placing them back in the jar, until they sprout. This usually takes 2 to 3 days, but the warmer your house is, the quicker the beans will sprout. If you’d like to make seedlings for growing in your garden, allow the grains to sprout for a few more days until small green leaves emerge.

Once your beans have sprouted, you can add them to your salads. Try them in my Raw Root Vegetable Bowl for an all raw, delicious and nutritious meal!

How to Sprout Chickpeas (and other legumes, grains, seeds, and nuts)

Helpful Tools for Sprouting:

Wide-Mouth 2-Quart Ball Jars

Sprouting Lid OR Cheescloth

Small fine strainer

If you’re interested in learning how to sprout grains, hop over to Oh My Veggies and check out my How to Sprout Grains tutorial!



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    1. Julia Post author

      Not weird at all. They’re cute enough to have a conversation with. Not that I’ve done that. Except I have. . . 😉

    1. Julia Post author

      YEEEES! You should sprout some grains, grind them up and make sprouted grain bread for your bloggity blog!!!

  1. Alexis @ Hummusapien

    Okeeeee all I need is a cheesecloth and I’m ready to rumble! And hey, I want one anyway to make homemade almond milk derrrr. Love this super easy guide and love love love your tutorial over at OMV! You’re the greatest.

    1. Julia Post author

      Wooomp wooooomp….yup, they have to be dry 🙁 I can imagine it’s difficult to find dry/raw grains and beans up there. At least you don’t have to go without chickpeas entirely. I’m thinking I need to send you a care package of ‘banzo beans!

  2. Joanne

    I recently took a tour at Whole Foods where I learned all about the benefits of sprouted grains and nuts. What’s craziest is how much better they taste than unsprouted versions…more like themselves, almost, if that makes sense.

    1. Julia Post author

      It’s awesome how amazeballs food is when you let it be itself and don’t treat it with a million pounds of pressure or heat. Although I have to admit, I love me a pile of cooked brown rice mmmmm mmmmmm! Still, it’s always nice to mix the sprouted foods in with the cooked from time to time 🙂

  3. Julie

    Ok, so I wasn’t going to tell you this, but then knew that you would be supremely disappointed if you found out that I didn’t. Ok. You know the blog Peas and Crayons? You know that Jen had a baby girl (back in September, I think). Anyway, she calls her baby Chickpea, so when I saw the title, “How to sprout chickpeas”, all I could think of, was….well….you get it.

    I’m done.

    1. Julia Post author

      Hahahaha! I LOVE “chickpea” as a term of endearment!! I need to find something cute and cuddly to nickname chickpea. 😉

  4. Francesca

    One of my first memories – ever – is learning about recycling, and growing sprouts from compost. You just took me back 25 years!

    1. Julia Post author

      hahaha! This just made my day!! I love that the sprouting happened by pure accident, love that you made hummus with them, and LOVE that it didn’t taste very much different. I’m going to make hummus out of sprouted ‘banzos here on out! Thanks for the delicious idea!

  5. Kaitlin @ The Garden Grazer

    Ooooh my daughter loves all things chickpea, and we’ve never sprouted them so I’m really excited about this!! I loved your post on Oh My Veggies about sprouting grains. I do clover sprouts all the time and love it, so I think it’s definitely time to expand my sprouting repertoire. Sprout all the things!!!!

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  7. Sally Crouse

    I’m curious about sprouting because they are supposed to be so nutritious but am scared off by what I’ve read about e coli showing up in sprouts. Having to treat everything i want to sprout with hydrogen peroxide sounds like a big pain so I’m less likely to do any sprouting if I have to do that. Is e coli a concern when sprouting seeds and grains at home?

    1. Julia Post author

      Hi Sally, I’m not sure whether or not E. coli will show up in foods you sprout at home. If you’re worried about it, I would suggest cooking the food after it has sprouted. A lot of people do this and I don’t think it necessarily negates the health benefits. You could try sprouting the garbanzo beans and then boil or sauté them for a couple of minutes. Hope this helps 🙂

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  10. Jamie

    After they’ve sprouted, how longs do they keep? And how do you store them? Thanks so much!!

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