No Salt Added Chickpeas Recipe (Low Sodium)

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This no salt added chickpeas recipe makes perfectly cooked garbanzo beans that are tender, salt-free, & made from inexpensive and affordable dried chickpeas.  An easy and protein packed snack to keep in the fridge to add to soups, salads, or any dish!

I have instructions for using both the stove top and the pressure cooker. These chickpeas turn out amazing every time! I use no-salt-added chickpeas to make 3 bean salad, low sodium chickpea salad, and heart healthy hummus!

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I always keep tons of dried beans in my cupboard, and chickpeas are a favorite! These easy salt free garbanzo beans are great to have around for meal prepping or batch cooking lunches and dinners.

Of all the beans out there, I feel chickpeas are one of the most versatile.  They are lusciously creamy when blended, but can hold their own in a stew or soup.  One of the great things about this method of cooking chickpeas is they they are super inexpensive and affordable. Much cheaper than no-salt-added canned beans!

These No Salt Added Chickpeas Are

  • High in protein
  • Healthy
  • Soft and Tender
  • Can be made on the stove top or pressure cooker/Instant Pot
  • Versatile: once cooked you can add a handful of chickpeas to almost any dish

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Benefits of Cooking Unsalted Chickpeas from Scratch

While I love the convenience of canned beans, I also love cooking dry beans from scratch in my Instant Pot.  I use the 8-Quart Instant Pot Ultra, which is larger than standard models (which are only 6 quart) so I have extra room to meal prep and batch cook more meals for the week. The Instant Pot works wonders for cooking dried beans fast, no soaking required! While canned beans are super convenient, they are often loaded with sodium. 

If you buy canned beans, I always recommend using a no salt added variety so you can control the amount of salt in your dish. Next time you reach for the canned beans, think about a pressure cooker instead! Homemade beans are incredibly cost efficient, and you can add seasonings and spices to the beans while they cook for extra flavor.

What’s In these No Soak Instant Pot Chickpeas?

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  • Dried Chickpeas – I like to buy my dried beans a few pounds at a time, which is the really cost effective.  I like this brand of dried chickpeas, which always give me the best texture.
  • Water
  • Optional Spices: you can add other spices or bay leaves if you like!  If you are planning to use the cooking liquid (aquafaba) after, don’t add strong spices or salt.

Inexpensive and Affordable Low Sodium Recipes For Everyone

I love how inexpensive dried chickpeas are to make! This recipe uses ingredients you would have in your dry pantry or cupboards (beans, spices)- most of which you probably have on hand. Keeping a well-stocked pantry makes it easy to come up with delicious and healthy meals using a few staples you can rotate. 

I made a list of my Favorite Low Sodium Pantry Staples that I always keep stocked. By stocking up on healthy whole ingredients you can cook delicious salt-free & low so recipes without a trip to the store!

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How To Cook Low Sodium Garbanzo Beans

I almost always cook my chickpeas in my Instant Pot, but I’ve added stove-top instructions as well for those without a pressure cooker.

Stove Top Instructions

  1. Soak the beans: in a large bowl, add the dried chickpeas and add enough water to cover them by an inch. Allow to soak overnight, or up to 8 hours.
  2. Discard the soaking water and rinse the chickpeas in a strainer.
  3. In a large cooking pot, add the soaked chickpeas (plus any optional spices) and water. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer for 1.5 to 2 hours.
  4. Drain and use in your favorite low sodium recipes.

Pressure Cooker/Instant Pot Instructions

  1. Rinse and sort the chickpeas, discarding any broken bits or small stones.
  2. Add the chickpeas and the water (plus any optional spices) to the Instant Pot.  Set on Manual or High Pressure to cook for 38 minutes.  Allow beans to naturally release for 15 minutes, then release any remaining pressure.
  3. Drain and use in your favorite low sodium recipes.

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More Low Salt Chickpea Recipes to Use Your Cooked Beans In!

Low Sodium Hummus Recipe (No Salt Added)

No Salt Added 3 Bean Salad Recipe

Chickpea Tabbouleh Recipe

Low Sodium Chickpea Salad Recipe

Chana Saag Recipe, Spinach & Chickpea Curry

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No Salt Added Chickpeas

Cook this low sodium chickpeas recipe on the stove top or pressure cooker - it makes perfectly cooked garbanzo beans that are tender, salt-free, & made from inexpensive and affordable dried chickpeas.  An easy and protein packed snack to keep in the fridge to add to soups, salads, or any dish!
5 from 2 votes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Low Sodium, Low Sodium Recipes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 206 kcal

Equipment

  • large pot
  • Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb dried chickpeas
  • 10 cups water
  • Optional - spices or bay leaves to taste

Instructions
 

Stove Top Instructions

  • Soak the beans: in a large bowl, add the dried chickpeas and add enough water to cover them by an inch. Allow to soak overnight, or up to 8 hours.
  • Discard the soaking water and rinse the chickpeas in a strainer.
  • In a large cooking pot, add the soaked chickpeas (plus any optional spices) and water. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer for 1.5 to 2 hours.
  • Drain and use in your favorite low sodium recipes.

Pressure Cooker/Instant Pot Instructions

  • Rinse and sort the chickpeas, discarding any broken bits or small stones.
  • Add the chickpeas and the water (plus any optional spices) to the Instant Pot.  Set on Manual or High Pressure to cook for 38 minutes.  Allow beans to naturally release for 15 minutes, then release any remaining pressure.
  • Drain and use in your favorite low sodium recipes.

Notes

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Nutrition

Calories: 206kcalCarbohydrates: 34gProtein: 11gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 0.4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 14mgPotassium: 496mgFiber: 10gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 38IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 101mgIron: 4mg

*Please note, all nutrition content is estimated based on the ingredients we used, it may vary based on your ingredients. Always check your nutrition labels to verify sodium amounts.

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