I have a huge problem with pasta, as I’m sure a lot of you do. I could eat it all day every day, and I never want to stop! Try as I might to eat low-carb substitutes like spaghetti squash and zucchini noodles, it’s just not the same as a big hearty bowl of noodles and cheese.
This is a huge obstacle when it comes to losing weight and getting in shape! On most diets, pasta is the first thing to go. But what if I told you you could have your cake and eat it too? Or in this case, your noodles? Have you ever heard of Banza chickpea pasta? It is pasta that is literally made of chickpeas but tastes like regular noodles. Crazy, right?
About Banza Chickpea Pasta
Brian Rudolph had the same issue that I and I’m sure a lot of you have. Pasta was one of his favorite foods, but it is one of the biggest offending foods when it comes to overeating! Rudolph kept thinking to himself, “How can I eat this stuff every day without feeling guilty about it?” Frustrated by his lack of options, he started making chickpea pasta in his kitchen in Detroit. At first the results were less than desirable, but he knew he was on to something when he was able to trick his roommate into thinking he was eating regular pasta.
Not even one year later, Banza can be found in over a thousand stores across the country. The Banza factory is home to twenty-five employees in the state of Michigan and continues to grow.
Banza Chickpea Pasta Review
Banza has few ingredients but still tastes great!
I first discovered Banza when I was reading a blogger friend’s recipe for Besan Ke Ladoo, a sweet Indian dough ball made from chickpeas. It looked so good and bad for you, but because it was made from chickpeas instead of flour, it wasn’t. I started thinking, “can you substitute chickpeas for flour in other recipes? Wouldn’t that be great for a healthy eating plan!”
A quick Google search led me to Banza, the first pasta made from chickpeas. The idea was to provide a pasta that tastes great but is nutritious and actually good for you instead of being a filler food like normal pasta. Genius, right? But how does it cook, and does it taste good?
I received a case of Banza chickpea pasta to try for review purposes. The very first thing I made was a Southern comfort food: baked mac-n-cheese using the shells. It was delicious! I cooked the exact same as regular pasta, and we could not tell there was anything out of the ordinary about this pasta vs. regular white pasta. It definitely tastes better than a lot of the whole wheat pasta I have tried.
Everything I have made has been delicious, from mac-n-cheese to chicken scampi to pasta salad to pesto Alfredo.
One of the things I love about Banza Chickpea Pasta is how few ingredients it has. Chickpeas, tapioca, pea protein, and xanthan gum. That’s it! No eggs, no flour, no soy, no six hundred things I can’t pronounce. That makes this pasta gluten-free, low-carb, allergy-friendly, high fiber, high protein, non-GMO, and vegan.
Because it is made of beans and is very high fiber, I found myself needing to eat less and getting fuller faster. I also found myself stopping and thinking before getting seconds because we all know what happens when one eats too many beans!
Currently Banza is not widely available and is a little expensive compared to regular wheat pasta. At about $5 a box, it is not something I would be able to afford all the time.
Still, because I would be saving money in the long run because I would be helping my body instead of hurting it. I would probably splurge on at least a couple of boxes a month! I just hope as they continue to grow I will see them in more stores and the price will drop.
- Cooks like pasta
- Allergy-Friendly: No eggs, wheat, lactose, nuts, or soy
- High Protein
- High Fiber
- Few ingredients
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