The ingredient appeared in numerous new products throughout the year
Banza, maker of chickpea-based comfort foods, has expanded its chickpea pizza portfolio with two varieties that feature plant-based ingredients: Supreme, made with Beyond Meat’s plant-based sausage; and Plant-Based Cheese, made with Follow Your Heart dairy-free cheese.
Both pizzas feature Banza’s chickpea crust base, which debuted in October 2020. The crust is made with chickpeas, tapioca, cocoa butter, olive oil, oregano, garlic, salt and date powder.
Barilla introduced a chickpea spaghetti this year. A serving provides 11 grams of protein and 8 grams of dietary fiber, according to the company. The company also offers a chickpea rotini as part of its legume-based pasta line.
Catalina Snacks introduced Catalina Crunch Keto-Friendly Crunch Mixes, a line of low-carb, low-sugar snacks. The mixes combine Catalina Crunch Keto-Friendly Cereal pieces alongside traditional party mix ingredients like cashews, chickpea pretzels, almonds, pecans and cheese crisps. Containing 9 grams of carbs, 4 grams of fiber and 1 gram of sugar or less per serving, the snack mixes come in four varieties: traditional, spicy, Cheddar and creamy ranch.
Purely Elizabeth rolled out 5 Grain + Seed Oatmeal single-serve packets. The oatmeal is formulated with pea protein, chickpea protein, chia, flax, oats, quinoa and amaranth. The oatmeal is available in cinnamon and banana nut flavors. Each packet has 7 grams of protein, according to the company.
Variety of seasonal flavors from different brands are now available.