Fake Fries

This author’s Gluten-Free quest continued this weekend, but I wasn’t on the computer. One of the recipes I downloaded last week was for something called Panisse. They are what I call fake fries and are super popular in Provence, France and Italy.

Panisses are made with chickpea flour, water, salt, and oil. The batter reminds me of polenta and the process like making eclairs. You chill the batter and then dump it our which then makes it look like tofu.

I know, I’ve sold you on these already, right?

Stay with me, they were freaking amazing and gluten free.

This is the recipe I used. I dusted mine with salt. You can try a sweet version by dusting with  sugar, cinnamon, and or cocoa powder. If making a sweet version, I would add a teaspoon of sugar to the batter and use grape seed or coconut instead of olive.


  • 1 cup chickpea flour
  • ½ tsp fine sea salt
  • 2 cups water (divided)
  • 2 tsp olive oil (plus more for the basking sheet)


Lightly spray or grease a 9-inch square baking pan.

In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, salt and 1 cup of the water until blended and mostly smooth (don’t worry of there are some small lumps at this point).Whisk in the olive oil.

In a medium saucepan, bring the remaining 1 cup water to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium and whisk in the chickpea batter. Cook, whisking constantly, for 3 to 5 minutes until the batter is very thick. Immediately pour and spread into the prepared pan, smoothing the top.

Cool until room temperature and then place in the refrigerator, loosely covered, for at least 1 hour or up to 24 hours.

When ready to cook the fries, invert onto a cutting board and cut into ¼-inch wide fries.

Position the broiler rack in the oven 6 to 8 inches from the heat source. Lightly grease a large sheet pan with olive oil. Place sheet in oven and preheat for 3 minutes.

Carefully remove the pan from the oven and arrange the fries on the sheet. Broil for 3 to 5 minutes until golden brown. Remove from the oven and flip the fries over with a spatula. Broil for 3 to 5 minutes longer until the other sides are golden brown.

Serve immediately, seasoned with salt.

Nutritional information

Serving size: ¼ of entire recipe Calories: 109 Fat: 3.8 g Saturated fat: 0.6 g Carbohydrates: 13.3 g Fiber 2.5 g Sugar: 2.5 g Sodium: 305.4 mg Protein: 5.3 g Cholesterol: 0 mg

To give you an idea as to why these are better than real french fries, compare the nutrition:

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 1 medium fast food order
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 205

Calories 427

% Daily Values*
Total Fat 22.82g 35%
Saturated Fat 5.406g 27%
Polyunsaturated Fat 3.96g
Monounsaturated Fat 13.196g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 259mg 11%
Potassium 741mg
Total Carbohydrate 50.29g 17%
Dietary Fiber 4.7g 19%
Sugars 0.91g
Protein 5.04g

Recipe source https://powerhungry.com/2018/07/panisses-chickpea-flour-fries-baked-vegan-grainfree/

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