How to Use the Leftover Water from Canned Chickpeas

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In recent years, plant-based eating has taken off as a popular lifestyle for many people in all parts of the world. Hummus is a super popular snack whether or not you choose to keep a vegan diet, but did you know that when you buy a can of chickpeas you can also use the leftover water in the can as a substitute for eggs?

Also known as “aquafaba,” this liquid is full of protein that when whipped, creates a substance very similar to meringue. Step up your baking game and reduce food waste all at the same time by using aquafaba in everything from mayonnaise to marshmallows. This works best if you have an electric mixer, but you can also do it with a handheld whisk. Here’s our recipe for marshmallow fluff:


  • ⅓ cup aquafaba (liquid from a can of chickpeas)
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar (optional)


  • Empty a can of chickpeas into a mesh strainer over a large mixing bowl to collect the liquid
  • Add all ingredients to the bowl of an electric or stand mixer and whip for 3-5 minutes until stiff peaks form
  • If whipping by hand, the process can take much longer. To speed it up (and save your arm from getting tired) add the ¼ teaspoon of cream of tartar
  • Store in a jar or air-tight container for up to a week, and enjoy!