Can a Ninja Blender Make Garbanzo Bean Flour?Angela | May 28, 2012
While I had never done this particular task before, I was pretty confident before starting that the Ninja would eat up the beans and effortlessly spit out flour. Being that I like garbanzo bean flour, as it makes a good binder in veggie patties and thickener in soups, I went with garbanzo beans for this little test.
Since I felt confident in the Ninja for this task, to up the ante a little, I did a side-by-side comparison to see if just a normal food processor could handle the task. Dried beans are very, very hard – so I figured a head-to-head test might be interesting.
Here we have just a cheap Hamilton Beach Food Processor and the Ninja Professional Blender. Each have one cup of dried garbanzo beans ready to blend.
First up, the Ninja. I added one cup of dried beans.
Then, I blended on power level “1” for about 30 seconds to get things going before switching to power level “3” for about 90 seconds. Warning: This is loud.
After 2 minutes of blending, it really seemed that I had about as fine a flour as I was going to get.
So, I poured the flour into a bowl – and immediately realized it needed to be sifted. Out came my trusty mesh strainer and I quickly sifted the powder into a fine flour and separated rough kernels.
In the end, the yield was about 3/4 cup of very light, powdery flour – just like you’d buy at the store. You could probably “re-process” the leftover kernels and get even more, but I just didn’t fuss with that for today. The point was to see if the Ninja could produce flour, and it certainly can!
With a successful test complete, I set off to see how a traditional food processor would stack up. I added one cup of dried garbanzo beans, just as I had for the Ninja.
My food processor is very basic, so it doesn’t have speed levels. It just has “On” or “Pulse.” For this test, I put it in the “on” position and let it process for 2 minutes – the same amount of time as the Ninja.
Holy cow, if I thought the Ninja was loud, this sounded like a warzone in my kitchen!
After the allotted 2 minutes, here was the result:
It doesn’t look much different, does it?
The food processor portion of this experiment was a definite FAIL. The morale of the story – you definitely need a high speed and high powered blender to make dried bean flour.
I hope you found this test helpful, and as always, if you have Ninja Blender requests, let me know in the comments section!