Little Chickpea (formerly Little Bean) of Portland, Oregon is the most unique ice cream I’ve ever had. The ice cream is vegan and gluten-free, made from chickpeas, and they use the leftover parts of the chickpeas for making (gluten-free) waffle cones and (gluten-free) cookies, espresso and lattes with chickpea milk. (Note: photos by Little Chickpea.)
It’s a gorgeous cafe with some light meal options in addition to the amazing ice cream. It all looks incredible, and it may be the place I’m most looking forward to returning to when I return to Portland. They have WiFi and a full bakery, and at $4.75 a good size scoop in a waffle cone is reasonably priced for a city.
Here’s what I tried:
Cherry Chai – The cherry is sweet and tart, and the chickpeas make for a very creamy base. I loved the chai seasonings too. This is very fun.
Blackberry Basil – This tastes heavy on the blackberry, but you taste chickpea more than anything here.
I went with a plain chickpea waffle cone – it kind of tasted like banana bread or another similar seasoning. (Ginger perhaps?) It’s crunchy like a cookie. Yum! It was drippy by the end, but it holds up quite well overall.
I’m sure their chocolate ice cream must be nice – I’ll have to try it next time. (This time, unusually for me, I was craving fruit.)
If you’re also facing a long time without travel, make a bucket list and be sure to add Little Chickpea in Portland to the list. They’re closed at the moment, but head here to purchase a gift card (or 2 or 3) for when you’re able to return.
Thanks for stopping by, and be well, friends!
Updated 4/2021 They re-opened! Go enjoy.
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