Garbanzo Bean Avocado Smash Sandwich (Gluten-Free)

I have never been a sandwich person, but recently I’ve been craving a cold sandwich with lots of flavor. Being gluten-free, it is hard to find a sandwich bread that doesn’t feel like you’re eating cardboard. I personally like to make my own bread with almond flour (hello low carb bread!) I am in no way a bread specialist, but I have messed around with enough recipes to find one that works for me. I will be posting my gluten-free bread recipe soon and I will embed the link. IMG_4661

The main reason I was never a huge sandwich person was because I am really weird about lunch meats. It took years for me to realize I could make delicious sandwiches without meat at all, but with more substance than just vegetables. Avocado on sandwiches is also a great replacement for mayonnaise because of it’s health benefits and creamy, spreadable texture.

This sandwich however, goes beyond just spreading avocado on bread in place of other condiments. I have smashed avocado and garbanzo beans together to create an “egg salad” or “chicken salad” feel with half the calories and double the nutrients. Packed with protien, healthy fats, and flavor, this smashed combination is perfect for a warm day. Basil was the perfect addition to this sandwich adding a freshness and a ton of flavor. In the past, I’ve also added spinach for some extra greens on the sandwich, but that is up to you, the creator! Bonappetit babes!

Garbanzo Bean Avocado Smash Sandwich Recipe

This recipe yields 1 serving…with a lot of filling…because no one should ever tell you there is too much smash on your sandwich.


  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 1/2 cup of canned garbanzo beans, drained
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • juice of half a lemon
  • as many basil leaves as your heart desires
  • other options: spinach, lettuce, tomatoe, onions
  • 2 slices of gluten-free bread (or any type of bread you’d perfer)


  1. Place drained garbanzo beans into a bowl and mash using a fork. Add the sliced avocado and lemon juice, then smash together. You can choose how smooth or chunky you’d like your smash to be, but I perfer mine a bit smoother as you can see in the picture.
  2. Add the salt, pepper, and onion powder. Mix well.
  3. Spoon as much as you’d like (or all) on to a slice of bread. Put as much basil as you’d like on top of the smash. Place another piece of bread on top.
  4. Enjoy!

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