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Local food moguls Micah Camden and Matt Lynch are set to launch a fully vegan ice cream company in Oregon – offering high-protein frozen desserts made from chickpeas.

The Little Bean enterprise – which will officially launch this fall – will consist of a food cart, a truck, and a complete ice cream shop, all based in Portland.

The company will offer pastries and ice cream in a series of unique flavors – all made with chickpeas as a key ingredient.

Key ingredient

The use of legumes means Little Bean’s products will pack an extra protein-and-fibre punch.

It has also allowed Camden and Lynch to keep their products dairy-free, gluten-free, non-GMO, and organic.

Discussing Little Bean’s ingredient choices, Camden told Eater: “It’s for the allergens and it’s for the environment.

“Anything they can do with soy, I can do with chickpeas.”

Emily Court

Emily Court is a writer and content creator published in Plant Based News, Raise Vegan, Living Vegan and The Financial Diet. A self-described "recovering vegan hothead," she is now a pragmatic member of Vancouver's vibrant and growing plant-powered community. Hailing from Halifax, Nova Scotia, she holds a BA in Spanish and certificate in Intercultural Communication from Dalhousie University, where her thesis focused on topics of cultural and gender-based discrimination. She aims to apply a privilege-conscious...