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33 of the BEST vegan chickpea recipes: From appetizers to desserts, and even recipes with chickpea flour. Here are some of the best ways to enjoy this humble, inexpensive, nutrient-dense ingredient!

Garlic broccoli stir-fry with chickpeas over rice in bowl

Simple Delicious Vegan Chickpea Recipes

Chickpeas are a staple for any vegan (and non-vegan) kitchen. Not only are they inexpensive and super versatile, but they’re packed with nutrients, fiber, and plant-based protein, ready to make hearty vegan chickpea recipes to keep you satisfied all day long. That includes salads, curries, fritters, and even chickpea desserts. I’ve also included some of my favorite chickpea flour recipes.

Best of all, you can use either home-cooked or canned chickpeas for almost all the below recipes with chickpeas–many of which are quick and simple to prepare, vegan and gluten-free, and often meal-prep and freezer friendly! Honestly, I throw a can of chickpeas into practically any meal when I want a fiber or protein boost.

Are Chickpeas Healthy?

The short answer is yes. Chickpeas are a significant source of plant-based protein (14 grams of protein per cup!) and dietary fiber. They are also a rich source of several vitamins and minerals, like copper, calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc, folate, and vitamin B6.

These micronutrients can benefit nerve function, red blood cell, immune system, and brain health, reduce the risk of several chronic diseases, and help regulate blood sugar. They’re also a slow-digesting starch, helping to feed the good bacteria in our gut for improved digestive health. You can read more about the health benefits of chickpeas on Healthline.

crispy air fryer chickpeas dumped from white bowl

How To Cook Dried Chickpeas

Canned chickpeas are ridiculously convenient and not too expensive, but cooking your own chickpeas is even more budget-friendly. Plus, once cooked, they’ll store in the freezer for up to 3 months, ready when needed.

  1. First, soak the chickpeas in a bowl of water covered by at least 2 inches of water for at least 8 hours or overnight.
  2. Drain and rinse the chickpeas, transfer them to a saucepan, and cover them with several inches of fresh water.
  3. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 1 ½-2 hours, until tender but not mushy. Then, they’re ready to use in delicious, healthy chickpea recipes.

To save time and energy, I prefer to use a pressure cooker. This reduces the cooking time to only about 20 minutes.

If you live in a region with particularly hard water, it is recommended to add about 1-2 teaspoons of baking soda to the cooking water. Sodium bicarbonate softens the water and makes it more alkaline, which may help to soften legumes faster.

Note the cooking liquid when cooking chickpeas is ‘aquafaba’ and can be whipped into peanut butter mousse and vegan meringue.

Appetizers and Snacks

Crispy Air Fryer Chickpeas

To start off these vegan chickpea recipes, these super crispy chickpeas are ready in under 20 minutes. They’re perfect for enjoying in place of potato chips and tossing into soups and salads for extra crunch and protein.

crispy air fryer chickpeas with spoon in white bowl

Quinoa Chickpea Salad

This veggie-packed quinoa salad tossed with a bright lemon vinaigrette is not only perfect for your next BBQ, potluck, or picnic but makes for a super versatile and nutrient-dense healthy chickpea recipe loaded with protein, fiber, and antioxidants.

pouring lemon vinaigrette over quinoa salad

Vegetable Couscous Salad

Like the above, but with couscous instead of quinoa, this healthy chickpea recipe is loaded with mixed veggies for a light and flavorful summery appetizer or side in 15 minutes.

top shot of Moroccan couscous salad

Chickpea Broccoli Nuggets

If you’re looking for child-friendly recipes with chickpeas, these little nuggets are a must-try. They’re loaded with nutrients and low on fat but crispy and delicious (like my buffalo cauliflower wings and air fryer zucchini chips).

close-up of chickpea nuggets with broccoli filling

Stuffed Mushrooms

Loading up mushrooms with a hearty spiced chickpea and vegetable filling smothered with vegan cheese sauce makes for a hearty chickpea side dish, appetizer, or light main.

top view of stuffed portobello mushrooms with vegan cheese

Oil-free Hummus

No list of recipes with garbanzo beans would be complete without fluffy, creamy, delicious homemade hummus made with canned chickpeas and top tips for the smoothest, fluffiest results. Perfect for dipping with pita bread, chips, and crudites.

creamy oil-free chickpea hummus in a bowl with crackers

Air fryer falafel

Make delicious homemade falafels much healthier by ditching the deep fryer for an air fryer instead. They’re crisp outside, tender in the middle, and taste delicious in wraps, pita, salad bowls, and more.

hand grabbing gluten-free falafel pita sandwich

Cauliflower Chickpea Patties

These gluten-free cauliflower patties combine cauliflower with chickpeas and chickpea flour for a simple and versatile chickpea side dish. You can enjoy them as bite-sized fritters, medium patties, or large burgers. Either way, they’re loaded with protein and low on fat, with simple pantry ingredients.

stack of chickpea cauliflower patties

Avocado Toast with Toppings

Crispy chickpeas are just one of several ways to boost your avocado toast game for a delicious and nutritious breakfast, snack, or light lunch. Add pickled red onions for even more flavor.

close-up of avocado toast with roasted chickpeas

Vegetable Chickpea Fritters

Stuff a chickpea dough base with corn and bell pepper or the veggies of your choice for these simple and delicious veggie fritters, perfect to enjoy as a snack, side, or light main.

veggie chickpea fritters with corn and pepper on a plate

Chickpea Ricotta Cheese

When wondering what to make with chickpeas, I bet a vegan cheese alternative never crossed your mind. This vegan ricotta relies on 7 wholesome ingredients and is ready in minutes to enjoy in vegan lasagna, over toast, or as a dip.

homemade chickpea ricotta cheese in a brown bowl

Chickpea Dinner Recipes

Garlic Broccoli Chickpea Stir-fry

This simple stir-fry is low fat, packed with flavor thanks to its simple garlic ginger sauce, nutrient-dense, and ready in just 25 minutes, perfect with rice or noodles.

broccoli chickpea stir-fry with rice in bowl

Chickpea Tofu

You can prepare this soy-free tofu (firm or silken!) using dried chickpeas or chickpea flour to make a flavorful, protein-dense soy tofu alternative, perfect for marinating, baking, or frying into tons of easy chickpea recipes.

cubed homemade yellow chickpea tofu on ceramic plate with knife on the side

Buffalo Chickpea Taquitos

Combining mashed chickpeas and buffalo sauce in taquitos makes for a crispy, spicy, hearty, and satisfying vegan chickpea dinner recipe in under 30 minutes.

Hand grabbing baked Buffalo chickpea taquitos with vegan cheese drizzle

Vegan Chickpea Curry with Eggplant

A wholesome, comforting, pantry-friendly chickpea dinner recipe made with creamy coconut milk, tender eggplant, and high-protein chickpeas, ready in under 30 minutes to enjoy with rice and/or naan.

Enjoy several similar meals with chickpeas like this pineapple veg curry, sweet potato curry, and Thai coconut curry soup.

Eggplant and chickpea curry with spinach and rice in bowl

Pasta with Chickpeas (Pasta e Ceci)

With a combination of mixed vegetables and pasta in a light yet creamy chickpea sauce, this one-pot easy vegan chickpea recipe pack flavor and nutrients for a hearty and satisfying meal that won’t weigh you down.

pasta and chickpeas in large pot with ladle

Chickpea Vegan Buddha Bowl

Combining crispy chickpeas with rainbow veggies, pineapple, noodles, and a creamy avocado dressing, this healthy, nutrient-dense bowl meal is summery, bright, and delicious.

vegan buddha bowl with chickpeas avocado and colorful veggies

Vegan Mushroom Chickpea Risotto

Adding chickpeas to this flavorful mushroom risotto is the perfect way to pack in plenty of plant-based protein for a nourishing and satisfying meal.

vegan mushroom chickpea risotto in a black bowl

Vegan Shakshuka with Chickpeas

If you’re looking for meals with chickpeas that you can enjoy for breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner, this vegan shakshuka hits the spot. Combining protein-rich chickpeas in a hearty tomato-based sauce, this dish is delicious with bread, rice, or pasta.

Hearty egg-free Shakshuka with vegan cheese and chickpeas in a black pan

Stuffed Zucchini Boats

Enjoy a somewhat low-carb chickpea dinner recipe when stuffing zucchini halves with wholesome chickpeas and bell peppers in a spicy tomato sauce, smothered with vegan cheese sauce.

chickpea stuffed zucchini with vegan cheese on a baking sheet

Avocado Chickpea Pizza

Relying on two ingredients you don’t often see on pizza, this gluten-free, vegan buffalo chickpea pizza is a delicious and nutritious combination of protein, carbs, and healthy fats.

Avocado chickpea pizza with vegan cheese

Chickpea Tacos

You can prepare these versatile gluten-free chickpea tacos in 10 minutes for a healthy, hearty, protein-rich snack or meal.

Chickpea tacos with veggies and avocado

Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Enjoy a delicious combination of sweet and savory flavors by combining perfectly baked sweet potatoes with crispy chickpeas. Enjoy it alone or with a side salad for a simple, delicious healthy chickpea recipe.

3 baked sweet potatoes on a white plate with roasted chickpeas and white sauce

Savory Stuffed Crepes

For those days you’re craving something hearty and savory vs. the usual chocolate banana and cinnamon apple crepes, try this protein-rich, pantry-friendly vegan chickpea recipe. They’re stuffed with a spiced chickpea, mushroom, and spinach filling you’ll love.

spoon drizzling vegan cheese sauce on a pyramide of 6 savory crepes

Chickpea Desserts

Vegan Chickpea Blondies

Garbanzo bean recipes aren’t tied to savory uses only. In fact, the somewhat neutral flavor of chickpeas makes them the perfect nutrient-dense addition to recipes like vegan blondies, with gooey, fudgy, soft results.

hand grabbing a chocolate chip blondie

Chickpea Cookie Dough

Combining 7 simple ingredients, you can transform a can of chickpeas into a delicious gluten-free, optionally sugar-free cookie dough. A delicious, guilt-free way to satisfy sweet cravings.

Edible chickpea cookie dough shaped into ice cream

Flourless Chickpea Brownies

Double down on wholesome ingredients by combining these gluten-free, oil-free fudgy chickpea brownies with optional sweet potato frosting. Get ready to be truly surprised at how delicious chickpea desserts can be.

You might also enjoy my recipes for sweet potato brownies or pea brownies.

Close up of flourless brownies in a baking dish with vegan sweet potato frosting and mini chocolate chips with a piece cut out

Healthy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bars

No one would guess that these soft, moist, and slightly chewy oatmeal bars are hiding a whole can of chickpeas. Enjoy them as a protein-rich, gluten-free, dairy-free breakfast or chickpea dessert.

a few oatmeal bars chocolate chip bars from above

No-bake Cookie Dough Bars

These no-bake cookie bars combine layers of healthy brownie and cookie dough, topped with a rich chocolate fudge sauce.  However, they’re also naturally sweetened with no refined sugars, butter, oil, or eggs.

vegan no-bake cookie dough bars stacked

Chickpea Flour Recipes

Gluten-free Tortillas

You need just two ingredients (plus salt and water) to prepare these flavorful, flexible, gluten-free tortillas that are perfect for burritos, tacos, enchiladas, quesadillas, and more. Plus, the recipe is wheat-free, corn-free, yeast-free, and oil-free.

Make them more nutritious with spinach, like these healthy spinach tortillas.

hand holding homemade gluten-free tortillas

Gluten-free Gnocchi

You can make delicious vegan and gluten-free gnocchi at home with just 3 ingredients (plus salt and water) by replacing wheat flour with chickpea flour. Plus, the extra flavor in the flour makes them even more delicious.

gluten-free vegan gnocchi before cooking on wooden board

Vegetable Pakora

These mixed vegetable pakora (and homemade onion bhaji) are super crispy outside and tender in the middle, made with a flavorful chickpea flour batter.  They’re also pan-fried to use minimal oil.

top shot of 4 vegetable pakora on white plate with raita dip

Vegan Frittata

Make a delicious egg-free frittata with a chickpea flour base. It’s packed with flavor, soft and moist, super versatile, and packed with veggies. Plus, it’s loaded with fiber and protein, and easy to make.

You might also enjoy vegan ‘egg’ muffins that combine chickpea flour and silken tofu for its vegan eggy base.

veggie frittata in a cast iron skillet with a piece on a small plate

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Garlic Broccoli stir fry with chickpeas over rice in bowl

Vegan Chickpea Recipes: Broccoli Stir-Fry

Flavorful broccoli stir fry with chickpeas and a delicious garlic ginger sauce! This vegan weeknight dinner is easy to make in just one pan and it’s ready in about 25 minutes. The healthy takeout recipe is meat-free, gluten-free, low in fat, and very simple!

Prep Time 10 minutes

Cook Time 15 minutes

Total Time 25 minutes

Course Main Course, Side Dish

Cuisine Chinese

Servings 4

Calories 213 kcal

Ingredients 

Broccoli Stir Fry:

  • 1 tablespoon oil (see notes)
  • 1 onion diced
  • 5 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 heaped tablespoon fresh ginger minced
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Black pepper & sea salt to taste
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1 medium head of (450 g) broccoli cut into small florets
  • 1/3 cup (80 ml) vegetable broth
  • 1 (15 oz) can of chickpeas rinsed and drained
  • Cooked rice of choice for serving

Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) of water
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce (gluten-free if needed)
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar or balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup or any other sweetener
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

Instructions 

  • Heat oil in a pan over medium heat. Add onion, ginger, garlic, and all spices. Sauté for 3-4 minutes.

  • Add broccoli florets and vegetable broth. Fry until the broccoli is tender but not soft, about 10 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, prepare the sauce: In a medium bowl, combine water, soy sauce, vinegar, maple syrup, and cornstarch. Whisk.

  • Pour the sauce in the pan and add chickpeas.

  • Bring to a boil until the sauce simmers. Fry for a further few minutes.

  • Taste and adjust seasonings. Add more salt/pepper/cayenne pepper if needed.

  • Serve alone or with cooked rice. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Please note that restaurant stir fry recipes contain a lot of oil. If you aren’t used to low-fat cooking, you might not like this healthier stir fry version. If you don’t mind oil, feel free to add more oil to taste. 🙂
  • Recipe serves 4. Nutrition facts are for one serving (without rice).

Nutrition Facts

Vegan Chickpea Recipes: Broccoli Stir-Fry

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* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutrition information is an estimate and has been calculated automatically

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