Chickpea Vegetable Nuggets

These chickpea vegetable nuggets are the proper finger meals for little eaters! Loaded with greens and vegetarian protein! Easy to make and awesome scrumptious, experience those vegetable nuggets on their very own, rather than meatballs or dunk them to your favourite sauce!

Chickpea Vegetable Nuggets

Nuggets are a beloved finger food of childhood. Heck, they are a cherished finger food of adulthood too!

Maybe its due to the fact you don’t want a fork to consume them. Or maybe because they may be so dunkable in some thing sauce I actually have accessible. Or it honestly could be because nuggets have a manner being an smooth addition to any meal and kiddo immediately get excited to see them on their plate.

And whilst there is a time and region for the occasional dino-nugget from the freezer section of the grocery keep, I definitely prefer to make my very own nuggets so that I can fill them with vegetables (like I do) and for the reason that they may be so clean to make, nuggets make for an smooth weeknight dinner.

These chickpea veggie nuggets are a vegetarian twist on my tremendous popular Veggie-Loaded Chicken Bites. These vegetable nuggets are perfect for a lunch container or to make fast on a crazy busy Tuesday night time after soccer practice. Or to just keep accessible in area of those dino-nuggets for a more fit, veggie-loaded dinner alternative for when lifestyles is…..Properly existence and crazy!

Why those vegetarian nuggets are splendid!
  • Bite-sized! Don’t ask me why, however little finger ingredients are always a laugh to eat and commonly a mega hit with kids AND adults. So these nuggets are not only delicious and healthful, but just simple a laugh to eat.
  • They are like smooth, mini falafels. Yum!
  • A fun manner to get more veggies in! Great for youngsters (or adults) who might be feeling a touch iffy about veggies in the intervening time. Or perhaps you're like me and much like to feature more vegetables in every time viable.
  • A awesome recipe for chickpea beginners. If you are attempting to feature greater beans into your weight loss program, however maybe you or a member of the family is feeling a piece iffy about them, this recipe is a notable meal to make. The flavors and texture are on factor!

Can I make those chickpea vegetable nuggets without eggs?

This is a regularly asked query from readers! The eggs in this recipe paintings as a binding agent that holds these nuggets together. Basically, they're the glue, so I don’t endorse skipping them.

Some readers have made these nuggets with “flax eggs” or “chia eggs” and file success in the use of this egg-unfastened binding agent. However, others (which includes myself) have no longer located this to be a successful egg alternative. I even have determined the nuggets to maintain together a few, but to typically crumble easily.

Don’t get me incorrect, these chickpea vegetable nuggets nonetheless taste top notch whilst made egg-loose, however the consistency and stop result is pretty one of a kind. So just a heads up in case you choose to move that route whilst making them.

And I will keep experimenting in searching for an terrific egg-loose alternative for you all!

Suggested adapations

One issue I feel wonderful enthusiastic about is supporting make recipes their personal! Here are some tips and tricks for adapting these vegetarian nuggets to suit your life and what you have got in your kitchen!

  • Use all zucchini or all carrot. If you don’t have each accessible, no worries, simply use greater of anything you have got!
  • Use something breadcrumbs you've got accessible. If oat flour is not your aspect otherwise you don’t a few accessible, simply use something breadcrumbs your own family enjoys.
  • Freeze them. Cook these nugget up a head of time, let them cool and freeze them! I like to toss them in my toaster oven to warm up for a quick and wholesome dinner alternative whilst life gets busy.
  • Jazz up the flavors! We all have distinctive flavor preferences, so sense loose to feature extra garlic, salt, pepper or maybe a few spice if that's what your family enjoys! Chickpeas are a quite clean slate, so that you can actually get creative with how make these a own family favorite!

Chickpea Vegetable Nuggets


  • food processor
  • small cookie scoop
  • large pan


  • 15 ounces chickpeas cooked and drained
  • 1/2 cup grated zucchini
  • 1/2 cup grated carrot
  • 1/4 cup minced onion
  • 1/2 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1-2 cloves garlic to taste or sub 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • black pepper to taste
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp olive or avocado +extra for cooking
  • 1/2 cup oat flour or your favorite breadcrumbs


  • Take shredded zucchini and carrots. Put it in the middle of a clean dish towel or large piece of paper towel. Wrap up the zucchini & carrots with towel squeeze a few times to help drain out some of the moisture.
  • In your food processor, combine drained zucchini and carrots and remaining ingredients. Pulse a few times to combine. DO NOT OVER MIX. Mixture should be wet but scoopable.
  •  Heat cooking oil in a large pan over medium high heat.
  • Using heaping tablespoon or a small cookie scoop, portion out the mixture into the pan. Cook nuggets 3-5 minutes and flip, using the back of your spatula to gently flatten them a bit. Cook an additional 3-5 minutes or until outside of the nugget has a slightly golden color.
  • Enjoy warm and with your favorite dipping sauce. Allow leftovers to cool completely and store in an air-tight container in fridge for 4-5 days

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