An easy and healthy meatless nugget that the kids will love! Gluten-free & Vegan Chickpea Nuggets that are top 8 allergy-free, grain-free, and have a secret dose of veggies too! A deliciously fun plant-based recipe for little hands at lunchtime or dinner!
You know how I feel about (chicken) nuggets. They are the best and you know I ate my fair share as a kiddo. They are totally a weekly staple for my brother still; you can’t blame hime though, nuggets are the best! Since I already brought you real gluten-free chicken nuggets last year on the blog, I thought I should probably develop a killer plant-based recipe too!
I think kids love nuggets so much because they are so fun, finger-food/hand-held, and of course dippable! Actually, I don’t “think”, I know! Of course, not all nuggets are created equal. You have your fast food “nuggets”, you’re store bought refrigerated/frozen, or if you are a fancy parent, homemade. Parents usually succumb to the “child calling” for nuggets. Kids should totally be able to have their nuggets for dinner…just healthier.
Healthy nuggets can be parent-approved and kid-approved. No fighting over dinner options, everyone can be happy. Bonus point with these chickpea nuggets is that they are totally 100% adult-friendly to eat too! EVERYONE in the family can have the same chickpea nuggets, feel good about eating them, and feel those beautiful joys of nostalgia while they’re at it!
Let me tell you a bit about these healthy delicious chickpea nuggets. Made completely out of chickpeas with “hidden” broccoli, some spices, and “panko”. The broccoli seals the deal on health and the “panko” is not only gluten-free, but grain-free too! Now, I’ve made these multiple ways now after a reader suggested making them completely grain-free. The typical grain-free nugget option would be some nuts, but were are keeping these nut-free. Next best option? Chickpea crumbs! Take some roasted chickpeas, crush them up, and use them as “panko” breading!
They are the best vegan nuggets I’ve ever had so I’ve been making large batches and freezing them to keep them in stock for weeknight dinners. Believe it or not, I am eating them right now as I write this post (yes, I eat dinner while working)! Don’t worry, if you don’t feel like roasting and crushing your own chickpeas, you can actually buy chickpea crumbs or you can go grain-ful and use my favorite gluten-free panko! It’s up to you and all ways are delicious, nutritious, and nugget-tastic!
Gluten-Free + Vegan Chickpea Nuggets
- Before you begin, roast the chickpeas (according to this method, without spices) and crush in a plastic bag. Spread them in a plate and set aside.
- Preheat the oven to 425°F.
- In a large food processor, process all ingredients (except the chickpea crumbs), until you get a "chunky" hummus texture.
- Form about 18 nuggets (1-2 tablespoons each) with the batter and roll them in the chickpea crumbs.
- Place the breaded nuggets on a Silpat or parchment lined baking sheet and place in the oven to bake for 20 minutes. Flip and bake another 5 minutes.
- Serve right away or freeze for later.
So yummy!! You won’t be able to keep the little hands off them (or your own hands off them!) Of course, don’t forget the ketchup either! Nuggets have to be dipped in something, along with a side a fries, like these or how about these? You’ve got yourself and your family a fun meatless meal that will have them running to the dinner table and enjoying all the nuggets they want!
So tell me:
+ Do you have kids that just love nuggets? Do YOU love them?
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