Chickpea Nuggets Recipe for Kids #vegan #wholefood

Gluten-Free Vegan Chicken Nuggets: Chickpea Nuggets. I don’t think I can overstate these chickpea nuggets. They. Are. Awesome. AND…they’re just 2 ingredients. Hummus + breadcrumbs (gluten-free for me)=done. Both kids went crazy for them…devouring several each as soon as they were out of the oven.

And Little Goose loved them so much that she kept eating until we ran out of nuggets. We started with 2 dozen! And it’s an incredibly simple recipe that you can mix just about any pureed veggies into for bonus nutrition. You can start with either hummus or just mashed cooked chickpeas, add whatever veggie purees you like (or go with just pure chickpeas) and mix in enough bread crumbs to form the chickpeas into nugget-sized balls (about 2 Tablespoons per nugget).

Chickpea Nuggets

Serves 4


2 cups hummus or pureed chickpeas
1 cup gluten-free breadcrumbs


Mix hummus and breadcrumbs.

Form into half-dollar sized nuggets.

Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 15-20 minutes.

The Results

Yum! The kids and I loved these and Mr. Meaty even liked them. This is a HUGE win for our family and I’m really looking forward to trying it in all kinds of serving styles. I’ve already had chickpea nugget burrito wraps and they were delicious! 

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2 Ingredient Chickpea Nuggets | @VeggieConverter grainfree vegan

Chickpea Nuggets for Kids


  • 2 cups hummus
  • 1 cup gluten-free breadcrumbs


Mix hummus and bread crumbs. Form into half-dollar sized nuggets.

Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 15-20 minutes.



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  1. Amanda says

    My son loved this! My husband not so much. lol I think he decided that he didn't like them before he tasted them.

    Thank you. This recipe is a keeper.

  2. says

    OH man this is so wasy my 6yo can make them herself!! Well … almost :) I am making these!! I do have a question… What type of dip do you use? Thanks!!

    • says

      Hey Christine, they are sooo good. We went with honey mustard. But since you're vegan, maybe barbecue sauce or I'm not sure how maple syrup and mustard would be. Seems like a good possibility!

  3. Marie says

    We had these for supper tonight. We are a blended family as well and we all loved them. We used honey mustard dipping sauce and also ranch dressing. (we splurged) They fell apart a bit. It was probably because I had to get creative with my hummus recipe since I had run out of tahini and didn't notice until it was too late. I will make it again. It was easy and my family enjoyed it.

    • says

      Awesome! I'm so glad you liked them. And yes, the texture of the hummus definitely would change the nuggets' consistency. Thanks for letting me know!

  4. Jennifer says

    I have tried this recipe twice and I can’t get it to cook right. It doesn’t seem to brown and it falls apart. What kind of bread crumbs do you use? I was using panko breadcrumbs.