Chick Pea-za & Apple Cupcakes

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Today was such a beautiful, beautiful summer day…and I was looking out from inside working! I am leaving for my trip on Thursday so today was a workday to get ahead of the game for the work week.

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I also organized another cupboard.

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Yes, that is the after picture. ;)

For lunch, I was craving chickpeas, but I wanted to put a fun pizza twist on them…

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I love chickpeas because you can dress them up or dress them down or turn them into delicious burgers. The options are endless!

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Chick Pea-za

It’s a ‘cheesy’ name, so I thought it was fitting for this recipe. ;)

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 cups cooked chickpeas
  • 1/4 cup pizza sauce
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 tsp pizza seasoning (see below)
  • 1/2 tsp dried parsley
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • Ground black pepper

 

Directions: Option 1) Mix together and serve without baking (my fav way!). Option 2) Bake –> If baking, preheat oven to 400F. Line a baking sheet with parchment. In a small bowl mix all ingredients except the dried parsley. Scoop mixture onto baking sheet and sprinkle dried parsley over top. Bake for 25-30 mins. watching carefully. Serve with pizza sauce.

This is the pizza seasoning I used below. I found it this morning when I was cleaning out my cupboards. Score.

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These Chick Pea-zas were delicious, but to be honest I liked them best before baking them. The flavours were more pronounced and they were more moist and saucy. :)

Before baking…

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I added some pizza sauce since they were dry after baking. They were delicious with the pizza sauce, but I would save yourself 30 mins. of baking and just eat them straight from the bowl after mixing.20100912IMG 2956 thumb   Chick Pea za & Apple Cupcakes

For dessert, I had delicious apple cupcakes!

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O-b-s-e-s-s-e-d.

I topped one half with 1 tbsp of crumbled Glo Bar and White Chocolate Wonderful Peanut Butter.

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Side note: I don’t love the White Chocolate Wonderful Peanut Butter as much as I thought I would. It tastes good, but after eating it a few times I think it is too sweet for my taste. I also find when I eat it, it makes other non-sweetened nut butters taste bad and bland. I don’t think I would buy this again.

On the other half I topped it with half of a mini Ultimate Vegan Oatmeal Raisin Cookie and crunchy natural peanut butter.

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Insert: Mmmmmmm this is the best apple ever.

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Tonight’s plans: Start packing, Yoga for Runners, dinner, NCIS. <–I forgot to mention we are addicted to NCIS- currently on season 5. :) Any NCIS fans out there? I am in complete love with every character on the show…I could gush and gush about it…

Have a great night!

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Jackie September 12, 2010

Yes! I am obsessed with NCIS too. I have seen every season. This year I have class on Tuesday so I have to catch it the next day online. NCIS- LA isn’t the same :P

Those chick peas look delicious!

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Allie (Live Laugh Eat) September 12, 2010

I’m allergic to raw apples (I know, boo) but I’ve gotta try this with something else!! Or cooked apples I suppose. Somehow that doesn’t seem as good.

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Wei-Wei September 12, 2010

What about Baked Caramel Apple Cupcakes? ;]

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Marina September 13, 2010

Try baking them! Just stuff them with any kind of mix you want, oats+cottage cheese, granola, nuts, dried fruit, anything, and bake them for like a half an hour. It’s awesome!

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Cara Craves... September 12, 2010

Those apples make such fun cupcakes!
Healthy cupcake impostors!

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Nicole @ Picky Nicky September 12, 2010

Those apple cupcakes look so yummy! I know what i’ll be eating as a snack tomorrow :)
I’m just curious… how do you eat them? With a fork, with your hands? They look a little tall to be able to eat in bites.
By the way, I’ve been reading your blog for a while but it’s the first time I post.
It’d be great if you checked out my blog, it’s still a baby but it’s slowly coming together!
Have a great day
-Nicky

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 12, 2010

With my hands, im klassy like that ;)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 12, 2010

and yes that’s klassy with a ‘k’ ;)

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Daniel September 12, 2010

I have a bunch of apples and I now know what I’m going to do with them! And the chick pea recipe looks great, as do all of your chick pea recipes. I just had a chick pea “pizza” on an Ezekiel wrap with tomato paste a few days ago.

And I know what you mean about the nut butters and something tasting so sweet that it makes other varieties taste bland. After discovering kabocha squash, butternut and acorn just can’t satisfy the texture and sweetness I’m looking for, and buttercup barely comes close. :P I wish there were more starchy sweet amazing squashes like kabocha out there.

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Sonia @ Master of Her Romaine September 12, 2010

the chickpea pizza!!! SO GOOD.
I have a recipe that you may just LOVE…
I had some leftover chana masala chickpeas from when I made an little Indian feast…and my boyfriend was making a pizza for dinner. I commandeered a portion of his pizza crust, added the regular pizza sauce, and topped it with my chana masala chickpeas!! It was one of the best things I have ever eaten. Seriously. The are pictured here:
http://masterofherromaine.blogspot.com/2010/08/21-week-challenge-day-7.html

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 12, 2010

Wow great idea!!

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Emily September 12, 2010

Chick Pea-za – what a brilliant idea. I bet it would satisfy a pizza craving too! Thanks for sharing your always creative and delicious recipes. You never disappoint!

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Lisa September 12, 2010

Big NCIS fan! I am about a season behind though. I got busy last year and just couldn’t stay on top of my shows.

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Jessica @ How Sweet It Is September 12, 2010

I can’t imagine ever thinking the White Chocolate Wonderful is too sweet. It’s my fave!

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Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) September 13, 2010

Jessica is my homegirl and I totally agree…haha! I have a wicked sweet tooth and stevia. agave, white & brown sugar, yacon & maple syrups, you name it, I am all about it :) I write a “healthy” living blog…ha! and still use tons of sugar/sweeteners. Oh well, there are worse things I imagine :)

The pizza noochey chick peas look great, Angela! And so do those apple cupcakes…cute idea!

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Sava September 12, 2010

It seems like every time I visit your blog (daily)
I see something else that I had never even heard of before!
Those Apple “cupcakes” (I think that’s what they were called?) were just about genius :)

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Alaina @ The Jogging Concierge September 12, 2010

Oooh, yet another great recipe for the bag o’ apples me and my husband picked yesterday!

I love chickpeas too. Eventually, I want to try a chickpea brownie recipe.

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Stacie @ Imperfectly Healthy September 12, 2010

I’m not a big fan o the White Chocolate Wonderful either. I do really like their Cinnamon Raisin Swirl though. But I think it’s similar to my liking Maranatha Almond Butter just a tad bit more than Barney Butter. It just tastes more like natural almond butter than Barney Butter does!

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Kristy @ KristyRuns.com September 12, 2010

Oh, wow. Those ‘cupcakes’ look divine! And don’t you just love how versatile chickpeas are!?!? I made bbq chickpeas last night for a light dinner. So tasty! :)

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Lindsey @ SoundEats September 12, 2010

YESSSSSSSSSSS Ross and I have been obsessed with NCIS for a couple years now. LOVE IT. So glad I don’t work Tuesday nights. ;)

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Annie September 12, 2010

NCIS is amazing! I’m about a season behind. I love Abby!

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Lisa (bakebikeblog) September 12, 2010

What a great way to eat apples!
And in strange news – I had chickpeas ON a pizza last night!

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Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine September 12, 2010

Ahhh I love the chickpeaza idea!! So easy, but unique. Definitely making that as a comforting lunch!

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Mary @ Bites and Bliss September 12, 2010

haha pea-za..cute :P Glad you had such a beautiful day to enjoy! Even though it was spent inside. At least you got a lot done! :)

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stacey-healthylife September 12, 2010

I love chickpeas also. I just recently did the roasting them and it was so good.

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Bee Goes Bananas September 12, 2010

Haha apple cupcakes! How adorable! I can see some parents with picky children getting very excited over this recipe.

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat September 12, 2010

Those chickpeas look good! I also made something very close to your apple cupcakes last week, but with PB&Co Cinnamon and Raisin Swirl – they are SOO so good! http://eatspinrunrepeat.wordpress.com/2010/09/08/recap-try-something-new-tuesday-21/

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Bridget September 12, 2010

Cheesy or not, I think the name chick pea-za’s is super cute! Those apple cupcakes are quite adorable too :)

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Nicole @ yuppie yogini September 12, 2010

Tomato sauce seems to lose it’s flavor when baked when seem so counterintuitive because the flavor is so pronounced. I’ve had this same result trying to making tomato saucey baked tofu.

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Chelsey September 12, 2010

You and caitlin are both doing some AWESOME things with chickpeas today! TOmorrow, I am making a chickpea stuffed acorn squash – I’m basically drooling already.

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Nicole September 12, 2010

We love NCIS. It is our fave show, it is the only show we watch “live”. Everything else is DVR’d to watch without commercials or when we have time….that is how wonderful it is.

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Rachael September 12, 2010

We don’t have a TV, but NCIS is one of the first things to go on when I hit up my folks.
Keep meaning to try the apple cupcakes – amazing how something so simple can be so inspired!

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Danielle September 12, 2010

Some of the best finds can come from cleaning out cupboards!

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Little Aspects September 12, 2010

We’re addicted to NCIS at the moment too – we’re also up to season 5! Abby is my favourite :)

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Gina September 12, 2010

You’re so creative with your recipes! It’s very inspiring :)

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Andrea September 12, 2010

I find the same thing with White Chocolate Wonderful… I’ll stick with my Kraft natural :) I’m going to have to try the apple cupcake idea, so cute.

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CathyK September 12, 2010

that’s exactly how i feel! i was sooo disappointed with WCW, but LIVE for kraft natural!

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Holly @ couchpotatoathlete September 12, 2010

I love chickpeas and this sounds so delicious.

You must be so excited for your trip! Have fun packing :)

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Julie September 12, 2010

I love NCIS! I really think they do a great job of the characters. I almost never watch TV, but I found NCIS on the internet last year, and it only took me about a month to get through all the past episodes because I couldn’t stop watching!

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Chelsea @ Strawberry Sweat September 12, 2010

Chickpea-za is such a cute name! And I love how the recipe is so simple, but looks so good. I’ll have to try this one out sometime soon!

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Heidi September 12, 2010

I’m not sure if I’ve ever actually seen NCIS… there are so many crime shows out there! lol Your chickpeas sounds really good, Ive been having trouble finding ways to eat chickpeas and enjoy them besides just plain. Have fun on your trip!

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Kristina @ spabettie September 12, 2010

I LOVE the versatility of chickpeas… I did something sorta like this the other day, with a pasta sauce + vegan cheese = So Yum. :)

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Jessica @ The Process of Healing September 12, 2010

I’ve been looking for a way to eat chickpeas, that sounds so good!

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Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter September 12, 2010

I am obsessed with NCIS. When I have nothing to do I love just watching marathons of it :)

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Jess September 12, 2010

Wow—I love the apple cupcake idea! Definitely trying that ASAP!

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Mimi (Damn the Freshman 15) September 12, 2010

LOVE your cupcake idea! I think I’ll try it with a nectarine…hehe, the space left by the pit allows for more filling!

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Heather (Heather's Dish) September 12, 2010

apple cupcakes are the cutest things ever…i think i’m going to make those when i’m babysitting and stuff too! something kids of all ages can enjoy (now THAT was cheesy :))

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