Chick Pea-za & Apple Cupcakes

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on September 12, 2010


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.


I also organized another cupboard.


Yes, that is the after picture. ;)

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


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


Chick Pea-za

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


  • 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.


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…


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.20100912-IMG_2956

For dessert, I had delicious apple cupcakes!



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


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.


Insert: Mmmmmmm this is the best apple ever.


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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Camille September 12, 2010 at 10:03 pm

Oh my gosh, those apple cupcakes look so delicious and creative! Nice one!


Lisa September 12, 2010 at 10:25 pm

Those chick peas look so good! Once I tried to broil them with cinnamon and agave nectar and PB2 but it definitely did not come out good! These pizza ones look like a much better idea! =)


Ashley Craft September 12, 2010 at 10:53 pm

Love the apple cupcakes!!! So creative… yet they look so quick & easy to make! :) The chickpeas look yummy too!


Crystal September 12, 2010 at 11:35 pm

Let’s just say I could have a poster the size of my living room wall be of Ziva and I’d be content for the rest of my life. LOVE that show! We have been watching the DVDs at home and we just finished season 6. :D The characters are so different and INTERESTING. It is nice to see some personality!


[email protected] September 12, 2010 at 11:43 pm

omg u blew me away! i wasent expecting hollowed out apples to be the cupcake holder!!! THIS IS TOOOOO CUTE!!! <3


Els September 13, 2010 at 12:21 am

Hi Angela!! I’ve been…secretly following you…on OSG! :D I’ve been on your site for a little over a month now, and I can’t thank you enough for truly truly influencing me to fine-tune the way that I eat because I was already fit and healthy, but not healthy enough–meaning that I had digestive problems every now and then. Your VOO’s are my favorite thing to eat in the morning, and I can only say that your contagious passion for healthy baking is inspiring because I love baking myself!! Now I like to try new things on my own (more so the healthy way). In a way, I feel like we’re kindred spirits haha. Keep pressing on and God bless you abundantly!


Els September 13, 2010 at 12:37 am

Oh btw, I loooooove the GREEN MONSTERS!
I’m not sure if you still use eggs/milk in your baking, and perhaps you have a recipe similar to this one. But I wanted to share this one with you.
-1 egg beaten
-2 TBSP olive oil
-1 1/4 C lowfat buttermilk (milk+1 TBSP lemon juice)
-1/4 C blueberries
-1 C whole wheat flour or spelt flour
-1 tsp baking soda
-1/4 tsp salt
-1 TBSP chia seeds
-lots of cinnamon!
*combine all the dry ingredients, and in another bowl mix all wet ingredients. Then, mix both altogether. Get the pan heated on medium heat. Last, use a 1/4 measuring cup to pour batter onto the pan. As soon as you do that, put a few blueberries in the cooking pancake. And then you’ll know when to flip them. Enjoy!


Megan @ Healthy Hoggin' September 13, 2010 at 1:23 am

Love the apple “cupcakes!” Too cute!! I want to make them for my little nieces the next time I see them!!

I love the idea of making pizza-flavored chickpeas, too! Actually, I pretty much love ANYTHING pizza-flavored! ;)


Marina September 13, 2010 at 2:29 am

Your recipes with chickpeas are always so creative!
This looks so delicious


JL Goes Vegan September 13, 2010 at 4:55 am

Chickpeas are one of my favorite foods. I just love your creative ideas on how to sue them in a tasty and simple way. This one is a keeper.


nicole September 13, 2010 at 8:30 am

I love NCIS!!
I just bought some Honey Crisps from the farmer’s market this weekend and I think an apple cupcake is calling my name!!


Victoria September 13, 2010 at 8:39 am



Jenny September 13, 2010 at 8:40 am

I love the apple muffin idea. Yum yum yum.


Natalia @asideofsimple September 13, 2010 at 9:15 am

Hi Angela, I love reading your blog but I don’t think I’ve ever commented to tell you that. Maybe the apple cupcakes convinced me? Haha can’t wait to make them! They look divine!


Amanda September 13, 2010 at 9:26 am

Will definitely be trying, and featuring, your recipe on my site! LOVE APPLES!


Jessie (Bites and Pieces) September 13, 2010 at 9:30 am

You are so creative! The chickpeas and apple cupcakes both look delicious and so simple. :)


Lauren September 13, 2010 at 10:28 am

I LOVE peanut butter BUT surprisingly I don’t really like the White Chocolate Wonderful either! I got a jar as a present years ago, used it once and kept it in my pantry for over a year before finally tossing it.

Those apples look wonderful :)


Vegyogini September 13, 2010 at 12:45 pm

I totally agree with you about White Chocolate Wonderful; it is way too sweet for my taste! My favorite PB is plain old organic from Trader Joe’s where the only ingredient is peanuts, so sweetened PB always tastes super sweet to me.

The chickpeas look delicious!


Amber K September 13, 2010 at 2:23 pm

I had the same problem with the white chocolate wonderful. It’s funny because for actually chocolate I LOVE white chocolate and can’t stand dark. But for those peanut butters, I LOVE the dark chocolate dreams.


Susan September 13, 2010 at 3:35 pm

Loooove the idea of pizza roasted chickpeas!! Also, with you on the Peanut Butter & Co thoughts. Way too sweet for my liking. Sweetened nut butters taste like frosting to me, always have as I was raised on the natural stuff – Kraft never entered my household as a kid! :P


Amber September 13, 2010 at 4:48 pm

My husband and I are obsessed with NCIS! We are midway through season 7 and can’t wait to start DVR’ing the new season!


Girlonraw September 13, 2010 at 5:16 pm

I have been cleaning out pantry cupboards like crazy too. Do you seem to throw away loads of expired items too??


Adeline September 16, 2010 at 5:05 am

Ever tried chickpea flour? Some middle eastern cultures use this to make flatbreads/pancakes and I have also heard of newer recipes that use it to make pizza! Can’t wait to try your recipe though, sounds easy and more importantly yummy!


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