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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Jackie September 12, 2010 at 6:18 pm

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!


Allie (Live Laugh Eat) September 12, 2010 at 6:26 pm

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.


Wei-Wei September 12, 2010 at 10:03 pm

What about Baked Caramel Apple Cupcakes? ;]


Marina September 13, 2010 at 2:28 am

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!


Cara Craves... September 12, 2010 at 6:33 pm

Those apples make such fun cupcakes!
Healthy cupcake impostors!


Nicole @ Picky Nicky September 12, 2010 at 6:45 pm

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


Angela (Oh She Glows) September 12, 2010 at 7:24 pm

With my hands, im klassy like that ;)


Angela (Oh She Glows) September 12, 2010 at 7:24 pm

and yes that’s klassy with a ‘k’ ;)


Daniel September 12, 2010 at 6:48 pm

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.


Sonia @ Master of Her Romaine September 12, 2010 at 6:51 pm

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:


Angela (Oh She Glows) September 12, 2010 at 7:23 pm

Wow great idea!!


Emily September 12, 2010 at 6:52 pm

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!


Lisa September 12, 2010 at 6:54 pm

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.


Jessica @ How Sweet It Is September 12, 2010 at 6:55 pm

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


Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) September 13, 2010 at 1:46 am

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!


Sava September 12, 2010 at 7:02 pm

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 :)


Alaina @ The Jogging Concierge September 12, 2010 at 7:06 pm

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.


Stacie @ Imperfectly Healthy September 12, 2010 at 7:08 pm

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!


Kristy @ September 12, 2010 at 7:12 pm

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! :)


Lindsey @ SoundEats September 12, 2010 at 7:13 pm

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


Annie September 12, 2010 at 7:17 pm

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


Lisa (bakebikeblog) September 12, 2010 at 7:31 pm

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


Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine September 12, 2010 at 7:33 pm

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


Mary @ Bites and Bliss September 12, 2010 at 7:33 pm

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! :)


stacey-healthylife September 12, 2010 at 7:39 pm

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


Bee Goes Bananas September 12, 2010 at 7:43 pm

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


Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat September 12, 2010 at 7:46 pm

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!


Bridget September 12, 2010 at 7:49 pm

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


Nicole @ yuppie yogini September 12, 2010 at 7:53 pm

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.


Chelsey September 12, 2010 at 8:00 pm

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.


Nicole September 12, 2010 at 8:00 pm

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.


Rachael September 12, 2010 at 8:03 pm

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!


Danielle September 12, 2010 at 8:07 pm

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


Little Aspects September 12, 2010 at 8:09 pm

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


Gina September 12, 2010 at 8:10 pm

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


Andrea September 12, 2010 at 8:17 pm

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.


CathyK September 12, 2010 at 8:35 pm

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


Holly @ couchpotatoathlete September 12, 2010 at 8:33 pm

I love chickpeas and this sounds so delicious.

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


Julie September 12, 2010 at 8:38 pm

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!


Chelsea @ Strawberry Sweat September 12, 2010 at 8:38 pm

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!


Heidi September 12, 2010 at 8:39 pm

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!


Kristina @ spabettie September 12, 2010 at 8:39 pm

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


Jessica @ The Process of Healing September 12, 2010 at 8:46 pm

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


Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter September 12, 2010 at 8:48 pm

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


Jess September 12, 2010 at 8:51 pm

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


Mimi (Damn the Freshman 15) September 12, 2010 at 9:19 pm

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


Heather (Heather's Dish) September 12, 2010 at 9:55 pm

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 :))


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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