Crispy Chickpea Bites In The Oven

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on October 28, 2010

The other night, Eric and I were cruising the aisles of Home Depot. Also known as, my Favourite Place On Earth.

Or my Least Favourite Place on Earth but I really can’t complain. I do drag Eric to Michaels (his Favourite Place on Earth) so it is only fair that he drags me to Home Depot.

Anyways, we were looking to purchase new plug plates outlets for our bedroom. Or whatever one would call those things.

I was helping Eric search for a specific kind of outlet among a sea of outlets and he said, ‘I think we should get the baby proof outlets, don’t you?’

I stopped and thought about it for a moment.

Finally, I said, ‘Are you pregnant!?’

Eric paused for a moment, rubbing his belly. He looked at me with a straight face and said, ‘I surely hope not, I haven’t been taking my Folic Acid lately!’

And then I almost peed myself.

I think it was the one and only occasion that I have ever had a smile on my face in Home Depot.

[And for the record….no, I’m not pregnant. But Eric might be…]

So while I don’t have any buns in the oven, I do have something delicious in the oven to show you tonight!


Crispy Chickpea Bites

Despite not being fried, these bites are crispy and have a soft, creamy interior with lots of flavour. I hesitate to call the bites ‘Falafel’ because they aren’t like traditional Falafel, but are perhaps a hybrid between Falafel and a chickpea burger! Did I mention they are super quick and easy to make?

Adapted from Foodista.


  • 1.5 cups cooked chickpeas
  • 2 tbsp chopped red onion
  • 2 large garlic cloves, chopped
  • 3-4 tbsp flour, to thicken mixture for shaping
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp coriander
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • Roll in breadcrumbs before baking (optional, but I liked it)


Directions: Preheat oven to 400F. Line a baking sheet with parchment. Combine the chickpeas,onion, garlic, flour, spices, oil, and salt, and pulse in a food processor until the mixture is well combined and smooth. Form the mixture into 8 small balls or patties with wet hands. Roll each bite in breadcrumbs if preferred. Bake in oven for approx 30-35 minutes or until crispy and golden. Serve in a pita or wrap with hummus, veggies, tahini sauce, etc. or on top of a salad.


These took me by surprise! I was not expecting much from them, but they were quite addicting. The exterior really crisps up, but the interior stays soft with a texture similar to hummus. They were great on their own, but I really enjoyed them in this tortilla wrap with spinach, tomato, back pepper, and hummus.


Basically, they are just another vehicle for more hummus. And I’m ok with that.

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Tracey October 29, 2010 at 2:00 pm

I made “falafel” for dinner last night too! Mine didn’t turn out that well. They were still decent, but I can’t get that traditional falafel taste to come through. Yours look great though!


Kris | October 29, 2010 at 2:06 pm

Hahahaha! I loved this Friday Laugh! Too cute!

This sounds like something Ryan would have said to me….Its funny how our men Do pick up on what we talk about ;)

These crispy chickpeas look wonderful :) Thanks for another great recipe!



[email protected] October 29, 2010 at 2:08 pm

Those look SO yummy and easy to make! They would be delicious in a big ol’ greek salad with feta – YUM :)


Stacey October 29, 2010 at 2:38 pm

Another amazing recipe. I just can’t wait to try them all, just as soon as I can make it to the store again to resupply.

Love, love, the Home Depot story. I’m thinking the baby proof “plug plates” weren’t such a bad idea though. Do you have friends or family that might ever come over?


Melissa October 29, 2010 at 3:09 pm



Jennifer October 29, 2010 at 3:35 pm

Congrats, Angela, on advancing in the challenge and for getting Winner’s Choice again!! I have to say how utterly impressed I am with your blog, how you present your food and walk through the preparation of your recipes. Your hard work, and commitment to what you do, shines through in every post.

I cannot wait to see what you come up with for the next challenge. I think your entries have been ones that everyone can enjoy, vegan or not. Good luck to you on the next challenge! I have no doubt you’ll do well.


[email protected] October 29, 2010 at 3:46 pm

Wait.. so why DID he want to get the baby proof outlets!?


simpledaisy October 29, 2010 at 4:01 pm

Hi there…
Just wanted to tell you….I made your fantasitc chickpea bites for lunch today….YUM!
i also included a link to them in my blog post today:):):)


Laura @ Backstage Pass October 29, 2010 at 5:57 pm

Eric is too funny! The chickpea bites look great.


Laura @ Starloz October 29, 2010 at 7:03 pm


these are perfect


Silvia October 29, 2010 at 8:54 pm

Hey — congrats on winning the FoodBuzz food challenge “road trip”! the vegan pralines really look divine, very professional!


Menden October 30, 2010 at 8:23 am

Hilarious! Eric sounds like he’s got a great sense of humor :)

I also adore Home Depot..not! When we were remodeling our house, we were going to “Homey D’s” on a daily basis…ugh. I avoid that place like the plague!


janetha g @ meals & moves October 30, 2010 at 11:43 am

Home Depot, the bane of my existence! We recently replaced all the outlets, switches & plates in our house (last Sunday).. I let the boys take care of it and I baked :)

These bites look awesome! Must make.


CathyQ October 30, 2010 at 2:31 pm

I made these this afternoon and had to test one fresh out of the oven. Very yummy! I’m not sure how I’ll serve them, but they will all be eagerly eaten up!


Pure2raw twins October 30, 2010 at 5:40 pm

oh the great stories that come out of home depot ; ) too funny

and i must make these chickpea bites!!!


Cara Craves... November 1, 2010 at 5:39 am

Saw the link on “That’s Fit”!
I think I commented when you originally did this post,
but I just thought it was cool that you were featured!
Congrats :)


GlowingBIL November 1, 2010 at 7:59 am

Lol Eric

Babyproof now and I’ll send over the baby’s to test anytime :)


Sheree November 1, 2010 at 1:47 pm

I love Isa’s chickpea burgers, but have always fried them :o( I will have to try your baked hybrids. lol… Hummus goes with almost everything. hehehe


mary November 2, 2010 at 6:57 pm

I’m making these right away and i read and re-read the recipe – where/when does the oil go in?


JL goes Vegan November 8, 2010 at 5:36 am

I made these last weekend and then yesterday made them with azuki beans. Both = yum! I linked to your site on my blog today. Thanks for the great recipe!


Kelan November 14, 2010 at 1:21 pm

I made these and thought they were great! But didn’t quite catch where the olive oil was supposed to fall in the recipe. Decided to just make it without and they turned out fine- not crispy though. Did you brush yours with olive oil?


Angela (Oh She Glows) November 14, 2010 at 1:35 pm

I mixed the olive oil into the entire mixture- Ive updated the recipe with more info!


Susanne August 13, 2012 at 9:13 pm

Really, really good! Thank you so much for such a great recipe. I modified it just a teensy bit by using gluten free flour. I also fried the patties instead of baking them, just because it was a little faster and, well, fried chickpeas taste good. :-) Delicious. Very satisfying combination of flavors.

Description and poor photos of my attempt here:


Ella November 4, 2013 at 11:49 pm

Made these for dinner and they were super good! I hate falafel, my mom loves it, we all adored these patties! Put them in whole wheat pitas with Trader Joe’s Mediterranean Hummus + kale, lettuce, carrot dimes and bell pepper. Gonna become a staple for sure as it came together so quickly with easy-to-keep-around ingredients. Thanks for another great recipe, Angela!


Corrin Radd September 6, 2014 at 2:12 pm

I used your idea to make “chicken” flavored nuggets instead of falafel and we dipped them in bbq sauce. Great texture for a bean nugget.


Alison July 12, 2015 at 12:09 am

Hi Angela,
I have your cookbook and want to make the oil-free baked falafel bites. I am wondering if there is any part of this recipe that I can make a head of time?



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