Easy Chickpea Scramble

easy vegan chickpea scramble

Budget-friendly Vegan Chickpea Scramble

I’ve always been a fan of chickpeas. One of my favorite things to eat is vegan falafels and I am the kind of person who would eat chickpeas straight out of the can – I don’t mind.

One of the things I missed a lot after I changed my diet into vegan was my morning eggs. I had always loved eating eggs so much, but after realizing how factory-farm chickens are treated, I simply could not enjoy them anymore and decided not to eat them.

Easy Vegan Chickpea Scramble

This chickpea scramble does not taste like eggs, I will not lie. It has nothing similar to eggs except the color and texture. However, it is still super tasty, can be cooked in less than 10 minutes and a perfect breakfast if you are looking for some savory comfort breakfast food and you are tired of cereal and oatmeal.


  • 1 can drained chickpeas
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • a pinch of cumin (optional)
  • a pinch of black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 3-4 tablespoons of hummus (can be omitted but it gets a bit dry)
  • Optional: oil of choice

UPDATE: I made the chickpea scramble with 2 tablespoons of vegan butter instead of oil, and it was amazing!!

*Honestly, I put a lot more salt because I like my food salty so I would recommend even more.
*I also go heavy on the spices, so if I were you, for best results I would taste my chickpeas before throwing them in the pan to see if there is any taste I like. If not, just add more spices and salt!

How to make chickpea scramble:

  1. Mash the chickpeas in any way you are able to, I usually use a fork.
  2. Add all spices to the chickpeas and mix well together.
  3. Add hummus if using any and mix well.
  4. You can either use some oil on your pan or avoid oil completely. If you have a good frying pan, you really don’t need to use oil and it will work out fine. Add mixture to the pan and start frying on medium to high heat. I do it on high because I am lazy.
  5. When it gets golden (usually after 4-5 minute if you do it on high-medium) it is ready.
  6. Enjoy with whatever you like to eat on the side.
vegan crackers for chickpea scramble

Possible sides I enjoy:

  • toast with butter (vegan butter)
  • tomatoes
  • avocado
  • crackers

More Notes:

  • Without the hummus this may feel a bit dry. I personally still love it but I guess it may be individual taste.
  • You can try it once without hummus and once with and decide what you prefer.
  • Without hummus it turns into a really really budget friendly vegan breakfast.
  • You can actually try other dips into it than hummus. I have read people use tahini, I have personally only tried hummus.

Recipe inspired by Simple Vegan Blog.

Why eat chickpeas?

Chickpeas are a really rich source of vitamins, minerals and fiber. Chickpeas further offer a variety of health benefits, such as improving digestion, helping with weight management and reducing the risk of several diseases.

Can I eat chickpeas every day?

Yes – and it is good for you. Eating one serving a day of chickpeas or other legumes, can significantly reduce ‘bad cholesterol’ and thus the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Are chickpeas healthy when canned?

There is actually not that much of a difference between canned chickpeas and chickpeas you cook yourself unlike canned vegetables, which have lost a lot of their nutritional value. There is very little difference in the nutritional value between canned chickpeas and those you cook yourself so when you don’t have the time – go for the canned option and enjoy.

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