Fluffy Chickpea Scramble (30 minutes!)

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Plate with delicious Chickpea Scramble, roasted sweet potatoes, avocado, cilantro, and baba ghanoush

Chickpea scramble! Ever tried one?

It’s the perfect solution when you want something egg scramble-like without eggs or tofu (no shade on tofu, but some folks avoid soy, so this is another workaround).

Chickpeas are a delicious source of plant-based protein and fiber, and they take on flavors well. The only “problem” with chickpeas as a base is 1) they don’t bind together well, and 2) they don’t quite emulate the fluffy texture of eggs or tofu.

To the drawing board I went. I experimented, I asked your guys’ opinion on Twitter and Instagram, and I experimented some more. And one suggestion –  eggplant – was the golden ticket!

Plate with chickpeas for making gluten-free vegan Chickpea Scramble

This recipe is simple to make, requiring just 30 minutes and 10 ingredients to make! I even include some workarounds that make it even faster + easier if you’re short on time.

The “secret” to this scramble is baba ganoush, which whips up in less than 15 minutes. It’s what helps bind the chickpeas together while also providing provide flavor, creaminess, and a bit of fluffiness!

Eggplant for the win, once again.

Thinly sliced eggplant drizzle with olive oil on a baking sheet

While the eggplant is roasting, season your chickpeas! I went with a healthy mix of turmeric (an amazing anti-inflammatory!), ginger (great for digestion), and cumin (also helpful for digestion).

A pinch of salt, pepper, and smoked paprika bring even more flavor to this delicious and wholesome scramble.

Food processor with delicious vegan baba ghanoushCast iron skillet with Chickpea Scramble and baba ghanoush
I hope you all LOVE this scramble! It’s:

Fluffy
Flavorful
Wholesome
Satisfying
Easy to make
& Super tasty

This would make the perfect breakfast or lunch when you’re craving something satisfying yet healthy. While it does require 30 minutes from scratch, you can use store-bought baba ganoush to cut that down to 10-15 minutes or make the seasoned chickpeas and baba ganoush ahead of time to throw into the skillet throughout the week!

For more savory breakfast bites, check out our Roasted Sweet Potato & Kale Breakfast Hash, Masala Spiced Tofu Scramble, Eggplant Bacon, Spicy Tempeh Breakfast Sausage, and Crispy Hashbrown Haystacks.

If you try this recipe, let us know! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag a photo #minimalistbaker on Instagram! We’d love to see what you come up with. Cheers, friends!

Gluten-free vegan meal of Chickpea Scramble with roasted sweet potatoes, avocado, cilantro, and baba ghanoush

Fluffy Chickpea Scramble (30 minutes!)

A hearty chickpea scramble in 30 minutes with a secret ingredient that binds the chickpeas and makes them fluffy! A delicious, nutritious (10-ingredient), plant-based meal.
Author Minimalist Baker
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Plate of roasted sweet potato, avocado, baba ganoush, and Vegan Chickpea Scramble
4.79 from 19 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2
Course Breakfast, Entree
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Vegan
Freezer Friendly No
Does it keep? 3-4 Days

Ingredients

QUICK BABA GANOUSH (or sub store-bought baba ganoush)

  • 1 large eggplant (sliced horizontally into 1/4-inch rounds)
  • 1 Tbsp avocado or grape seed oil (or other neutral, high-heat oil // omit if oil-free)
  • 1 pinch sea salt (plus more to taste)
  • 3 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp tahini (ground sesame seeds)
  • 1 large garlic clove (minced)

CHICKPEA SCRAMBLE

  • 1 3/4 cup cooked chickpeas (drained but not rinsed, cooking liquid reserved // 1 15-ounce can yields 1 3/4 cup cooked chickpeas)
  • 1 1/4 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 1/4 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 pinch smoked paprika (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp each sea salt + black pepper (plus more to taste)
  • 1-2 Tbsp water (to thin)
  • 1 Tbsp avocado or coconut oil
  • 4-6 Tbsp baba ganoush (recipe above or store bought)

FOR SERVING optional

  • Roasted sweet potatoes* or other vegetables
  • Ripe avocado
  • Steamed kale
  • Brown rice or cauliflower rice
  • Cilantro

Instructions

  • If using store-bought baba ganoush, skip this step. Otherwise, preheat oven to high broil, move a rack to the top of the oven, and line a baking sheet with foil (foil is best for broiling as parchment paper can burn).
  • Slice the eggplant and arrange on foil-lined baking sheet. Lightly drizzle both sides with oil and sprinkle with sea salt. Then broil for 2-3 minutes on each side, watching carefully as it can burn easily. You're going for a deep golden brown, not black.
  • Remove from oven and stack the eggplant. Fold the foil around the eggplant to steam for 5 minutes.
  • In the meantime, add chickpeas and 2-3 Tbsp (amount as original recipe is written // adjust if altering batch size) of their cooking liquid to a shallow mixing bowl. To a separate small mixing bowl, add turmeric, cumin, ginger, paprika, salt, pepper, and water to thin and mix into a pourable paste. Taste and adjust flavor as needed, adding more spices for flavor or salt for saltiness.
  • Pour spice mixture over the chickpeas and mash half of them with a fork, evenly distributing the spices until the chickpeas are coated. Sprinkle the chickpeas with a bit more salt for flavor. Set aside.
  • Unwrap the eggplant and peel off most the skin - if well steamed, it should peel right off. Don't fuss too much about getting all of the skin off - a little bit is fine!
  • Transfer eggplant to a food processor (or mixing bowl) and add lemon juice, tahini, garlic, and another healthy pinch of salt. Blend (or mash/whisk) until a paste is formed (see photo). Taste and adjust flavor as needed, adding more lemon for acidity, garlic for zing/spice, tahini for creaminess, or salt for saltiness. Set aside.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add 1 Tbsp (15 g // amount as original recipe is written // adjust if altering batch size) oil and chickpeas. Stir to coat and cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Then add desired amount of baba ganoush - 4-6 Tbsp (amount as original recipe is written // adjust if altering batch size).
  • Stir to combine and cook for 3-4 minutes more or until the scramble is slightly drying out and taking on a golden-brown color. Taste and adjust flavor as needed, adding more fresh garlic for garlic flavor/zing, salt for saltiness, or pepper for a little heat. You can also add more baba ganoush for fluffy texture + flavor.
  • Serve the chickpea scramble as is or with desired garnishes / sides. I love roasted sweet potatoes, avocado, cilantro, and extra baba ganoush on the side. Hot sauce is also delicious.
  • Best when fresh, though leftovers keep in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. Reheat on the stovetop or in the microwave until warm.

Notes

*If subbing store-bought baba ganoush, this is a 7-ingredient, 10-minute recipe!
*To roast sweet potatoes, cube a large sweet potato (skin on or off), place on a parchment-lined baking sheet, drizzle with oil of choice (I like avocado), and add a sprinkle of salt. Roast at 400 degrees F (204 C) for 15-25 minutes or until golden brown and tender.
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated without additional sides / garnishes.

Nutrition (1 of 2 servings)

Serving: 1 serving Calories: 477 Carbohydrates: 43.3 g Protein: 13.3 g Fat: 30.5 g Saturated Fat: 3.3 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 900 mg Fiber: 17.8 g Sugar: 11.3 g

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  1. Alexa says

    Made this with sides of couscous + frozen peas, and crispy hash potatoes with cumin, turmeric, slightly too much cayenne, and ginger. It was DELICIOUS and incredibly filling. Omitted the eggplant because I didn’t have one, but otherwise made the chickpea “eggs” with everything else that would have gone in it (the tahini lemon juice mixture). Put it on high heat in a cast iron and then threw in some BREAD CRUMBS which made it even crispier and gave it a flaky/crispy texture. Heartiest breakfast in a while. Will be making again. Soon.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for the lovely review, Alexa. We are so glad you enjoyed it! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

  2. Pam says

    Yum! I used hummus with flax egg mixed in instead of baba ghanoush and it worked well! Did my own spice mixture, adding nutritional yeast and mustard. Had with oven fries and hot sauce and kale – will make again!

  3. Brooke says

    Eggs have made me feel sick since I was a kid, so traditional breakfast has always been tough for me. THIS. CHANGES. EVERYTHING. Thank you!!!

    Easy hack: TJ’s baba, TJ’s cruciferous crunch, TJ’s meatless sausages, brown rice, Roasted sweet potatoes and avo!! The possibilities are endless. A whole new breakfast world! Scrambles, hashes, burritos…?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Jennifer, we haven’t tried that, but another reader mentioned a zucchini-based baba ganoush. If you press “ctrl+f” on a PC or “command+f” on a mac, a find bar should pop up that allows you to search for specific words (such as zucchini) in the post and comments. Hope that helps!

  4. Peg says

    This is one of the most delicious things I’ve ever had for breakfast! I made a tahini-free babaganoush because my daughter is allergic to sesame. I roasted 2 large eggplants in the oven at 400 degrees for around an hour, let them cool, scooped out the insides, put in food processor with 2 cloves of garlic and the juice of one lemon and then processed for about 15 seconds. Other than that I followed the recipe exactly and found the spice mixture to be perfectly balanced flavor-wise. I served it on top of hashbrowns. I can’t wait to have it again!

  5. Andrea A. says

    This scramble was delicious. I had a little trouble peeling the skin off the eggplant, and just ended up trimming it off. I served on tortillas with avocado. I love that I have left over baba ganoush. I went ahead and mixed a pre-blend of the spices. Now everything is ready to go, and I should be able to whip up at least two more batches in less than 10 minutes.

  6. Hudi says

    Ok I’m stoked!!!! My nine year old super picky eater said this is SICK. I hate when he talks like that but in his language that means he really likes it!!! Yayyyy!!! He seriously doesn’t eat anything healthy!! Accept green apples and apple sauce. He loves it and so do I. It’s delicious! And easy. Ty!

  7. KLMC says

    Noticed others asked this as well…thoughts about omitting eggplant and tahini? Sons allergic. Thank you! :)

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      We haven’t tried that and think it wouldn’t end up being a very cohesive scramble. We have a vegan scrambled eggs recipes coming up that might interest you! Otherwise, perhaps subbing the baba ganoush for a tahini-free hummus would be your next best option? Hope that helps! If you give it a try, we would love to hear how it goes!

    • Kele says

      You can make a zucchini-based baba ganoush instead! Just slice the zucchini in rounds or long slices and grill or roast them before blending. Also, you can skip the tahini and sub a bit of extra oil (maybe 2-3 tbsp rather than 1) to get that creamy consistency.

  8. Felicia says

    I have a lot of Indian black salt (egg smelling) from when I was making tofu scramble. Soy isn’t my friend. Would you recommend using it in this? If so, how? I’m VERY recipe dependent so “just play around with it” doesn’t work for me lol.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Stay tuned, Felicia! We are working on a recipe that we think will be just what you are looking for!

  9. Jessica says

    If using canned chickpeas, are we supposed to leave the chickpeas un-rinsed and preserve the liquid from the can? Hopefully the answer is yes, b/c I’m guessing this won’t be answered right away and I’m about to cook supper. ;)

    • Caroline Pitts says

      Hi, I dont know but it seems that since the liquid in the chickpeas is used as an egg replacement (aquafaba) it probably helped you.
      How about telling us how it turned out?

  10. Antonia says

    This is a good recipe! The eggplant baba is very good.
    The eggplant’s skin didn’t come off easily for me, so I cut it off with a knife and ate the outsides (which were yummyyy!) because I didn’t want to trash anything edible.
    My sister and her friend really enjoyed the dish and went back for second and thirds!

  11. Mary Trzeciak says

    I’m a chickpea fanatic and not huge on tofu scrambles so I was so pumped when I saw this recipe! I’ve made it three times now since I first tried it and it is so perfect for the days I’m craving a savory breakfast! I pick up baba ganoush from my local mediterranean restaurant to save on time but not sacrifice the quality. I like the recommendations for trying over toast, so I think I will try that today….

  12. alyse says

    This was a really unusual and surprising dish. I really liked it. I’ll have to back off on some of the spices, as there was a little more of a bitter note than I appreciate. I’ll definitely be making it again!

  13. James says

    Any ideas on how to make a soy bean scramble? I have an instant pot, so I would pressure cook the soy beans and then process them up in the food processor. That’s what I’m thinking anyway.

    Got any advise for me?

  14. Kathryn Tate says

    I wasn’t really certain of this before making it, but I have eaten it with leftovers
    for a couple of days. (I used all of the Baba Ganoush in this).
    I use a rack I bought at amazon for veggie cooking, and I use olive oil
    cooking spray on the vegetables.
    I have a dear sister coming to visit next month and will
    definitely be making this for breakfast.

    thanks Dana, the Minimalist Baker!!!!

  15. Sarah R says

    Dana! You should definitely try to work with chickpea flour to make a scramble or omelet. It’s amazing! You can get chickpea flour on the cheap at an Indian grocery store. Have fun!

  16. Shelbi Post says

    Whoa. This dish was pretty mind-blowing. I really loved all the different spices with turmeric, cumin and paprika! It was so unique tasting. The texture when mixing the chickpeas with the baba ganoush was super fluffy and satisfying. I served it with the roasted sweet potatoes and cilantro and all of it in one bite was magic :) Can’t wait to make this again.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi! If you are using a can they are already cooked, so no need to cook them! If you are using dried chickpeas then follow the instructions on the package!

  17. Rebecca says

    This recipe was simple and delicious!! The babaganoush was really easy to make also. I made it with roasted sweet potatoes and had some extra babaganoush on the side! Ate it for dinner but could be breakfast as well if you like savoury breakfast! Hit another one out of the park, Minimalist Baker!

  18. Becky says

    I made this and served it over arugula and topped with mango and avocado. It was delicious! Thanks for the easy meal idea.

  19. Brianna Blacklock says

    Just tried out this recipe and it is fantastic. I was a little worried when sampling the chickpea mixture before cooking & adding the baba g (kept wanting to add some sweetness) , but once everything was tossed together it was spot on! Served alongside brown rice and sweet potato. Would be great inside a wrap or on toast as well!

  20. Stephanie says

    Just made this for dinner. I did add a bit too much baba ganoush because I wasn’t measuring, but still turned out super delicious. The smokey eggplant flavour goes so well in this! Will make again.

  21. Anne Boyd says

    I made this last weekend, and to be honest didn’t love the scramble (baba was great!), however, my fam really liked it (so may just be me), but I don’t see it replacing tofu scramble as our regular. However, I had leftover scramble and baba and the next day had that on a toasted sandwich with all the toppings and it was FANTASTIC!! So making again this week, it will be a regular alternative with the chickpea salad sandwich. Thanks for the recipe!

  22. Julia @ Happy Foods Tube says

    I love chickpea dishes and this one looks just perfect to me. I have never tried baba ganoush but the recipe looks pretty straight forward so going to try it. You think I can omit tahini?

  23. stanp says

    Have to do some minor substitutes due to carb and sugar restrictions ( no potatoes) but everything else is great….nice spice combo….baba gonush is a real fav of mine !

  24. Betsy says

    I heartily agree with the above comment! I live in North Africa and can’t say enough good things about your site and recipes…thank you, thank you, thank you!

    I just want to suggest a shortcut with the eggplant. My Egyptian friend who taught me how to make baba ganoush would just poke two holes in a whole eggplant and stick them whole into the oven to roast for 20-30 minutes (depending on the size). When they are cooled, you can slice them open and just scoop out the innards.

    Excited to try this!

  25. Karla Segale says

    PS

    I am an absolute DEVOTÉE to Minimalist Baker! I live in France and have a hard time finding things like red or green curry paste, or baba ganoush. Fortunately, there’s YOU! I have tried many, many of your recipes in my French household and they have all been a HIT!

    Thank you, Dana, for doing your part for Franco-American relations! You’re a culinary ROCK STAR!!!

  26. Karla Segale says

    I went a little too heavy on the salt, and ended up adding some coconut milk to the chickpea mixture before serving. I served over toasted, gluten-free bread. Delicious and filling!

  27. Chloe says

    Interesting, I’m excited to try this! When I think of a chickpea scramble I tend to think equal parts chickpea flour and water, a little salt, black salt, nooch, and turmeric cooked like a pancake on one side then broken up like eggs. This is a great way to use up those sometimes annoying aquafaba side products ??

  28. Trixilie & Bea says

    This is mouthwatering…. we want it :) We have a lot of white beans. What do you think, can we use them instead of the chickpeas? Did you try it with other peas/beans?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      I think that would be tasty! Not quite the same texture (more buttery), but I think it’d still work!

  29. Casey the College Celiac says

    Never thought of making a chickpea scramble! Bet this would be delicious for dinner stuffed in a sweet/potato!

  30. Brianna says

    Can you suggest a substitution for baba ganoush? Eggplant is a migraine trigger for me. So are eggs, which means I’m thrilled to find an egg substitute!

  31. Natalie says

    This look super tasty (and hearty)! Every once in a while I make “scrambled” eggs with chickpea flour and it’s pretty good! It’s great with a bunch of veggies :)

  32. Chiara says

    Happened to have all the ingredients on hand today so I tried it for lunch. It was good. Very satisfying and filling. The recipe makes more baba ganoush than required, but this isn’t a bad thing. I’m not sure I would compare it to scrambled eggs, but more like a dry curry/ dal type dish.

  33. Jini Aroon says

    Thank you Dana…This is brilliamt combining chickpeas and eggplant for a lighter texture! Definitely gojng to yrybit on my vegetarian friends…

  34. Nathalie says

    Just started following you, just tried a few of your recipes, just bought your book…so far it’s all been amazing!

  35. Jessie Snyder says

    This is BRILLIANT. Adding the baba is so unique but when I think about it, makes perfect sense! Cannot wait to try this out sometime. You are so inspiring girl.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      I tried it and it’s not *quite* as good (texture/flavor-wise), but still tasty!

  36. Tes says

    YES!!!! I’ve been looking for a good egg-less/tofu-less scramble for a while now. Can’t wait to try it out this weekend!

  37. Aayushi says

    Literally just made a tofu scramble for dinner which was delish!! But definitely going to try this when I don’t have it!! Looks amazing

  38. Lindsay @ Hot Mess, Cool Day says

    This looks so good! We love chickpeas in our house and we’ve never had anything like this!

  39. sarah says

    This looks great! I recently started making quiches with chickpea flour – would love to see a scramble recipe or quiche recipe using that too! I actually used your hashbrown crust idea and it was delicious!