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Perfect for lunch or snacking, these chickpea bites with avocado dip are a copycat Starbucks recipe that are ideal for meal prep. These meal prep containers ( or lunch boxes) contain fresh veggies, trail mix and the most yummy chickpea bites and creamy avocado dip.
Ingredients & substitutions
- Chickpeas: Drain and rinse the chickpeas well before using. Chickpeas are a great source of fiber and protein and will leave you feeling full.
- Breadcrumbs and flour: Use to soak up extra liquid so that the patties don’t fall apart. You can use gluten-free ingredients if you have an intolerance.
- Egg: Used to bind the ingredients together. If you are vegan, you can replace the egg with a flax egg.
- Oil: Toasted sesame oil adds a nice flavor and adds some moistness to the chickpea bites. You can use other oils like vegetable, olive or canola, but the finished taste will be slightly different.
- Seasonings: Garlic powder, onion powder, salt, cumin, cayenne and pepper.
- Avocado dip: Avocado, lime, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper.
- To fill your meal prep containers: Snap peas, carrots and trail mix, or any other fruits and veggies you like.
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How to make chickpea bites for meal prep
- Add the ingredients to a food processor.
- Combine until the mixture sticks together.
- Roll the mixture into balls using a spring loaded cookie scoop.
- Flatten into a disc and coat in the remaining breadcrumbs.
- Place on a baking sheet.
- Bake until golden brown, turning halfway through.
How to make the avocado dip
- Gather your ingredients.
- Mash together the ingredients until smooth.
Tips for meal prepping chickpea bites
- Don’t prep the avocado dip too far in advance. This is a great meal prep idea that you can make up to a few days in advance. Since the dip may brown though, it’s best to prepare that no more than one day in advance.
- Make it gluten-free. You can make the chickpea bites gluten free by just using chickpea flour or almond flour instead of regular flour. They will still adhere really well and taste the same.
- Use a food processor to make the patties. This is the quickest and easiest way and will ensure a nice even texture. If you don’t have a food processor, you can mash the chickpeas first using a fork, then combine everything together.
- Mix up your meal prep containers. You can easily add in different veggies or fruits to your lunchboxes to give you some variety. The creamy avocado dip is included in the Starbucks protein box, but hummus or feta dip would work great too!
Frequently asked questions
These chickpea patties will keep well for 4 to 5 days so they are a great option for weekly meal prep. Once they are baked, let them cool before storing in an airtight container. They will keep well in the fridge, and then just grab them as you need them.
Yes! The chickpea bites are freezer friendly, so make up a big batch! Once baked, let them cool and freeze them solid on a baking sheet before transferring to a bag or container. Thaw them in the fridge overnight before adding to lunch boxes. Frozen, they will keep well for up to 3 months.
This chickpea bite and avocado meal prep is great for a lunch, or enjoy it for healthy snacking throughout the day. These lunchboxes contain balanced amounts of protein, fiber, carbs and fats, so they are a great make ahead healthy option.
These chickpea bites and avocado dip are a great way to mix up your lunchboxes. Great for kids and adults a like, this healthy meal prep will keep you feeling full, energized and satisfied.
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Chickpea Bites Meal Prep
For the chickpea bites:
- 15 ounces can chickpeas drained and rinsed
- ¾ cup plain breadcrumbs divided
- ⅓ cup all-purpose flour
- 1 large egg
- 1 lime juiced
- 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon cumin
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- freshly cracked black pepper to taste
- Nonstick cooking spray
For the avocado dip
- 1 ripe avocado mashed
- 1 lime zested and juiced
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- Kosher salt to taste
- freshly cracked black pepper to taste
- Snap peas
- Trail mix
- Preheat oven to 425°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In the bowl of a food processor, combine chickpeas, ½ cup breadcrumbs, flour, egg, lime juice, sesame oil, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, cumin, cayenne pepper, and black pepper. The mixture should stick together like a ball.
- Add remaining ¼ cup of breadcrumbs to a shallow bowl. Roll two tablespoons of chickpea mixture into a ball and flatten into a ½-inch thick disc (I used cookie scoop). Toss in breadcrumbs and place on prepared baking sheet. Repeat with the remainder chickpea mixture. Spray chickpea bites with nonstick spray and bake until golden brown, 20-25 minutes, flipping halfway through.
- Meanwhile, make the avocado dip. In a medium bowl, combine avocado, lime zest and juice, garlic powder, and onion powder. Combine and season with salt and black pepper, to taste.
Nutrition information provided is an estimate. It will vary based on cooking method and specific ingredients used.
Can I use canola oil instead of toasted sesame oil?
Yes! You can use other oils like vegetable, olive or canola, but the finished taste will be slightly different.
I made these yesterday but they ended up really hard and not soft like I was hoping. Do you think they were overcooked or the ingredients were off?
They shouldn’t have ended up hard. Did you use canned chickpeas? It sounds like they were overcooked or that the batter was too dry.
I can’t wait to try this recipe, the Starbucks ones are a favorite of mine! I was curious, do your nutrition facts include the avocado dip or is it just for the chickpea bites?
Hope you enjoy! The nutrition facts do include the avocado dip.
I just made these today. I can’t eat gluten so I used chickpea flour instead of flour and cornmeal to dust instead of breadcrumbs. They turned out great!
So glad you made it work! That’s perfect!
I made these gluten free and they turned out delicious! My family really enjoys a lot of your recipes. Thank you!
I’m so glad the family has been enjoying the recipes! Thank you!!
Hi, thanks for the recipe. I wanna know if these bites can eat either warm or cool. And which other sauce we can use to dip in or neat without any sauce.
You’re so welcome! I think these are best eaten at room temperature. You could really enjoy this with any sauce like tzatzik!
Hey yumna, i recreated your chickpea bites recipe , it turned out good and yummylicious …. lovely snack !
That makes me so happy to hear! Yay!!
I made this yesterday for my lunch meal prep for the week and its delicious. I did the gluten free vegan version coz of my autoimmune disease. Thank you for sharing the recipe. ❤️
That makes me so happy to hear! Happy to have shared!