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This Easy Chickpea Scramble is one of our favorite nutritious breakfast options that’s packed with protein. It’s a great alternative to tofu scramble and is as versatile as classic scrambled eggs. Perfect for busy mornings or lazy weekends in!
We recently did a Vegan Egg Taste Test where we sampled both store-bought and homemade versions, and chickpea scramble ended up being one of our favorites! After liking it so much, we thought that it would only be fitting for us to create a recipe on the blog for you to try, too!
The Health Benefits of Chickpea Flour
Chickpea flour, also known as besan flour or gram flour, is a nutritious and healthy ingredient that has been used in many cuisines for centuries. Not only is it vegan, affordable and shelf stable, but chickpea flour is also known for being high in fiber, high in protein, supporting digestion, and nutrient dense.
It’s also an excellent soy-free substitute for Tofu Scramble recipe.
Ingredients You’ll Need
- Chickpea flour: This nutritious and naturally gluten-free flour is made from ground dried chickpeas. We usually purchase our chickpea flour from Bob’s Red Mill, but you can make your own chickpea flour at home using a grain mill or high-speed blender.
- Broth: We used our Homemade Vegetable Broth, but you can use any store-bought vegetable broth or vegan chicken broth for a more a savory vegan scramble.
- Garlic powder: Garlic powder adds a mild garlic flavor without overpowering the egg scramble. If you prefer a strong garlicky flavor, feel free to use minced garlic.
- Turmeric: Adds color and earthiness. If you don’t enjoy the flavor of turmeric, you can omit it but the chickpea mixture will be much lighter in color.
- Kala namak: Also known as Indian black salt, kala namak is known for its distinctive “eggy” or sulfurous flavor. A little goes a long way but if desired, omit the kala namak and replace it with regular sea salt.
How to Make Chickpea Scramble
- Whisk the scramble ingredients together. In a medium-sized bowl, add the chickpea flour, vegetable broth, garlic powder, and turmeric together. Whisk well until smooth. The mixture should be the consistency of a pancake batter. If it appears thin, add 1 tablespoon of chickpea flour at a time until thickened again.
- Scramble the chickpea batter. Heat a medium nonstick pan over medium heat with 1 tablespoon of oil. Once warmed add in the batter and cook, mixing often, until the mixture reaches the consistency of scrambled eggs, about 4-6 minutes.
- Season and serve. Sprinkle in the black salt, then season with salt and black pepper to taste. Keep in mind that black salt is salty, so go light on the added sea salt. Serve while warm, as desired.
We serve this chickpea scramble alongside our Vegan Breakfast Potatoes or Crispy Fiesta Potatoes and slices of Whole Wheat Toast with vegan butter, but it can be served however you’d like! Try one of these suggestions:
- Add veggies: If you’d like to add veggies to the chickpea flour scramble, sauté them in the pan before adding the chickpea batter. Things like diced bell pepper, white onion, hash browns, and greens like Swiss chard or baby spinach would be delicious!
- Make it a breakfast sandwich: Put this chickpea scramble on our Vegan Bagels with your favorite vegan cheese, tomatoes, red onion, and Tofu Bacon.
- Roll it into breakfast burritos: Use your favorite tortilla and add your favorite breakfast burrito fillings like black beans, salsa, vegan cheese, avocado and fresh cilantro.
- Top your avocado toast: Take your avocado toast to the next level with this protein-packed breakfast recipe.
This chickpea scramble will keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. We haven’t tested freezing it, but it would likely work, especially if you’re making Freezer-Friendly Breakfast Burritos.
Reheat this scramble in the microwave or in the pan. It may be a bit dry upon reheating, so add an additional splash of vegetable broth to keep it hydrated.
- Use a nonstick pan. Although we love our cast iron skillet, it’s not the best when it comes to cooking with chickpea flour. Even on low heats, the chickpea flour almost always sticks. Instead, use your best nonstick pan. We love our Caraway pans and highly recommend them!
- Keep the mixture pressed into a thin layer. When scrambling the chickpea batter, we recommend pressing it down into a thin layer while you mix so that it cooks evenly. If it piles up into a “ball of dough,” it will not cook all the way through and be the consistency of mashed potatoes.
- Whisk the batter really well. If there are any dry lumps of chickpea flour, they will remain that way and will not cook through properly. Make sure you have a smooth batter before adding to the hot skillet.
More Vegan Breakfast Recipes You May Enjoy:
- Potato & Leek Tofu Quiche – A hearty vegan quiche that’s perfect for your brunch tables!
- Spiced Chickpea and Tomato Toast – A super quick and easy breakfast that’s packed with flavor and protein.
- Vegan Filipino Scrambled Eggs – 3 ingredient vegan scrambled eggs you’ll love!
- Fall Sweet Potato Breakfast Casserole – Loaded with seasonal veggies and an “eggy” flavor.
- Vegan Huevos Rancheros – Try the chickpea scramble in this Mexican-inspired recipe!
If you make this recipe, let us know what you think in the comments below! + If you post any photos on Instagram, make sure you tag us @sweetsimplevegan and @consciouschris so that we don’t miss it, we love seeing your photos!Print