Chickpea Scramble Breakfast Bowl

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Healthy, easy Vegan Chickpea Scramble! Perfect for breakfast!

This chickpea scramble breakfast bowl is my vegan answer to scrambled eggs. I can’t take credit for the idea of “scrambling” chickpeas, but this is my version that I’ve come to love. Chickpeas are such a interesting ingredient…. the water in which the chickpeas sit in their can – known as aquafaba – has amazing, egg-like properties, and can be used for baking or even to make meringues. In this recipe, the aquafaba lends the chickpeas their scrambled egg-like texture.

Chickpea Scramble Breakfast Bowl | Well and Full | #vegan #recipe

Chickpea Scramble Breakfast Bowl | Well and Full | #vegan #recipe

Chickpea Scramble Breakfast Bowl

Move over scrambled eggs… this healthy, vegan chickpea scramble is incredibly easy to make and is crazy delicious! RECIPE UPDATED October 2018.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 2 Bowls


Chickpea Scramble

  • 1 15 oz Can of Chickpeas
  • 1/2 Tsp Turmeric
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt
  • 1/2 Tsp Pepper
  • 1/4 White Onion diced
  • 2 Cloves Garlic minced
  • Drizzle Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Breakfast Bowl

  • Mixed Greens
  • Handful of Parsley minced
  • Handful of Cilantro minced
  • Avocado


Chickpea Scramble

  • In a bowl, pour out chickpeas AND a little bit of the water they’re in. Mash chickpeas slightly with a fork, leaving some whole. Mix in turmeric, salt, and pepper until evenly combined.  
  • Then, mince garlic and dice onion. Heat a pan over medium heat with a drizzle of olive oil. First, sauté the onions until they are soft. Then add the garlic and continue sautéing until garlic is fragrant – about a minute or so. Be careful not to let garlic brown!
  • When onions and garlic are done, add in mashed chickpeas and sauté for about five minutes.  

Breakfast Bowls

  • Assemble the breakfast bowls. Add in some mixed greens at the bottom of the bowls, topped with the chickpea scramble. Top with minced cilantro and parsley. Serve with avocado slices.  
  • Enjoy!


This bowl would also be delicious topped with coconut bacon! Also please note that this recipe is very turmeric-forward. If turmeric’s not your thing, feel free to use less or omit altogether.

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83 responses to “Chickpea Scramble Breakfast Bowl”

  1. Katrina Avatar

    Loving the simplicity of this! Really, it’s great any time of day! Yum!

    1. Sarah Avatar

      Thanks Katrina!! :D

      1. Maya Avatar

        What is the sodium content of this recipe? I love this recipe and want to make it for a friend, but she is on a low-sodium diet.

      2. Sarah Avatar

        Hi Maya! I’m not sure how to calculate the sodium content of something… I know for sure that this recipe contains 1/2 tsp of salt and whatever salt is in the chickpea brine. To make this low-sodium, omit the salt and use low-sodium chickpeas :) Hope this helps!

      3. Bea Avatar

        5 stars
        Love this recipe. It is so easy and delicious! It’s my go to scramble

      4. Sarah Avatar

        I’m so glad you like it, Bea! Thank you for taking the time to leave a review :)

  2. dixya | food, pleasure, and health Avatar

    i havent lived with my parents for more than 10 years…but at the same time, i think now that i am an adult, i definitely will be more tolerant and compromising (so unlike my younger years)…hopefully you will keep us posted with your adventure.

    i have heard so much about chickpea liquid to use as a base..but havent used it yet in my cooking/baking.

    1. Sarah Avatar

      I think I’ve gained some wisdom as I’ve gotten older, I hope! :) And you’ve got to try aquafaba, it’s amazing!! There’s a whole website dedicated to all of the uses:

  3. Emilie @ Emilie Eats Avatar

    My mom loves when I visit home so I can cook everything. :)
    This recipe looks SO good. I never thought go scrambling the chickpeas with the aquafaba! I’ve of course eaten tofu scrambles and used chickpea flour to make pancakes, but this is genius. I’ve been such a fan of savory breakfasts lately!

    1. Sarah Avatar

      I bet she does!! I would love it if you cooked for me too haha!! ;) And thanks girl!

  4. Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine Avatar

    Haha yes! My family LOVES when I cook! The only one culinarily inclined ;) And always introducing them to new things!

    1. Sarah Avatar

      You’re lucky your family is open to new things!! My family isn’t really like that, but I’m hoping I can turn them around ;)

  5. Bethany @ athletic avocado Avatar

    Who knew chickpeas could replace eggs for breakfast? This breakfast bowl is AWESOME! And its also awesome that you are pursuing your degree in nutrition! You ROCK!

    1. Sarah Avatar

      Aww thank you so much for your support Bethany!! :D

  6. Maya | Spice + Sprout Avatar

    Mmm! This looks so yummy. I actually haven’t heard of scrambled chickpeas (whatttt) so this is super exciting! I totally feel you on the moving home thing. Right now I’m living in a different city for university, but once I am done I want to pursue another direction which will include more school, and will probably mean I move home again. There are good and not so good parts to this, but I’ll take every opportunity I get to spend time with my parents and stay close to my family <3

    1. Sarah Avatar

      You’re absolutely right, there are good and not so good parts, but we can make it work!! :)

  7. Veronika Avatar

    I’ll be 22 this year and I still haven’t moved out of my mom’s house. I don!t think there’s a certain age where you have to move out, I think it’s more about when you feel comfortable about living on your own. I don’t wanna just move out into a different place in the same city. What I’d love to do though is move to either the UK or the US. I’m all about the extremes haha go big or go home. And this looks absolutely delicious, I definitely need to try it! :)

    1. Sarah Avatar

      I think I just feel funny about it because I have been living on my own, and will miss the freedoms I’ve had doing so :( But I’m trying to keep an open mind! :)

  8. sassygirl711 Avatar

    it’s a strange thing…a guy living with his parents is not someone I think of as
    totally independent or motivated. a female…maybe a bit more acceptable,
    but it varies…among cultures, different parts of the country, financial reasons.
    I am happy to live my life on my own, no matter what. I need the space!
    the recipe is great. love chickpeas.
    thanks for sharing. :)

    1. Sarah Avatar

      Thank you! :)

  9. Lane | Green Spirit Adventures Avatar

    At twenty one I still haven’t moved out–thankfully I have a great relationship with my mom and younger brother and I never feel like I’m lazy or a burden living here. I think it’s really great that you have that extra support from your parents while you go to school (and congrats! nutrition school sounds like it will be such an incredible experience!). I also think it’s so wonderful that you’re cooking for your mom! I love cooking for my family so much… when they let me, haha! It’s especially nice to cook for my mom because like you said–she’s already done so much!!

    I’ve been craving chickpea scramble for weeks and for some reason haven’t gotten around to making it but you’ve totally motivated me with this recipe!! :)

    1. Sarah Avatar

      That’s cool that you still live at home too!! Believe it or not it makes me feel better to hear that others my age are doing so as well! :)

  10. Leslie Avatar

    Sarah I love your site and want to try everything on it. You can come here and cook for me anytime! You’ve made a great choice to follow your passion – it will take you far. I’ll be the first one in line to buy your cookbook. xoxo

    1. Sarah Avatar

      Aww thank you Leslie!! I’m so glad you stopped by my site! :D It was great seeing you this weekend too. <3

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  12. Calluna Avatar

    This bowl is a great reason to wake up in the morning!
    I’ve added a chopped tomato and a hanful of spinach on the pan instead of onion, and some curry powder in the chickpeas because I’m obsessed with it :)
    It turned out perfectly! I love recipes which leave so much space for my vegetable fantasy. Thank you! You’re as awesome as your blog is.

    1. Sarah Avatar

      Aww thank you Calluna!! You are so sweet! :D I’m so glad you liked the recipe and experimented around with it – that is 100% the vibe I’m trying to go for with my recipes. I’m all about creativity in the kitchen! ;) PS – you’re awesome too!! :D

  13. Fritzann Avatar

    Thank you so much for your recipe. I am going to teybaomething similar to it this morning. Growing up I was not allergic to any food with the exception of milk. Chicken turkey, duck, goose, and eggs from all was a main source of my diet. I had not eaten pork until I was 25 and 6 months pregnant. Now I am allergic to anything that grows a feather and that which comes from it too.

    I miss migas. (Gonna make this morning to see if family notice difference. (Saute onions, jalapeño, garlic, and corn tortilla strips.add scrambled egfs-this case chickpea stuff- serve with sour cream and salsa)

    1. Sarah Avatar

      Thanks for writing, Fritzann! I really hope you like this recipe… and I think it’s a brilliant idea to use a chickpea scramble instead of eggs in migas! :)

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  15. Megan Avatar

    5 stars
    I made this bowl this morning and it was wonderful! While I’m not vegan, I detest eggs – which means breakfast is kind of a nightmare for me. There’s only so many bowls of oatmeal a girl can eat! But, scrambled chickpeas? That’s something I can get behind.

    I added a tablespoon of nutritional yeast and a handful of sauteed veggies – I imagine this can been adapted a million ways with whatever’s lingering in the produce drawer.

    Thanks for this one Sarah!

    1. Sarah Avatar

      Ooooh your additions sound amazing! I need to try adding some nutritional yeast to my chickpea scrambles. I’m so glad you liked it, Megan!! Sending hugs!! <3

  16. Oz Shane M Avatar
    Oz Shane M

    5 stars
    Was looking for a change in my Aussie style brekky’s, bloody awesome! Thank you……….

    1. Sarah Avatar

      Hope you liked it, Shane!! :D

  17. Stina Avatar

    5 stars
    This simple recipe was delicious and quick. Had it with a baked sweet potato on the side and added some brown rice to the mix. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Sarah Avatar

      I’m so glad you liked it, Stina!! Thanks for leaving a note <3

  18. Kim Avatar

    I just made this and it is delicious! And … follow your heart, hear the gentle whispers of your soul guiding you to your purpose💗💗

    1. Sarah Avatar

      I’m so glad you liked it, Kim! :) And thank you for your kind words <3

    2. Andrea Avatar

      5 stars
      Omg I made this and it’s sooooo delicious! How many calories would you say this has?

      1. Sarah Avatar

        Hi Andrea! I’m so glad to hear you liked this recipe :) MyFitnessPal has a great calorie counter on their website!

  19. Roy Avatar

    Anyone knows how many grams of protein and carbs in this dish please?

    1. Sarah Avatar

      Hi Roy, MyFitnessPal has a great recipe calculator that I highly recommend!

  20. sandra Avatar

    hi, I need to prepare a breakfast item for my vegan son that can be made a few days in advance that can be heated in the microwave – would this work and just wrap it in a tortilla with some veggies?. I was thinking of a tofu scramble but it will lose its crispiness. Looks like an easy recipe that might work for this.

    1. Sarah Avatar

      Hey Sandra – while I haven’t tested this as a wrap, I think it would definitely work! I think it would be delish in a whole-wheat wrap with some veggies, maybe some guacamole, and possibly some coconut bacon! Let me know how it goes!! :)

  21. Stacy Paris Avatar
    Stacy Paris

    5 stars
    I tried this this morning with a couple of my own adjustments for my taste, its so good!! This one will definitely be a staple!

    1. Sarah Avatar

      I’m so glad you liked it, Stacy! Thanks for leaving a note :)

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  24. Alycia Avatar

    5 stars
    So easy & absolutely delicious!!!

    1. Sarah Avatar

      Hi Alycia, I’m so thrilled to hear you like the recipe! Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment :)

  25. Lesley Jackson Avatar

    Hi Sarah, greetings from western Scotland. I really want to try this but can’t stand the idea of consuming aquafaba. What can I use instead? Water or Soya milk, perhaps?

    1. Sarah Avatar

      Hi Lesley! Thanks so much for writing! You could definitely make this chickpea scramble with rinsed chickpeas (and no aquafaba), but it might be a little dry. It’ll still taste great though! :)

  26. Richelle Avatar

    3 stars
    I like this as an alternative to tofu scrambled (yum) but this was too much turmeric for me. I would cut the amount in half if I make again. Also wasn’t sure how much aquafaba to leave in. I added some bell pepper and nutritional yeast. Substituted veggie stock for the oil. Thanks for the idea!

    1. Sarah Avatar

      Hi Richelle, thanks for your feedback! This recipe is one that you can definitely taste the turmeric in! I appreciate you letting me know how you liked the recipe :)

  27. Lauren Avatar

    This looks delicious and refreshing, and I love avocados and chickpeas. I’ll have to try it. Warm seasoned chickpeas with cold avocados. I love that combination.

    1. Sarah Avatar

      Thanks Lauren! I love chickpeas and avocado too :)

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  29. Courtney Avatar

    5 stars
    I’ve made this a few times and it’s great each time! I skipped the cilantro and cooked some spinach to have mixed in, and it’s delicious! So easy and quick too.

    1. Sarah Avatar

      I’m so glad you liked the recipe, Courtney!! I will have to try it with spinach myself :)

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  32. Aparna Avatar

    Ah so good! love how creatively you’ve used chickpeas!

    1. Sarah Avatar

      Thank you! :)

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  35. emanuelle Avatar

    5 stars
    yummyy!! thank you so much for this wonderful recipe! soooooo delicious !!!! i’m on the candida diet right now ( week 4) and you are making it sooooo much easier for me with a recipe like this!

    big big thank you!!!
    warm regards,

    1. Sarah Avatar

      Hi Emanuelle, I’m so glad to hear you like this recipe!! Thank you so much for leaving a review, best of luck with your diet <3

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  40. Orange Avatar

    5 stars
    So simple and easy to make, yet incredibly delicious!!!! I really enjoyed this and plan to keep it in my regular rotation.

    1. Sarah Avatar

      Amazing! So glad you liked it :D

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  42. Supriya Kutty Avatar

    This blog is my culinary muse, and each recipe is a masterpiece waiting to be discovered. I recently tried your recipe and was blown away by the deliciousness. This new addition is already on my list, and I can’t wait to recreate the magic. Thank you for sharing your passion for food in such a delightful way!

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