Vegan Bacon Chickpeas

Vegan Bacon Chickpeas | Well and Full | #healthy #easy #recipe

First of all, credit where credit is due – I got the idea to make vegan bacon chickpeas from My Darling Vegan, a blog that has amazing, plant-based recipes. When I saw Sarah’s post, I knew I wanted to create a similar recipe with my own spin on it. What I ended up with is almost the exact same recipe as my vegan coconut bacon, with slightly different instructions.

These vegan bacon chickpeas are super healthy, full of umami flavor, and made without liquid smoke. I loved them on top of a salad, but these would be perfect in tacos, wraps, or toast too.

If you don’t mind, I’d like to take this opportunity to ask for some advice from y’all. So, over the summer I went through an extremely stressful period of time. During this time I was so stressed, that I developed the unfortunate habit of clenching my teeth while I sleep. Even though I’m not longer under that stress, I still clench my teeth at night. I haven’t cracked a tooth (yet), but the pain and swelling has gotten to a point where I need to do something about it. I have an appointment with an oral surgeon to talk about my options, but I was wondering if anyone had any advice about this issue (temporomandibular disorder, or TMJ). So far I have tried jaw massage, a hot water bottle, magnesium to relax the muscles, and calming essential oils. They’re all helping a little bit, but I figured I’d ask if anyone has  any other ideas! :)

Vegan Bacon Chickpeas | Well and Full | #healthy #easy #recipeVegan Bacon Chickpeas | Well and Full | #healthy #easy #recipe

Vegan Bacon Chickpeas | Well and Full | #healthy #easy #recipe

Vegan Bacon Chickpeas

These vegan bacon chickpeas are insanely addictive – they’re savory, a little spicy, and packed with plant-based flavor!


  • 1 15 oz. Can of Chickpeas or 1 1/2 cups cooked
  • 2 Tbs Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 1/2 Tbs Tamari or Soy Sauce
  • 1 1/2 Tbs Sriracha
  • 2 Tsp Maple Syrup
  • 1 Tsp Smoked Paprika


  • To start, rinse and dry your chickpeas. Then, individually remove the skins from the chickpeas. I know it’s tedious and annoying, but it’s crucial for this recipe’s success! But seriously though, don’t skip this step!!
  • In a plastic bag, add in chickpeas, olive oil, tamari, sriracha, maple syrup, and smoked paprika. Shake up the bag so the chickpeas are evenly coated with everything.
  • Marinate the chickpeas in their bag, in the fridge, for AT LEAST an hour. Preferably marinate them overnight, so the flavor can really infuse into the chickpeas.
  • When they’re done marinating, preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  • Put the chickpeas in a colander or strainer, and strain out the marinade. DO NOT rinse or dry the chickpeas! You still want a little marinade on them.
  • On a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, bake chickpeas for 20-25 minutes.
  • When done, let cool and enjoy!! These are dang delicious in a salad, but they’re be great in tacos or on toast!


If you’re interested in making the salad in the pictures, here’s what you do – add a bunch of mixed greens to a bowl. Top off with sugar snap peas, crispy tortilla strips, sliced avocado, hemp seeds, and the bacon chickpeas. Serve with your fave dressing, and a squeeze of lemon, if you like. Be sure to top off with fresh cracked black pepper and red pepper flakes if that’s your thing!

Vegan Bacon Chickpeas | Well and Full | #healthy #easy #recipe


If you make this recipe and post it on Instagram, be sure to tag me @wellandfull and #wellandfull so I can see! I love seeing your takes on my recipes :)

15 responses to “Vegan Bacon Chickpeas”

  1. Meredith Youngson | Earth & Oven Avatar

    Hi Sarah – I don’t know why I have never considered crispy bacon chickpeas – brilliant!!!! As for jaw clenching…I do that during the DAY when I am stressed….It really affects your whole head/mood/everything when you’re not able to relax your jaw. Advice on the internet didn’t really get me very far. But what has did work for me was treating the root holistically ie – I wasn’t eating enough protein, didnt have a healthy outlet for stress, adrenal overload, etc.

    1. Sarah Avatar

      I’ve noticed that I clench during the day too! I don’t even realize I’m doing it until it’s too late. I’m definitely working on reducing stress though, which I think is at the root of a lot of my problems.

  2. Jennifer Avatar

    We’re trying to eat with no added oil to the recipes we make. It’s there a substitute for the oil or can we just leave it out?

    1. Sarah Avatar

      Hmm… I haven’t tested it without oil, so I can’t guarantee results, but I’d imagine you could just omit it! Let me know how it goes! :)

  3. Jennifer Bliss Avatar

    5 stars
    Anything vegan and chickpeas I’m game!

    1. Sarah Avatar

      I couldn’t agree more!! :)

  4. Karolyn Avatar

    These look awesome. The only relief for my teeth clenching was a very small dose of muscle relaxers before bed. Our muscles have strong memory responses and just sometimes need the help to stop.

    1. Sarah Avatar

      Thank you Karolyn! I will have to ask my doctor about muscle relaxers…. it’s so hard not to do something when you’re asleep and it’s habit!

  5. Sarah D Avatar
    Sarah D

    Hi Sarah-
    I’m a dental hygienist and you are definitely not alone with the stress clenching! I see so many patients just like you. I think the hot water bottle/moist hot towel is a great idea, but I definitely think you need to talk to your dentist about getting a nightguard to protect your TMJ and your teeth while your clenching. I have also found that upper body stretches-those to include your shoulders, back, and neck can be very helpful since literally everything is connected! Hope this helps you out! PS: those chickpeas look amazeballs, they are going on my to-make list now!

    1. Sarah Avatar

      Hi Sarah! Thanks so much for writing, I really appreciate your advice! Since I wrote this post I actually did get a mouthguard from the oral surgeon I saw :) But he didn’t recommend the stretching, which sounds like a really solid thing to do to help. I’m going to try that out tonight! :) Thanks again!

  6. Stephen Walls Avatar
    Stephen Walls

    I have to try the recipe for vegan bacon chickpeas. It looks like it will work so well. I can’t wait.

    1. Sarah Avatar

      I really hope you like the recipe, Stephen! Please let me know if you have any feedback :)

  7. Karen Lizet Vargas Avatar
    Karen Lizet Vargas

    Hi Sarah,
    How do you store extras?

    1. Sarah Avatar

      Hi Karen! I’d estimate these chickpeas would keep in the fridge in a jar or glass container for about 3-4 days :)

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