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Chickpea Bacon Bits

These smoky, sweet chickpea bacon bits are great for topping your salads, pastas, pizzas, breakfast scramble, or simply having by themselves as a snack
Course Appetizer, Breakfast, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword bacon, Chickpeas, Garbanzo beans, liquid smoke, maple, paprika, soy sauce
Prep Time 8 hours 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Resting Time 15 minutes
Total Time 8 hours 45 minutes
Servings 4


  • 1 15 oz can chickpeas (garbanzo beans) drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp liquid smoke
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup


  • Drain and rinse your chickpeas and pat dry with a towel to remove any extra liquid
  • Combine ingredients from soy sauce to maple syrup in a bowl and whisk to make sure they are well mixed
  • Add the dried chickpeas and store covered in the fridge for at least two hours or up to overnight for maximum flavor absorption
  • After chickpeas have marinated, preheat the oven to 425*F, line a baking sheet with foil, and coat with nonstick spray. You'll want to use a liner of some sort for this one bacause the maple syrup sugar starts to crystalize and can make a mess.
  • Place the marinated chickpeas on your baking sheet in a single layer. Bake for 15 minutes
  • Stir well and bake for another 10 minutes
  • After the chickpeas are done with their bake time, turn off the oven and crack the door of the oven for 15 minutes. This should help the chickpea bits get nice and crispy
  • Remove and enjoy