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Sweet Potato Chickpea Nuggets

When I started my quest to make finger food recipes for babies and toddlers one of the first foods I thought about were chicken nuggets. As a matter of fact, I’m almost certain it was the first food I thought about. Making healthy chicken nuggets would sure be easy with many options on how to do so. As soon as I started looking up healthy recipes for chicken nuggets I quickly realized that healthy chicken nuggets were not a good thing. Any way I could think of making these healthy it had already been done. So I decided to just skip over these and not come up with a new recipe of my own.

After I developed a few recipes I found myself feeling like chicken nuggets were missing. I mean it is a very popular food with kids and even grown ups. Who doesn’t like chicken nuggets or chicken fingers? That’s when I realized that I needed to think outside the box. Chicken nuggets are very popular but who said that nuggets only have to be made out of chicken? I have seen many options for veggie nuggets in the freezer aisle at the grocery store so why not go that route?

I decided to in fact go with the veggie version but I still wanted them to have a good source of protein. I remembered coming across a recipe for sweet potato hummus when I was making purees for Emma and her loving it. The ingredients for this recipe were sweet potato and chickpeas. So, I decided to make nuggets with these two ingredients as a base. I though the chickpeas would give it the source of protein I wanted and the sweet potato the texture it needed to be nuggets like.

I experimented with a couple of different flours and breading and finally arrived at a recipe I was satisfied with. The chickpeas and sweet potato make a great combination to make great veggie nuggets. They definitely have a “nugget” texture, great taste and of course much healthier than traditional chicken nuggets. They could be a great option for picky eaters as well. They can even be a fun activity to make with your little ones in the kitchen.

 

 

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Sweet Potato Chickpea Nuggets

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 22
Angelica Arias The Peachee Pear

Ingredients

  • 2 sweet potatoes
  • 15 oz chickpea can (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 3/4 cup oat flour
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 egg
  • salt and pepper to tatse

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven at 350 degrees.

  2. In a medium sauce pan bring sweet potatoes to a boil until tender.

  3. Rinsed cooked sweet potatoes and peel.

  4. In a food processor or blender mix together sweet potatoes and chickpeas.

  5. Combine sweet potatoes and chickpeas with all others ingredients in a large bowl.

  6. Shape mixture into small nuggets and align on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper.

  7. Bake in oven for 22-25 minutes.

These Sweet Potato Chickpea Nuggets are loaded with veggies. These are great for picky eaters and are full of essential nutrients. They make great finger food for your BLW baby or toddle. Get recipe here!

12 Comments

  1. These look great! My daughter would love these!

    1. thank you! they’re great for kids!

  2. Natalie

    That’s it- I need to make these! Hoping my picky toddler will like them. At least I know I’ll eat them haha

    1. lol! my daughter has been a bit of a picky eater lately and she loves these! and yes if all else fails you can eat them! lol

  3. This looks lovely!!!! I am transitioning to a plant based diet, I can still make this without the eggs. Thanks for sharing.

    1. thank you! yes other moms have made these with flax eggs instead and they’re just as lovey!

  4. I’m defiantly going to make this at our next family get together. My family goes crazy over anything involving sweet potatoes.

    1. It’s a great recipe to make for a large crowd. These work as appetizers too! Let me know how it goes!

  5. Such a perfect recipe for Sunday evening snack. tasty and healthy. I am surely gonna try my hands on this. Thansk for sharing

    1. Thank you! They make great appetizers too!

  6. This looks so good. I’m trying out the recipe tomorrow.

    1. Thank you! Please let me know how you like them!

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