{Recipe} Tamari-roasted Chickpeas | Nutty Veggie Burgers

My eldest children returned to school last week after 7 weeks of summer school holidays.

We spent the last week of the holidays at Burleigh Heads, on the Gold Coast. One highlight of the holiday was a ‘sky walk’ at North Tambourine in the Gold Coast hinterland.

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The walk commences on an elevated steel ‘bridge’, entering directly into the middle and upper canopy of the rainforest (photo, top left). It gradually descends to the rainforest floor, where we followed a designated track until we reached a creek (which was flowing fast after recent heavy rain; photo below).


A highlight of the walk is a free-standing cantilever – 30 metres above the creek bed.

The cantilever sways from side to side as you walk out to the farthest reaches (hence why Mat is holding onto the railing in the photo above). This precarious swaying provides excitement for kids and adults!

After our skywalk adventure, we returned to Cardamon Pod Vegetarian for a late lunch of raw desserts and smoothies. The photos speak for themselves, but I have to tell you – the Tiramisu is amazing!

We spoke to the staff member who made the raw desserts. She told me that she uses coconut oil to ‘set’ the cheesecakes. She uses agave, dates and coconut sugar to sweeten the desserts.  The Tiramisu contains ground coffee beans.

I also ordered a Byron Chai smoothie but while I was distracted talking about raw desserts, Mousse Boy launched in and devoured most of it. I barely got a sip, let alone a photo! The desserts were served with fruit and coconut milk ice cream.



I apologise for tantalising you with pictures of mango cheesecake and mousse. How can a veggie burger compete? Even if it is a Dreena Burton veggie burger! In fact, both of today’s featured recipes are delicious Dreena Burton creations.

Back to School

The end of the school holidays signals the return of a ubiquitous feature of daily school life – The Lunchbox. Oh, how I relished a 7 week break from preparing school lunches.

Today, I am highlighting two recipes that are suitable for lunchboxes – Tamari-roasted Chickpeas and Nutty Veggie Burgers.


Tamari-roasted Chickpeas

These chickpeas are very moreish and scrumptious – I enjoy snacking on them. They are quick and simple to prepare, and delicious eaten by the handful or tossed into a salad.

You can use canned chickpeas, but I prefer to use dried chickpeas that I have soaked and cooked. The recipe is gluten-free and has an oil-free option (I omit the oil).

This scrumptious recipe is available  here.


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Nutty Veggie Burgers


Yields 5-6 large patties or 10 small patties

Recipe available here.

Amendments that I make when preparing these burgers:

  • I double the quantities of dried sage and dried thyme (I don’t use poultry seasoning).
  • I use salt-free tomato paste rather than tomato sauce (ketchup).
  • I use 1 cup of rolled oats.
  • I omit the garlic.

The Tiny Vegan’s Verdict

My daughter enjoys these burgers.  They can be eaten hot or cold. When I pack one in her lunch box, I include a small container of hummus. I pack the burger on a bed of baby spinach, accompanied by ‘vegie sticks’ – carrots, capsicum and cucumber (not photographed). Unfortunately, our Least Adventurous Eater isn’t keen on these burgers. He prefers marinated tofu. Little Baker likes them broken into small pieces. Easy and tasty finger food!

Mat raves about these veggie burgers. I agree, they are very tasty.

Occasionally, I double the recipe and freeze a batch of uncooked patties. Healthy fast food!


Every Monday I post a delicious vegan recipe (or two!), that is enjoyed by (most of!) my own family  – I hope your family enjoys it too!


[edited on 20 August 2013, to provide link to nutty veggie burgers recipe.]


About Ally
Mamma. Vegan. I blog at Made of Stars.

39 Responses to {Recipe} Tamari-roasted Chickpeas | Nutty Veggie Burgers

  1. Xiomara says:

    Wow! The desserts look amazing! I rarely have desserts anymore, but your pictures and post have revived my hope in healthy vegan recipes

    • Ally says:

      These desserts were amazing! The woman who made them was really happy to talk about them and give me tips on finding cheaper coconut sugar, but I didn’t think it was appropriate to push my luck and ask for a recipe haha!
      I would love to re-create the Tiramisu.

      • Xiomara says:

        raw veganism is a little intimidating, but then again so is veganism :p.

        australia seems super veg friendly– or is it that you know all the right spots?


      • Ally says:

        True! Haha! I just aim to eat lots of raw food but I am still happy to eat cooked food. As I’ve mentioned before, I find this easier to achieve in Summer.
        We live in a pretty vegan-friendly part of the country.
        There is a strong ‘meat and 3 veg’ mentality in Australia. For instance, I live not too far away from a town that proudly calls itself The Beef Capital of Australia. They have a Beef Week festival each year.
        However, it is definitely easier and more acceptable to be a vegan than it was when I first transitioned in the mid-90’s.

  2. Treesa says:

    What a fun looking trip! Thanks for sharing it with us.
    Have you tried the patty recipe dehydrated? Just wondered how different it tasted vs cooking in the skillet.

    • Ally says:

      Now that is a great idea! I’m sure these would work well dehydrated. I hadn’t even thought of it. I would probably make them tinier and flatter. Do you have experience with dehydrating veggie patties?

  3. Ulyana says:

    I love veggie burgers! I didn’t realise you were based in Byron!? I’ll be visiting in March 🙂

    • Ally says:

      Hi! If you love veggie burgers, you will love these! They hold together well and are very tasty.
      We don’t live in Byron, but we live nearby. We were at Wategos Beach on Saturday- it was beautiful. It is a lovely place for a holiday. Lots of great restaurants. It’s easy to get vegan food.
      I didn’t end up making your mango cheesecake. I ran out of time. I wanted to set aside the time and do it properly. I am still keen to make it.

      • Ulyana says:

        I will try, holding together is key for veggie burgers… I figured you didn’t have the time- but soon enough 🙂 You are so lucky to be living near such a great place! I look forward to discovering it :)))

      • Ally says:

        I hope you have a beautiful holiday, and the weather is perfect. 🙂 We were at Byron last weekend, at Wategos Beach- now, that is a beautiful beach.

  4. Oh, how nice to be somewhere summery. We have 40 cm of snow in our backyard! I’ll have to imagine I’m eating tropical treats like these in the sunshine instead. The veggie burger sounds lovely!

    • Ally says:

      Oh that is a bit of a contrast! I’m usually complaining that it is too hot here in Summer but really we are fortunate.
      I haven’t seen snow since I was 10. I’d like to take my kids to see the snow. It does snow in Southern NSW during the winter months.
      The veggie burgers are delicious, and they hold together well which is not always the case with veggie burgers!

  5. Nik says:

    Hi Ally, you must have read my mind. I was only thinking the other day “I wonder if Ally will do some lunchbox recipes now that school is back”! So, thankyou, much appreciated. And Yes, I am also drooling over the deserts, must make a trip one day soon.

    • Ally says:

      Hi Nik 🙂
      I don’t think you would regret a trip to Cardamon Pod at Burleigh.
      I’ll be doing a few more ‘lunch box’ recipes soon. I’m glad you found this useful! I am always looking for new lunch box inspiration.

  6. uberdish says:

    Your lunchbox looks so delicious! I love the photos of your outing. My kids would be very jealous to see these. I have never had roasted chickpeas, so I will be sure to try this. It would make a great snack for my daughter to take to the skating rink. Hope you all enjoy the first day back to school!

    • Ally says:

      The chickpeas are a great snack. How often does your daughter go to the skating rink each week?
      Our outing was fun. It’s nice to get out into a rainforest (or what is left of them).

      • uberdish says:

        My skater daughter wants to one day live in a rainforest. She loves reptiles! This includes snakes. Seriously!!

        She skates 4-5 days a week at 2-3 hours a time, plus ballet, and off ice training. Plus, I need to drive 50 minutes to her club. Busy. Busy. Our other daughter dances and plays soccer in the summer. Your chickpea snacks would be great for them to carry with them. 🙂

      • Ally says:

        Wow! That is a lot of skating. She must be really skilled and extremely fit. You are one busy mamma!
        We live in ‘snake country’, both venomous and non-venomous. We occasionally see diamond pythons (non-venomous). When we had a dog, she would occasionally kill baby brown snakes (venomous). Poor snakes.
        We have interesting reptiles in this part of the world- goannas, blue-tongue lizards, bearded dragons, geckos. Your daughter would love it!

      • uberdish says:

        Oh, she would be in heaven living in your ‘neck of the woods’!!

      • Ally says:

        🙂 Maybe she’ll have a holiday in Australia one day.

      • uberdish says:

        With her mom 😉

      • Ally says:

        Of course! 🙂

  7. Brittany says:

    Gorgeous nature pictures, and DELICIOUS looking food!! What a perfect combination!

  8. tahinitoo says:

    The skywalk looks beautiful! What a lovely way to spend time with family.

  9. Thomas says:

    Hi Great post and great photos 🙂 I will have to make the Nutty Veggie Burgers 🙂 Yes the skywalk is awesome. I have spent a few weekends at O’Reillys too… Its a beautiful area 🙂

    • Ally says:

      We haven’t been to O’Reilly’s, but I am sure we will get there eventually. The skywalk was fun. It had only just re-opened that day, after being closed due to the wild weather.
      I hope you have a great weekend!

      • Thomas says:

        Hi Ally,
        Thanks the same to you too. Yes it’s fun walking above the tree line. At o’reillys I love looking on top of the tree with all of the moss and Lycian spread around 😉 you both are doing great things with your kids it is great to see.. Australia is a beautiful packed country 🙂 have a nice weekend 😉

  10. liveblissful says:

    Thanks for sharing these great recipes. I was wondering how to make roasted chickpeas, but haven’t got around to it. I use to buy the ones from woolworths, but making them at home probably taste better!

    • Ally says:

      I think I know the chickpeas you are talking about. I have bought them a few times. My kids like them but Mat isn’t keen on them.
      The Tamari-roasted chickpeas aren’t as hard (crunchy) as the store-bought ones, and they are definitely more flavoursome. Really quick and easy to prepare.

  11. Love this post! Beautiful walk & love your carrier 🙂 All of the food looks amazing. We love raw desserts, roasted chickpeas, & always looking for nut burger recipes. Yay, gluten-free, too! Raw vegan cheesecakes have always been my favourite. There’s a tiramisu recipe in Cafe Gratitude’s Book I am Grateful, but I haven’t made it yet.

    • Ally says:

      Oh I will have to track down the Tiramisu recipe from I Am Grateful. Thanks for telling me about it.
      My carrier is an Ergo- I don’t know if you can tell from the photo. I love it. We have only just started wearing him on our back. I still love cozying with him on the front.
      He is easier to carry on my back but he kept throwing his hat off!

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  13. Sophie33 says:

    Great & tasty recipes! I will make thee tasty looking veggie-oat burgers this evening! I will report back to you! 😉 MMMMMM! x

    • Ally says:

      They are amazing! I love them. I keep some in the freezer, uncooked. That way, they are a quick, healthy lunch with some salad.
      I look forward to hearing your report!

      • Sophie33 says:

        I made these beauties & used garam masala & dried oregano in here, but added much more then each 1/4 teaspoon each. I used grated carrots & grated yellow zucchini in here. I had 8 medium burgers & 1 was already really filling. We ate them with mixed wok veggies, seasoned them with black pepper, sea salt & garam masala & added wokked chickpeas to the mix. It was just so wonderful, the 2 combined! 😉 We froze the rest too! Easy does it here, Ally! Thanks again! x

        I think my husband now really loves you because I already made 10 recipes of you & we both loved them so much! xxx

      • Ally says:

        Your beautiful message made me smile. Thank you so much. 🙂
        I am so happy to hear that you and your husband have enjoyed the recipes that you have tried. It sounds like your husband is a smart man. 🙂
        I love the variations you made with this recipe. Garam masala – great idea! And I love yellow zucchini. Were they from your garden?
        Thank you, dear friend. I saw a speculaas cheesecake (vegan) on facebook, and I thought of you. 🙂

  14. Sophie33 says:

    The yellow zucchini was from my parents’s garden! Thanks, sweet Ally! x

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