Tasty Tempeh & Chickpea Bites

Looking for a perfect picnic recipe? Or something a little different to make with tempeh?

Delicious as a light healthy lunch, entrée, a children’s dinner or in a salad wrap.
Served here with local Sunshine Coast product Noosa Chilli Jam.
Using fantastic crumbs with Quinoa and the lovely flavour of pumpkin.

  • 1 packet Mighty Bean Tempeh, savoury
  • 1 & 1/2 cups pumpkin, cooked and mashed
  • 1 cup red lentils, cooked and drained
  • 2 long spring onions, finely chopped
  • 1 cup cooked chickpeas (you can used tinned)
  • 1 cup Besan Flour
  • 2 teaspoons chili ( I used Gourmet garden mild chilli paste, or to taste)
  • 2 teaspoons Australian garlic (I used Gourmet Garden Garlic paste)
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • ½ cup pepita seeds
  • ¼ cup sesame seeds
  • Orgran Multigrain crumbs with Quinoa
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • Karom Himalayan salt and fresh cracked black pepper, to taste

  • Chop the Tempeh into small cubes.
  • In a large bowl, combine the cooled mashed pumpkin, lentils, chickpeas, pepita seeds, sesame seeds, spring onion, parsley, chilli paste, garlic paste and besan flour.
  • Add in the tempeh cubes.
  • Season to taste with the salt and pepper.
  • Place some of the Quinoa crumbs in a separate bowl.
  • Roll tablespoon size amounts of the mixture in your hands and then roll in the crumbs.
  • Flatten lightly and continue until all mixture has been used.
  • Heat the oil in a non stick frying pan to a medium heat and lightly fry the bites until nice and golden on both sides.
  • Serve with dipping bowls of Noosa Chilli Jam.
  • Beautiful with a nice fresh salad for a healthy dinner.
  • Great for picnics and lunches.
  • Place 2-3 bites in a wholegrain wrap on a bed of fresh salad greens and some Noose Chilli Jam to make a healthy and filling kebab.
  • Vegetarian friendly.
  • Good source of protein.
  • These can be a little tricky to fry, so just do 2-3 at a time.
Toddler Tips
  • Make them small bites and serve with an organic tomato based sauce if the chilli jam is too hot for their taste.

This delicious recipe was created by me in my commercial work for the Maleny IGA and their Local Product Local Recipe - recipe cards.

Recipe Food Image Photography ©RebeccaMugridge 2012


  1. I too have struggled with my weight after having children and have tried fad diets only to regain what I lost and more. I am trying to embrace a healthy lifestyle now, hoping that will make the long-term difference. Thanks for your inspiration!

  2. Nice, artistic, presentation. This sounds like it would be high in potassium, also making it healthy for the heart.

    1. Thanks Bookworm!

      I try to make healthy, heart and body friendly recipes :)

  3. Sounds wonderful. I want to eat some. Tempeh, pepita seeds and besan flour are new to me here in England. However, I think your recipe could be adapted.

    1. Thanks Francene!
      Pepita seeds are dried pumpkin seeds and besan flour os also chick pea flour if that helps? Tempeh is a little bit like tofu, you could try Asian shops or health food sections you could also substitue all three to whats available over there XX


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