These chickpea stuffed zucchini boats require just 4 ingredients! This recipe is vegan, gluten-free, easy to make and tastes amazing.

Originally Posted: May 5, 2017 | Updated: April 8, 2019

Easy Vegan Chickpea Stuffed Zucchini Boats on a baking tray.

Recipe How-To

Let’s take a quick look at how to make these easy peasy zucchini boats. First of all, you only need 4 ingredients, so that’s awesome!

  1. Zucchini. You want some medium-sized zucchinis, big enough to chop in half and scoop out the seeds. 
  2. Chickpeas. I used canned chickpeas since I was cooking from my pantry but you can use your own cooked chickpeas if you like. You’ll need about 3 cups.
  3. Pasta sauce. Any tomato-based pasta sauce works. I used a store-bought tomato basil pasta sauce.
  4. Nutritional yeastNutritional yeast adds a cheesy, nutty flavour to the mix. I can’t recommended a substitute for it in this recipe since it’s a key ingredient.

So, get your ingredients ready, scoop out the zucchini seeds. Blend up the chickpeas in a food processor then mix with the sauce and nutritional yeast, stuff it into the boats, bake and enjoy! 

4 medium zucchinis chopped in half on a parchment paper-lined baking tray.
4 medium-sized zucchini with their seeds scooped out on a baking tray lined with parchment paper.
Mashed up chickpeas in a food processor.
Mashed chickpeas, pasta sauce and nutritional yeast in a bowl.
Chickpea filling for chickpea stuffed zucchini boats in a bowl with a red mixing spoon.

Chickpea stuffed zucchini boats ready to go in the oven on a baking tray lined with parchment paper.

Chickpea Stuffed Zucchini Boats

Here’s where having a well-stocked vegan pantry comes in handy. With canned chickpeas, nutritional yeast and tomato basil pasta sauce in the pantry plus a fridge full of fresh zucchini (I always have zucchini on my grocery list), these chickpea stuffed zucchini boats were born!

Cooked vegan chickpea stuffed zucchini boats.

So Easy to Make

How easy are these?! Just 4 ingredients! I was pleasantly surprised by how yummy these turned out for being so simple. The ever-so-slightly sweet, baked zucchini pairs perfectly with the hearty, cheesy, tomato chickpea filling. You can eat them with your hands for a convenient snack or meal or sit down and enjoy them with a knife and fork. They can be eaten as an entree or a side to another dish.

Stuffed Zucchini Nutrition Facts

These babies are healthy, high in fibre, vitamins and minerals, low in fat, high in protein and taste amazing! And at just 120 calories per zucchini boat you can go ahead and dig in. Each zucchini boat provides 19 grams of naturally energizing carbohydrates with under 2 grams of fat and close to 8 grams of plant-based protein. They have almost 6 grams of fibre each and are a good source of vitamin C, vitamin A and iron.

More Easy Vegan Dinner Ideas

Healthy Vegan Cauliflower Fried Rice // Vegetable Lentil Zucchini Noodles // Low-Carb Vegan Dinner Bowl

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Cooked vegan chickpea stuffed zucchini boats.

Chickpea Stuffed Zucchini Boats

  • Author: Deryn Macey
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: Vegan

All you need is 4 simple ingredients to make this easy stuffed zucchini! Enjoy on their own, as a side or as a topping to a big salad.


Ingredients

  • 4 medium zucchini, cut in half, seeds scooped out
  • 1/4 cup (15 g) nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) pasta sauce of choice
  • 1 19 oz. can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • pinchย of salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Place the cut zucchinis on a baking pan.
  3. Pulse the chickpeas a few times in a food processor or blender so they’re mostly broken down
  4. Place in a bowl and mix in the sauce and nutritional yeast.
  5. Divide the mixture amongst the 8 hollowed-out zucchinis.
  6. Sprinkle with a little sea salt and black pepper.
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes until the zucchinis are tender and the mixture is browned.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 119
  • Sugar: 3.2 grams
  • Fat: 1.7 grams
  • Carbohydrates: 19.6 grams
  • Fiber: 5.8 grams
  • Protein: 7.8 grams

Keywords: zucchini boats, easy, quick, healthy, plant-based