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Student Recipes: Chickpea Bake

University student Ellie loves food and is always looking for ways to eat healthy while sticking to the budget that is living as a student. She believes there is life beyond beans on toast and wants to raise awareness that take-away and ready-made meals are more expensive than making a recipe from scratch.

Chickpea Bake

So, picture the scene: a summer evening at a family barbecue, tables littered with various buffet foods, and my cousin announcing that he’d brought the oh-so-delicious tuna-crisp-bake-thing that I’d fallen in love with the year before. Sound perfect? One problem: I’d made the jump from a pescatarian to a fully-fledged vegetarian during the space of that year. Despite the abundance of foods that I could eat, I couldn’t resist. I ate the oh-so-delicious tuna-crisp-bake-thing.

Now, a few years down the line and the memory of that delightful taste slipping further away, I like to think I’m less fickle. After all, it’s not fair on the fish – more than half of tuna species are at risk of extinction. So, I decided to try to recreate this recipe with a tuna substitute and, after a bit of research, I settled on chickpeas. They’re cheap, easy to find and have a high protein content, something especially important for people who don’t eat meat.

I won’t lie to you; the tuna one is better. However, it’s a small sacrifice to make for the sustainability of multiple species. But you can substitute the chickpeas for anything with the same sort of consistency; I might try tofu next time – the choice is yours!

Cost: £3.48 as served; £4.91 as purchased

10 - 15 people
Prep Time
15 minutes
Cook Time
45 - 60 minutes


  • tin chickpear
  • 2 medium onions
  • 4 packets plain crisps
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 350 grams cheese


  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.

  2. Crush the crisps and place into a large mixing bowl.

  3. Drain the chickpeas and blend or, alternatively, crush by hand.

  4. Chop the onions and heat in a pan until soft.

  5. Grate the cheese.

  6. Add the prepared ingredients to the crisps and stir.

  7. Beat the eggs in a separate bowl, add to the mixture and stir until combined.

  8. Place in an ovenproof dish, approximately an inch thick, and bake until golden brown.

Ellie Gowrie

Ellie Gowrie

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Ellie is a student at the University of Exeter, studying English literature and Spanish. She loves music, travelling and, as a vegetarian, has developed an interest in cooking, especially simple, tasty recipes for students.