Don’t judge me, Mr. Latte-Drinking Book Writer to My Right.

My hand reaches into my leather backpack and withdraws a handful of pre-packed trailmix at Groundwork Coffee on Montana Avenue. As I pick out the raisins, another plate of avocado toast passes in front of me before reaching one lucky coffee shop patron.

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Sure, that could be me. Except:

  1. Their avocado toast costs $13 more than my coffee shop budget.
  2. The bread falls outside the diet I’ve been reestablishing in the new year. And by diet, I simply mean not purchasing bread because I will eat the entire loaf at which point muffin top becomes a real concern.

As I munched on pecans, meeting deadlines took a backseat to finding a cheaper, lower-carb version of every LA girl’s coveted avocado toast.

Chickpea Avocado Toast

Chickpea Avocado Toast Recipe

While my hips hold onto bread like a manipulative boyfriend, they aren’t as fond of healthy fats which is why chickpea cakes serve as the perfect bread alternative.

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Chickpea Cakes

The chickpea cake recipe is inspired by Life’s Ambrosia Chickpea Cakes recipe. For a gluten-free option, use gluten-free bread crumbs and flour like I did.

Makes 10 – 12 small cakes

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  • 2 (15 ounce) cans chickpeas (garbanzo beans) drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup plain dry bread crumbs (I used gluten-free)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour (I used gluten-free)
  • Olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon lime

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  1. Combine all ingredients for chickpea cakes, except for flour, oil and lime zest, in a food processor and process just until chunky.
  2. Using about 1/4 cup of the mixture, roll into a ball and then press into small patty. Repeat with remaining mixture. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  3. After the patties have chilled, use enough Olive Oil to lightly coat the bottom of a skillet and heat over medium-high heat. Drip the patties in flour and fry until golden brown. 4 – 5 minutes per side.
  4. Remove from oil, sprinkle with salt and lime.

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Avocado Topping


  • Avocados
  • Lime juice
  • Tsp salt
  • Any other topping – I used cherry tomatoes and roasted corn

Stir ripe avocados with lime juice with a teaspoon of salt and top with your favorite veggies, cheese or dressing.

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And rejoice that you’re not spending $16 while saving your hips.