Recipe: Spinach & Sweet Potato Chickpea Crustless Quiche

updated May 1, 2019
Spinach & Sweet Potato Chickpea Crustless Quiche
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Think vegan quiche isn’t possible? Thanks to the power of chickpeas, it is — and it’s delicious. Without the milk and eggs, this sweet potato- and spinach-flecked quiche still manages to be custardy and rich — and because there is no crust to worry about it, it couldn’t be easier to throw together.

(Image credit: Maria Siriano)

Chickpeas for the Win

Whisking protein-rich chickpea flour together with water on the stove creates a thick, creamy custard-like base for this vegan quiche that can be enhanced with the spices and fillings of your choice. Here we chose a colorful combination of roasted sweet potatoes and baby spinach, but feel free to swap in the same amount of any other roasted vegetables or greens. A little nutritional yeast provides the cheesy flavor that any good quiche needs. Once baked, this crustless quiche can be sliced and served for brunch, lunch, dinner, and everything in-between.

Spinach & Sweet Potato Chickpea Crustless Quiche

Makes 1 (9-inch) pie

Serves 8

Nutritional Info


  • Cooking spray or olive oil

  • 1

    large sweet potato (about 8 ounces), cut into 1/2-inch cubes

  • 1 tablespoon

    olive oil

  • Freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 cup

    chickpea flour

  • 1/4 cup

    nutritional yeast

  • 1/2 teaspoon

    kosher salt, plus more for seasoning

  • 2 1/2 cups

    water, divided

  • 1 cup

    baby spinach (about 1 1/2 ounces)

  • 1 clove

    garlic, grated


  1. Arrange a rack in the middle of the oven and heat to 425°F. Coat a 9-inch pie plate with cooking spray or a thin layer of oil; set aside.

  2. Place the sweet potato cubes and oil in a medium bowl, season with salt and pepper, and toss to combine. Transfer to a baking sheet and spread into an even layer. Roast until tender, 20 to 25 minutes. Set the baking sheet aside to cool. Reduce the oven temperature to 350°F.

  3. Meanwhile, combine the chickpea flour, nutritional yeast, and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a medium bowl. Whisk in 1 cup of the water.

  4. Bring the remaining 1 1/2 cups water to a simmer in a large saucepan over low heat. Whisk in the chickpea mixture. Return the mixture to a simmer and cook, stirring constantly, until thickened, 6 to 8 minutes.

  5. Remove the pan from the heat and gently stir in the roasted sweet potato, spinach, garlic, and a few grinds of pepper. Transfer the mixture to the greased pie plate and bake until the quiche is firm, about 30 minutes.

Recipe Notes

Make ahead: The chickpea mixture can be made 1 day ahead and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. As it will separate and thicken, whisk to recombine it before adding the vegetables and baking.

Storage: Leftover quiche can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.