Chickpeas Are Vegan

August 16, 2011

I was feeling a little stressed after an afternoon at the bakery thinking about all the things we need to improve and eating a handful of cherries to console myself.

And then I danced.

I love that we have a (near) complete routine to do – dancing for 2 minutes non-stop is so much fun!! But now our summer class over :( At least for now. Hope Faith can teach another class soon!! I always left with my spirits lifted.


Tonight, Matt and I Pea-ed it out with MamaPea’s Thai Veggie Burger recipe. I saw her make this on the morning show she was featured on in Seattle and they looked like my cup of tea peas. So we got to work-


And by ‘got to work’ I mean opened a few beers while we cooked in our typical ratio: Matt 80%, me 20%. These were both blog reader gifts and both were quite delicious for their genres!


The burgers were GOLDEN! As in they turned golden brown and tasted amazing!! You’ll have to get Peas And Thank You the book to get the full recipe since I can’t share. The flavors were really creative too.


I made the “dough” in my Vita-mix, which worked out well. You could use a food processor too. I loved the ginger and the PEANUT BUTTER and could taste both in the final patty! They were also easy to cook in a skillet and stayed together – I used a good amount of coconut oil and let them sit until I could shake them in the pan. There’s nothing worse than a dry, falling apart bean burger and these were anything but that. Moist and doughy.


They were supposed to be topped with pineapple but Karen did the grocery shopping for the recipe and came home with a kiwi instead. I wasn’t too keen on putting kiwi and ketchup together on a burger at the same time, so I actually used some Orange-Rhubarb Marmalade instead. HIGHLY recommended!!! The marmalade was smashing.


Dinner Conversation

“Are the Peas vegan?”

“Yeah, they’re beans…”

[strange look]

[me, puzzled]

“Ohhhh…you mean the Pea Family!!! Haha, yes they are vegan.”


On the other side, we had sautéed green beans and tomatoes in coconut oil with Garlic Gold nuggets and coconut flakes. I’m totally on a coconut kick and love all tropical-savory meals!


After dinner I sampled an oreo truffle that my friend Meghan brought by the bakery. Perhaps she will leave the recipe in the comments? These were outstanding!!!!!!!! The middle was oreo ganache.


I couldn’t stop at one, so I had two!


Have a wonderful night, y’all!

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1 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) August 16, 2011 at 8:07 pm

An Oreo truffle?! Those look amazing! I’m a sucker for Oreos… which, incidentally, are vegan!


2 Elise August 16, 2011 at 9:41 pm

Which its also kind of creepy that they’re vegan. I mean, what’s actually in them…?


3 phoebe August 17, 2011 at 12:05 am

Sugar. :)


4 Morgan @ Endorphaholic August 17, 2011 at 1:36 am

Oreo truffles are a container of oreos and 8oz of cream cheese blended in a food processor!

Chill, roll into balls and freeze. Then coat with chocolate.

To make them vegan, use Newman O’s and Tofutti cream cheese. So tasty and easy to make!


5 Chloe (In Fine Feather) August 16, 2011 at 8:07 pm

I just made pinto bean burgers using Mama Pea’s black bean burger from her website & they turned out really well. Love her recipeas :)


6 Baking N Books August 16, 2011 at 8:36 pm

I love Pinto Beans – they’re “plump” :)


7 Lindsay @ Lindsay's List August 16, 2011 at 8:09 pm

Mama Pea’s cookbook is just what I had been missing in my repertoire! We had the Black Bean burgers and they were awesome! I’ll have to try this one now!


8 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife August 16, 2011 at 8:09 pm

mmmm those burgers look so fabulous! I love bean burgers–whoever came up with the idea is a genius.

I am a fan of coconut too–it feels like I am in paradise when I eat it. hah :)


9 Christine @ BookishlyB August 16, 2011 at 8:09 pm

Oh yes, we definitely need the recipe for those truffles! I’m not vegan but love Mama Pea! Would you say that her recipes are accessible as far as ingredients, or do they call for a lot of things that someone who maybe isn’t quite as careful with their animal product intake wouldn’t have?


10 KathEats August 16, 2011 at 8:21 pm

Yeah, probably the best vegan cookbook I’ve seen.


11 Jessica August 16, 2011 at 9:53 pm

Can I butt in and answer this? VERY accessible ingredients!! The only slightly hard-to-find things I have seen called for are the fake meats, like Tempeh and Sietan (sp?) and vegan cheeses. But in my home I am cooking vegetarian, not vegan, so I can literally find everything I need in my super-tiny grocery store. LOVE Mama Pea’s book. Ok, hijack over.


12 Maryea @ Happy Healthy Mama August 16, 2011 at 8:11 pm

I love that he called them “the Peas” like that is their last name. Funny! :-)


13 KathEats August 16, 2011 at 8:22 pm

I know!! I laughed out loud :)


14 faith August 17, 2011 at 11:51 am

Was it Matt? I totally thought that was a conversation with Karen! T’was a very Karen-thing to say but I guess it’s true that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. :)
I laughed out loud reading it!


15 lynn @ the actor's diet August 16, 2011 at 8:12 pm

i hate when veggie burgers fall apart when you eat them!!! okay hate is a strong word. i strongly dislike.


16 Lindsey August 16, 2011 at 8:13 pm

I cannot wait to get my Peas and Thank You cookbook, this recipe looks awesome!
I love Oreo truffles :)


17 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) August 16, 2011 at 8:14 pm

Hahaha did Karen Monson ask that question?! :)


18 KathEats August 16, 2011 at 8:22 pm

haha – no Matt did!


19 Errign August 16, 2011 at 8:14 pm

They only Oreo truffles I’ve seen are made with cream cheese & Oreos!


20 KathEats August 16, 2011 at 8:22 pm

Yup, that’s them!!


21 Errign August 16, 2011 at 8:24 pm

Averie has a recipe, I think, but there’s TONS floating around – SO easy to make :)


22 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga August 16, 2011 at 9:02 pm

Thanks for the mention :) Yes, on my site under my desserts tab. (I don’t wanna be rude and link drop on Kath)


23 KathEats August 17, 2011 at 9:44 am

Links in this context are totally fine!!


24 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga August 17, 2011 at 1:17 pm
25 Hillary August 16, 2011 at 8:19 pm

Those burgers look straight up yummy. And different!

Usually, I make my Oreo truffles with crushed Oreos and cream cheese and then I dip them in chocolate. So simple and delicious!


26 Meghan August 16, 2011 at 8:24 pm

Yay! Glad you liked the truffles. When my friends and I discovered these, we named them “[oreo] balls of heaven!” They are NOT healthy… but are delicious :)

1 package oreos (crushed – we used a food processor)
1 (8 oz) package cream cheese
White almond bark
Chocolate chips or desired (meltable) topping

Mix crushed oreos with softened cream cheese. Form into small balls and place in refrigerator for at least an hour. Melt almond bark. Use toothpicks to dip individual balls into almond bark, draining excess liquid. Place on wax paper, and allow to solidify (we refrigerated them to speed this process).

Drizzle with melted dark chocolate chips or your choice of decoration!


27 Erin August 16, 2011 at 8:44 pm

Someone brought them to my work and they got nicknamed “Balls of Sin!”


28 Carly August 16, 2011 at 8:45 pm

Mmm these are so DELISH! I made them at Christmas time and topped them with red and green sprinkles! SO easy to make, festive, and delicious!


29 Cait's Plate August 17, 2011 at 4:38 am

yay! thanks for posting this! I was going to drive myself nuts looking for the recipe otherwise! :) they look incredible!


30 Angel7 August 16, 2011 at 8:29 pm

I think the Oreo truffles that you ate might be the same recipe I have, except she used white chocolate–I use semi-sweet chocolate. I absolutely love those truffles, and can eat more than one of them–this is out of character for me to eat anything sugar-y, because I do not have a sweet tooth :) But I <3 those truffles!


31 Jennifer August 16, 2011 at 8:29 pm

I saw the show and the burgers looked great! Such an interesting blend of flavors!

I wonder if these could be grilled or if they would fall apart?


32 Kristin @ STUFT Mama August 16, 2011 at 8:34 pm

Oh man, I’ve been wanting to try those burgers since I got her book. The look amazing! And those truffles. Those would NOT last in our house! Ha!


33 Jennifer August 16, 2011 at 8:36 pm

So glad you enjoyed the Kolsch! We loved stopping by the bakery and enjoyed every last crumb of our bread and cville crunch! Hopefully someday we’ll be Harrisonburg residents and regularly make the drive to Cville for awesome bread and more Savannah bars!
-Jennifer and Kyle


34 KathEats August 16, 2011 at 8:37 pm

Hey Jennifer!! It was the best Kolsch I’ve ever had – thick and slightly citrusy. Come back soon!


35 Baking N Books August 16, 2011 at 8:37 pm

I seen that recipe in her book and want to make them! I’m not vegan – but I do love beans…and peas :) I had “Le Sol” vegan burgers recently – so good when grilled!


36 Anna August 16, 2011 at 8:38 pm

I got some of your Dakota buns this weekend and YUM I had one plain on my drive home :) They are so good…they would be even better filled with Mama Pea’s burgers! I’ll have to try the recipe!


37 kaila @ healthy helper! August 16, 2011 at 8:39 pm

OMG oreo truffles!!! Those sound incredible!!! And I’ve been eyeing those burgers for about two weeks now! I gotta make them asap!


38 Lilly August 16, 2011 at 8:40 pm

The “Peas” are awesome, love the book and the burgers look great! I can’t wait to make them :)


39 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio August 16, 2011 at 8:41 pm

Oreo truffles are sinful! Love em’. I love the dakota rolls!


40 Sweet and Savvy August 16, 2011 at 8:42 pm

Oreo truffles? Wow! Looks great!:)


41 Anne @ Baking Me August 16, 2011 at 8:44 pm

Those look tasty! I made the Sagg Peaneer from the Peas and Thank You blog and wow, it was so good! I really need to get her book :)


42 Meredith (Pursuing Balance) August 16, 2011 at 8:47 pm

that burger looks so good! and what a funny convo — i can totally see how it would get confusing. mmm oreo truffles . . . looks like the perfect way to satiate a sweet tooth!


43 Abby @ Abz 'n' Oats August 16, 2011 at 8:50 pm

My aunt makes “Oreo Balls” like that and adds mint flavoring to the stuff they are dipped in! Literally amazeballs. lol.


44 Laura Jane @ Recovering Chocoholic August 16, 2011 at 8:54 pm

Oh wow, those oreo truffles look amazing! I probably would have skipped part of the main dish and had a couple extra of those.


45 Malena August 16, 2011 at 9:00 pm

I totally just made those burgers last week. They were awesome! I think everyone should have a copy of Peas and Thank You! And no, I don’t get anything for saying that. :)


46 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga August 16, 2011 at 9:01 pm

Huge comment ahead…

“I loved the ginger and the PEANUT BUTTER and could taste both in the final patty!” == NICE! Lots of times things disappear, glad to hear they didnt.

And “There’s nothing worse than a dry, falling apart bean burger and these were anything but that. Moist and doughy.”– that would be why I almost NEVER make bean burgers b/c that’s my experience OR they never get crispy enough in the oven or I char them in the oven. No happy medium. So this is great news!

Orange-Rhubarb Marmalade = I WANT IT!! I eat TJ’s mango chutney by the jar load!! I want that marmalade. Source??!

Oreo Truffle Balls…I make those too! I have never dipped mine in white choc though. Only dark. Will try the white.



47 KathEats August 17, 2011 at 9:43 am

The marmalade was homemade by a blog reader’s mom!


48 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats August 16, 2011 at 9:05 pm

I’ve noticed that you, and several other bloggers, use coconut oil. Is it healthier than olive oil? or do you just like the taste? I’m just starting to get into cooking so I’m not sure about all this stuff! I love coconut so it sounds like something I’d like!
Also, my sorority sister (and best friend from college) makes the BEST oreo truffles! I’ve missed her baking, and her cooking, since I left Charleston, SC!


49 KathEats August 17, 2011 at 9:45 am

It’s mostly for the taste – I just love it!!

But also because it can withstand higher cooking heat than olive oil


50 Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance August 16, 2011 at 9:09 pm

Haha love the dinner conversation!


51 Katherina @ Zephyr Runs August 16, 2011 at 9:10 pm

Hah, are the Peas vegan! Cute. I’d eat 3 of those truffles, or whatever the maximum was.


52 Christine (The Raw Project) August 16, 2011 at 9:14 pm

The burgers look great, awesome job! I bought the book, but loaned it to my sister before diving into it and now I can’t get it back! 😛


53 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen August 16, 2011 at 9:22 pm

Not only am I super jealous of all the doughy treats you get to eat everyday but then you go and get oreo truffles!? not fair! haha


54 CJ @ August 16, 2011 at 9:23 pm

Ohhh truffles look awesome! I just got mama peas book and can’t wait to try her recipes! This one looks like a winner!


55 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) August 16, 2011 at 9:27 pm

Those burgers sound so good. LOL @ the vegan convo. Too cute!

Those Oreo truffles… OMG, they look/sound SO GOOD!!! Love the little choc decoration, too. :)


56 Jessica @ The Process of Healing August 16, 2011 at 9:29 pm

Doughy burgers?! Um YUM!


57 Kristen, Sweetly August 16, 2011 at 9:30 pm

OREO GANACHE! I’ve read a super-simple recipe for oreo truffles around the internet (with something like just oreos and cream cheese), but I’ve decided not to fill my apartment with them until I have lots of company over.

I would have peed if I was part of that conversation. Yes… they’re beans. Hilarious.


58 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) August 16, 2011 at 9:30 pm

It’s funny how we all refer to other bloggers. That’s how my husband always understands who I’m talking about…there is always a description at the end of the person’s name or blog name. I hope you have a great night Kath!


59 Mama Pea August 16, 2011 at 9:33 pm

Love it. Also love that Matt left a comment on our site tonight!

(For the record, only Mama Pea is vegan…the rest of the Peas are vegetarian…not that Matt’s going to lose sleep over it) :)


60 KathEats August 17, 2011 at 9:45 am

Always forget that!


61 Sarah @ Sarah's Modern Bites August 16, 2011 at 9:55 pm

I cannot wait to get Mama Pea’s book!!! Peanut butter in those veggie burgers!? I’m sold. They look fabulous.. especially on those rolls!

I love the addition of the cocnut flakes t the green beans… sounds like a perfect pairing with the Thai veggie burgers.

Just curious.. what time do you usually eat dinner?? How long does it typically take you to prepare?

Because I get out of work at 5, run after work, do errands, then get home around 7… I like to lounge around and usually don’t get around to dinner until 9!! Yikes.


62 KathEats August 17, 2011 at 9:47 am

We usually start cooking at 7 and eat between 7:30 and 8. We start right on it when we walk in the door from the bakery


63 Sarah @ Sarah's Modern Bites August 17, 2011 at 12:43 pm

I think my boyfriend would much prefer eating earlier than 9/10 haha We don’t always eat together because our schedules don’t always coincide but when we do we try to make it special :)


64 hemp jogger August 16, 2011 at 9:56 pm

i saw you and faith coming out of the gym today…so a late hello :) (yall were a little far away to yell; i wouldve looked like a weirdo!)
cant wait to make those balls…holy yum.


65 KathEats August 17, 2011 at 9:47 am

Sorry we missed yoU!


66 katie @KatieDid August 16, 2011 at 9:56 pm

I’ve definitely had just those oreo truffles before, with the cream cheese inside too. So.Good. I got a good laugh from the miscommunication!


67 Jessica August 16, 2011 at 9:57 pm

I took oreo truffles to a holiday gathering once and I have never received so much praise for a dish before. They are AWESOME! Although mine were nowhere near as pretty as the ones you have pictured.


68 Andrea August 16, 2011 at 10:00 pm

The Sculpin IPA is a big hit in our house! We can’t get alot of the good stuff you guys get on the east coast.


69 [email protected] August 16, 2011 at 10:03 pm

Oh wow, anything oreos or cookies ‘n cream I’m a sucker for… those truffles are making my mouth water!


70 Maren August 16, 2011 at 10:06 pm

Wow what cute little desserts!


71 Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner August 16, 2011 at 10:11 pm

Chickpeas are my FAVORITE!!! 😀


72 Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles August 16, 2011 at 10:14 pm

Ooooo, Yes, I’ll be checking the comments for sure!!! These look wonderful…. One of my best friends wasn’t so sure if mushrooms were vegetarian once. HA! I love her anyways!


73 Kelsey August 16, 2011 at 10:43 pm

OREO TRUFFLES?!?!?! I am hoping a plane right now for one of those!! I am also currently eating a mama pea thai burger!! Ashley made them for dinner + shared one….. SO AMAZING!!!!!!!


74 Kelsey August 16, 2011 at 10:43 pm

*hopping* a plane.


75 Carly August 16, 2011 at 10:54 pm

Thank you so much Kath for the info on this cookbook, I’ve already got it in my Amazon cart. Can you recommend another ‘must-have’ vegan cookbook? You should totally make one too!


76 KathEats August 17, 2011 at 9:48 am

Well I’m not a vegan :)

I like the Eat, Drink & Be Vegan ones, but the recipes are much more hit or miss. I don’t really use cookbooks that much. Happy Herbivore has one too.


77 Hannah August 16, 2011 at 11:07 pm

The best thing about dancing is that you don’t need a class, and your spirits will still be lifted :)


78 Brandy August 17, 2011 at 12:15 am

coconut oil and garlic!!! what an interesting combination that sounds FABULOUS! I am so copying you.


79 Lauren @ What Lauren Likes August 17, 2011 at 12:26 am

Those truffles sound heavenly right now! great pics :)


80 Thanuja @ TheInexperiencedMom August 17, 2011 at 1:01 am

Hi Kath!
MUST try this recipe! I seem to have recently developed a soy allergy, which is SO annoying. Now I am on the look out for *soy free* meal ideas. And when I mean soy free, I mean even the little traces of it found in commercial chocolate… yikes! Anyway, thanks again for the recipes!


81 cindy August 17, 2011 at 1:04 am

I think that pea daddy and pea kiddies are vegetarian since they eat organic cheese etc…?


82 Khushboo August 17, 2011 at 1:06 am

Haha I actually lol’d at your dinner convo! I need to get my hand on Mama Pea’s book, those burgers look fabulous!


83 Lexi @ A Spoonful of Sunshine August 17, 2011 at 2:56 am

Haha the “Peas.”

It’s almost like the “Flinstones” and the “Jetsons”!


84 Aine @ Something to Chew Over August 17, 2011 at 3:49 am

Wow those burgers look amazing! Love Mama Pea :)


85 Cait's Plate August 17, 2011 at 4:48 am

gah! I absolutely CANNOT wait to get Mama Pea’s cookbook! It should arrive any day now but it feels like it’s taking SO long!

Also I totally agree with you about dancing – it really can just lift your spirits so much.

As did your detailing of the dinner conversation up there. hahaha. I feel like I can just picture Matt’s confused face when you said that. I probably wouldn’t have realized he meant the family either and would have answered the exact same way.

I give you credit for stopping at two of those oreo truffles – I think all three would’ve gone down for me before I even got a picture in :)


86 Paige @ Running Around Normal August 17, 2011 at 5:19 am

Hehe! I thought peas had meat in them! 😛
That orange marmalade sounds amazing.


87 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope August 17, 2011 at 5:53 am

Those burgers look so good! Peanut butter??? That’s so creative! And those veggies look like the perfect side! :)


88 kelly August 17, 2011 at 6:12 am

We made the Thai Veggie Burgers last night and they were great!! It was my first time making veggie burgers so I think I need to work on getting them “crispier” as mine was kind of mushy… I think it is because I made the patty too thick. It was great topped with pineapple! When you blended the ingredients in your Vitamix did it not get kind of stuck? Mine did…
I also made her blackberry and basil smoothie which was amazing :) Love this cookbook


89 KathEats August 17, 2011 at 9:51 am

Yeah it was hard to get out of the vita-mix and I had to use the plunger to blend it. Food processor might have worked better, but then it might have not been as smooth of a dough?

I liked the burgers crisp on the outside and mushy on the inside


90 Molly @ RDexposed August 17, 2011 at 6:49 am

Since that cookbook was released, it hasn’t left my counter! I have made these burgers yet. Her summer succotash quesedillas are on tonight’s dinner menu! So excited!!


91 Rachael August 17, 2011 at 7:06 am

I love oreo truffles! Only make them at Christmas though, they are too tempting. I like to use Double Stuff Oreos or the Peanut Butter or Mint kind to change up the flavoring. SO GOOD.


92 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin August 17, 2011 at 7:10 am

The flavours in those burgers sound amazing! Especially when topped with pineapple. I think I need to buy Mama Pea’s cookbook!


93 [email protected] Flying ONION August 17, 2011 at 7:30 am

Haha…love the pea/beans conversation. That is so something I would say. 😉

The burgers look fabulous!! 😀


94 Maria @ Beautiful Busy Bee August 17, 2011 at 7:37 am

My brother’s girlfriend made oreo truffles!!! They were amazing!! Also I love the kind that are chocolate chip cookie dough without eggs and covered in chocolate. Best. thing. ever. 😀


95 Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me August 17, 2011 at 8:11 am

I made these burgers last week and I did not like them at ALL. They were soooo yucky! But hey, to each their own! Glad you enjoyed them.


96 KathEats August 17, 2011 at 9:51 am

What didn’t you like about them?


97 Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me August 17, 2011 at 9:55 am

Texture thing. I’ve never really had a veggie burger before though so maybe it’s just a texture that I’m not used to. My fiance tried one bite and wouldn’t eat anymore. I ate half of mine and couldn’t finish it haha.


98 shel August 17, 2011 at 8:21 am

I made these the other night as well so yummy! I made a pineapple salsa to top mine with ..perfect!

I do not, however have the awesome bread that you have :(

love the book!


99 Jessica August 17, 2011 at 8:46 am

“Oreo truffles” sounds much more appetizing than what I’ve always heard them called – “Snowman poop.” Either way, they are delicious! When I make them, I use a tub of ready-to-eat cheesecake filling (Philadelphia) instead of cream cheese.


100 KathEats August 17, 2011 at 9:51 am



101 Kayla [once upon a lens] August 17, 2011 at 9:17 am

OOh, I was going to make those tonight! Now I definitely will because they look AMAZING!


102 [email protected] August 17, 2011 at 10:00 am

I made these two nights ago for dinner….flavor was SPOT on! I loved the way they browned/got crispy on the outside! Peanut butter + sesame oil was amazing :)
cathy b.


103 Tammy August 17, 2011 at 12:31 pm

Yay! What’d you guys think of the Sculpin? A hop lovers dream!


104 KathEats August 17, 2011 at 1:45 pm



105 Balancing Sylvia August 17, 2011 at 3:07 pm

Wooooow! Oreo truffles! Oh I hope she gives you the recipes! It sounds so so delicious 😀 So do those burgers. I ordered my copy of Peas and Thank You a little over a week ago and am anxiously awaiting its arrival.


106 Rosa - Fitness, Food, Fulfilled August 17, 2011 at 6:05 pm

This is the second blog that I’ve seen that burger made. Looks delicious!

BTW – That IPA looks soooo good. Those are my absolute favorite. I hope you’re okay with me coveting your beer.


107 Win August 18, 2011 at 3:55 pm

Sculpin and 32/50…awesome choices—and very well-informed readers!


108 Irina October 22, 2011 at 12:42 pm

How weird, I was just looking at amazon and checked out if Peas and Thank you was still available in the UK, then reassured myself that it was still there, with the thought of buying it in the near future, then went to catch up on old posts of KERF and the first one I read was this one! I think it is a sign I must go and buy the book NOW! :) Those burgers look great!


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