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The holiday baking season is upon us! What better way to kick it off than with a new twist on your traditional candy bark? This chickpea bark is sweet and savory – definitely *barking* up the right tree.

pieces of chickpea bark stacked on a white surface

When I was a kid, during the holiday season it was always a tradition for my family to head to the store and pick up some peppermint holiday bark. I can remember countless December nights spent playing board games around the warm fire, munching on holiday bark.

In fact, an easy way to spice up this recipe would be to add a drop of peppermint extract and top with crushed peppermint candy to create a truly authentic holiday flavored bark. (brb may need to make a new batch to test this out..)

Hope you all enjoy your bark and your holiday! 🙂

From Plant-Based on a Budget: If you’re thinking of making a homemade holiday treat but do not care to spend hours in the kitchen, then this Chocolate Chickpea Bark is the way to go. It’s super simple and uses everyday very wholesome ingredients. Triple win! Your family will absolutely love it.

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Get The Kids Involved

We know that involving the kids in every meal you cook can be a messy and a somewhat stressful affair, but this recipe is so simple and straightforward, it is the perfect one to go all in. Coating the chickpeas with the olive oil, melting the chocolate chips (with the help of an adult!), and spreading the mix in the baking pan are all great tasks for the little ones to take on. This Chocolate Chickpea Bark will taste even better if they feel they were a part of the process (this is a master Mom tip for every recipe you cook!)

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pieces of chickpea bark stacked on a white surface

Photos by Alfonso Revilla

Chocolate Chickpea Bark

5 from 43 votes
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total: 45 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
You’ll never go back once you make this homemade Chocolate Chickpea Bark! It’s suepr easy and full goodness, so go for it!


  • 1 (15-ounce) can of garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 teaspoon of olive oil
  • Dash of sea salt
  • 1 cup of vegan semi-sweet chocolate chips


  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (204 degrees C). Lay the garbanzo beans on a flat surface and pat dry with a towel or paper towel. You want your beans to be dry as possible before roasting.
  • In a medium bowl, toss the garbanzo beans and olive oil together. Once evenly coated, lay them out on a baking sheet and sprinkle with salt.
  • Bake them for 30 to 35 minutes, until they’re a golden brown but not burned. Every 10 minutes or so, shake them around on the pan to ensure even roasting.
  • Once roasted, remove the garbanzo beans and set them aside to cool. While they’re cooling, melt your chocolate chips. You can either double boil them, or microwave them in 45 second increments, stirring in between, until they smooth and melted.
  • Once the chocolate is melted, combine with the chickpeas in a bowl and transfer to an 8×8 baking pan and spread evenly. Bark should be about a quarter inch thick, or as thick as a chickpea is tall.
  • Put it in the freezer and break it up  once it is completely solid.


This is the perfect recipe for getting kids comfortable with cooking. Plus this will help them enjoy what might be a new nutritious treat if they made it themselves!


Calories: 164kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 4gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 148mgPotassium: 77mgFiber: 4gSugar: 11gVitamin A: 8IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 48mgIron: 2mg

Disclaimer: Although attempts to provide accurate nutritional information, kindly note that these are only estimates. Nutritional information may be affected based on the product type, the brand that was purchased, and in other unforeseeable ways. will not be held liable for any loss or damage resulting for your reliance on nutritional information. If you need to follow a specific caloric regimen, please consult your doctor first.

Additional Info

Author: Lauren Bossi
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Method: Oven
Diet: Vegan
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Lauren Bossi

My name is Lauren Bossi; I run Track & Field at the University of Hartford in CT. I’ve got a passion for running and plant-based eats. When I’m not wandering around the aisles of the grocery store I enjoy cooking, baking, photography, pun-writing and tag-saling.

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