Buffalo Chickpea Melts with Avocado

Buffalo Chickpea Melts with Avocado

These open faced melts are vegetarian friendly, made with chickpeas in a Greek yogurt buffalo sauce, topped with carrots and avocado and melted with cheese, for a flavorful bite and fun way to enjoy chickpeas.

Buffalo Chickpea Melts with Avocado

Buffalo Chickpea Melts with Avocado

HAPPY NEW YEAR! HAPPY 2019! We’re starting the New Year off in style with these vegetarian open faced melts! If you love everything buffalo like I do, you’re going to love this chickpea version. The chickpeas are mashed and mixed together with hot sauce, Greek yogurt, and a few seasonings for a healthy, high-protein buffalo sauce. The chickpeas mimic an egg salad consistency and are nutrient dense, for a healthy, vitamin packed meal.

Chickpeas are so versatile. You can pretty much turn them into anything – here are a few creative ways to use chickpeas:

  • They’re great in chopped salads,
  • Chickpea lettuce wraps,
  • Baked goods with chickpeas (like blondies and cookies),
  • Chickpeas to thicken soups,
  • Chickpea curry,
  • Chickpeas mashed with avocado in a sandwich.

Buffalo Chickpea Melts with Avocado

Can you tell that chickpeas are one of my favorite foods! For this open faced melt, I topped the chickpea mixture with spiralized carrots and avocado for crunch and healthy fats, and topped with a slice of provolone cheese. If you don’t like provolone cheese, you could also use swiss or white cheddar or whatever you like.

Celebrate the New Year with this chickpea melt and have fun in the kitchen!

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Nutritional Information & Recipe

Serves 6 sandwiches

Buffalo Chickpea Melts with Avocado

25 minPrep Time

25 minTotal Time

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  • 2 15oz can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 6oz nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 5-6 tablespoons hot sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • salt and pepper
  • ¼ cup finely chopped celery
  • ¼ cup finely chopped onion
  • 6 slices of multigrain bread
  • 2 avocado, peeled, pitted, and sliced
  • 1 large carrot, Blade D, noodles trimmed
  • 6 slices of provolone cheese
  • alfafa sprouts, to garnish


  1. Set the oven to broil.
  2. Place the chickpeas into a medium bowl and smash with a fork or potato masher until chunky smooth. Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, add the yogurt, hot sauce, garlic powder, apple cider vinegar, and season with salt and pepper. Fold in the chickpeas, celery, and onion, and stir until combined.
  4. On a baking sheet, place two pieces of bread down. On each piece of toast, top with the chickpea mixture, then avocado, then carrots and then place the slice of cheese on top. Place in the oven and broil for 2 minutes or until the cheese melts. Once the cheese melts, garnish with sprouts and top with the other bread slices. You can also enjoy this sandwich open-faced, eaten with a knife and fork.

buffalo chickpea melts with avocado

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Caitlin Wallace says:
I've been excited for this recipe ever since you posted about it on your insta story weeks ago. YUM!
Ali Maffucci says:
So happy to hear that - hope you give it a try!
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Caitlin says:
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Jennifer says:
Do you remove skin from chickpeas before smashing?
Emily says:
This recipe is the bessssst! I made it a few days ago, turned it into a baked dip with feta the next day, and made it again with chicken today. I can’t get enough! ;)
Carly Glazer says:
Hi Emily! What great ideas! So happy you enjoyed this one!

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