These vegetarian aubergine bites with chickpeas are incredibly delicious. They are fun to make and even the kids will love getting involved. This unofficial recipe is the perfect snack for any one following Slimming World, Weight Watchers or a calorie controlled diet.

    Not only are these bites delicious they are created using aubergine which is a food which can boosts your weight loss. They make the perfect healthy snack that the whole family will enjoy. I tried making these a few weeks ago with my boys and I was pleasantly surprised at the success! 

    This versatile recipe can be used as a snack, lunch box treat, canapé or chucked into a leafy green salad. 


    • Fun to make
    • Loved by all
    • Delicious
    • Healthy snacking
    • Low Syn*
    • Lunchbox treat
    • Full of flavour
    • Vegan


    Absolutely! They will store in the fridge for up to five days or in the freezer for 1 month. Defrost before devouring. 

    They can even be made the day before, just leave the aubergine part in the fridge overnight before coating in polenta.

    Aubergine and Chickpea Bites

    Slimming World Syns: ½ Syn Per Bite*
    Weight Watchers Points: Coming Soon
    Calories: 66 Per Bite
    Course Appetizer, Lunch, Side Dish, Snack
    Prep Time 20 minutes
    Cook Time 1 hour
    Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
    Servings 20 Bites


    • 3 Large Aubergines [Halved, cut side scored]
    • 1 tsp Coriander
    • 2 tsp Cumin Seeds
    • 1 Clove Garlic [Crushed]
    • 400g Canned Chickpeas [Drained]
    • 2 tbsp Gram Flour
    • ½ Lemon [Juiced, Zested]
    • 25g Polenta [Dry]
    • Frylight/Low Cal spray oil


    • Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. 
    • Spray the aubergine halves with spray oil, then put them cut-side up in a large roasting tin. Add the garlic, coriander and cumin seeds. Roast for 40 mins until the aubergine is tender. Set aside to cool.
    • Scoop the aubergine flesh into a bowl and discard the skins.
    • Scrape the spices and garlic from the pan into the bowl.
    • Add the chickpeas, gram flour, lemon zest and juice, then roughly mash together.
    • Line a baking tray with grease proof paper.
    • Shape the mixture into 20 balls and put them on the baking tray. Leave to chill in the fridge for at least 30 mins. [Can be left overnight]
    • Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4.
    • Tip the polenta onto a plate, roll the balls in it to coat, then return them to the tray and spray each one with a little spray oil. 
    • Place into the oven and roast for 20 – 25 mins until crispy, hot and golden. 


    *Slimming World Syns and Weight Watchers Points are all approximate and estimated by the team. They have not been verified by an official source.

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    2 Responses

    1. Natasha says:

      How much garlic?

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