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Baked Split Pea-Nuts {nut-free, easy}

  • Author: Camilla
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 45 mins
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cup (250 mL) 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


Your new favorite nibble: Baked Split Pea-Nuts! Made from humble split peas, they are nut-free, vegan, high in protein, frugal, and fabulous.


  • 3/4 cup (153 g) dried split peas, rinsed and drained (to remove any debris)
  • 1 tablespoon (15 mL) olive oil (or oil of your choice)
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt

Optional: ground spices (see notes for ideas)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350F (175C). Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Bring a medium saucepan, filled at least halfway with water, to a boil over high heat. Add the split peas, reduce heat slightly (to prevent boiling over) and boil for 20 minutes. The peas should be just tender enough to bite through.
  3. Drain the peas and rinse under cold water until cool. Place the peas in a clean dish cloth to towl off as much water as possible. Transfer to another dry dish towel or paper towels to dry fruther (get the peas as dry as possible).
  4. Place the peas in a medium mixing bowl; toss with the oil and salt (& any optional spices) until coated. Spread in an even. single layer on the prepared baking sheet.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven for 23 to 28 minutes–opening the oven and stirring once or twice– until dried, golden brown, and crispy-looking (a few peas, at the edges, will be turning a darker brown). Remove from oven and immediately transfer peas to a medium bowl. Cool completely.


Storage: Store the split pea-nuts in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 weeks.

Tip: Storing the split pea-nuts (at least a day) in an airtight container gives them more of a peanut texture (crisp, but with a smooth and yielding bite).

Spice Ideas: To spice up the split-pea nuts, consider adding 1/4 to 3/4 teaspoon of your favorite savory ground spices. Some of my favorites are:

  • Black pepper
  • Chile powder (regular, chipotle, ancho)
  • Cumin
  • Smoked paprika (hot or sweet)
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Curry powder
  • Garam masala
  • Ras el hanout
  • Category: Snack
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1/4 cup
  • Calories: 98
  • Sugar: 2.3 g
  • Sodium: 149.1 mg
  • Fat: 3.5 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 15.8 g
  • Fiber: 6.8 g
  • Protein: 6.8 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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