Chickpea and Vegetable Picnic Hand Pies (vegan)

Roast vegetables, chickpeas and hummus encased in golden flaky puff pastry. Perfect for a picnic or lunch. Suitable for vegetarians, vegans or a dairy free diet.

There's something rather special about a hand pie. A hand held meal encased in the most flaky, golden puff pastry. I don't have anything against shortcrust pastry, but puff is definitely my favourite.

These are a must for your next picnic, or even just for lunch.

They are a doddle to make and a luxury to eat.

And the surprising thing about these are they are made from a trip down the freezer aisle in Iceland. I first succumbed to their foil trays of Mediterranean vegetables in a basil dressing when I made my Easy Mediterranean Tarts. I just couldn't resist using them again. In fact all the ingredients came from Iceland.

Can you add hummus to pies?

Why yes indeed? To add an extra layer of flavour I added a thick layer of hummus to the base of these pies, then topped them with roast vegetables, chickpeas and herbs. I finished them with more pastry and decorated them with little leaves and baked them until golden.

How do you use frozen puff pastry?

Take your frozen puff pastry out of the freezer the night before you want to use it and pop in the fridge. When you are nearly ready to use it, sit it on a plate for half an hour so it comes to room temperature for best results. This will give you time to prepare your other ingredients.

How do you glaze a vegan puff pastry pie?

No egg wash here though folks, Just brush them with a little soya or nut  milk and it works really well to give them a golden finish, so no need for eggs.

We tucked into these puff pastry pies while they were still warm, but they have lots of flavour when they are served cold too.

I'm now thinking of the second block of pastry in the freezer and the bag of frozen red fruits I bought in Iceland too and thinking a fruity hand pie topped with a cloud of icing sugar might be rather wonderful too.

I have more puff pastry ideas both savoury and sweet in my 25 Awesome Puff Pastry Recipes for Vegans.

Flaky chickpea and vegetable hand pies on a picnic rug

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Roast vegetables, chickpeas and hummus encased in golden flaky puff pastry. Perfect for a picnic or lunch. Suitable for vegetarians, vegans or a dairy free diet.
Chickpea and Vegetable Picnic Hand Pies
Roast vegetables, chickpeas and hummus encased in golden flaky puff pastry. Perfect for a picnic or lunch.
  • 500g puff pastry
  • 500g Iceland Mediterranean Vegetables in a Basil Seasoning
  • 400g tin of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 150g hummus
  • 1 tbsp frozen coriander (or fresh)
  • a good grinding black pepper
  • enough soya milk to brush the pastry
1. Take your puff pastry out of the freezer the night before and pop in the fridge. When you come in from work, take it out of the wrapper and sit on a plate for half an hour while you do other things. I haven't included this time in the cooking time.2. Preheat the oven to 220c/ 200c fan/425f/gas mark 7. Once heated pop the mediterranean veg into the oven for 25-30 minutes. Remove the lid but keep in the foil tray.3. Once the veg is out of the oven, leave it to cool a little, then mix in the chickpeas and herbs and season with black pepper.4. Roll the pastry out quite thinly, then cut out circles. I used a small bowl as a cutter, but the size is up to you.5. Place half the circles of pastry on a baking tray and spread thickly with hummus. Leave a border around the edge.6. Pile the vegetables and chickpeas onto the hummus.7. Stretch the circles for the lids a little so they will drape beautifully over the filling.8. Press down the edges, then crimp with a fork. Add decorations with the leftover pastry. A little water will stick the pastry shapes on.9. Cut three small slits in the pies to let out steam, then brush them with a little soya milk and bake for 30-35 minutes until crisp and golden.10. Enjoy!
Total time:
Yield: Makes 6 pies (depending on size)

I made this recipe as part of Iceland Foods #PowerOfFrozen campaign.

Here are a few more recipes to make after a trip down Iceland's freezer aisles.

Easy Mediterranean Tart - Tinned Tomatoes
Creamy Mushroom Potato Dauphinoise - Tinned Tomatoes
Spicy Couscous Veggie Burgers - Thinly Spread
Ultimate Lazy Vegetable Lasagne - The Veg Space
One-Pot Vegetarian Chilli Mac - Amuse Your Bouche
Mediterranean Roasted Vegetable Pasties - Jo's Kitchen
Vegetables in Tao Pan Sauce with Garlic Rice - Simply food
BBQ Waffle S'mores - Foodie Quine

Iceland have a website called Power of Frozen with lots of facts and ideas about frozen food. Do check it out and follow the conversation with #poweroffrozen

Disclosure: This recipe was developed for Iceland. I was not expected to write a positive review and any opinions expressed are my own.


  1. Brilliant. I imagine the chick peas give the pies a 'meaty' feel to them. Very nice.

    1. It definitely makes then more substantial & adds a different texture.

  2. Love the sound of these Jacqueline. They'd be absolutely perfect for a picnic when the summer decides to arrive!
    Angela x

    1. Yes, it's on and off here. Had some wonderful weather and some rain. Can't decide just now, it's swung back and forward all day here today.

  3. Those look gorgeous!! So pretty with the little leaves on top, perfect for a picnic - and the addition of hummus is such a great idea, I bet they taste fab. The Iceland Mediterranean Veg are so good, I use them a lot!

    1. Thanks Kate and yes I agree great roast veg. So handy.

  4. What a perfect picinic treat and a great idea adding the hummus.

  5. Such adorably cute little pies, love the leaves on the pastry tops!

    1. Thanks Kavey, they were super quick to make with the scraps of pastry.

  6. My mouth is watering right now, love these hand pies and love how convenient Iceland frozen foods are:-)

    1. Yes super convenient and such a good range. They've really moved with the times.

  7. Hi there, looks like a nice recipe but puff pastry isn't vegan. It has butter in it.

    1. Actually it's usually the ones the say all butter that contain butter. Have a read of the back of some popular brands next time you are in the chilled aisle. You'll actually be surprised.

  8. Could these pies be frozen once made? My partner and I won't be able to eat 6 in one go!

    1. Haha you think you won't........ My husband eat rather a lot!

      For best results freeze them before cooking them, if you do cook them and reheat from frozen, you may want to cover with foil part way through so they don't get too brown.

  9. Since I do not live in Iceland do you have any suggestions to use for the vegetables?

    1. "Iceland" in this case is a brand of frozen foods including vegetables - just make up a batch of your own Mediterranean style roasting vegetables (eg Courgette, Red Onion, Yellow Pepper, Red Pepper, Cherry Tomatoes) and chop them into bite sized pieces and mix with your desired quantities of herbs and spices (such as Basil, Garlic powder, Salt, Onion Powder, Celery powder, White or Black Pepper, Oregano, Cardamom Seeds) plus a little oil and use in its place in this recipe.

    2. Thanks Allie, yes it is a supermarket that specialises in frozen food D J Hixson. Of course you can roast your own vegetables as Allie suggests.


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