Vegan Ackee Quiche

Enjoy this flavorful vegan ackee quiche recipe. Creamy ackee cooked with onion, garlic, bell pepper and mixed with a savory chickpea batter then baked to perfection. Easy to prepare, the perfect holiday breakfast, brunch or tea recipe. 

Vegan Ackee Quiche

I grew up enjoying ackee and saltfish and since changing my diet, I have learned how to cook ackee without saltfish, like my and Jamaican Ackee Pizza recipes. Ackee is so versatile due to it's delicate it makes the perfect vegan egg replacement for making quiche.

Straight on vegan ackee quiche recipe topped with avocado tomato and cilantro on a white plate with tomatoes on the vine

What Is Ackee?

Ackee is a fruit that is popular in Jamaica, actually being the native fruit of the island. Although it is not a native fruit, it was brought there from West Africa in the 18th Century, probably on the slave ships.

It has since been enjoyed in the island especially paired with saltfish to make the flavorful national dish called, 'ackee and saltfish.'

Ackee is a member of the soapberry family, like longan berry and lychee. The pinkish red-skinned fruit has yellow flesh attached to glossy black seeds. The creamy yellow flash is the only edible part of the ackee, the seed and membrane are highly toxic.

The fruit must naturally ripen on the tree and split open exposing the yellow flesh clinging to the black seeds before it can be eaten. For this reason, only canned ackees are allowed on the USA market.

Ackee has a lot of protein, essential fatty acids, zinc, and vitamin A. 

Easy vegan quiche in muffin pan with tomatoes in the background and a black and white stripe napkin to the side on a marbled background

What Does Ackee Taste Like?

Ackee, when cooked, looks a lot like scrambled eggs, it is creamy with a bland flavor. For that reason, ackee is usually cooked with seasonings like onion, garlic, Scotch Bonnet Pepper, scallion, and thyme. Ackee can also be eaten raw but it is not as flavorful. 

The fact that cooked ackee looks like a scrambled egg, I decided to make a vegan quiche recipe, the result was amazing. Chickpea flour combined with water made the perfect gluten-free vegan batter. I also added nutritional yeast flakes for a cheesy flavor.

The batter was baked in muffin pans for the cutest, mini quiche or vegan breakfast muffin. They are perfect to serve for the holiday such as Easter, Mother's Day Brunch or a grab and go breakfast. You can also try my other delicious Easy Vegan Quiche recipe. 

Step by step collage of vegan ackee quiche, with dry mix in the bowl, followed by added water and cooked

How To Make Vegan Ackee Quiche?

Preheat oven 400 degrees F. Prepare a 6 cavity muffin pan with cooking spray or muffin liners, set aside. Make a batch of and set aside.

In a large bowl, mix chickpea flour, nutritional yeast flakes, salt and water into a smooth batter. Add cooked ackee and stir. Spoon mixture into prepared muffin pan and bake for 30 minutes.

Transfer muffin pan to a cooling rack. Serve on a plate, garnish with chopped tomatoes, avocado, and cilantro.

For Other Muffin Ideas Try

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Nutrition

Energy:
373 kcal / 1559 kJ
Fat:
22 g
Protein:
12 g
Carbs:
33 g
Per serving

Cooking Time

Preparation:
10 min
Cooking:
40 min
Ready in:
50 min
For:
6 Servings

Ingredients

Chickpea Batter

Garnishes

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven 400 degrees F. Prepare a 6 cavity muffin pan with cooking spray or muffin liners, set aside. Make a batch of vegan ackee recipe and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mix chickpea flour, nutritional yeast flakes, salt and water into a smooth batter. Add cooked ackee and stir. Spoon mixture into prepared muffin pan and bake for 30 minutes.
  3. Transfer muffin pan to a cooling rack. Serve on a plate, garnish with chopped tomatoes, avocado, and cilantro.

Michelle Blackwood

Hi, I’m Michelle, I’m the voice, content creator and photographer behind Healthier Steps. I share vegan and gluten-free recipes because of past health issues. My goal is to help you make healthier choices and show you how healthy eating is easy and delicious.

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2 Comments
  1. Charnele
    April 30, 2019

    I absolutely loved this! The flavors were bursting. I am so happy to have another way to eat ackee other than the traditional way.