This easy sweet and savory Caramelized Onion Vegan Quiche is made with tofu and has a chickpea flour crust. It's perfect for brunch!
Caramelized onions are one of my favorite ingredients. They take any dish to the next level.
Many times I pair them with mushrooms, but for this Caramelized Onion Vegan Quiche, they are the star of the show.
For this vegan quiche recipe, I mixed the caramelized onions with tofu. Then I added tamari and white miso paste for a savory umami flavor.
I added nutritional yeast for a cheesy flavor. You could add the caramelized onions to the quiche filling last, and pulse until you get your desired consistency.
I saved about a quarter cup of the onions to spread on top.
Whether you add the onions first or last, it'll taste great. It just depends on the textures you prefer. I will probably make it with thicker chunks next time to see if I like it better.
❤️ Why You'll Love It
- It is rich, sweet, and savory.
- It is perfect for a brunch get-together.
- It is a hearty, healthy, and comforting meal.
- Chickpea flour: I used chickpea flour because I love the flavor. I haven't tried this recipe with any other flour.
- Cold water
- Olive oil: For texture.
- Salt: Enhances flavors. I like to use sea salt.
- Onions: I used yellow onions. You could also use sweet onions or white onions.
- Olive oil: For cooking the onions.
- Balsamic vinegar: Adds sweetness to the onions. You could also use sugar or brown sugar, or leave it out.
- Tofu: You can use extra-firm or firm tofu. I buy it packed in water found in the refrigerated section of the grocery store.
- Tamari: I like to use low-sodium gluten-free tamari because I like to control the amount of sodium. You could also use soy sauce, liquid aminos, or coconut aminos.
- Miso paste: I used white mellow miso paste because it is gluten-free and the mildest of the varieties of miso paste.
- Nutritional yeast: Adds a cheesy flavor.
- Salt and pepper: Enhances flavors and adds flavor. I like to use sea salt.
To see the full list of ingredients with measurements and instructions, see the recipe card at the bottom of this post.
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Step 1: Mix chickpea flour, ice-cold water, olive oil, and salt. It should be the consistency of play dough.
Step 2: Oil a 9" pan with olive oil. Oil your hands as well so they don't stick to the dough.
Step 3: Spread the dough out in the pan, including the edges. Bake until it starts to turn golden.
Step 4: Heat the olive oil in a pan on medium-low heat. Add sliced onions. Sprinkle salt on top.
Step 5: Stir the onions every few minutes or so. Cook for about 35-40 minutes until they are well-browned. Add a small amount of water if they start to stick.
Step 6: Add balsamic vinegar and cook until it's evaporated.
Step 7: In a food processor, mix caramelized onions - saving ¼ cup to place on top, tofu, tamari, miso paste, nutritional yeast, and salt and pepper.
Step 8: Spread filling on chickpea flour crust. Sprinkle reserved onions on top. Bake until browned.
- For caramelized onions, you need some patience. It takes a good 40 minutes to get nicely browned onions. Slow and steady wins the race.
- If the onions start to stick, add a little water, like a quarter of a cup or so.
- Balsamic vinegar adds a wonderful flavor to caramelized onions. I always add a couple of splashes near the end of the cooking time.
- If you want a chunky onion filling, add the caramelized onions last to the tofu mixture and pulse until you get the desired consistency.
- Save about a quarter cup of caramelized onions to top the quiche.
- Pre-bake the chickpea flour crust, then add the filling and bake some more. That way you'll have a crunchy flaky crust.
- Don't have a cover for your quiche pan? No problem! Just use that shower cap you got from your last vacation. It works great in place of plastic wrap.
Do I Need To Press the Tofu?
For this recipe, it isn't necessary to press the tofu. Drain it if it's the refrigerated kind.
👩🏻🍳 Recipe FAQs
For this vegan onion quiche recipe, I used caramelized onions, tofu, miso paste, tamari, and nutritional yeast for the filling. To make the crust I used chickpea flour, olive oil, and cold water.
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This sweet and savory vegan quiche has a creamy filling with a flaky crust. It will be the hit of your next brunch.
Caramelized Onion Vegan Quiche
Chickpea Flour Crust
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Mix all ingredients in a food processor. It should be the consistency of play dough. Oil a 9" pan with olive oil, including the sides of the pan. Oil your hands as well.
- Spread the dough out in the pan, including the sides, pressing down to get it even. Bake at 350°F for 20-25 minutes, or until the edges are starting to turn golden.
- Heat the olive oil in a pan on medium-low heat. Add sliced onions. Sprinkle salt on onions.
- Stir the onions every few minutes or so. Cook about 35-40 minutes until they are well-browned. Add a small amount of water if they start to stick. Add balsamic vinegar and cook until it's evaporated.
- In a food processor, mix caramelized onions* - reserving ¼ cup to place on top, tofu, tamari, miso paste, nutritional yeast, and salt and pepper to taste.
- Spread filling on chickpea flour crust. Sprinkle reserved onions on top. Bake at 400°F for 20-25 minutes, or until browned.
*Note: Nutrition information should be considered an estimate only. Different nutrition calculators give you different results.