People with diabetes can enjoy the same healthy meals as the whole family.  Read our healthy cooking fact sheet for ideas on how to make small changes to your favourite recipes.
Some great ways to make recipes healthier are to:
  • add extra fibre
  • add extra fruit & vegetables
  • reduce the amount of sugar, salt, or saturated fat

Our recipe of the month is recommended by our dietitians using Diabetes Australia’s own recipe guidelines.

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Chickpea and Nut Cakes

Recipe brought to you by Nuts for Life

Serves 6 - 20g nuts per serve

400g can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
½ cup roughly chopped toasted hazelnuts
½ cup roughly chopped toasted almonds
½ teaspoon ground cumin
¼ teaspoon mild paprika
½ teaspoon finely grated lemon rind
2 tablespoons chopped flat leaf parsley
2 tablespoons chopped mint
1 egg, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons wholemeal plain flour
1 cup wholemeal breadcrumbs
lemon wedges to serve


  1. Preheat oven to 175C 

  2. Place the chickpeas, nuts, cumin and paprika in a food processor or  blender and blend until nearly smooth 

  3. Transfer to a bowl and stir through lemon rind, herbs, egg and flour 

  4. Use wetted hands to roll mixture into cakes, then dust in breadcrumbs

  5. Spray with cooking oil spray

  6. Bake the cakes for 20 minutes until golden

  7. Serve with lemon wedges

Nutrition information 
Per serve (130g per serve or two cakes each)
Energy              1270kJ
Protein              12g
Fat                    15g (Saturated fat 1g)
Carbohydrate    26g
Fibre                  7g
Sodium              320mg

Lemon wedges not included in the nutritional analysis