Chickpeas are a great source of fiber and protein. They can be seasoned in a variety of ways and then roasted so that they have a slightly crispy texture. You can season them so that they are sweet or savory. These make a good, lower-sugar snack that satisfies a craving for crunchy foods.
I found four tasty ways to make them. I’m partial to the garlic parmesan ones but I’m curious to hear which ones are your favorite!
These recipes will appeal to most people but the Smoky Splice Blend may be a little overwhelming for those who don’t care for spicy food. All four recipes involve the same steps for roasting the chickpeas and just the seasonings differ. This recipe is quick and simple! I hope you enjoy it.
2 cans chickpeas (garbanzo beans) or about 4 cups cooked chickpeas from dried beans
2 tablespoons olive oil
seasonings of your choice (see below for suggestions)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Prepare the beans for roasting by draining and rinsing them, then letting them dry on a towel until most of the excess moisture is absorbed. Spread on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Roast the chickpeas in the oven for 45-60 minutes or until the beans are crunchy throughout (just test one- if they are still mostly soft on the inside and there’s no crunch, keep baking).
Immediately (while beans are still hot), toss with olive oil and seasonings. Serve hot or at room temperature. They are best the first day, but can be kept in an airtight container for up to 4 days.
Seasoning Suggestions (add more or less if you like, these are just guidelines)
Sesame Soy – 1 teaspoon sesame oil, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
Honey Cinnamon – 1 teaspoon cinnamon, a pinch nutmeg, 1/4 teaspoon sea salt, 2 tablespoons honey (you can throw these back in the oven for 10-15 minutes to carmelize if you like)
Garlic Parmesan – 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese, 1 teaspoon garlic powder or 2 cloves fresh minced garlic, 1/4 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper, 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
Smoky Spice Blend – 1/2 teaspoon ancho chile powder, 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon cumin, 1/4 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper, 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, pinch cayenne (optional)
Source: Modern Parents Messy Kids
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