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Looking for an easy and healthy snack for the fam? Chickpeas to the rescue using my easy simple roasted chickpeas recipe plus four ways to customize it. Nix the popcorn and chips as a snack time go-to. Flavor up this plant-based protein with your favorite spices, or just follow my spice guidelines for the most delectable and healthy munchies.
Why do chickpeas make a healthy snack?
Chickpeas are a staple in the Mediterranean diet and have been for a while. As a Lebanese foodie, they are a pantry staple for me! They’re the second most popular bean next to soy. Chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, are often used in diets because of their ability to aid digestion, balance blood sugar levels, and to provide a great source of protein, fiber and folate.
Ever tried hummus? You got it — those are chickpeas blended with tahini and lemon juice. The roasted chickpeas recipe uses the same canned chickpeas along with olive oil and spices. You can snack on these alone, use them in lunchboxes, toss them with salads for a nice crunch factor or sprinkle over soup instead of croutons. The possibilities are endless.
How to make roasted chickpeas
You’ll start with canned chickpeas. So, rinse them well, drain them and dry them with paper towel. Place them on a parchment lined baking sheet.
Add olive oil, cumin, paprika, salt and pepper to the chickpeas, and toss with your hands until the chickpeas are well coated. Then, they’re ready for the oven. You’ll want to give them a little shake here and there to make sure they’re evenly roasted while they bake.
Other seasoning variations
Each can of chickpeas will need about 1 teaspoon of seasoning. In the base roasted chickpeas recipe, I use cumin and paprika, which is my favorite combination to add to chickpeas. Here are three others that work really well!
- ½ teaspoon curry, ½ teaspoon turmeric
- ½ teaspoon zaatar, ½ teaspoon sumac
- ½ teaspoon chili powder, ½ teaspoon garlic powder
Tips for making roasted chickpeas
- Pat dry the chickpeas thoroughly after rinsing them. Excess moisture will cause them to steam in the oven and they won’t get crispy, so this is a crucial tip.
- Don’t use too much olive oil. I recommend that you measure the tablespoon of olive oil and not just eyeball it. If you use more than this, they can become soggy and will never get crispy. You just need enough so that the spices will stick.
- Spread the coated chickpeas in a single layer. Make sure the chickpeas don’t overlap on the baking sheet so that they cook evenly, and the moisture from one doesn’t affect another.
- Enjoy them immediately. Unfortunately oven roasted chickpeas just don’t stay very crispy for more than a couple hours. So I recommend eating them while they’re hot and crispy for best texture.
Frequently Asked Questions
Roasted chickpeas make for a great healthy snack, but they can also be used in lots of other recipes. Try adding them to salads and soups to add to texture and they are also a great component in a buddha bowl or in a pasta dish!
Once the chickpeas have cooled to room temperature, transfer them to a storage container or jar. The container shouldn’t be airtight. A little air keeps them crispier for longer! They will keep in an airtight container for about 4 to 5 days.
Yes! Roasted chickpeas can be frozen, although they will lose their crispness. Once cooled, transfer them to an airtight container and they will keep well for a month frozen. You can thaw them at room temperature
More recipes with chickpeas:
- Chickpea Fritters and ratatouille
- Vegetarian Chickpea Soup
- Lebanese Falafel
- Mediterranean Chopped Salad
- Ful Medames
- 30 Recipes with a Can of Chickpeas
More healthy snacks:
Roasted chickpeas are a naturally vegan, gluten-free, low-calorie snack. It makes for a great substitute to other crunchy snacks that may contain more calories and fat. And best part is you can customize them with any spices!
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- Preheat the oven to 425°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
- Rinse the chickpeas a colander until the water runs clear. Using a paper towel, dab the chickpeas to dry them.
- Transfer chickpeas to the baking sheet, add olive oil, cumin, paprika, salt and pepper, and toss until the chickpeas are well coated. Then spread the chickpeas out in a single layer over the baking sheet. Bake chickpeas in the preheated oven for 30-35 minutes, tossing halfway through.
- Eat immediately while they’re warm, or allow to cool and then store in an airtight container to enjoy later.