Recipe: Roasted Chickpea Snacks

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Healthy Roasted Chickpea Snacks in BBQ, Salt and Vinegar, and Chili-lime flavors.

Roasted Chickpea Snacks are fun, tasty, and good for you.  Chickpeas (also known as garbanzo beans) are high in protein, iron, and fiber. Seasoned with olive oil, spices and sea salt, this snack packs valuable nutrients as well as a flavorful kick! One 16 ounce bag of dried beans and a few simple ingredients will give you a trio of fun flavor options:  BBQ, Salt and Vinegar, and Chili-lime.  Grab a few for a quick snack, or sprinkle them on a salad instead of croutons! We found them easy to make, and surprisingly addictive.

 

Fresh, healthy ingredients are big on taste and free of preservatives, artificial flavors and food dyes.  I love knowing that my kids are enjoying something healthy!

 

Plan ahead when you make these, because the chickpeas need to soak overnight and will need to simmer on the stove for at least an hour.  Once your beans are ready, it’s easy to whip up the simple seasonings and roast them in the oven!

Roasted Chickpea Snacks

Roasted Chickpea Snacks

Roasted Chickpea Snacks are fun, tasty, and good for you. Chickpeas (also known as garbanzo beans) are high in protein, iron, and fiber. Seasoned with olive oil, spices and sea salt, this snack packs valuable nutrients as well as a flavorful kick!

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 16 ounce bag organic chickpeas (garbanzo beans), soaked overnight

For BBQ seasoning (loosely based on [url href="http://healthyaperture.com/recipe/bbq-chickpea-snack-vegan#.UjdS5Sj0F9k" target="_blank"]this recipe[/url]...each seasoning mix covers 1/3 of the beans):

For Salt and Vinegar seasoning (from this recipe):

  • 2 cups organic white vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. sea salt
  • 2 tsp. organic extra-virgin olive oil

For Chili-Lime seasoning [url href="http://www.ediblesoundbites.com/home/2013/7/16/chili-lime-roasted-chickpeas.html" target="_blank"](from this recipe)[/url]:

  • 2 tsp. organic extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tsp. chili powder
  • 2 tsp. zest from an organic lime
  • 2 tsp. finely grated ginger root
  • 1 tsp. sea salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Prepare the beans:

  1. Cover the soaked beans with water (you want about twice the amount of water as beans), boil until soft, about an hour. Drain and rinse beans, allow to dry in a collander.

For Salt and Vinegar flavor:

  1. Place 1/3 of the beans in a sauce pan, and pour 2 cups of vinegar over them. Boil the beans in vinegar for 1/2 hour, drain and do not rinse. Toss beans with sea salt and olive oil, making sure they are evenly coated. Pour beans on an oiled cookie sheet in a single layer.

For BBQ and Chili-Lime flavors:

  1. Mix all ingredients for BBQ flavor together in a bowl. Add 1/3 of the prepared beans to the bowl, and stir until the beans are well coated. Pour beans onto a greased cookie sheet, making sure that they are in a single layer. Repeat with Chili-Lime ingredients, and another 1/3 of the beans.
  2. Roast the chickpeas in the oven for 30-40 minutes, watching them so that they don't burn. You will want to start checking them after about 25 minutes, as they will quickly go from nicely browned to too brown!
  3. Store in an airtight container (like these mason jars).

 

Healthy Roasted Chickpea Snacks in BBQ, Salt and Vinegar, and Chili-lime flavors.

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After some deliberation, my family decided that if we had to choose just one flavor we’d go with the BBQ. What about you?  Do you have a favorite snack-food flavor?

 

Photography by Jennifer Leung Johnson

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