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Roasted Chickpeas

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The perfect snack food for kids is equal parts super crunchy and salty, not too spicy, not too bland, bite-size, but also consumable by the fistful — all of which is why goldfish and their ilk are go-to snacks. Plus: there aren't too many healthy snack ideas quite like them. But there’s one (healthier! homemade!) snack-time winner waiting in the wings: roasted chickpeas…

Healthy snack

Health-wise, chickpeas (a.k.a. garbanzo beans) are loaded with fiber, zinc, folate, protein, and a host of other vital nutrients. There’s a reason why this legume is a staple in so many countries — in particular, throughout the Mediterranean and South Asia (India, Pakistan). Crunchy roasted chickpeas are good for vegans, vegetarians, the gluten-free, and omnivores alike. If you dry-roast them, they’re a pretty low-calorie, savory snack as well.

Tasty snack

Taste-wise, chickpeas are a blank slate, kind of like potato chips. They give you the opportunity to play with different flavors to come up with various snack recipes. You can season them with plain sea salt and parmesan cheese, or spice them up with chili powder. The recipe below, for instance, includes smoked paprika (flavor, but no spice!) and garlic powder, but the possibilities are more or less endless. Buffalo chickpeas! Curried chickpeas! Shawarma chickpeas! Wherever it is your taste buds hail from — be it somewhere in Asia, Mexico, or the American South — there’s bound to be a roasted chickpea recipe that tastes like home. Even sweet tooths can get their due, with a cinnamon-and-sugar treatment, or even chocolate.

Practical snack

Practicality-wise, roasted chickpeas have a serious edge on almost anything that comes in a bag — no crumbs. And other than dry or canned chickpeas, chances are you have all the ingredients you need on hand already. So get roasting chickpeas. Your children will thank you—just as soon as they finish their new favorite after-school snack.

And you, dear parent, can also get in on the action. More adult flavors — truffle roasted chickpeas, anyone? — can transform a great snack into an almost sophisticated pairing for cocktail hour, or an interesting new texture in your go-to salad.

Chickpeas, they’re not just for hummus anymore.

Here’s a basic recipe for roasted chickpeas, adapted from How Sweet It Is. Adapt at will.

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  • 2 cups chickpeas (dried and cooked or two 15-oz. cans, skins removed)
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 3/4 tsp. kosher salt (table salt is fine)
  • 1/16 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 1/16 tsp. garlic powder
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    1. Preheat oven to 425ºF
    2. Pat dry chickpeas with a paper towel. They should be completely dry (and be sure to remove any loose skins).
    3. Toss chickpeas with olive oil, add seasonings and toss again to coat.
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    Calories120Calories from Fat25
    Total Fat3g5%
    Saturated Fat0g0%
    Trans Fat
    Calories from Fat25
    Total Carbohydrate19g6%
    Dietary Fiber3g12%
    Vitamin A2%
    Vitamin C6%

    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


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    Rebekah 8 months ago
    why are they exploding...... im scared
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    Casey a year ago
    A great snack/appetizer! Turned out very crunchy after baking for 15 minutes twice, so I may try keeping them in for slightly shorter next time.
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    mangovillage 2 years ago
    Turned out great! I prefer them softer over crunchy, tastes really good
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    ALLISON VARNER 2 years ago
    Such a yummy healthy easy snack!!!
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    Meta Kate Faulkner 2 years ago
    Great! Perfect snack for busy times. I roast a little longer. But this measurement for spices is nonsense. Does it mean 1 1/2 tsp? I’ve assumed so. Please clear this up.
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    Kathleen Odneal 2 years ago
    Turned out great - still a little soft, roasting slower and longer might give a more consistent crunch. But so good!
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    Howard 2 years ago
    It's good, a little too much to do with too little to show for it though.
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    Ros 2 years ago
    Tasty and easy, I will reduce the oven temperature a bit next time as they started to burn.
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    Leprechaun 2 years ago
    They taste delicious, however mine began exploding in the oven.
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    Julie K 2 years ago
    They’re just ok I would add extra seasoning next time
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    Michael Wilson 2 years ago
    These turned out okay. Did them a second time fixing all the mistakes and they were perfect. The first gripe I have is drying these with paper towels. Very wasteful, you have an oven that'll dry them. I also reduced the oven temp to 375F and cooked them without any seasoning for 30 mins, checking on them often. After they were nice and dry, I took them out and seasoned with oil and seasonings. Then they went in for another 10 mins. All of them were golden brown and super crunchy.
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    Lauren Maggiacomo 2 years ago
    Good but could be spicier.
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    Sarah 2 years ago
    They were amazing!! They had a ton of flavor and were perfectly baked! I would definitely make these again!
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    Guilherme França 2 years ago
    Perfect. I had a bag of 500g of chickpeas, so I divided half and half to go in the oven, and the other to go in the air fryer 200•C. The oven turned out great, but in the air fryer was spectacular! It is worth trying!
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    Ingrida K. 2 years ago
    came out great, new favourite snack.
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    Gietz 2 years ago
    good ate the whole batch
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    Marie P 2 years ago
    These are a great snack. I switched it up a bit by using dry ranch seasoning for a batch and cheddar popcorn seasoning for another batch. Also, these come out great in the air fryer.
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    Sally Mendoza 2 years ago
    Tasty and quick to prepare and cook! My 3 Year old even helped 😁
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    Christie Rinehart 2 years ago
    These we’re pretty tasty, but definitely don’t bake for more than 20 mins. I baked them according to the directions and they came out somewhat burnt. The ones that weren’t burnt tasted good though.
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    neil 3 years ago
    Great recipe, The spicing possibilities are endless. Took a batch to a TV rugby game with buddies in South Africa (no live rugby due COVID) they disappeared faster than any of the other snacks on offer!
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    Miss Artistik 3 years ago
    will continue to make.
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    Amanda Photenhauer 3 years ago
    Very good. I was skeptical about the smoked paprika but it tasted quite good and the recipe was really easy.
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    ev 3 years ago
    Would rather have just strained & eaten the chickpeas as is. Gross texture, waste of time :)
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    Ryan ØaKley 3 years ago
    Quick, easy and delicious way to use up all those cans of chickpeas I bought pre COVID Apocalypse..
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    Some burnt and it needed more salt (I used kosher salt)
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    Eli 3 years ago
    So crunchy and tasty!!
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    j 3 years ago
    alright but i would definitely recommend adding salt
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    Miyako T. 3 years ago
    Good I will make it again
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    Nalini Sanjith 3 years ago
    It's a great dish, very tasty
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    Veronica Allende 3 years ago
    delicious! Would definitely make again