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 teaspoons olive oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt (table salt is fine)
  • 1/16 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/16 teaspoon garlic powder
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    1. Preheat oven to 425º F
    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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    NutritionView More

    Sodium31% DV750mg
    Fat5% DV3.5g
    Protein10% DV5g
    Carbs8% DV23g
    Fiber16% DV4g
    Calories140Calories from Fat25
    Total Fat3.5g5%
    Saturated Fat0g0%
    Trans Fat
    Calories from Fat25
    Total Carbohydrate23g8%
    Dietary Fiber4g16%
    Vitamin A2%
    Vitamin C8%

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


    Mitsuriya a month ago
    Really delicious, have already made 4 times.
    Barbara Miller a month ago
    Great we Love it it is not something I would have all the time
    Katelyn 2 months ago
    The perfect snack and so healthy 😍
    Maddy 2 months ago
    Needed to cook longer to get more crunchy. Other than that they were good.
    mark simpson 2 months ago
    Delicious, quick and an interesting recipe.
    Betsy Dumont 3 months ago
    took some time to get the "skins" off the chickpeas and i overcooked it but worth another try
    David Friess 3 months ago
    This was a quick, cheap and easy snack to make. You can add or change spices depending on what your preference is. I added chili powder for a little heat. My daughter absolutely loved them.
    Mackenzie K. 3 months ago
    Really yummy and plenty of crunch!
    Ilene Heller 4 months ago
    Nice and crunchy! I will use more seasoning next time. Glad i removed the skins..had never done that before.
    Liz Leaf 4 months ago
    If you dry bake them (no need to pat dry) for 30min at 350 before tossing in oil and spices, then return to oven for another 15-20, they turn out amazing. I eat these almost every day! Filling, healthy, cheap.
    Julie 4 months ago
    Easy to make. Tasty snack. Very filling.
    Dabney 4 months ago
    its good, different but good
    Halle 4 months ago
    Only had to cook for 15 min then tossed and did 5 more... I also added cumin and chili powder. Fun snack!
    Amie Radford 4 months ago
    Unfortunately mine burnt to a crisp. Not sure what happened 😔
    Yummly User 5 months ago
    lovely colour. very tasty
    Crystal Groth 5 months ago
    These are really good! I tried a couple different seasonings and they all came out tasty. I did have to adjust the cook time though
    Rusaliya R. 6 months ago
    It qas perfect! definitely going to do it again
    Hayley Bell 6 months ago
    A few chickpeas burnt, but that may have been my fault. Pretty tasty and I'll make them again, since they're a good healthy substitute for chips.
    VR 8 months ago
    Healthy snack and allows lots of personal improvisations!
    Jill Fitch 9 months ago
    these were pretty good. next time i will decrease the time. to crunchy for me. and i will has alot more spice for my liking. but they were good.
    I used a full teaspoon of garlic and paprika and they were pretty good. My two year old is loving them.
    Erika a year ago
    Chickpeas turned out really good. They had a nice crunch and flavor to them
    Allen a year ago
    Dry, powdery, no flavour! Think recipe needs adjustment.