So few people know how to make a roasted chickpea snack, but I promise you, it’s super easy and so worth the effort.
As you know, it’s nice to have a crunchy, protein-rich snack on hand when hunger strikes. That’s why today I wanted to share my recipe for making crunchy chickpeas snacks at home with just a few simple ingredients.
Chickpeas are also called garbanzo beans and these terms are used interchangeably throughout this post and in the industry. Learning how to make a roasted chickpea snack of your own is simple and you can tweak the recipe however you like depending on if you want something salty (like this recipe calls for salt) or sweet (simply cinnamon and sugar instead of salt and pepper).
I’ve made crunchy chickpeas for years but never really thought it was a recipe worth sharing with anyone. Then my friend Amy, who recently went gluten, dairy and egg free (as a family) told me she was struggling with healthy, protein-rich snacks she could pack for herself and her kids when on the go. This recipe turned out to a perfect solution for them, as they could make a huge batch of these over the weekend, and have crunchy snacks readily available all week.
I made a batch of these for her yesterday and the entire family loved them. I am excited to have inspired her with a healthy snack that she can have fun making for her family!
How to Make a Roasted Chickpea Snack
Here is how you, too, can make a roasted chickpea snack of your own at home. Of course, this recipe is naturally gluten-free and good for you – can’t beat that!
- Consider using cinnamon and sugar instead of salt and pepper to make a sweet and healthy dessert.
- Like garlic? Add garlic powder to mixture before baking and have yourself a garlic-lovers crunchy snack. Yum!
Savory Baked Chickpea Snack
- 2 cans garbanzo beans, drained, rinsed and dried
- 1 Tbsp. olive oil (more if needed)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Prepare a baking sheet with foil. Use either nonstick cooking spray or olive oil to grease the pan. Set aside.
- Make sure beans are dried. Lay them out on a paper towel in a single layer and allow them a bit of time to drain and air out.
- Add beans to bowl along with olive oil (enough to coat each bean) and salt and pepper to taste. Mix together so each bean is coated in oil.
- Add beans to prepared baking sheet in a single layer. Do not overcrowd beans.
- Put beans in oven for 40 minutes total, however, set your time at 20 minutes to go in and shake the pan to move the beans around. You'll want to check them (and shake them) again at 30 minutes, and then babysit them as they get close to the end of their baking cycle. You'll see them start to slightly brown. They're done when they're crunchy to taste, but not burnt. Watch them carefully!