Do you love chick peas? I do and when I love something I try to come up with different ways to make them or incorporate them into recipes. I usually throw chickpeas in my salads and sometimes soups. But did you know that they can be a yummy snack as well? I didn’t…until recently. I stumbled upon some recipes calling for frying them which to me sounded interesting. However, I really didn’t think that would be so healthy so I looked into baking or roasting them and to my surprise they were quite good. Crunchy, sometimes chewy and satisfying! Perfect for a little snack. If you love chips this will be your new go to snack when craving a chip-like snack. They are pretty simple to make and require minimal ingredients using flavors you already have in your cupboard. So let’s get to the recipe!
- 1 can of chickpeas
- sea salt
- 1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- any seasoning you prefer (garlic powder, cayenne pepper, creole seasoning)
First, preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Then, rinse your chickpeas with water in a strainer. Using paper towels, dry your beans pretty well. A thin skin may come off some of the chickpeas, just discard those along with the paper towels when done drying. Place the beans in a baking sheets and drizzle with the olive oil. I use my hands to roll the beans around making sure each bean is coated with some olive oil. Roast for about 3-40 minutes until your beans are a deep golden brown and crunchy. Be careful not to burn them so check them often and move around in pan.
Now the fun part! I tried 3 different seasonings my first time making them. I separated them into 3 small bowls and seasoned one batch with just salt. The 2nd batch I seasoned with a little garlic powder. The last batch I seasoned with some cinnamon for a more sweet snack. They all were quite good but I was drawn to the garlic batch and the sea salt batch more. Just go easy with the garlic because too much garlic powder can ruin it. Use it sparingly. I will try them again with perhaps some cayenne seasoning. Be creative! I am going to browse the seasoning aisle next time I am at the supermarket and just experiment with these little delights!