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Crunchy Roasted Garbanzos

crunchy roasted chickpeas

Got a craving for salty, crunchy snacks? Make a batch of these mildly spiced, addictive garbanzos and you’ll be well-armed for your next snack attack. They travel well, too. A ziploc of these roasted chickpeas can get you through class, Christmas shopping, or help fend off the afternoon vending machine raid.

Of course, they’re much healthier than chips or pretzels – and you’ll save some money too, since it costs less than $1 per batch to make. Which also comes in handy around Christmas shopping time….

1 can chickpeas (15 oz)
1 tsp olive oil
¼ tsp each: salt, garlic powder
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper

Preheat oven to 425. Drain chickpeas and rinse well with water. Blot with paper towels to remove as much moisture as possible. Transfer chickpeas to a bowl and add oil and spices, stirring to coat. Spread the chickpeas on a baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes. Stir, then bake for another 5-10 minutes or until crisp but not burnt. (Check frequently after 20 minutes, ovens are different so your cooking time may vary slightly).

Makes 3 servings. Nutrition Facts per serving: 180 calories, 3 g fat (0 saturated), 32 grams carbohydrate (6 g fiber), 7 g protein.

Don’t like spice at all? Skip the cayenne. Think another seasoning combo would work? Odds are, it will. I’ve made these with every spice imaginable, and they’re always pretty good!

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  • Joann July 14, 2013, 7:20 pm

    Ran across this website while looking for a barley snack I use to buy. It was sooo good. Baked or roasted barley pearls. However I can’t find them any more. Do you know what snack I’m talking about. If so let me know. I will try this garbanzo bean snack, it sounds great

  • N. Spears June 18, 2012, 7:29 pm

    Making these now. Can’t wait!

  • Pam August 17, 2011, 4:48 pm

    Garlic salt and chile powder with just a dash of sea salt

  • Pubsgal May 27, 2010, 12:09 pm

    I tried these last night; they were *fantastic*!!! I used salt, white pepper, chipotle powder, and garlic powder. Several people who tried them also thought they’d make great crouton substitutes. I can’t wait to try more of your recipes, Georgie!

  • Valerie April 23, 2010, 12:17 pm

    Thanks so much for all of your great recipes. I tried this one today and I love it! I am going to try it with cinnamon, these ones are a bit to spicy for my four year old.

  • Julie April 17, 2010, 9:33 am

    Love these recipes! Thank you for your brilliance in bringing these to us. You bless us with healthy alternatives that we didn’t learn growing up.

    Thanks so much!

  • Erika March 30, 2010, 8:38 pm

    Wonderful dish, thank you so much for posting the recipe! I made them with oil, salt, black pepper, ground mustard and rosemary. They were delicious and had a great, almost Moroccan flavor.

  • Phyllis February 8, 2010, 3:21 pm

    These look awesome. I have dried chickpeas, so am going to cook up a batch and make these tonight. Thanks, Georgie.

  • admin December 2, 2009, 7:38 am

    I’m sure the tahini adds a great flavor! Wonderful idea! Reminds me of hummus flavors, in a crunchy snack. I bet the tahini + wasabi would be nice!

    Georgie Fear RD

  • admin December 2, 2009, 7:36 am

    I think the garlic and cayenne would work quite well without the salt. Also, make sure you rinse the canned chickpeas well to reduce the sodium, or buy no-salt-added ones if you can find them. If the cayenne is too spicy – black pepper and garlic works, I’ve done that too. While I haven’t tried it yet, I’m itching to make these with wasabi! A lot of horseradish kick and you might never miss the sodium 🙂

    Thanks for participating everyone!

    Georgie Fear RD

  • Dianne December 2, 2009, 6:20 am

    These look like a wonderful low fat treat, but I have to watch my sodium intake, and ideas for alternate spices other than salt? Can’t wait to try these.

  • cremadivita December 1, 2009, 8:39 pm

    My favourite way of roasting chickpeas involves coating them lightly in tahini paste and dusting them with cinnamon and a dash of salt. They smell amazing while they’re roasting.

    Cayenne + tahini is great too. I think I’ll try garlic powder next – these look great!

  • admin November 30, 2009, 8:28 pm

    Thanks everybody for the great feedback- let me know if you try them! Anyone going to try some different spice combinations?

  • Kim November 30, 2009, 8:15 pm

    That looks fantastic Georgie, definitely going to make them soon!

  • Maria November 25, 2009, 8:20 pm

    I used to eat crunchy garbanzo beans all the time when I was a kid. This may come close to it! Can’t wait to try it.

  • Niel November 25, 2009, 12:16 pm

    These look awesome. Can’t wait to make them for myself.

    Great stuff Georgie!

  • Barbara November 24, 2009, 2:00 pm

    This post reminds me of Sithes and her roasted chickpea habit. Are the ones you buy at the store “healthy” or are they deep fried in some way?