I am always on the lookout for inexpensive and healthy snack options for my kids and myself. I came across these roasted chickpeas in a Martha Stewart Magazine and thought we would give them a try. My kids were a little stand-offish at first, but they became good friends after a simple introduction. My kids think they are eating nuts for lack of a better way to explain it.
Chickpeas are very inexpensive and are full of protein, fiber and iron. But they make an irresistible snack. Try them sprinkled in a salad.
As far as the seasonings go, experiment. My family likes salt and cinnamon. Try using whatever flavors you like. I would love to hear about them. We are continuing to experiment with our flavors as well.
If you are looking for health snacks, you might also like Crispy Edamame.
Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas
2 cans chickpeas
3 Tbls. extra-virgin olive oil
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon, paprika, pepper, etc… (optional)
Preheat oven to 400. Drain and rinse the chickpeas and scatter on a paper towel-lined rimmed baking sheet. Let stand 15 minutes. Remove the paper towels and toss chickpeas with olive oil.
Roast until crisp and golden, about 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. Toss with coarse salt and 1 1/2 tsp of desired seasoning, if desired and serve. Store cooled chickpeas in an airtight container up to 1 week.
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