May 10th, 2012

Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas

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
coarse salt
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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49 Responses to “Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas”

  1. Pinned them-I’m always looking for healthy snacks. Thanks

  2. These look great and easy! Pinned it so I can try them.

  3. WOW – I made these with the cinnamon and my kids love them. Amazing, thanks.

  4. Yeah!! So glad that you enjoyed them.

  5. I’ve made some like these, pan frying them. I’ll have to try roasting them. They sound so good right now.

  6. Wow I love this recipe!!!! I’m definitely going to make this! I try to make healthy snacks too, and I love chickpeas, so this is perfect!!!! Thanks for posting this, I can’t wait to make them! Have a great weekend!

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  8. Are they supposed to pop when they cook? Kind of made a mess in my oven.

  9. I always have a couple of them pop, but I have never had a mess in my oven.

  10. These are yummy. Love chickpeas.

  11. Put foil loosely over to prevent mess in the oven….

  12. This is such a good idea! Tasty, healthy and easy. I did the first batch with cinnamon and salt like you, and the second with smokey paprika and pepper – both were sooo yummy! Will definitely be a constant on my desk while studying.

  13. Can you use other kinds of beans?

  14. I honestly have never tried any other bean, but I would be interested to know if other beans work the same or not…

  15. Found these on Pinterest. I love chick peas but didn’t know how to eat them in their full glory. I just made some, but haven’t eaten them yet because they are still hot. But it made my whole house smell phenomenal! Almost like movie theater popcorn!

  16. I have been making these for a while! Love to use the same seasoning as my kale chips, which is nutritional yeast (powder sold at health food stores, imparts a cheesy taste), smoked paprika (a BBQ smokey flavor), cumin, and a little chili powder (ancho chili powder is my favorite), along with a bit of sea salt and some olive oil. 🙂

  17. Can the seasoning be applied and then you backe the chickpeas, or will the seasoning make them taste burnt?

  18. These look super good. I am thinking about subbing the olive oil for sesame oil to try out a different flavor. Will try both ways though, for sure!

  19. Mine were ushy in the middle- are they supposed to be like that?

  20. Try cooking them just a little longer…

  21. Can I used chickpeas that come in a bag not a can?

  22. My didn’t get as big and crispy as yours looked.. Have you ever had that problem?

  23. When I do mine I let sit out overnight to dry out then bake at 200 for an hour or so.i also put garlic powder and parsley on mine…very yummy! We use it as a movie snack!

  24. I’ve been looking for a healthier crunchy snack and came upon your post on Pinterest. Cannot wait to try this, thanks for posting it!

  25. Mine don’t look like yours do… Yours look like they are coated with something to make them crunchy.. Mine are tiny and not crunchy..:(

  26. If I add nutritional yeast,would that be while tossing with oil or after with seasoning??

  27. I just made these using chick peas AND edamame and it turned out dee-double-licious! I seasoned with 1 1/2 tsp seasoning mix of smoked paprika, cumin and chili powder like Heidi recommended and I can’t stop eating them!

  28. Thanks for the suggestions Monina – the edamame sounds delicious too!

  29. Had 2 cans of chick peas in the cabinet, so I made these using Jane’s crazy mixed up salt for both salt and seasoning. They taste fantastic!!! I’m sending eveyone at my gym to this recipe!

  30. I have these in the oven right now and they have under 10 min. left. They did not puff up and get big like yours. Did I do something wrong?

  31. Mine did not puff up-they actually got smaller. So no worries!! Hope they turn out for you.

  32. Doing my first batch now and so far so good. Would like to try with Chex mix seasoning!

  33. So happy I came across these. I love cinnamon so will try the cinnamon & salt flavouring. Gonna make these tomorrow – can’t wait. xx Thanks for sharing.

  34. Mine are still mushy on the inside…do I need to cook them longer?

  35. I will try this again. I know I made them years ago when I was in Weight Watchers. I will try them with the cinnamon.

  36. Mine we not very crunchy, yet were popping in the oven.. not sure what went wrong.
    any one know why?

  37. Mine turned out great! Definitely enjoyed them! 🙂

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  39. I’m going to try these tomorrow. They sound delicious!

  40. Really good. I probably didn’t need the whole 45 minutes. Some got a little burnt. I’ll definitely make them again!

  41. Mine are in the oven now. My husband looked at me like I was crazy for trying this! I hope we all love them. Inexpensive, easy and healthy!

  42. I made these this afternoon, tossing them with enough Sriracha to coat before throwing them in the oven. Quite tasty!

  43. Thanks have made them a month ago and loved them so did my son. Have another batch in oven today. I am on a healthier eating plan and lost 90 lbs. Always looking for healthier snacks so thanks.

  44. Mary- congratulations on the weight loss! Wow that is awesome! We are so happy for you and glad that the roasted chick peas could be a little part of your success! :). Thanks for the feedback!

  45. just tried these. They are Great. I tried them with Dill and they are great. I think next time I will try nutritional yeast and garlic. Yummm

  46. These are delicious! I used popcorn seasoning and made a different flavor for my husband and I.

  47. What’s the texture like? Are they hard all the way through, like nuts?

  48. I can’t get the flavoring to really stick to them after they are cooked. Can you put cinnamon on them before, or will the cinnamon burn in the 40 minutes?

  49. My toddler loved these! We used curry powder and salt


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