Crispy Roasted Chickpeas

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Simple Crispy Roasted Chickpeas for a Healthy Vegan Snack

Sure, you can buy roasted chickpeas from your grocery store to eat as a healthy snack.

They’re way better for you than potato chips or Hot Cheetos.

But, don’t the things you do yourself just seem better?

Are they actually better? Maybe or maybe not.

But, they’re better to you. Because you gain the confidence and sense of accomplishment by being able to cook a healthy snack yourself. Making crunchy roasted chickpeas yourself compared to buying from your grocery store will provide you more joy with each crunchy bite.

Keep reading to learn how to roast chickpeas so you can eat feel accomplished with each snack-sized bite.

Crispy roasted chickpeas recipe

Health Benefits of Roasted Chickpeas

Chickpeas are a critical component in plant-based diets because of their relatively high protein content. They are also packed with other vitamins and minerals. According to Healthline, chickpeas are rich in folate, fiber, phosphorus, and iron to name a few.

The high protein and fiber content means that chickpeas will help you feel full. Plus, they help keep your blood sugar in check after eating. Chickpeas also have certain characteristics that may help defend against heart disease and cancer.

Chickpeas are one of the healthier carbohydrates to use as a base for your meal. Instead of having a sandwich on white bread for lunch, have a chickpea salad instead. You’ll have much more energy afterwards.

Crispy roasted chickpeas

How to Roast Chickpeas

Roasting is a simple way to crank up the flavor on a can of chickpeas or cooked dried chickpeas. Check out this post to learn how to cook dried chickpeas so you can make this recipe using dried chickpeas.

After you have your cooked chickpeas (canned chickpeas are just cooked chickpeas), you’re going to cook them again to remove as much moisture as possible. This will get them nice and crispy.

Here are the steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Drain, rinse and dry (this is important!) chickpeas.
  3. Place on a baking sheet and toss with olive oil and salt.
  4. Bake for 30-35 minutes.
  5. Let cool for a few minutes
  6. Toss with spices (optional)
  7. Enjoy!
Crispy roasted chickpeas recipe

How to Use Roasted Chickpeas

I’m certain that you won’t be able to stop eating these little round snacks as you use them on your final dish (if there is one). They’re super easy to eat and add a blast of crunchiness to your dishes. Here are a few ideas on how to use these:

  • By themselves as snacks
  • Salad toppers
  • Sandwich, wrap, or taco add-in
  • Topped with yogurt or tahini sauce
  • Grain or Buddha bowl additions
  • Added to soups

Cooking Tips

How to Get Crispy Chickpeas

One of the primary issues when roasting chickpeas is failing to get the chickpeas crispy. You deserve a crunchy snack, so every bite should have maximum crispiness. So, here are some juicy crispy tips.

Crispy Tip #1

Dry the chickpeas as much as possiblewith a kitchen towel after rinsing. Try to get as much moisture off as you can by patting and rolling the chickpeas around. This will also help with the next tip.

Drying canned chickpeas

Crispy Tip #2

Remove any loose skins. You’ll notice some of them coming off as you dry with a towel. You can also go one-by-one and remove the skins from each chickpea, but that is way too much work for me.

Crispy Tip #3

Arrange chickpeas spread out in a single layer on the baking sheet. This should be done for anything you are roasting to allow the heat to circulate around the food.

After you have put your chickpeas on the baking sheet, give it a good shake. This will help to evenly distribute the chickpeas.

Crispy Tip #4

Allow them to cool on the baking sheet. If you immediately put the chickpeas in a bowl, they’ll be sitting on top of each other. Since they’d still be hot, they’ll steam and lose crispiness.

Crispy Tip #5

Eat immediately or let cool completed and store in an unsealed jar or bag at room temperature. Unfortunately, they’ll start to lose their crispiness after a day or two.

Crispy chickpeas

Roasted Chickpea Variations

Roasted chickpeas are perfect for adding different spice combinations. The key here is to add the spices after cooking or else they won’t get as crispy.

Here are some delicious spice combos to try.

  • 1/2 tsp. paprika and 1/2 tsp. cumin (used in this recipe)
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. Chinese 5 spice, curry powder or za’atar
  • Or 1 tsp. of another seasoning of your choice
Crispy roasted chickpeas recipe

Crispy Roasted Chickpeas

Nick @ walktoeat
Delicious crispy roasted chickpeas recipe for crunchy, bite sized snacks every time. This chickpea recipe is the perfect healthy vegan snack, salad topper, or sandwich addition.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 4
Calories 137 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed (1.5 cups)
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin (optional)

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Pat and roll chickpeas in a kitchen towel to dry. Remove any skins that have fallen off and place on baking sheet.
  • Toss chickpeas with olive oil and salt. Place in preheat oven and roast 30 minutes, shaking the pan halfway through cooking.
  • Remove pan from oven and toss with spices (if using) while still warm. Let cool on baking sheet for 5-10 minutes.
  • Eat immediately or transfer to a jar, storage container, or bag with a lightly cracked lid. Store at room temperature. Chickpeas are best within the first day or so, but will last 4-5 days.

Notes

Variations: Use a different spice or spice mixture to season your chickpeas after roasting. Here are a few ideas:
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. Chinese 5 spice, curry powder or za’atar
  • Or 1 tsp. of another seasoning of your choice

Nutrition

Serving: 0.375cupsCalories: 137kcalCarbohydrates: 20.4gProtein: 4.5gFat: 4.5gSaturated Fat: 0.6gSodium: 850mgPotassium: 155mgFiber: 4gCalcium: 29mgIron: 1mg
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Ready for Snacktime?

Snacks get a bad rap in the healthy food department. And rightfully so. They’re typically loaded with unhealthy fats, sodium, and empty calories.

But, not these roasted chickpeas. Show your family and friends that snacks don’t have to be unhealthy by making them. If you have the ability to make snacks healthy, then you’ll be able to making anything healthy.

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