I love crunch and I love salt and seasoning when it comes to my snacks. I am a big potato or corn chip fan, but wanting to cut down on the carbohydrates and the unhealthy snacks, I’ve been on the hunt for something better for me. I don’t want to compromise on the texture though and want to feel like I’m snacking without feeling like it’s a substitution for something that would otherwise be better.
That’s where this wonderful and amazing new snack obsession comes in. Chickpeas are a lot healthier than chips and since they’re high in fiber, they keep you full longer and who doesn’t need more fiber in their diet? It’s simple to make with easy-to-find ingredients and once you try it, you will be hooked too!
Snack Obsession: Oven-Roasted Chickpeas
Recipe Type: snack
Cuisine: gluten-free, nut-free, dairy-free
Author: Devan McGuinness
1 can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
Spray olive oil
½ teaspoon ground cumin
½ teaspoon chili powder
pinch of cayenne pepper
sea salt; to taste
Preheat the oven to 425°F
After you’ve drained and rinsed the chickpeas, you want to make sure they’re good and dry and ready for roasting. Place them on a paper towel, cover with another one and lightly roll the chickpeas to remove the moisture
Remove the skins that have come off, and place on a foil-lined baking sheet making sure it’s a single layer (you don’t want overlapping).
Give a light spray of olive oil (you don’t want it too oiled or it won’t roast well) and sprinkle the seasonings on top.
Place in the oven and bake for 15 minutes; remove and stir and shuffle around the chickpeas and place in the oven for an additional 15 minutes.
Remove from heat, let cool and eat to your heart’s desire!
Try different seasoning combinations! You can use cinnamon and nutmeg and have a sweeter treat. Try just plain black pepper and sea salt if you don’t like strong flavors. Mix it up a bit and play with the amounts of seasoning until you get your favourite.
What is your favorite flavor combination? Share in the comments!
Devan McGuinness is Editor-In-Chief of the lifestyle website byDevan. Gluten-free, vegan eater, and home-schooling mother to 4, Devan believes you can have all the finer things in life -- even when you don't have a lot of time.