Spicy Roasted Chickpeas

I’ve indulged in one too many treats this summer, and lately have been very good in keeping on the straight and narrow with healthy eating.  But, a girl loves her snacks.  Salty, crunchy snacks to be precise.  I do not believe we should ever deprive ourselves of delicious eating (or snacking).  I just like to come up with healthier alternatives.  Enter these spicy, crunchy roasted chickpeas.  I had to force myself to put them away so I can type this blog post.
My four year old’s reaction to these, “Mama, I really, really like these.  They are very yummy.”  This makes me extra happy, as I like to fuel his little body with nutritious snacks whenever I can, since he is the pickiest eater and rarely sits down for three meals a day.  I made a decent sized batch of these, as they stay crunchy for a few days if you keep them in a ziplock bag on the counter.
Happy snacking!

Spicy, Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas Recipe

Makes approx. 2 cups of chickpeas

Ingredients:

  • 2 cans organic chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • juice of half a lemon

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Rinse and drain the chickpeas then pour them into a large bowl.  Pat them dry with a paper towel.

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  • In a small bowl, combine the dry seasonings.
  • Pour olive oil and lemon juice over chickpeas, then add the seasonings.  Using your hands or a silicone spatula, toss to combine until evenly coated.
  • Lay chickpeas out in a single layer on a baking sheet.

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  • Place in oven for 45 minutes, or until crisp.

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13 thoughts on “Spicy Roasted Chickpeas

  1. SkinnyLunches says:

    Oh my, I will definitely try these, already love the shop bought ones so can only imagine these will be 10 times as nice. Thank you!!!

    • I would agree, store bought’s nice, but these are awesome! And you can dedinitely play around with the seasonings, cinnamon and honey if your’e in the mood for something sweeter, etc…
      Thanks for stopping by!
      Sophia

      • SkinnyLunches says:

        Just made a batch of these and also the sweet ones you suggested. Both gorgeous!! Couldn’t even wait until they cooled! Lovely to have something so healthy but delicious to snack on.

    • I’m so glad! Thank you! 🙂
      Yes, I love sweet versions of these, they are so versatile, you can top them with so many different seasonings and they are awesome.
      Sophia 🙂

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