Spicy Roasted Chickpeas

Chickpeas or garbanzo beans are a good source of protein and fiber.  Roasting the chickpeas and tossing them in spices and honey transforms them into tasty, crunchy and healthy snacks.  They key is to bake them long enough to get a nice crunch without burning the honey coating.  If you prepare them without honey, you can bake them at a higher temperature (400F – 425F).  I prefer the salty, sweet and spicy combination and found that if you bake them “naked” for 30 minutes, then lower the temperature, you can achieve crunchy texture without burning the chickpeas.  There are many possible spice combinations.   Here are 2 recipes:

Preheat oven to 375F

Spicy Cumin & Paprika

  • 2 – 15 ounce cooked garbanzo beans (chickpeas) rinsed and dried
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne powder
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon cumin

Sweet & Spicy Rosemary

  • 2 – 15 ounce cooked garbanzo beans (chick peas) rinsed and dried
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh rosemary
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne powder

Rinse and drain chickpeas and spread on paper towels.  Remove any loose skin.  With another paper towel, pat to dry and air dry for 1 additional hour.  Chickpeas should be dry before baking.

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Line baking sheet with aluminum foil and bake chickpeas for 30 minutes, turning after 15 minutes.

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In medium mixing bowl, mix all remaining ingredients.

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Add hot chickpeas to bowl and coat evenly. Lower the oven temperature to 325F.  Return chickpeas to aluminum lined baking sheet and bake for additional 60 minutes, turning every 15 minutes.  The chickpeas are done when they are firm and crunchy which may require more or less baking time.  Allow to cool and enjoy.

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Categories: Recipes, Snacks, Vegan, Vegetarian

Author:thehungryathlete

I am the everyday athlete and training for my 2nd Ironman triathlon. I enjoy living a healthy lifestyle and have a passion for cooking. I consulted with nutritionists, coaches & athletes to come up with delicious recipes to fuel the hungry athlete. Welcome to my heathy eating and living journey!

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