You may be familiar with the chickpea (aka garbanzo bean) in hummus or on top of a cold salad, but have you ever heard of roasted chickpeas? Chickpeas can be eaten in various forms: warm, cold, pureed or even as a crunchy snack!
Roasted chickpeas have become one of my favorite high-fiber, low-calorie snacks. They offer a great crispy, crunchy alternative to bland chickpeas and can easily satisfy a chip craving! They only take a few minutes to prepare and only 30 to 40 minutes to roast, and you have yourself a great grab-and-go snack. They also can be added to a salad in replace of croutons. With so many variations, they never get boring and depending on what you are in the mood for, you can make them sweet, salty, bland or spicy!
Chickpeas are such an excellent addition to any well-balanced diet because they offer tons of fiber, protein, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals and keep your blood sugar stable, helping ward off cravings and keeping you satisfied between meals. Did you know that one cup of chickpeas is 50 percent of your daily recommended fiber? If you don’t already have a can of garbanzo beans in your cabinet, pick up a can or two and roast yourself this excellent snack!!
Gina’s Smoked Paprika Roasted Chickpeas
1 can (15 oz) garbanzo beans
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp cumin
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Drain garbanzo beans from a can. Place on paper towel and blot dry. In a bowl, toss chickpeas with olive oil, and season. Spread on a baking sheet, and bake for 30 to 40 minutes, until browned and crunchy. Watch carefully the last few minutes to avoid burning. Allow to cool and enjoy!
Feel free to experiment with different seasonings and spices to satisfy any craving! Want sweet? Add stevia and cinnamon. Want sour? Try cayenne or chili pepper and lime. Explore different variations and come up with your favorites!