Okay. I have to admit something. Sometimes I eat my kids’ snacks.
Like on my way home from a tough workout or maybe a tough shopping session ;)… I have to admit that I sometimes grab a handful or twelve of my boys’ fishy crackers. Am I alone in this?!
It was getting pretty bad and I needed an intervention. So I raided my many folders of recipes to find some healthy snack ideas and I found a cutout from a super old Shape magazine. On it was a simple recipe for baked chickpeas and I fell in love! Just bake some canned chickpeas in the oven, then toss in some seasonings and snack away! How awesome is it that this little high protein & fiber bean transforms into a yummy, crunchy and healthy snack?! You can also toss a few of these crunchy babies onto your favorite salad to add some protein. Seriously, if you’re like me and guilty of raiding your kids snacks, then consider giving this recipe a try!
- 1 19-oz can chickpeas, well drained, rinsed and patted dry
- olive oil spray
- 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper or more to taste
- 1/8 tsp. garlic powder or more to taste
- 1/4 tsp. dried oregano or more to taste
- coarse salt to taste
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper. Place chickpeas on cookie sheet and bake, shaking every now and then until golden brown and crunchy - about 35-40 minutes.
- Pour fresh-from-the-oven chickpeas into a large bowl. Lightly coat with olive oil spray. Add cayenne, garlic powder, oregano and salt. Toss to coat evenly. Serve immediately or let cool completely before storing in a resealable container. ENJOY!!
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Kari Lindsay says
It’s great when a healthy snack is tasty too, I love chick peas!
YUM! I am crazy about chick peas! 🙂
Faith Lohr says
Oh my goodness! I LOVE love love your blog. 🙂 I’m so happy to have found you. I’m on a journey to having myself and my family eat healthier but finding quick meals can be a challenge. 🙂 (You are gorgeous too by the way; lovely photo!!)
I’m visiting from http://www.artistic31mama.com and the Mom’s Monday Mingle. I’m one of the co-hosts this week and am so glad you linked up. I’m following through Facebook, Pinterest and GFC. I grabbed your button and added it to my links page. 🙂 Have a great week!
Facebook User says
Thanks for posting this! I’ve been looking for a recipe JUST like this. We tried to wing it once, but they didn’t come out crunchy. I will Pin this for later.
Renee Pihowich says
I have tried making these before but they never came out crunchy! Well, straight out of the oven they were, but after 5 minutes they became soggy and soft. Do these stay crunchy when you store them?
– Renee @ homesweetmommy.com
Cindy DG says
This is the perfect snack! YUM My name is Cindy and I blog over at Vegetarianmamma.com I wanted to invite you to link up your recipe and any others at our Gluten Free Fridays Recipe Link up party! It happens every Friday and we’d love to have you join us with some of your awesome recipes! It doesn’t mean that you have to be a gluten free blogger. If you have some recipes on your blog that are gluten free that counts! 🙂 Many recipes are naturally gluten free.
Thanks, Cindy 🙂
Yum Jen! These sound awesome and HEALTHY major bonus. (well.. I guess that goes along with the territory if you blog name is yummy.healthy.easy) :)Great idea for a snack, thanks for the recipe! 🙂
Gwendolyn Stanton Whitfield says
That sounds AH-MA-ZING!!! And gluten free! Awesome!
Helen Adams says
What a great snack, I just love these Crunchy Chickpeas! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you again soon!
anyonita green says
Oh, that sounds delicious! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by my blog; I’ve following you as well!
anyonita green says
Okay, I tried following you but Google FC isn’t working at the moment! I’ll be back though 🙂
Dawn Spatulas On Parade says
I keep seeing these on PInterest and saying I’m going to do it but haven’t so far.Pinned
Thanks for sharing at Swap N Share Sundays
My daughter LOVES Chickpeas! I can’t wait to try out this recipe. Pinning for later. Thank you for linking up to our Pinteresting Party!
Food Done Light says
Crunchy chick peas have been on my list to make forever. Your spice mix sounds so delicious on them. Thanks for sharing on Thursdays treasures.
Julie Ann Murkerson says
I love adding chick peas to salads and making a vegetarian salad for sandwiches with them. I bet I would enjoy this snack. Pinned to my food board!
Julie @ This Gal Cooks
Thanks for the explanation on how to make them crunchy. I thought I could make these without a recipe, but I was wrong! Marinated chickpeas = not crunchy. Did yours shrink in the oven?
yummy!!! A friend made these and they were delicious! I tried myself and they didn’t turn out so well…. I need to try again :o) Thanks for linking up to tasteful Tuesdays at Nap-Time Creations! Look forward to seeing you again at the party next week.
Helen Adams says
Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Enjoy your new Red Plate and have a great weekend!