If you’re on the hunt for a healthy snack to keep you energized throughout the day and replace those greasy chips or sugary processed cookies, these roasted chickpeas are the best homemade treat you’ve been looking for. Like all chickpea recipes, this snack is packed with fiber and protein. which will satisfy your hunger and keep you fuller, longer until your next meal!
Chickpeas, or garbanzo beans, are a common in the Mediterranean diet and Middle Eastern food. They are especially popular among vegetarians and vegans—or anyone looking for a low-fat protein. You probably know them as the main ingredient in hummus (another great healthy snack) or falafel.
Roasting the chickpeas slowly dehydrates them, leaving them crispy, crunchy, and satisfying—just like a nut or puffed grain. Crunchy roasted chickpeas can be eaten straight as a snack, or tossed on top of salad in place of croutons. Quick tip: the chickpeas become even crunchier as they cool, so it’s best to wait a few minutes before diving in to eat them!
Flavoring these roasted chickpeas are just versatile as the many ways you can eat them! In this recipe uses savory Mediterranean spices like cumin and cayenne. Other popular ways to flavor roasted chickpeas is a chipotle blend (cumin, chili powder, lime juice), curry seasoning, or—to keep things simple—just the classic salt and pepper. You can also do sweet variations, such as cinnamon and sugar chickpeas, or pumpkin pie-spiced roasted chickpeas.
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In HealthiNation's To Eat with Love: Mediterranean series, Registered Dietitian Fiorella DiCarlo travels the Mediterranean through your kitchen with delicious recipes packed with lean protein, vegetables, fiber, antioxidants, healthy omega-3 fats, vitamins and minerals in the Mediterranean Diet! More on the series here!