Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Frugal Food Thursday: Spicy Roasted Chickpeas

roasted chickpeas

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As I mentioned in my post about my Garlic-Parmesan White Bean Mash, I've been on a lower-carb diet for the past year.  One of the difficulties of this kind of diet is finding snacks!  Most snack foods are high in carbohydrates.  Nuts are good snacks, but too much of them isn't good for this diet, either.

So I was happy to discover roasted chickpeas!  They're finger food, crunchy, and addictive.  Plus, they're very healthy!  It's an excellent substititute for potato chips or other crunchy, carb-filled snack foods.

They're also very economical.  I've been able to purchase cans of chickpeas (garbanzo beans) for 33¢ a can on sale.  Besides that, all you'll need is a little olive oil, spices, and the energy to run the oven.

Today I made a batch of roasted chickpeas and added my 7-Spice Seasoning to it.  It added a flavor beyond just the usual salt, pepper, and garlic powder.  It was great!  I noshed on a bowl of them while writing up this recipe!


1 can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tbsp 7-Spice Seasoning (recipe follows)
salt to taste

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Drain chickpeas in a colander.  Run cold water over the chickpeas to remove the canning liquid.  Allow to drain for 10 minutes.  Place chickpeas on a paper towel and pat them dry with a second paper towel.

Place chickpeas in a small mixing bowl.  Add olive oil and spice seasoning.  Mix until the chickpeas are covered with oil and spices.

Put chickpeas on a baking sheet in a single layer.  Bake for 30-40 minutes or until chickpeas are crisp, stirring every 10 minutes.  Watch carefully near the end of the cook time, as chickpeas can burn.  Add salt to taste.  Munch away!


3 tbsp paprika
3 tbsp garlic powder
1 tbsp onion powder
1 tbsp dry mustard
1 tbsp thyme
1 tbsp ground black pepper
1 tbsp kosher salt

In a small bowl, mix the spices together.  Store in a 5-oz spice bottle.

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GAHCindy December 8, 2011 at 6:25 AM  

Definitely putting this on my meal plan somewhere. Very clever. Thanks!

Karen @ Abundance on a Dime December 8, 2011 at 10:47 AM  

We *LOVE* roasted chickpeas around here! I usually make a triple batch as my 12 & 14 yr old boys can polish off an alarming amount of these in the blink of an eye :)

Kirsten E.,  December 8, 2011 at 10:04 PM  

I have one question. Do your chickpeas ever come out rock-hard? I followed a recipe for these a couple months ago and I sprouted mine, as I start from dry beans. I baked them till they were done (not burnt) but they came out so hard I was afraid we'd crack a tooth. They were amazingly good except for the hardness factor.

Actually, one other question: anyone ever use other beans for this? I didn't know if that was possible, but I'm asking anyway. ;-)

Shaheen December 9, 2011 at 8:25 AM  

Thank you so much for hosting. Its my first time participating here. I am a big fan of chickpeas, so am appreciating your nibbles.

Ann Kroeker December 9, 2011 at 10:45 AM  

What a clever idea! Would you ever try them with dried chickpeas that you soak and cook yourself? I wonder how, if at all, it would change the consistency? Thanks for linking this healthy snack to Food on Fridays!

Miz Helen December 9, 2011 at 12:14 PM  

We just love roasted Chick Peas, they are a really great snack. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great week and come back soon!
Miz Helen

Elsa December 10, 2011 at 11:31 AM  

I love spicy chickpeas. I think I take them to every gathering I go to. They're always a big hit. I think I need to make some today! :)

Presto Deep Fryer | toolsforkitchens December 13, 2011 at 10:07 AM  

Hi, Laura. Your roasted chickpeas look incredible and I am making them this week! I just spotted your recipe on Made From Scratch Tuesday and will start following your posts.

Nikki December 14, 2011 at 6:13 PM  

Thanks for submitting the recipe for Tasty Traditions. It looks great. Come back and visit.

Sandra VanHoey January 11, 2014 at 5:46 AM  

This sounds crazy but I have never had these before. They really look good, maybe I should give them a try

jopb January 27, 2014 at 7:37 PM  

I love this recipe because it is a healthy alternative to other snacks.

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