During the summer months when I’m home a lot of the time, it’s nice to have something around the house to snack on. I’m always on the lookout for a healthier alternative to usual snack foods such as potato chips, cookies, crackers, etc. and one day I came across this recipe for roasted chickpeas. They certainly aren’t lacking in the flavor department, but their kick comes mostly from a plethora of spices instead of fat and sugar. Roasting the chickpeas gives them a great crispy texture, and you can adjust the seasonings to your liking to make them as spicy as you wish. These are great for a high-protein, healthy snack to eat by the handful during hot summer days…or any time of the year!
Spicy Roasted Chickpeas
1 15-oz can chickpeas (Garbanzo beans)
1 1/2 tsp olive oil
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (more or less to taste)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Drain and rinse chickpeas, pat dry, and set aside. In a large bowl, mix together olive oil and spices. Toss chickpeas in the spice mixture and then place onto a lined cookie sheet.
Bake for 20 minutes, give a quick stir, and then bake for an additional 15-20 minutes. Remove when chickpeas are lightly browned and crispy. Let cool, and then eat!