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Healthy holiday snack
Turn that can of chickpeas into a healthy, crunchy snack. It’s cheap, easy and the basic flavor of the beans latches onto a variety of spices and herbs. It’s pretty easy to chow down lots of nuts, chips and sweets during the holidays. This Tex-Mex version has a little kick. You can also try Moroccan, Japanese or Cinnamon Chickpea options found in the Notes section below.
Place a bowl of these chickpeas on the appetizer buffet or just on the kitchen counter for snacking. You can also garnish salads, soups, and rice dishes. It’s a versatile crunchy snack you can make from ingredients in your pantry.
Recipe: Crispy Chickpeas
Prep Time: 10 Minutes | Inactive Time: 30 Minutes | Cook Time: 40 Minutes | Yield: 1 1/2 Cups | Level: Easy
15 oz can chickpeas
1 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp cayenne
1/2 tsp salt
Special Equipment – mesh strainer, small bowl, baking sheet
1 Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment.
3 Place dry chickpeas into a bowl. Add olive oil, cumin, chili powder, cayenne and salt. Stir to coat.
4 Place chickpeas on parchment-lined baking sheet in one layer so they can crisp evenly. Bake at 400 degrees for 40 minutes with a shake of the pan half way through.
5 Cool on the counter. For more crispness, turn off the oven and allow to slowly cool surrounded by the residual heat in the oven.
Best eaten same day but will keep a day or two in an airtight container on the counter.
Chickpeas are also called garbanzo beans.
Add more or less cayenne depending on your heat preference.
Try three other seasoning options.
Moroccan Crispy Chickpeas
Omit cumin, chili powder, cayenne and salt. Mix in 1 teaspoon of Moroccan Spice Mix and follow baking and cooling instructions.
Moroccan Spice Mix
4 tsp cumin
2 tsp coriander
1 tsp ancho chili powder
1 tsp sweet paprika
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp allspice
1/2 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp cayenne
1/8 tsp cloves
Japanese Crispy Chickpeas
Omit cumin, chili powder, cayenne and salt. Mix in 1/4 tsp sesame oil, 1 tsp wasabi powder and 1 tsp Togarashi seasoning (Japanese 7 Spice Powder). Follow baking and cooling instructions.
You can also garnish salads, soups, and rice dishes with Crispy Chickpeas.
- Exchange seasonings for maple syrup and cinnamon.
- Exchange seasonings for rosemary, garlic and black pepper.
Inspiration – Helen Horton
Cook with Sauces
Written by Helen Horton
Photography and Styling by Helen Horton
Updated: December 15, 2013