Crunchy, spicy roasted chickpeas are a deceptively easy and delicious snack. These chickpeas are great with cocktails, and make an easy lunchbox snack. They’re also the perfect vehicle for a wide variety of seasonings.
I am a sucker for salty snacks. I love having something crunchy to nibble with my cocktail or while watching a movie. However, like the rest of the universe, I have also woken up to the idea that chips and other starchy snacks are a bad idea.
So, recently, I’ve eaten a lot of spicy cocktail nuts. Of course, I’ve varied the seasonings, and the varieties of nuts, in an effort to keep it interesting. Nonetheless, I’ve begun missing chips again — which tells me I’m getting tired of eating all of those nuts, no matter how good they are for me.
Luckily , a friend turned me on to the idea of seasoned, roasted chickpeas. Once they’ve been toasted in the oven, chickpeas are just as crunchy as chips or popcorn. However, they’re lots healthier.
This recipe is extremely simple. Using canned chickpeas, it takes mere minutes of prep work, and a little over half an hour in the oven. So, no matter how busy you may be, this healthy snack is still accessible.
Better yet, chickpeas make a terrific canvas. Once roasted, their flavour is fairly neutral. So, the sky’s the limit as far as seasonings are concerned. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Taco seasoning
- Chile powder
- Herbes de Provence
- Fines Herbes
- Chaat masala
Whatever seasonings you use, I hope your family enjoys these crunchy chickpeas as much as mine does. Bon appétit!