I like foods that are crunchy. OK, it is more like LOVE. I LOVE crunchy foods. Yep, that’s more like it. Love.
Anything and everything from tortilla chips to carrot sticks. Toast to crisp apples. It doesn’t really matter. If it is crunchy, I will probably enjoy it. I even like the corners of lasagna and the edges of stuffing because it is crunchy. Rice cakes anyone? Crunchy, crunchy, crunchy. So when I ran across recipes for roasted chickpeas and the claim that they were crunchy and healthy…I had to give them a try.
And I am so very glad that I did. They are quite tasty and crunchy. And guess what? They don’t taste like chickpeas. Phew, what a relief. I am not a huge fan of chickpeas – which would be a surprise if you glanced in my cupboards. I found about ten cans of chickpeas…I apparently think that I like them or at one time was going to try my hand at hummus? ( which I don’t like either). Who knows…
I tossed the beans with onion and garlic powder, a bit of paprika and cayenne pepper, and a touch of salt. A spicy snack fit for any afternoon hunger attack. So I have spicy down and a million other combos to go. A simple salt and pepper mix would be good – who doesn’t love salt and pepper chips? Cinnamon and sugar? Why not? Oh the possibilities are endless!
4 to 6 servings
2 Can Chickpeas (Garbanzo Beans) 15 ounces cans, drained and rinsed well.
4 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 tsp Garlic Powder
1 tsp Onion Powder
1 tsp Paprika
1/2 tsp Salt
1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper
Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with tinfoil.
Drain and rinse chickpeas in a colander and rinse until water is no longer foamy. Transfer chickpeas to paper towel lined counter top and gently pat dry.
In a medium sized bowl, mix together olive oil and all of the spices. Add the chickpeas and with a wooden spoon or spatula toss the chickpeas in the olive oil/spice mixture to coat.
Pour chickpeas out onto prepared baking sheet in a single layer and place in preheated oven for 40-50 minutes. Half way through baking time, gently stir/toss chickpeas and place back in oven to finish roasting.
Remove from oven and season with a bit of extra salt (optional). Serve!
Store in airtight container.