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Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas are a great snack for the whole family and can be made sweet or spicy or even plain with a drizzle of olive oil.  They are vegetarian, vegan, gluten free and offer you fiber and protein.

Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas - healthy snacking

Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas

I love chickpeas…in pastas, dips, salads, soups. You name it, and I think chickpeas can go in it. Some of my favorites are this Chickpea Salad Recipe

Not only are chickpeas great for recipes and of course everyone’s favorite, hummus, they also make a nice little snack all on their own.

Those cut little chickpeas can become a crunchy, healthy snack for both the adults and kids!

I know a lot of Moms struggle with picky eaters and often think about healthy options when creating meals for their kids.

I am always looking for quick and easy snacks that are also healthy to grab on-the-go like these Plantain Chips or these granola bars.

If you have an air fryer you can also try these Air Fryer Chickpeas

Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas - healthy

Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas are a family favorite in my house and are not only kid-friendly and popular with my sons, but adults like them too.

You can make these spicy, sweet or even plain with a little salt and olive oil depending on your tastes.  

These come together so easily and only require you to mix the chickpeas with olive oil, salt and your favorite spice.

I like to mix things up and sometimes do Smoked Paprika and other times I go as plain and just some sea salt and olive oil. You can get as creative as you want with this recipe.

Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas - appetizer

I like to make a big batch of these Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas to add fiber and protein to my kids lunches and snacks. They love the crunch of them and I love that they are a healthy snack.

I usually make a double batch of these because we go through them so fast, but keep in mind they are best the first day you make them.

I also really like to sprinkle the Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas on salads as a healthy alternative to croutons.  If you are having a party or get together this could be a fun snack or appetizer to set out for guests.

You could even come up with trio of Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas. Maybe one flavor could be plain with salt, one with paprika and one with sumac.  

The sky is the limit with these little beauties.

Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas - kid friendly

The fun thing about Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas is there are endless options when it comes to flavor combinations.

You should try honey + cinnamon, rosemary, garlic, buffalo, salt and pepper, chipotle pepper and more!

WHAT INGREDIENTS ARE IN THESE AIR FYER CHICKPEAS?

CHICKPEAS: This recipe uses 2 cans of chickpeas. If you prefer you can use dried chickpeas that have been soaked. Here is how to soak dried chickpeas

EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL: I use extra virgin olive oil when I make these crispy chickpeas. You could use avocado oil or regular olive oil. 

SPICES: You can use whatever spice you like. By adding a spice mixture in this recipe will create a deep, rich flavor in the chickpeas that I love.

Some spices I like to use are paprika, chili powder, cumin and garlic powder. You can of course use more or less of each spice depending on your tastes. 

Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas - kids love it

For some great tips on roasting chickpeas check out this page {read the comments section as there are some great ideas to help with roasting chickpeas there}.

Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas - healthy

Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas are a great snack for the whole family and can be made sweet or spicy or even plain with a drizzle of olive oil. They are vegetarian, vegan, gluten free and offer you fiber and protein.

Ingredients

  • 1-15oz can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt {more or less to taste}
  • 1/2 teaspoon of smoked paprika {or your favorite spice: other ideas cinnamon, paprika, sumac, za'atar}

Instructions

  1. Rinse and drain the chickpeas. On a rimmed baking sheet put a paper towel down and lay the chickpeas out in a single layer. Lay another paper towel over the chickpeas and let them sit for 20 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  3. After 20 minutes roll your hands over the paper towel to loosen any casings. Pick through the chickpeas and discard any loose casings.
  4. In a medium mixing bowl mix together chickpeas, olive oil and salt.
  5. Spread back on a rimmed baking sheet (without the paper towel) and roast for 35-40 minutes tossing occasionally, until crispy and golden.
  6. Remove from the oven and sprinkle the spice of your choice over the chickpeas (for example 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika or 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon). If using honey put the chickpeas back in a mixing bowl and stir the honey in.
  7. Serve warm or put in a tupperware dish. These are best the first day.
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