Snack Time: Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas


by Rebecca Sep 21st, 2010 // Kid-tastic, Most Popular, Recipes, Snacks

Snack Time: Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas

Snack Time: Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas

Chickpeas aka Garbanzo Beans are low in fat and an awesome source of fiber and protein. Most people enjoy them whipped up into a nice hummus, but in our house we’ve been known eat them straight out of the can. This time we wanted to do something a little different.

Snack Time: Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas

We had great fun splashing around while we washed them.

Snack Time: Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas

We picked through them to remove loose skins, patted them dry and then spread them out on a nice big Silpat lined cookie sheet. We sprayed them with a little cooking spray, roasted them and then finished with a bit of sea salt.

Snack Time: Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas

They were such a big hit I could barely snap a picture in between my kid picking chickpea after chickpea out of the bowl. This after school snack recipe is a keeper for sure…

Crunchy Roasted Chickpea Recipe

Prep Time: 5 mins  Cooking Time: 35 mins

1 can chickpeas
olive oil cooking spray
pinch of sea salt or kosher salt

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Drain and wash the chickpeas. Pick off any loose skin. Pat dry and spread out over a Silpat on a rimmed cookie sheet. Spray lightly with olive oil cooking spray and place in the center rack in the oven. Cook for 15 to 20 minutes and then give them a good shake. Continue to cook for another 15 to 20 minutes or until chickpeas are firm and crispy but not burned. If they aren’t crispy, keep cooking. They’re best when the crunch! Remove from oven, sprinkle with salt and then let cool.

Snack Time: Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas


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68 Comments on “Snack Time: Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas”

  1. 1.) kristen
    September 21st, 2010

    We are definitely going to try these!

  2. 2.) Kasdira
    September 21st, 2010

    We love roasted chickpeas too! Our next batch I am going to try a honey-chile coating.

  3. 3.) Bobbie Lee Fogg Will
    September 21st, 2010

    These look yummy, we will try them too!

  4. 4.) Kara
    September 21st, 2010

    Never had a chickpea in my life, but this really looks like something my son would like!

  5. 5.) Min
    September 21st, 2010

    What a great idea! I'm going to try this right now!

  6. 6.) jill
    September 21st, 2010

    i make these all the time. they are the best snack {although i LOVE them warm right out of the oven}. i always try to season them differently and last night i made them with some lemon juice and sea salt. so delish!

  7. 7.) Deann
    September 21st, 2010

    That's a good idea! We were given some frozen ones, still green. Do you think this would work with them too?

  8. 8.) Tami Brannan Olsen
    September 21st, 2010

    I have to try this today when the kids get home, looks delicious and healthy and easy!

  9. 9.) CookingWithMyKid
    September 21st, 2010

    Yes, I do think they'd work. They might be even better?

  10. 10.) Nicole
    September 21st, 2010

    so delicious, i wish i had some right now in the office!

  11. 11.) marianne williams
    September 21st, 2010

    looks super easy and yummy! putting them on my grocery list!

  12. 12.) Sarah Chase
    September 21st, 2010

    I am not a fan of chickpeas because of the tecture. This might get me to like them.

  13. 13.) rebekah
    September 21st, 2010

    alright, going to soak my dry chick peas and get on this soon… i love the idea of trying different seasonings(i think i've seen someone do cinnamon sugar, which sounds really yummy)

  14. 14.) Kristen W
    September 21st, 2010

    I made some roasted chickpeas a few weeks ago. So delicious!! I also made a spicy version for myself with some Cheyenne pepper and they were fabulous!

  15. 15.) Janet
    September 21st, 2010

    I have just recently started to really like chickpeas.. this looks so good! What a great snack :)

  16. 16.) Jennifer
    September 21st, 2010

    I've been looking for some new snack ideas. Thanks!

  17. 17.) kat
    September 21st, 2010

    I can't wait to try this. I love chickpeas!

  18. 18.) AnnaTei
    September 21st, 2010

    Yum! Definitely trying this!

  19. 19.) marisa
    September 21st, 2010

    You're inspiring me to try these again. I tried them once, but I don't think I baked them long enough, so they weren't as crispy as I imagined. Great protein-filled snack, though!

  20. 20.) heather p
    September 21st, 2010

    I've never had a chickpea but those look yummy!

  21. 21.) Kelley
    September 21st, 2010

    Can't wait to try these! My daughter just started 1st Grade, and you have been a great source of ideas for me!

  22. 22.) jessica
    September 21st, 2010

    great idea! cant wait to try!

  23. 23.) Kendra
    September 21st, 2010

    What can I use if I don't have a Silpat?

  24. 24.) Miranda
    September 21st, 2010

    Sounds delicious and creative!

  25. 25.) Mariela Constantine
    September 21st, 2010

    that looks great , some chile and lime for the adults yum !!

  26. 26.) Michelle
    September 21st, 2010

    Whoa! I would have never thought of trying that–great ideas. I like Mariela'c chili & lime suggestion, too!

  27. 27.) dana
    September 21st, 2010


  28. 28.) Meera
    September 21st, 2010

    Wow! Thats a great picture. Cant wait to try this for my kid. Thanks for the recipe!

  29. 29.) Bobbie Lee Fogg Williams
    September 21st, 2010

    These look yummy, we will try them too!

  30. 30.) Elizabeth D
    September 21st, 2010

    Never thought of this! Can't wait to try it as a wonderful way to save money on snack foods and eat healthier!

  31. 31.) SmilynStef
    September 21st, 2010

    I've tried this several times, but have never achieved anything resembling crispy … I'll have to give it another try.

  32. 32.) Christie
    September 21st, 2010

    I love hummus and one of my girls does but the other two not so much. Maybe they would like these better. I can't wait to try them.

  33. 33.) Rachel Brumberg Wint
    September 21st, 2010

    this is brilliant. and i really want them for a snack for myself :-)

  34. 34.) Rachel Brumberg Wintner
    September 21st, 2010

    this is brilliant. and i really want them for a snack for myself :-)

  35. 35.) Susan
    September 22nd, 2010

    I really am anxious to see all your snack ideas. I typically bring special snacks for my grandkids birthday parties and whenever I host a party or cookout at my home I have something special for them.

  36. 36.) rshipp
    September 22nd, 2010

    I've tried making roasted chickpeas once before and it was a miserable failure, time to try again!

  37. 37.) brooke rains
    September 22nd, 2010

    Genius! We ate fried Cheerios growing up (just Cheerios sauteed in butter) and this reminds me of that snack.

  38. 38.) thewhittyblonde
    September 22nd, 2010

    It's so great to see snack ideas like these, because they're easily adaptable to special diets–and chickpeas are so delicious and good for you! Thanks!

  39. 39.) OK Chick
    September 22nd, 2010

    I made these a few weeks ago. They are a great snack!

  40. 40.) tryityoumightlikeit
    September 22nd, 2010

    I hated chickpeas as a kid. I think it's time to try them again. This recipe looks promising. I'll let you know how we do with them.

  41. 41.) cacophonyg
    September 22nd, 2010

    This sounds great! And I love the idea of mixing up the seasoning. I bet coriander seed or cumin would be good too. You could also use them in a cauliflower salad with cilantro and preserved lemon. I bet your kid would love learning how to make preserved lemon!…

  42. 42.) Elisabeth
    September 22nd, 2010

    My husband loves these but usually I use a tablespoon or two of oil. I am going to try with the cooking spray to reduce the amount of oil. My hubby likes to call them "crack beans" because he gets addicted to them.

  43. 43.) Jennifer
    September 23rd, 2010

    My son has never had a chickpea but he might try these.

  44. 44.) Sharon
    September 23rd, 2010

    These make a great snack–and for adults, delicious with a heavy sprinkling of pepper.

  45. 45.) Jenn
    September 23rd, 2010

    I want to love roasted chickpeas so much that I am going to try them again! Your picture looks delish and if Batman likes them I bet I will too!

  46. 46.) Millie
    September 23rd, 2010

    I just got some chickpeas today, I will have to try this! It looks delicious :)

  47. 47.) Susan
    September 24th, 2010

    Wow! What a great idea. My kids won't eat hummus, but they just might love these.

  48. 48.) Margaret
    September 24th, 2010

    I am definately trying this!
    I love chickpeas so much, I may eat them all up before they even make it to the oven!

  49. 49.) boymomx4
    September 24th, 2010

    great idea! i love chickpeas but only one of my 4 will eat them when disguised as hummus. they love all things salty so we will give this a try!

  50. 50.) sammymommy
    September 26th, 2010

    what a great idea! my son loves the toy figures on the pictures!!!

  51. 51.) Karen
    September 27th, 2010

    I would never have thought of these for a snack. Thanks.

  52. 52.) Dana
    September 28th, 2010

    I am sooooo excited to try this! I have cans and cans of these beans and no plans for them. (Well, I had planned on putting them in the salads I was going to live on for my diet, but…well….you can guess how that turned out, seeing as there are still so many cans in my cupboard!) I think my 3 yo would actually eat these, too! He's 95% more willing to try simply because you put Batman in the photographs, so thanks for that ;)

  53. 53.) Jill
    October 4th, 2010

    While making this one, my kid gobbled up half the chickpeas before they hit the pan! Oh well, my daughter and I liked them roasted but hubby and son prefer them straight out of the can=) Trying out the granola next!

  54. 54.) Lauren
    October 13th, 2010

    I just found your blog and I love it! What an awesome idea to include your child in everyday cooking! These chickpeas look delish – I don't think I'd be able to stop eating them either!

  55. 55.) Ninthray
    October 17th, 2010

    You may be tempted to make a big batch, but I have found they don't keep very well.

  56. 56.) Nicole
    October 20th, 2010

    These just came out of the oven and my kids are devouring them. Thanks so much!!!

  57. 57.) STLSara
    October 21st, 2010

    I made these last week and just polished off the last of them today. Great idea — Healthy and delicious!

  58. 58.) Kathleen
    November 14th, 2010

    I made a batch of these the other night, and they're delicious! A totally different texture than commercially made crispy chick peas I've had, definitely going to make them again and experiment with different spices.

  59. 59.) Susan
    December 3rd, 2010

    I just made these tonight for the first time… They're very tasty! I'm a big fan of black beans and am thinking of trying out some roasted black beans. Has anyone else tried to use another bean besides the garbanzo bean/chicpea?

  60. 60.) Amanda
    April 2nd, 2011

    These were delicious! They boys thought that they were eating chips! They were like a cross between corn-nuts and just popped corn kernels. I think I will salt them initially since the salt didn't really stick after. Thanks for sharing!!

  61. 61.) Patrice
    April 13th, 2011

    I make these with cumin and smoked paprika. Delicious and easy!

  62. 62.) Tammy
    May 2nd, 2011

    I make these with olive oil, lemon juice and sea salt. My kids and I can't get enough of them! They are great leftover in fridge, too. I like the idea of leaving them in longer till they're crunchy. Gonna try that.

  63. 63.) Tammy
    May 2nd, 2011

    I meant olive oil, lemon juice and SOY SAUCE!! That's what makes it a little different but so yummy.

  64. 64.) jenny
    May 4th, 2012

    o you know Chickpeas have hourse power and more enrgy for weak mens

  65. 65.) Ankith @ iLifeGeeks
    July 17th, 2012

    is that caramel ? looks delicious

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  67. 67.) Mark @ Technology News
    November 1st, 2012

    Anything with crunch.One of my fav..! Yummy & presentable!

  68. 68.) Tim@ new gadgets
    November 9th, 2012

    love those beans! specially when they are boiled

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