By Claire Izabel @ Strawberries & Sage
Two words perfectly describe this healthy snack- darn delicious!
These roasted lil chickpeas are full of flavor! Really, it’s a shame I’ve had this recipe up my sleeve for almost a year now before I thought/remembered to post it (guilty). My apologies, y’all. Once you try this spoonie friendly, super easy to make recipe you will be thankful I finally posted it. This is just one of those addictingly good, and good for you snacks you will want over and over again. I’ve had many, many roasted/crunchy chickpeas in my day and my recipe is by far the best one of them all, honest to goodness 😇, and I’ve had testers! They’re so good I almost always eat the entire batch in one sitting (not guilty).
Roasted chickpeas have been trending for some time now, and for good reason. They’re super good for you. I’m talking like, one of the healthiest foods in the world good for you! I recently read somewhere about a long term study conducted over 10 years or more that documented the worlds healthiest people, their lifestyles, including and especially what they ate. Chickpeas were a mainstay in many of the cultures studied (it was b/w 5-10 overall, I believe).
Chickpeas aka garbanzo beans are known for being a high satiety, energy giving food that’s full of fiber and protein. Two cups of chickpeas equals your entire daily requirement for fiber, which promotes heart health by lowering cholesterol (the bad kind). “65-75% of the fiber found in garbanzo beans is insoluble fiber, and this type of fiber remains undigested all the way down to the final segment of your large intestine” – The Worlds Healthiest Foods. In addition, they have other properties which may help digestive troubles. This makes chickpeas a good option for people like myself with gastroperesis and other digestive issues. (If you have GP, I’d advise you not to eat too much, since chickpeas are a bit higher in carbs than other beans, and personally I’ve found too many carbs flare up my GP & POTS)
If you haven’t had nutritional yeast yet, well, better late than never🙂
Nutritional yeast, despite it’s name is not actually yeast. Therefore it is ACD diet/anti candida friendly. It has a nutty, cheesy flavor that goes with oh so many things. Pretty much anywhere you’d find cheese in a recipe, you could sub it with nutritional yeast. It should be a staple in every vegans pantry, and for most it is. Here are some more facts about the health benefits of nutritional yeast…
Nutritional yeast happens to be a complete protein and contains 18 essential amino acids. It’s high in B vitamins, including thiamine, folate, B-6 and niacin. Just 1/2 tablespoon of some brands will provide you with a day’s worth of B vitamins, while other brands offer between 30 and 100 percent of the B vitamins. – Live Strong. B vitamins increase energy and help your body in producing RBC’s, or should I say red blood cells for all my non spoonie readers. It packs a pretty decent dose of iron, selenium and zinc too.
So are those enough reasons to fall head over heels in love with my roasted chickpea recipe, or what?! 💁
Delicious Roasted Chickpeas
Vegan, Gluten-free, Grain-free, Sugar-free, Nut-free, Soy-free
Yield: ~2 cups
15-16oz (~2 cups) chickpeas, cooked or canned (bpa-free)
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 heaping tbsp nutritional yeast
1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp salt, or to taste
Dash of chili powder, or to taste (depends on your spicy tooth)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Lay out your drained chickpeas to dry on a kitchen towel for at least an hour (I usually let mine sit for 2-3 hours). Once chickpeas are pretty dry, but not totally dried out, they’re ready.
In a small-medium bowl mix together all your ingredients starting with the oil, and finishing with the chickpeas. Stir and toss to coat.
Lay out chickpeas in an even later on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 26 minutes. Allow to cool for at least a few minutes after taking out of oven. Enjoy!
Note- this is best eaten right away, as it tends to get less crunchy the longer it sits.