Easy, Healthy Snack ~ Spice Roasted Crunchy Chickpeas Recipe

I really like snacks.  I definitely prefer to graze throughout the day rather than having three large meals.  I’m always on the look-out of a snack that is great tasting, but also is somewhat healthy.  I don’t know about you, but one of my favorite types of snacks is those of the savory, crunchy kind.

Spice Roasted Crunchy Chickpeas are an easy, inexpensive, delicious, protein packed snack that you and your family will love.  If you’ve ever had corn nuts and you like those, then you will certainly like these!

Spice Roasted Crunchy Chickpeas Recipe
2 cans chickpeas (or garbanzo beans)
1-2 tablespoons of olive oil
Dry spice seasoning (any flavor you like)

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.  Drain, rinse and pat dry the two cans of chickpeas.  Place chickpeas onto a large baking sheet.  Drizzle with olive oil and a liberal amount of any dry spice mixture you like.  Toss to coat.  I used a southwestern seasoning on mine, but you could use a taco seasoning, curry powder, or chinese five spice………whatever you and your family like.
Bake chickpeas for 40 minutes until they are completely dried out and crunchy.  Check on them around 30 minutes to make sure you don’t have any burning since oven temperatures can vary a little.  You know they are almost done when they start to shrivel up and become about half of their original size.  It should take the entire 40 minutes for them to dry out.  

Store in an air-tight container.  
This is a great recipe that the kids can help out with in the kitchen.  Let them pat the chickpeas dry, drizzle the olive oil and sprinkle the seasoning.  And then let them mix it all up.  They will love getting their hands in there!

These crunchy chickpeas are loaded with protein and if you get your cans of chickpeas on sale, they will only cost you pennies to make.  Try finding some seasonings that your children enjoy and this would make an excellent snack to send in school lunchs.   

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  1. This looks really good. I’ve never had corn nuts (not sure what they even are). I guess the hard part is choosing what dry seasoning to use. Thanks for the idea!

    PS. I love your dish!

  2. Looks great! What seasoning did you use?

  3. I love chickpeas! My husband would love this.

  4. I made these with just olive oil and salt. Yummy!

  5. What a great healthy snack! My husband will love these.

  6. Looks delicious! :o)

  7. Oh those look yummy! And so cheap to make too, added bonus :o)

  8. I’m looking forward to trying this! I’m always on the lookout for good healthy snacks too.

  9. We love this recipe around here! My kids adore them crunchy, but my hubby likes them a little bit softer and chewier. Either way they are yummy!

  10. Sounds yummy! Do you really bake them for 40 minutes at 450? Seems like they’d burn at that temp, so just thought I’d double-check first before I smoke up the house 🙂

  11. Looks yummy! I am going to buy some chickpeas at the store and try this recipe! Thanks for sharing it Lindsay!

  12. I’m like you. I’d rather graze throughout the day instead of stopping and eating a meal. Fixing supper is a must though 🙂
    I like to snack on trail mix and such, so I may have to try

  13. yum! I am definitely going to make these today.

  14. Kind of disappointed! I kept mine in for 40 minutes because it said it would take the whole 40 mins, but mine burned! I dont know if I need to turn down my temp or if it is because I used a BBQ rub and it does have sugar in it. Maybe the sugar burned! IDK! I will try again though!

  15. That’s too bad, Shaye! Yes, I bet it was the sugar. You have to watch them pretty close the last ten minutes. Try it again with a different rub. I wouldn’t turn down the temp because they won’t dry out at a lower temperature. Thanks for commenting!!


    • OK, I am about to try again! I am going to use french fry seasoning! I will let you know how they turn out! 🙂