Crunchy Spiced Chickpeas

Perfect atop a salad or simply as a nutritious snack, crispy roasted chickpeas are tossed in ranch-style seasonings for fun flavor.
By Kim Lee

Crunchy Spiced Chickpeas

The humble chickpea (aka garbanzo bean) becomes an addicting snack or topping in this snack-worthy creation. You might as well double the recipe because you can’t stop once you start chowing down on these crispy crunchy ranch-spiced chickpeas!

I love the crunch of crackers and chips, but they’re not usually the most nutritious snack. Crunchy chickpeas are the perfect alternative… if they’re actually crunchy. Roasting them to crispy crunchy perfection can be a little tricky.

Crunchy Spiced Chickpeas

Tip 1: To create the flavorful crispy crunchy ranch chickpeas, start with a can (or 2, if doubling recipe) of chickpeas- rinse, drain and dry them VERY well. I lay them out on a paper towel and roll a separate paper towel over the top of them. I usually let them sit for about 10 minutes and then pat them once more. Any moisture left on the chickpeas will prevent them from getting crunchy.

Tip 2: Spread chickpeas on a baking sheet. Make sure it is large, if roasting up two cans of chickpeas. You want the chickpeas to have plenty of space and not touching. Begin roasting them in a cold oven and heat oven to 400 degrees F.

Tip 3: After 15 minutes, remove baking sheet and spray chickpeas lightly with an olive oil cooking spray or mister. You don’t want chickpeas too oily, as they will be too soggy to ever become crispy. Next, add ranch seasoning or another favorite seasoning. I love salt and cinnamon too! Gently shake or stir chickpeas around, so they are evenly coated with oil and seasoning. Put them back in the oven for about 15- 20 minutes more.

Tip 4: Last, but definitely not least- turn the oven off, but leave chickpeas in until oven has completely cooled. You can leave the oven door open for quicker cooling.

This isn’t a super quick recipe, but there’s very little hands-on time. Perfect for snacking and a great alternative to croutons on salads!

Because we all know that homemade is better, make your own ranch seasoning mix. Find the recipe here.

Crunchy Spiced Chickpeas
 
Perfect atop a salad or simply as a nutritious snack, crispy roasted chickpeas are tossed in ranch-style seasonings for fun flavor.
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Recipe Type: Snack, Side
Serves: about 5 cups of crispy chickpeas
Ingredients
  • 1 (15 oz.) can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained, rinsed and dried completely
  • olive oil mist or cooking spray
  • 2 tablespoons homemade ranch seasoning or your favorite seasonings (see the link above for the recipe)
Instructions
  1. Spread dried chickpeas on a baking sheet. Begin roasting them in a cold oven and heat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. After 15 minutes, remove baking sheet and spray chickpeas lightly with an olive oil cooking spray or mister. Next, add ranch seasoning or another favorite seasoning. Gently shake or stir chickpeas around, so they are evenly coated with oil and seasoning. Put them back in the oven for about 15- 20 minutes more.
  3. Last, but definitely not least- turn the oven off, but leave chickpeas in until oven has completely cooled. You can leave the oven door open for quicker cooling.
 

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