Roasted Salt and Pepper Garbanzo Beans

I like to snack.

Throughout the day, I try to eat healthy snacks so I can have a big bowl of ice cream or a few cookies with a glass of milk before heading off to bed. I don't like to go to bed on an empty stomach. Homemade trail mix with pecans, walnuts, dried cherries and semi sweet chocolate chips, granola bars, and cut up apples are just a few snacks I munch on during the day.

I am always on the lookout for a crunchy alternative to nuts. I stumbled upon a few articles and recipes that mentioned roasting garbanzo beans so I gave it a try. Garbanzo beans are also known as chickpeas and are commonly used in making hummus which is one of my favorite happy hour dips.

Roasted Salt and Pepper Garbanzo Beans are a crispy-crunchy snack that is delicious and nutritious. Nibble on a snack that is good for you while enjoying with a glass of wine.

Happy hour never had it so good.

Roasted Salt and Pepper Garbanzo Beans

2 (15-ounce) cans garbanzo beans or chickpeas
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
3/4 teaspoon pepper

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Drain garbanzo beans and rinse with cold water. Let sit in the stainer for 5 to 10 minutes so must of the water can drain off.

Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and spread out the garbanzo beans. Drizzle with the olive oil and sprinkle with the salt and pepper. Roast in the oven for 35 - 45 minutes until crunchy and browned. Toss the garbanzo beans a couple times so they roast evenly. Taste the garbanzo beans half way through the roasting time and adjust the seasoning if necessary.

Remove from the oven and let cool. Serve.

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Bellini Valli said...

This is so simple as well as nutritious. My daughter the dietician would approve.

Ciao Chow Linda said...

Wish I had seen this two hours ago when I used up my remaining chick peas for some hummus. This is definitely on my next to-try list of things to do with chickpeas.

Patsyk said...

I'm definitely going to try these! I'm always looking for some new healthy snack ideas and this is right up my alley!

joey said...

I LOVE THIS RECIPE! Thanks for the reminder ... my original was from Kalyn's Kitchen. Now, I'm hungry ... been up since 4 AM :)

Sandy Smith said...

I love garbanzo beans in any form, so this is definitely on my list!! Can't wait to make them. Thanks for sharing this!

Leslie said...

Yes indeed..I make these alllll the time (with some other spices)..such a good and slaty snack!!!

teresa said...

i want to make these right now!

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Liz - Meal Makeover Mom said...

Love your recipe. I've made roasted garbanzo beans before and they didn't come out as crispy-looking as yours. Hmmmm. I'll have to give them a try (I made kale chips today ... have you made them before?).

biz319 said...

I've tried to make those before, but they never got crispy - maybe my temp wasn't high enough?

I'll give it a try again!

EAT! said...

biz319 - they do roast for a while. I just kept an eye on them and stirred and tasted until they were crunchy.

abbeyviolet said...

I made some today. Added a tiny bit of cayenne per Mark Bittman's version. A couple got over done, but generally good. Remind me, oddly, of the corn nuts of my youth a bit.

EAT! said...

abbeyviolet - I thought they tasted a little like corn nuts too - but not as hard as I remember corn nuts to be.