Spicy Roasted Chickpeas

I’ve read about all of the benefits of eating chickpeas, but I’ve got to admit that I never really liked them.  Until now.  You see, I had only ever eaten them on salads and did not really care for the firmness of them or texture.  But, as with most vegetables, preparing them in a different way can make all the difference in the world.  Roasted chickpeas was the answer for me.

The really awesome thing about roasting chickpeas is that you can flavor them any way you’d like.  Whether you want sweet or more savory, you can get exactly what you like in a crunchy little snack.

For this recipe, I tried them a little spicy.  While I usually prefer something a little sweeter, I was feeling adventurous.  These are super simple to make too.  Simply add a little olive oil, some salt and cayenne pepper to the chickpeas and roast for 30-40 minutes.  Out comes crunchy awesomeness that is perfect to make ahead for weekday snacks when you might be tempted to hit the vending machine.

Spicy Roasted Chickpeas

Ingredients

1 can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), rinsed and drained
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (more or less to taste)

Instructions

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
Rinse and drain chickpeas and add to a bowl.
Stir in olive oil, salt and cayenne pepper.
Place on a baking dish with sides and roast for 15 minutes.
Stir chickpeas and roast another 15 minutes or until crunchy.
Remove from oven and allow to cool.
Enjoy!

If you like things really spicy, feel free to add more cayenne pepper.  This amount is only mildly spicy.

Do you know about some of the potential health benefits of chickpeas, check out this list of possible side effects:

  • helps with bone health – calcium, iron, phosphate and magnesium are among the nutrients that help with strong bones
  • blood pressure – the potassium in these little things can help reduce blood pressure
  • heart health and cholesterol – the high fiber content can help lower cholesterol and aid in heart health
  • digestion and regularity – fiber is good to help with digestion and regularity too
  • weight management – these little gems are low calorie and contain little fat

What other flavors of roasted chickpeas would you like?

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