These perfectly seasoned Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas make a great snack or salad topper! They're easy, flavorful & healthy! Vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, & sugar-free!

Someone in my house always needs a snack.

30 minutes after breakfast is over…”Mom is it snack time?”

I’m just about done washing the last dish from lunch….”Mom I’m hungry!”

We’re in the process of eating dinner….”Mom, can you make popcorn later?”

Does anyone else totally smell what I’m stepping in here? And it’s not just my kids…my pregnant self is always looking for something healthy to nosh on between meals! These perfectly seasoned Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas are perfect to have on hand when that between meal hunger strikes! They’re easy, flavorful and healthy! I mean seriously, they’re vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, & sugar-free!

These perfectly seasoned Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas make a great snack or salad topper! They're easy, flavorful & healthy! Vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, & sugar-free!

Usually my snack of choice tastes like a dessert {like these, these or these}, because hello my sweet tooth is out of control. However, there are times when I just want something savory, and these Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas are perfect in those situations.

For example, the first three months of each one of my pregnancies I couldn’t even look at chocolate without being grossed out. I really felt like I had lost my identity, and was aimlessly wandering through this life. {Who am I without chocolate and peanut butter}?! However, these Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas totally saved the day many times! Not only are they a great snack, but I love putting them in salads instead of croutons to add a little flavorful crunch!

These perfectly seasoned Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas make a great snack or salad topper! They're easy, flavorful & healthy! Vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, & sugar-free!

Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas: Method

There are a few specific steps to making these that are pretty key to insuring they reach their maximum crispiness!

#1: Bake them “naked” first!  I bake the chickpeas {after they have been thoroughly rinsed and dried} for 15 minutes without any oil or seasoning on them. This way they begin to crisp up before they absorb any of the olive oil.

#2: Slowly add the olive oil: You want to avoid using too much oil to coat the chickpeas after their “alone time” in the oven. Start with 1/2 TBS and then, if needed, add more just a drop at a time. You need just enough so the spices will stick to the chickpeas!

#3: Let them cool in the oven with the door ajar: I turn off the oven at the end of baking, slightly crack the door, and leave the chickpeas in there to cool. This ensures that their crispy crunch will last for days!

These perfectly seasoned Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas make a great snack or salad topper! They're easy, flavorful & healthy! Vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, & sugar-free!

Crispy Roasted Chickpeas: Substitutions

These chickpeas are really versatile!

Olive oil: I L-O-V-E using flavored olive oil to make these! Some of my favorite varieties come from this store in my hometown! You can use your favorite oil of any kind {avocado, sunflower, etc)!

Spices: Let your imagination run wild! I have given you my favorite combination of delicious flavors here, but feel free to use whatever you prefer! You can even just use simple old salt and pepper if you like!

These perfectly seasoned Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas make a great snack or salad topper! They're easy, flavorful & healthy! Vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, & sugar-free!

Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Lightly spray a baking sheet with non-stick spray. Set aside.
  3. Rinse and thoroughly dry the chickpeas.
  4. In a small bowl, mix together cumin, paprika, garlic powder, sea salt, onion powder and pepper. Set aside.
  5. Bake dried chickpeas in the preheated oven on prepared baking sheet for 15 minutes (do not add any of the other ingredients yet)!
  6. Remove the chickpeas from the oven and drizzle ½ TBS olive oil over the chickpeas, stirring until evenly coated. If necessary, slowly add more olive oil until all the chickpeas are lightly coated with olive oil.
  7. Add spices to chickpeas and stir until evenly coated.
  8. Bake at 400 for 10 more minutes, then stir.
  9. Return stirred chickpeas to the oven and bake them for an additional 5-10 minutes, until desired crispiness is achieved (a total of 35-40 minutes of baking).
  10. Turn off oven and crack the door a bit. Let chickpeas cool in the oven to achieve maximum crispiness
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These perfectly seasoned Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas make a great snack or salad topper! They're easy, flavorful & healthy! Vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, & sugar-free!

These Crispy Roasted Chickpeas are my favorite way to add more protein and fiber to a meatless salad!

Question: What’s your favorite savory snack?!

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These perfectly seasoned Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas make a great snack or salad topper! They're easy, flavorful & healthy! Vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, & sugar-free!