Roasted Garbanzo Beans

Roasted garbanzo beans {aka chickpeas} are quite the craze…and for good reason!

roasted garbanzo beans

 

They are:

  1. Delicious
  2. High-fiber
  3. Good source of protein
  4. Easy to make
  5. Cheap
  6. Tasty…did I mention that already?!

Who would have ever thought a legume could be transformed into a sweet or salty, crunchy snack?

Garbanzo beans, or chickpeas, are legumes whose seeds are high in protein.   They can be prepared and eaten many different ways, from eaten cold on a salad to being thrown into a food processor to make one of my favorites: hummus.

Below you will see the chickpea plant, which grows 8-20 inches high and needs tropical or subtropical climate to thrive.

 

chickpea plant Source

 

Enough about the history of the garbanzo bean, let’s get to the good stuff.

I finally bit the bullet and tried something new, which I have heard others rave about: roasted garbanzo beans.

What You’ll Need:

  • At least one can of garbanzo beans/chickpeas
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Seasonings (see different seasoning ideas below)

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F

2. Pour garbanzo beans into colander and rinse with lukewarm water for a few seconds (this helps to loosen the skins)

roasted chickpeas

3.  Put paper towel in bottom of a pan and pour the wet garbanzo beans on top.  Remove skins from the garbanzos.

garbanzo beans

4.  Once all of the skins have been removed, pat dry with a paper towel.

chickpeas

 5.  Remove paper towel and drizzle 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil over the garbanzo beans.

6.  Stir the garbanzos to be sure the oil is even coating them.

7.  Place in oven and cook for 15 minutes, and then sir.

8.  Roast for another 10  minutes and then check the garbanzo beans to be sure they are cooking evenly and not burning.

{this is where I recommend taking a couple out of the oven, letting them cool a little, and tasting…this will help you gauge how much longer to cook them!}

9.  If they are not ready, cook for another 5-10 minutes.

10.  Let them cool before eating/serving!

 spicy roasted chickpeas

I experimented with different flavors!  Add the seasonings after they have cooked.  Here are some different flavor ideas:

  • Cocoa powder and sugar sprinkled on top
  • Onion powder/Garlic powder (salt optional)
  • Cayenne pepper, onion powder (salt optional)

My Little Buddy (the picky eater of the family) ate the cocoa ones!

(*Tip: You have to watch these carefully as they are roasting.  They can easily burn, but you also need to let them cook long enough to get crispy!)

 

Enjoy roasted garbanzo beans as a healthy snack!

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One Response to Roasted Garbanzo Beans

  1. Wendy March 7, 2012 at 2:03 pm #

    All I can say is yummy! The first time I made them I followed directions, but was not thrilled about peeling the beans, this time I did not remove the skins and they are just as good, I also mixed my seasoning in the olive oil and then added the beans and stirred they were covered with seasoning and are so yummy. Thanks for sharing the recipe I have passed it on.

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