Roasted Chickpeas Are a Healthy Snack Full of Protein and Fiber

by Rajesh Kaur

Roasted chickpeas are a game-changer when it comes to snacking. Not only are they delicious, but they also pack a powerful nutritional punch. Sous chef Bismark, with his discerning palate, has given his stamp of approval to these crunchy, protein-packed treats. So, trust me when I say that it’s time to level up your snack game and try roasted chickpeas for yourself.

One of the great things about roasted chickpeas is that they are incredibly easy and cheap to make at home. All you need to do is drain and rinse cooked or canned chickpeas, dry them well, coat them in olive oil and salt, and spread them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Roast them in the oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 to 40 minutes or until they are crispy, making sure to toss them every 10 minutes. It’s that simple!

Not only are roasted chickpeas easy to make, but they are also a healthy snack option. Chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, are one of my favorite legumes because they are versatile and nutrient-dense. They are packed with nearly 15 grams of protein and a whopping 12 grams of fiber per cup. In fact, just half a cup of chickpeas provides almost half of the recommended daily dose of fiber. These impressive macros make chickpeas a great snack for anyone looking to increase their protein and fiber intake.

The wonders of roasted chickpeas were brought to my attention by dietitian Bonnie Taub-Dix, who also informed me about the major nutritional benefits of beans. In fact, beans are often referred to as a longevity superfood because they are popular in regions where people live the longest, healthiest lives. So, adding more chickpeas to your diet is a smart choice for your overall health and well-being.

Now, let’s talk about the flavor possibilities of roasted chickpeas. During my experimentation with these crunchy snacks, I tried both sweet and savory toppings, and they were all delicious. For a savory kick, try seasoning your chickpeas with taco seasoning, oregano, basil, or ranch mix. If you have a sweet tooth, top them with honey, maple syrup, or even a spicy hot chocolate blend. The options are endless, and you can customize the flavors to suit your own taste preferences.

In my own kitchen, I decided to go big and explore just how much flavor roasted chickpeas can handle. I used different flavor combinations for each batch and was blown away by the results. For the savory options, the ranch seasoning was the clear winner, closely followed by the taco blend and Italian seasonings. On the sweet side, the maple black pepper blend took first place, with the spicy hot chocolate coming in a close second. Surprisingly, the matcha lemonade flavor was also a hit, although the particles didn’t stick to the chickpeas as well as the other seasonings. Note to self: use a food processor or blender to make the particles smaller next time.

No matter which flavor blend you choose, I recommend enjoying the roasted chickpeas warm when they are at their crispiest. However, they also develop a nice chewy texture as they cool, making them enjoyable either way.

The only challenge now is how to finish all these beans. I can’t stop snacking on them, and I’m beginning to think I might need to write an article on the side effects of eating too many chickpeas at once. But let’s not dwell on that for now. Get yourself some chickpeas, try out different flavor combinations, and take your snack game to the next level. Sous chef Bismark approves, and I’m sure you will too.

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