So roasted chickpeas have been all over the internet for a while now, but I never got around to trying them myself – and now that I have, I wonder why I waited so long! They are a delightfully crunchy, flavorful snack, perfect for packing in a lunch or to take on a hike. They are also easy and versatile – just drain and rinse a can or two of chickpeas (or soak dried ones overnight), toss them with whatever flavorings you like – I used salt, garlic powder, and paprika, but you can use tons of things. Chili powder, lemon juice and dill, onion, black pepper – they go well with almost anything so it’s a lot of fun to experiment and play with various flavors. Most of the recipes I saw called for oil but I didn’t use any and it worked great – just toss slightly damp chickpeas in with your seasonings and spread them out on a cookie sheet like so:
Pop them in the oven at 400 degrees for about 45-60 minutes, stirring every 20 minutes or so (this part is important – if you don’t stir them occasionally they won’t cook evenly and you want them all to be nice and crunchy but not burnt) and you’ll end up with something like this:
Not the most gorgeous thing in the world, but once you throw them in a little bowl they look just fine – kind of like nuts, really. It’s amazing how the chickpeas go from soft to crunchy, they really have a satisfying texture!
So if you haven’t tried these yet, please don’t be like me and wait forever! If you have, do you have any favorite seasoning combinations I should try?
Oil-Free Roasted Chickpeas
- One can chickpeas drained and rinsed (you can also use dried chickpeas, just soak them overnight first)
- 1/2 tsp salt or to taste
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Toss chickpeas, salt, and spices together in a small bowl until the chickpeas are evenly coated.
- Spread chickpeas evenly on a cookie sheet and bake for anywhere from 45-60 minutes, stirring occasionally (this is important for even cooking!) until they get hard and crunchy. Serve immediately or allow to cool first, they are good both ways!