I was turned on to roasting chickpeas several years back when seeking out healthier snack alternatives. Roasted garbanzo beans are seriously so easy to do that my four year old could almost pull it off all on her own. Well, almost. Plus, they taste absolutely amazing!
If you are a fan of hummus or chickpeas in general, then you will love toasted garbazo beans. I've been on a bit of a chickpea kick lately, if you hadn't noticed already. So... I thought what better time than now to roast some up for a grazing snack to have on hand.
You could really use this same method with almost any flavor combination that you could imagine. Today, I decided to go with some cheesy, garlic, herb roasted goodness. But, you can also do some plain salted, cinnamon sugar, or even a spicy buffalo flavor. The possibilities are pretty much endless!
These are a great snack to make ahead of time and keep on hand for a few days worth of snacking. I like to pre-portion mine out into little containers that are easy to grab-and-go when I'm on the run. Since they don't need to stay cool, they are perfectly work-friendly and kid approved too! And let me just tell you, my little bean is pretty snobby about her snacking habits!
Some people will say that you should remove the 'skins' from the chickpeas for 'proper' roasting... but, honestly I've never found it to make much of a difference (if any any all.) Plus, removing the skins takes quite a while to do. It's a wasted effort in my opinion!
You will want to be sure though, that you do dry them off as best you can after draining and rinsing. The more water that there is left on them, the less crispy they will be in the end. And I like my roasted chickpeas to be pretty crispy crunchy.
Garlicky Parmesan & Rosemary Roasted Chickpeas
Servings: 7 • Size: About 1/2 Cup • Calories: 151.7 • Fat: 1.9 g • Carb: 27.5 g • Fiber: 5.4 g • Protein: 6.6 g • Sugar: 0 g • Sodium: 386.4 mg
2 (14.5 Oz.) Cans Chickpeas/Garbanzo Beans, Drained, Rinsed & Dried
2 Tbsp. Shredded Dry Parmesan
1 Tsp. Dried Crushed Rosemary
1 Garlic Clove, Minced
1/8 Tsp. Garlic Powder
Salt & Pepper to Taste
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. and line a baking sheet with foil. Give the foil a light spritz of some non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
Toss the chickpeas and the rest of the ingredients together in a large bowl until they are all well and evenly coated.
Arrange the garbanzo beans onto the baking sheet in a single layer and give them a little spritz of non-stick cooking spray.
The spray will help them to get a little more crispy but isn't entirely needed!
Place the sheet into the preheated oven and bake for 30-40 minutes or until the chickpeas are crisp.
Carefully remove the sheet from the oven and set aside to cook slightly before serving.