Spicy Roasted Chickpeas Weight Watchers PP 3

Garbanzo beans or chick peas which ever you choose to call them you have probably seen these round cream colored bean on a salad bar. This legume tastes slightly nutty, buttery with a starchy texture and is a good source of fol-ate, fiber and protein. They show up in many salads, soups and if pureed they become the ever popular dip called hummus.

If you oven roast garbanzo beans they can be transformed into a crunchy, nutty snack that is good for you! I had my first roasted chickpeas a few years ago when they became popular among those following the South Beach diet. This recipe came from the new Weight Watchers PointsPlus cookbook. If you do an Internet search you can find many different versions of roasted chickpeas using a wide variety of spices and roasting methods. This one works well and results in a nice crunchy snack. If you prefer less crunch bake them for a shorter time and they will be slightly crunchy on the outside but still soft and tender on the inside.

Talk about an easy recipe! Open a can of chickpeas (garbanzo beans) drain and rinse. Combine with selected spices and a little Olive oil, spread out on a baking sheet and roast in a preheated oven.

After 35-40 minutes you have a flavorful, crunchy, nutty, salty snack. Be forewarned, they are addictive! Measure out your serving and put the rest in a covered container. Set some out as an appetizer the next time you have company.

A serving size is 1/3 cup for 3 Weight Watchers PointsPlus points. They are filling and very satisfying. Try some sprinkled over a salad instead of croutons or make them into a trail mix with dried fruit. Great movie or football snack!

Spicy Roasted Chickpeas

  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne
  • 2 – 15 1/2 ounce cans chickpeas (garbanzo beans) drained, rinsed and patted dry

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Arrange racks in top and bottom thirds of oven.

2. Stir together oil, chili powder, cumin, salt and cayenne in large bowl add chickpeas and toss to coat.

3. Line two large rimmed baking sheets with aluminum foil, spray with nonstick spray.

4. Divide chickpeas between the two pans. Bake, shaking pans occasionally and rotating pans from top to bottom shelves after 20 minutes. Bake until chickpeas are browned and crisp. Approximately 35-40 minutes total baking time.

Serve warm or at room temperature. Store in a lidded storage container. They do lose their crispness after being stored but I like them soft too!

This recipe can easily be cut in half.

Yield: 6 servings   Serving Size: 1/3 cup

Nutritional Information

Per serving; 141 calories, 4g fat,527mg sodium, 20g carbs, 5g fiber, 6g protein

Old WWP 2 / New WWPP 3

Adapted from Weight Watchers PointsPlus cookbook

I have also used the Moroccan Spice Mix below. Use 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon to one can of chickpeas for oven roasting. I love the spicy kick it has and it fills your kitchen with the most delicious aroma! I found the Moroccan Spice Mix recipe on Kayln’s Kitchen and she said it came from Fine Cooking magazine.

Moroccan Spice Mix

  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Mix together all ingredients and store in a glass container with a lid. Use 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon to 1 can chickpeas for oven roasting. The spice mix is also good on oven roasted vegetables.

Updated 3/26/11

Nutmeg Notes

Snacking can be healthy if you choose wisely. If I want something salty and crunchy I usually go for light microwave popcorn or pretzels with a few pieces of dried fruit. I like that sweet and salty combo. Sometimes my snack is a piece of low fat cheese and an apple. Lately it has been fat free yogurt with fruit and a sprinkle of my homemade granola. Have you made that yet? It is fabulous!

The roasted chickpeas would make a great movie snack. When we go to the theater to see a movie I always pack my own snacks and a bottle of water. The last movie we saw was The Kings Speech which was the best movie I have seen in a long time. I took an apple cut up and two cuties peeled in a ziplock and a little snack bag of pretzel sticks. I have been known to pop my own popcorn at home, put it in a large ziplock and stow it in my super big purse! Hey, if they sold healthy snacks I wouldn’t have to become a food smuggler!

Healthy Snacking!


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  1. Karen says:

    I rarely go to the theater, usually waiting to watch things on DVD. But when I go, I sometimes sneak in snacks too! Out theaters have an official policy against that. I have made this kind of snack and was careful to put the chickpeas in portion controlled bags right away. Too easy to eat a lot of calories with the tiny things! When I was at the spa last summer this was one of the afternoon snacks, and theirs were better than mine.

  2. Jenn @ Cooking Aweigh the Pounds says:

    I love roasted chickpeas and these look spicy and full of flavor!

    We rarely make it to the movies anymore. With the high cost of tickets and the lower quality of movies, it takes a really really really good movie to get us to a theater. And if we do go, we just get a bottle of water ($4!!!! *gasp*) and split it. When I first met my husband, he could not sit through a movie without popcorn in hand so this is a great achievement! Even if theaters do start offering healthy foods, could you imagine what they’d charge for an apple?

  3. Genie@dietof51 says:

    Hi Tami!

    Stopping by to say hello!

    Those roasted chick peas look and sound delicious! I have not heard of doing that, but it sounds like something I might actually try.

    I popped in a while ago; I think you were visiting your daughter in Spain. You certainly have the life!

    Keep on cooking, writing and photographing!


    1. Tami says:

      Genie it was good to hear from you! We have not gone to Spain yet! Katy was home for winter break for 3 weeks. We had a nice visit with her.
      We are going in April to Spain to visit her during her Spring break.
      Hope your job is going well! I miss your postings.

  4. Carol says:

    I was thinking about these today…read about them on the WW board! Anxious to try them!

    I’ll bet it’s 20 years since we went to a movie theater. Guess we preferred to stay at home & rent movies. It is so expensive here for admission & heaven if you want a snack!!
    Now I can’t stay awake sometimes to watch an hour long show on TV! 🙂 🙂 🙂

    1. Tami says:

      It is expensive to go to the show here too Carol. We don’t go all that often but sometimes it is fun. We mostly rent movies too.

  5. Leslie says:

    I have to try the chickpeas – I’ve seen them on other blogs, but you made it really sound easy.

    I also sneak things into theaters – fruit, pretzels, diet soda! I know it’s probably “wrong”, but so are the prices they charge for unhealthy stuff.

    1. Tami says:

      Leslie they are easy to make, you must give it a try!

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  7. Ann says:

    Absolutely I’m a smuggler. I’ve taken fruit, nuts, and even Subway sandwiches at times. I agree with you, there aren’t any healthy alternatives there so it’s their own fault. The chick peas look interesting.

  8. Roz says:

    HI Tami, I saw this recipe in the new book, and you’ve inspired me to give it a go. Thanks!!!

    1. Tami says:

      You will have to let me know what you think of them!

    2. Tami says:

      You will have to let me know what you think of them!

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