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
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.
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!
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