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Kiddie Snack: Honey + Sea Salt Roasted Chickpeas

I’m a little late to the party when it comes to roasted chickpeas. I’ve seen these all over the web for a couple of years and I am finally getting around making them for M.

I have to admit, I was pretty hesitant at first.

Can chickpeas really get crunchy like a nut? Won’t it taste soggy?

What convinced me was how healthy chickpeas are. Full of fiber & protein, it does sound like the perfect little snack for my bottomless pit of a daughter.

Here’s everything you need:

  • 2 14 ounce cans chickpeas
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt

First, you want to drain and rinse the chickpeas. Lay them out on a paper towel to dry out for about 20 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Lay the chickpeas out on a large baking pan so that they create a single layer. Toss with canola oil and 1 tablespoon honey.

Bake for 40 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. Once the chickpeas are browned, remove from the oven toss in 1 tablespoon honey and sprinkle with sea salt.

Bake for 7-10 more minutes.

Remove from the oven and let them cool completely. The longer they cool, the crispier they will get.

The verdict?

We loved them! M loved them! The sweet from the honey was the perfect balance to the sea salt. I’m excited to start adding them to salads, as yogurt toppings, and to M’s lunches 🙂

Have you ever tried roasted chickpeas?

15 Responses

  1. Danielle Omar said on September 21, 2011 at 7:01 am

    I make these all the time but with savory spices. Love the honey idea! Thanks!

  2. Estela - Weekly Bite said on September 21, 2011 at 7:11 am

    I’m excited to try them with savory spices!

  3. Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) said on September 21, 2011 at 8:39 am

    Yours look wonderful! I’m dying to try them out!

  4. Heather @ Heather's Dish said on September 21, 2011 at 9:04 am

    I adore roasted chickpeas but never thought to ffo the sweet/salty combo! Sounds incredible 🙂

  5. Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic said on September 21, 2011 at 9:11 am

    I haven’t tried roasting chickpeas yet but you may have just convinced me 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  6. Pilar said on September 21, 2011 at 9:48 am

    Oh my goodness, I have to try these! I LOVE garbanzos…what an awesome idea. I had never even heard of roasting them to make them all crunchy and even more delicious.

  7. SnoWhite @ Finding Joy in My Kitchen said on September 21, 2011 at 10:18 am

    With a nut allergy, I’m always looking for alternatives to nuts — these look like a great idea!

  8. Estela - Weekly Bite said on September 21, 2011 at 11:08 am

    Pilar, you must try them! You will love them 🙂

  9. Lauren at Keep It Sweet said on September 21, 2011 at 11:17 am

    I made roasted chickpeas once and really enjoyed them, but I love that you did a sweet and salty version! Definitely trying this asap!

  10. emily (a nutritionist eats) said on September 21, 2011 at 11:48 am

    I had to try them a few times, I never cooked them long enough to get crispy, but they are great! Love your sweet/salty twist!

  11. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga said on September 21, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    I have a couple recipes for roasted chickpeas…cinnamon sugar and peanut flour based. I love them and yours look perfect!!

  12. Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg said on September 21, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    I lovvvvve roasted chickpeas!! I have to be careful with how addictive they are, haha!

  13. Casey @ Pocket Full of Sunshine said on September 22, 2011 at 10:54 am

    These sound delicious! A must-try for sure. 🙂 I like chickpeas, but I much prefer them roasted. Mmm!

  14. Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) said on September 22, 2011 at 11:01 am

    Chickpeas really are the answer to all culinary questions! Salty, sweet, soft, creamy, crispy…you name it, they can do it all! These look delicious! Estela!

  15. Melinda Beasi said on September 22, 2011 at 11:42 am

    I want to eat these RIGHT NOW. I never even considered this for a snack! Wonderful!