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3 Types of Chickpea Snacks

Are you always reaching for snacks between meals? Chips, chocolate bars, and candy bars are usually jam packed with sugars, carbs, and tons of preservatives.  Instead, try for these crispy snacks that are high in protein and preservative free! Chickpeas are my favourite snack to have and are incredibly easy to make. Below are 3 types of chickpea snacks that will curb your appetite and feed your cravings. From salty, to sweet, to garlicky, check out the recipes below.

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BBQ Chickpeas:

  • 1 can of chickpeas (drained and DRIED! Very important)
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper

The directions for this specific flavour are fairly straight forward. Preheat your oven to 400º. Place dried chickpeas on an oven pan and sprinkle with olive oil. Add all other spices and mix until all chickpeas are evenly coated. Baked for 40-50 mins (depending on how hot your oven gets). Be sure to turn chickpeas 2-3 times throughout. ***Note: If you do not fully dry your chickpeas, they will come out soggy and soft on the inside. ***Second Note: These are a great to substitute for croutons in salads if you are trying to cut down on your carb intake.

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Sweet Cinnamon Protein-packed Chickpeas

  • 1 can of chickpeas (drained and DRIED)
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp coconut oil (melted)
  • 1 scoop of Vanilla or Chocolate Vega Protein Powder

Once again, preheat oven to 400º and lay dried chickpeas on a baking sheet. Coat with olive oil and vanilla extract. Sprinkle chickpeas with only 1 tsp of cinnamon and bake for 40-50 mins. Keep checking near the end to prevent burning and turn 2-3 times throughout. Once baked, let cool for 20 mins. In a large bowl, microwave the coconut oil for 15 seconds, toss in the cooled, crispy chickpeas, protein powder, and the last tsp of cinnamon. Voila! A sweet treat that can be taken on the road that is guilt free, yet very delicious. I usually alternate between chocolate and vanilla protein powder as both are equally tasty. ***Note: Do NOT put the protein powder on before placing them in the oven. I tried this once and the powder mixed with oil created a goo that slid to the bottom of the pan burning instantly.

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Garlic Parmesan Chickpeas

  • 1 can of chickpeas (drained and DRIED)
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 3 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 400º and lay dried chickpeas on a baking sheet. Pour on the olive oil first, followed by 2 tsp garlic powder, salt, pepper, and 1 tsp lemon juice. Toss chickpeas until they are all evenly coated. Bake for 40-50 mins turning 2-3 times throughout. (I usually just pick up the tray and shake them back and forth a few times). Once baked, let cool for 20 mins. In a large bowl add coconut oil and microwave for 15 seconds. Then, add chickpeas, 1 tsp lemon juice, 1 tsp garlic powder, and how ever much Parmesan cheese you deem fit! Toss until evenly coated. ***Note: Since this flavour contains dairy, the shelf life will not be as long as the other two. ***Second Note: This is great as a crouton for Caesar Salads or a cracker substitute for soups.

Be sure to let me know how your trials go with these snacks! Chickpeas are so versatile and can really be paired with any types of seasonings. Test and re-test to find your perfectly seasoned chickpea snacks!

– Bon Appetite xo

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