These crunchy, flavorful poppers make the perfect snacking food or topping for your favorite salad. Naturally high in fiber, all these need are some spices and you have the perfect healthy snack!
Chickpeas are such a versatile bean- they have a pretty bland flavor by themselves, but become quite tasty with the addition of your favorite spices. They are also high in protein and fiber, making them a healthy alternative to your favorite party mix *ahem.. Chex Sweet and Salty Mix* 😉
This recipe is about as simple as it gets and super quick to make. I love doubling (or tripling) it and making a big batch to last the week (which rarely happens). You can also try making this with your other favorite spice combinations- I personally love making a sweet variety with cinnamon and Truvia (or Stevia in the Raw). The possibilities are endless!
Line a cookie sheet with a Siplat liner (or parchment paper if you don't have one). Spread well-rinsed chickpeas evenly atop Silpat.
Thoroughly pat dry beans with paper towels. The more moisture you remove now, the crunchier they will get.
Drizzle olive oil on beans, spreading evenly with a basting brush.
Heavily sprinkle chickpeas with sea salt, chili powder, garlic powder and onion powder. There are no amounts for the spices listed above because this is really according to our taste.You will use a lot more spices than you think you need, as the beans are quite bland by themselves. I recommend tasting one here and there, adding more spices as necessary.
Use a spoon to mix around the beans, making sure they are all evenly coated with spices.
Bake chickpeas for 20-25 minutes, checking periodically to make surer why aren't burning. This step is quite important, as most oven don't have consistent temperatures and will require varied baking times. You'll know they are ready when the beans are becoming a rich golden brown color.
Once you notice they are almost ready, turn of the oven, leave the door slightly open and let sit for a few more minutes.
Remove from oven and scoop onto a serving tray (otherwise they will continue to cook further).
You can also let one cool and test to make sure it's crunchy enough for you. If not pop them back into the oven for a few more minutes.