The truth is that not all snack foods get the attention they deserve, especially if they’re healthy ones. In fact, one hidden gem that deserves way more credit than it’s currently getting is the roasted garbanzo bean. And, perhaps best of all, this snack can be made in the convenience and comfort of one’s home with some serious ease.
In less than one hour, you can have the “it” snack food of the summer, fall, winter, or spring, as spicy roasted garbanzo beans are really a year-round treat. It’s all but certain that, once you try this recipe, you won’t be surprised when it becomes a mainstay in your household.
First, you’ll need to gather the ingredients for the recipe. You’ll need 1.5 cups of garbanzo beans (equivalent to 1 drained can), two tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, one teaspoon of onion powder, one teaspoon of garlic powder, one teaspoon of black pepper, one teaspoon of paprika, one teaspoon of cumin, and one teaspoon of salt.
You’ll also want to take this time to preheat the oven to 350° Fahrenheit and line a baking tray with foil.
Prepare the chickpeas for the oven
First, you’ll need to drain the chickpeas from the can and place them in a sieve or colander. Next, wash the chickpeas under cool water until the water below the sieve runs clear.
Then spread the chickpeas on a large cutting board lined with paper towels to soak up any remaining water. Pat the chickpeas dry and remove any loose skins that you find in the mix. This step may take a little extra time, but removing the skins will greatly improve the texture of the final snack.
Finally, transfer the chickpeas to the lined baking tray. Drizzle the chickpeas with olive oil and sprinkle them with salt, mixing them to ensure an even coating of oil and salt over the legumes.
Roast the chickpeas
After the chickpeas are prepared, you’ll roast them in the oven for 45 minutes at that good old standard of 350° Fahrenheit, or until they are crispy and a lovely golden brown color. This is the longest step of the recipe, to be sure, but it’s a rather easy one as you’re simply sitting back and allowing the oven to do its magic. Perhaps you want to make yourself a nice cup of tea or coffee in the meantime as a reward for picking this simple and delicious recipe.
Combine the seasonings
While the chickpeas roast, mix the onion powder, garlic powder, black pepper, paprika, cumin, and salt in a bowl. Set aside until the chickpeas are finished roasting in the oven. Then, when the chickpeas are fully cooked, remove them from the oven and place them into a separate, heat-resistant mixing bowl. Pour the spices from the previous mixing bowl on top of the chickpeas and mix until they’re evenly coated.
And though this is a pretty simple recipe altogether, make sure that you don’t dawdle when it comes to seasoning the chickpeas. “The seasoning can be added immediately when they come out of the oven,” Olayinka said. “When it’s hot, the seasoning tends to stick to food better.”
Once that’s done, transfer the garbanzo beans to a serving dish and enjoy. Yes, it really is that simple! However, if you’re not ready to eat them once they’re finished, you can also store them in an airtight jar for later.