I tried roasted chickpeas today and loved them. Chickpeas, a.k.a. garbanzo beans, are loaded with protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals. One 100 gram serving of these little beauties without salt contains 27+ g of carbs, 7.6 g dietary fiber, 2.6g fat, and almost 9g of protein. They also contain vitamin A, B6, C, E and K as well as thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, folate, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium and zinc.
Because of the dietary fiber, garbanzo beans can lower cholesterol. They also promote dietary health by increasing the size and weight of your stool and softening it. If you suffer from diarrhea, eating a high fiber diet can help bulk the poop and make it easier to pass. Just a side note in case you wanted to know :o)
Anyway, this snack is healthy, easy and worth to try.
What you'll need:
1 can of Garbanzo beans
About 1.5 tbsp olive oil
Spice mix of your choice (I used Real Salt and Garlic Powder)
1. Rinse the beans until the water is clear.
2. Lay them on a paper towel in the baking dish ( I used a cookie sheet) and use another paper towel to dry them. If you want the skins off, rub the beans a little and pick the skins off. Remove the paper towel.
3. Drizzle the olive oil in the baking dish and use your hand to coat the chickpeas. Bake at 400F for about 30 - 40 minutes. Bake them until they are deep golden color and crunchy.
4. Season with spices of your choice and enjoy!
You could easily double, triple, quadruple etc. this recipe. It's fast, healthy and even your kids and bean hating spouses will love it!