I’ve realized recently, that while it’s pretty easy to come up with healthy and delicious meal ideas, snacks are a whole other animal. I know when I think of “healthy snacks”, my mind goes to an apple, or some carrot sticks. But sometimes those things just don’t cut it. Around 4 pm every day at work, I find myself craving something salty and crunchy, and instead of perusing the many heavily processed and overpriced choices available in our vending machine, I decided to make these little bad boys.
This healthy snack is incredibly easy to make. First you drain a can of chickpeas. Then you bake those in the oven so they start to dry out and get crunchy.
After about 20 minutes you pull them out and toss them in a bit of olive oil and seasoning. I used salt and chili powder because I like mine with a kick. You could do plain old salt if you’re a purist or maybe cinnamon and sugar if you have a sweet tooth. You spread these back on the pan to cook for about 10 more minutes or until they’re crunchy.
Nutritional highlights: Chickpeas are amazingggg for you. They’re a great source of protein, zinc, and folate. They also have a lot of dietary fiber and we all know what that’s good for. This little snack is way lower in fat than anything you can find in that vending machine and provides a lot of nutritional value because it’s all natural. If you’re good at portion control, you can keep the container of these in your desk. If you’re like me and that’s not your forte, split them up into 4 or 5 little baggies for on the go snacks. Enjoy!!!
– One can of chickpeas/garbanzo beans (same thing) rinsed and drained
– 1 teaspoon olive oil
– Seasonings of your choice! (Some ideas: Salt and chili powder; salt, cumin, and cayenne; or a little brown sugar and cinnamon)
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
2. Pour chickpeas onto baking sheet (with edges) and bake for 20 minutes, shaking pan halfway through so they don’t burn
3. Take them out and toss with the olive oil and seasoning.
4. Return to the oven and bake for another 10-15 minutes, shaking pan occasionally, until crunchy.