Saturday, June 8, 2013

Honey Cinnamon Roasted Chickpeas

I have been in a "snacking" mood lately... probably because I'm ALWAYS hungry. Changing up my workout (I added in 2 days of boxing a week) has made my metabolism skyrocket! So finding some healthy and filling snack options was a necessity. First I made a batch of Crispy Kale Chips, then moved onto a batch of Honey Cinnamon Roasted Chickpeas!

I used this master recipe for the plain Roasted Chickpeas... then seasoned with the Honey Cinnamon seasoning (at the bottom of the recipe). You could also create your own seasonings; the possibilities for this healthy snack are endless! 

Roasted Chickpeas (Master Recipe)
by Oven Love

2 cans chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
2 tablespoons olive oil
seasonings of your choice (see below for suggestions)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Prepare the beans for roasting by draining and rinsing them, then letting them dry on a towel until most of the excess moisture is absorbed.

Spread on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.

Roast the chickpeas in the oven for 45-60 minutes or until the beans are crunchy throughout (just test one- if they are still mostly soft on the inside and there’s no crunch, keep baking).

Immediately (while beans are still hot), toss with olive oil and seasonings. Serve hot or at room temperature.

The Roasted Chickpeas are best the first day, but can be kept in an airtight container for up to 4 days.

Seasoning Suggestions:
Sesame Soy- 1 teaspoon sesame oil, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
Honey Cinnamon- 1 teaspoon cinnamon, a pinch nutmeg, 1/4 teaspoon sea salt, 2 tablespoons honey (you can throw these back in the oven for 10-15 minutes to caramelize if you like)  *I made this recipe!
Garlic Parmesan- 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese, 1 teaspoon garlic powder or 2 cloves fresh minced garlic, 1/4 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper, 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
Smoky Spice Blend - 1/2 teaspoon ancho chile powder, 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon cumin, 1/4 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper, 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, pinch cayenne (optional)

The Honey Cinnamon Roasted Chickpeas are the perfect low-fat, low-calorie, crunchy, sweet and salty snack. And since chickpeas are beans, they are full of fiber and fill you up!

Hummmm.... roasted chickpeas might also be delicious seasoned with some Sriracha and maple syrup like my favorite Spicy Maple Nuts. Ok, yes I'm definitely trying that next....



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