You are hosting an evening with good friends or a nice movie – it makes sense to offer a few snacks. Chips and other junk food snacks are delicious, but mostly contain empty calories that later become uncomfortable on your hips and on the scale. Try healthy alternatives to potato chips like the following easy chickpea snack recipes!
Chickpeas contain large amounts of protein, fiber, B vitamins, and trace elements such as folic acid, iron, manganese, magnesium, copper, and zinc. Due to their low glycemic index, they are also particularly suitable for diabetics. Vegetarians and vegans in particular benefit from healthy legumes due to the high protein content and the supply of iron and calcium. The versatile chickpeas are therefore the perfect low-calorie, gluten-free, vegan snack and can be prepared in different variations ranging from savory to sweet and spicy.
Savory chickpea snack – Oven recipe
Ingredients for 2 servings
8.5 oz (240 g) canned chickpeas – rinse over a sieve until they no longer foam and pat dry with kitchen paper.
2 tbsp olive oil, for cooking
1 teaspoon curry powder
1 teaspoon paprika powder, mild or spicy
2 teaspoons of sea salt
optional: 2 – 3 sprigs of rosemary – Rinse rosemary, pluck the needles, and chop finely.
Preparation time: approx. 10 minutes
Cooking/baking time approx. 30 minutes
Tip: You can use dried chickpeas as well, but they have to be soaked and cooked for a long time, which requires planning ahead. But making chickpea snacks using dried chickpeas saves a lot of packaging waste in the long run because dried chickpeas are often even available unpackaged and also relatively inexpensive.
And this is how you make the roasted chickpea snack:
- Pat the chickpeas dry and place in a container with a lid. Add olive oil, salt, and spices. Put the lid on and shake to marinate the chickpeas evenly. Of course, you can mix the ingredients well in a bowl instead.
- Spread the chickpeas evenly on a baking tray lined with baking paper and bake in the oven at 390°F / 200 °C (top/bottom heat) for around 30-45 minutes.
- If the chickpeas were still a little damp, it may take longer. Every now and then, check and shake the chickpeas. If they are evenly brown and crispy, the snack is ready.
*If you want to prepare the chickpea snacks in the air fryer, set the temperature to 390 degrees Fahrenheit and cook for 10 minutes. Then remove the basket from the fryer and shake the chickpeas. Continue cooking for 5 more minutes until crispy and light brown.
You can serve the roasted chickpeas immediately or let them cool and fill into glasses. As a snack for spontaneous occasions, they can be stored at room temperature for at least a week.
Nutritional value per serving (100 g / 4 oz.):
Calories: 210 kcal
Carbohydrates: 18 g
Protein: 7 g
Fat: 12 g
Roasted chickpeas are a good low carb high protein snack, but they probably won’t fit on keto. Hummus would be a better option here.
If you love the taste of crispy chickpeas, you can try different flavors for a change! Here are 3 more chickpea snack ideas!
Indian spiced chickpea snack
Use curry powder instead of paprika to give the chickpeas an Indian touch. For even more exotic taste add some Garam masala.
Spicy chickpeas with chili
If you don’t want to admit that the movie has brought you to tears, you can blame these on a spicy chickpea snack. About a teaspoon of chili powder instead of paprika powder gives the snack a moderately spicy taste. Those who prefer more spiciness can of course increase the amount of chili.
Sweet chickpeas with honey and cinnamon
Unusual, but really delicious – the honey-roasted sweet chickpeas are a delight for those with a sweet tooth. Mix with two tablespoons of honey (or alternatively sugar beet juice, concentrated apple syrup, or agave syrup for a vegan variant) and a teaspoon of cinnamon and bake in the same way as in the recipe above.
If you’re looking for more quick and easy healthy snack recipes, try these Energy balls out!