That is why I want to share my current healthy snack obsession - Old Bay Roasted Chickpeas. These tasty and healthy bits satisfy hunger and the desire to ingest something crunchy and salty. When done correctly, they can be enjoyed by ravenous swimmers, hungry America's Got Talent viewers, and starving Dungeons and Dragons players. My family has even started searching for them in the snack cupboard and requesting them. I knew they were blog worthy when one of my teenagers yelled, "Who ate all of those little crunchy things mom keeps making?"
Old Bay Roasted Chickpeas Recipe
1-15 ounce can chickpeas (a.k.a. garbanzo beans)
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning (or your favorite seasoning salt)
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 chili pepper
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon cracked pepper
1. Drain and rinse chickpeas.
2. Line a baking sheet with paper towels. Place drained and rinsed chickpeas in a single layer on the paper towel lined baking sheet. Cover with more paper towels. Allow to drain for a few hours or overnight. Note: The less moisture in the chick peas the crunchier they will be after baking.
3. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
4. In a large bowl, whisk together olive oil and spices. Fold in chickpeas until they are coated with oil and spice mixture.
5. Spread the coated chickpeas onto a baking sheet that is lined with parchment paper or a silpat liner. Shake the pan slightly so the chick peas are spread out in a single layer.
6. Bake the chick peas for 15 minutes. Toss the chick peas and continue baking for up to 15 more minutes checking and shaking pan every 5 minutes. I know the chick peas are done when I can smell the Old Bay aroma and they are just starting to brown.
7. Cool and enjoy immediately or store in an airtight container for up to a week.