In my haste to get my toddlers to eat something nutritious and clean out my cupboard, I decided to crack out the old roasted chickpea recipe. It is really quite simple and packed with protein and fiber….more than I can say for their addiction to fruit snacks.
I was not sure if the little pipsqueaks would go for it, but figured I had nothing to lose as the chick peas were rapidly collecting dust in my cupboard. Much to my surprise, they LOVED them. I actually had to cut them off in fear of the next bathroom break. Hopefully, your kiddos will too.
I made two batches one seasoned with a ranch packet and the other batch a smoked paprika & garlic.
The ranch was by far the favorite of the little ones and my husband, I favored the others.
- (1) Can of chick peas
- (2) tsp of extra virgin olive oil
- Whatever seasoning you desire
- I used the following
- Ranch version:
- (1) Tbs of ranch seasoning
- Smoked Paprika & Garlic version:
- ½ tsp paprika
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- ¼ tsp cumin
- ¼ tsp kosher salt
- Dash of cayenne pepper or more if desired
- Drain and rinse chickpeas with water.
- Place on paper towels and cover with additional paper towels. Be sure to get the chickpeas dry. I pat and roll the chickpeas to get them dry. You may loosen the skins of some of the chickpeas and that is just fine, you can either quickly pull them out or include them when baking for extra crunchy pieces.
- Mix olive oil and seasoning in a bowl stir in chick peas until well coated.
- Place chick peas on a lined baking sheet (foil or parchment paper work best)
- Bake in oven at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. Remove pan and give it a good shake to toss the chickpeas.
- Place back in oven and cook for an additional 20 minutes or so.
- If you want them extra crunchy cook them longer but be sure to keep an eye on them so they do not burn.
- Place in a serving dish & enjoy!
- The beauty of these are you can season them any way you like. You could try chili-lime, cinnamon-sugar, General Tso…the possibilities are endless.