Roasted Chickpeas

In a perfect world, your toddler will always gladly accept an apple (or any fresh fruit / veggie) handed to them as a mid-day snack. Well, it is not the case in reality (even with the biggest fruit lover like my daughter). There are days when your tots simply just want something else, not fruits and not vegetables. And when that happens, you want to make sure that you have a cup of this tasty healthy roasted chickpeas available to serve them. If you do, you will be showered in kisses (well, I’m exaggerating a bit, mine just gave me a hug but that’s all I need ^^).

I might have said this many times, but this roasted chickpeas is really easy to make. It requires almost no effort from your part except for some rubbing when you wash it. That’s about it. The rest is just your oven’s job to finish. You have an option to use dried chickpeas or already cooked chickpeas. From experience, you will need to soak the dried chickpeas over night, then boil it in lightly salted water for about 30 minutes in order to get a soft delicious chickpeas to proceed further with this recipe. I find it not always handy to use dried chickpeas so I often opt for the canned one unless I have plenty of time.

Roasted Chickpeas is one of many healthy toddler snacks on Healthy Little Plate.

Roasted Chickpeas Recipe (Roasted Garbanzo Beans)

Healthy Toddler Snacks: Roasted Chickpeas

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • • 400 grams cooked chickpeas (I used canned chickpeas)
  • • 1 tsp smoked paprika powder
  • • 1 tsp dried Italian herbs (can be replaced by dried oregano and rosemary)
  • • ½ tsp onion powder
  • • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • • Salt and pepper to taste (I used a pinch of pepper and pink Himalaya salt)

Instructions

  1. Preheat ovent o 180 degree C. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Remove the chickpeas from can. Wash and rinse it well under running water while rubbing it lightly between your fingers to remove the skins. Remove the skins and rinse it a couple more time until the water is not cloudy.
  3. Transfer the washed chickpeas to a basket to drain. Line a few kitchen paper towels on your kitchen counter and spread the washed chickpeas over, then cover with another layer of kitchen paper towels. Gently press the paper towels to absorb all excess water from the chickpeas. Make sure the chickpeas are dry before roasting (discard the towels afterwards)
  4. Place the chickpeas in a large mixing bowl; sprinkle the spices, salt and pepper over. Toss well until the chickpeas are well covered in the seasonings. Drizzle oil over and give it a few shakes to make sure the chickpeas are coated in oil.
  5. Spread the seasoned chickpeas on the prepared baking sheet (single layer). Roast in the oven for 35 minutes until slightly crunchy. Stir the chickpeas every 15 minutes. Turn off the oven and let it rest in there for 5 more minutes before serving it to your tots. Store in an airtight container.

Roasted Chickpeas

Fresh out of the oven *yummmm*

Note 1: When I make this for my hubby and me, I roast it for 45 minutes (and let it rest for 5 more minutes) so it will be perfectly crunchy for our taste. But when I serve it to my 2-year-old daughter I reduce the roasting time down to 35 minutes to make sure it is not too hard for her to chew. After 35 minutes in the oven and 5 minutes resting, the chickpeas are a bit soft on the inside and slightly crunchy on the outside, just about right for a 2-year-old teeth ^^. Make sure you adjust the timing accordingly depending on your toddler’s age and preference 😉 .

Note 2: If you make this roasted chickpeas for yourself and you love spicy snacks then I recommend adding some dried cayenne pepper to the seasoning mix. One word: YUMMMM!

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