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Roasted Chickpeas

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Serves 6

These are fantastic snacks on their own, but are amazing (AMAZING) in salads or anywhere that you would normally add nuts, seeds or anything crunchy.
Per serve: 368.8kj (87.8cals); 2.7g total fat (0.3g saturated fat); 4.3g fibre


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You’ll need

2 x 400g cans chickpeas, rinsed and drained
2 tsp olive oil
1 tsp garlic salt (or just plain salt)
1 tsp pepper
2 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp dried rosemary

Let’s go

Dry chickpeas well between paper towel making sure you remove as much moisture as you can – I usually move them around a bit to make sure they are as dry as dry can be.

Heat oven to 210°C and line a large oven tray with baking paper. Toss chickpeas in oil, garlic salt, pepper and dried herbs. Pour over baking paper making sure the chickpeas are flat and not too crowded (if they’re too crowded, they won’t roast dry and go crunchy – if you haven’t got a tray big enough, use two but you may need to cook for a little longer).

Place tray in the oven and roast for 25 minutes. Move the chickpeas around and continue to roast for a further 20-25 minutes. Turn off the oven, open the door and allow to cool in the oven. See Cook’s Note about cooking times.

Feel free to include your own herb or spice combos – cumin, paprika, oregano, dried chilli or cayenne pepper. Just stir it through with the oil.

Cook’s Notes

  • Every oven is unique and cooks at different times. This works for mine, but keep an eye on them as they can go from lovely and golden to black and burnt quite quickly. If they look dark golden at the end of the cooking, remove them from the oven to cool. If you find that they’re not cooked enough after they’ve cooled, just put them back into the oven to cook for a little longer.
  • This recipe is for crunchy roasted chickpeas, but sometimes I like to make them with a slightly chewy texture – all depending on my mood and the chewy ones are wonderful in salads. Just be aware that they chewy ones won’t store well as they’ve still got moisture and will go mouldy after a day or two.

Why it’s good for you
Chickpeas are a fantastic source of protein and fibre, not to mention vitamin B, iron and zinc. They will keep you feeling fuller for longer and help to clean out your digestive tract. They are one of my super foods, alright!
Per serve: 368.8kj (87.8cals); 2.7g total fat (0.3g saturated fat); 4.3g fibre

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