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Sweet and Salty Roasted Chickpeas – Cheap, Easy, and Addictive

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Prior to making sweet and salty roasted chickpeas (garbanzo beans), chickpeas did not entice me at snack time.  I didn’t search the pantry saying, “Chocolate, nah!  Graham cracker, no thanks.  Oooh, I know what I should have: chickpeas!”  Silly me!   I now realize that with minimal effort, some sugar, a small amount of oil, spices, and salt, a can of chickpeas can turn into a grazing food akin in addictiveness and crunching pleasure to popcorn.

Hop on board the chickpea choo choo (I’m picturing a train with chickpeas flying out of the engine instead of smoke) and give these a go!  If you’re already along for the ride, I’d love to hear what spices you use.

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Sweet and Salty Roasted Chickpea Recipe

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Sweet and Salty Roasted Chickpeas – Cheap, Easy, and Addictive


  • 1 can 14 oz chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon or your spice s of choice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  1. Place chickpeas on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a Silpat.
  2. Bake at 450 F for 30 minutes. (You didn't miss anything here. You don't oil or season them until after they are done. In fact, for an extra healthy treat, try them when they get out of the oven before even adding the oil. They are enjoyable all on their own.)
  3. Transfer chickpeas to a bowl and mix thoroughly with the rest of the ingredients.
  4. Enjoy hot, or bring to room temperature and store in an air-tight container. Like popped corn, the chickpeas are never as good the next day. However, they are still quite enjoyable 3-4 days after making them.

I encourage you to eat the chickpeas hot by the handful, but save a few as cupcake toppers for gluten-free chocolate cupcakes made with garbanzo bean flour (coming soon).

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