Roasted Chickpeas

As P goes out and forages for food, I have decided to write a blog.  I have recently discovered the amazingness of roasted chickpeas - or garbanzo beans.  Did you know that garbanzo beans and chickpeas are the same thing?  I really didn't realize this for a long time until I had to buy them on my own.  Luckily the can usually says both on the label.  Does anyone know if you can get them some other way besides canned?  I've never really looked for them in any other way but canned...
Anyway, back to the amazingness!  P does not really like beans of any kind and when I add them to any dish, he pretty much eats around them.  Something about the texture or something...whatever!  In general, roasting things changes the texture so when I ran across the recipe on the internet, I decided to try it.  P was pretty skeptical.  He didn't think the texture would change much and was really tentative about trying them.  But, he did and they were a hit!  Roasting the chickpeas changed their texture dramatically.  They were no longer mushy inside but crispy and crunchy and a nice substitute for chips.  They were really easy to make too!

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.  Get yourself two 15oz cans of garbanzo beans, strain and rinse them.  Get a roasting pan or cookie sheet, layer it with foil and spray the foil with cooking spray (I actually just wiped the foil with a little olive oil).  Dump the garbanzo beans on the foil in one layer and pop them in the oven for about 30-40 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes.  You can test the crunchiness by taking one chickpea out, letting it cool a bit and then tasting it.  While they are baking, get a bowel and mix about two tablespoons olive oil in the bowel with about 3-6 teaspoons of your desired spice(s).  I used garlic salt because it was all we had on hand.  Once the chickpeas get to your desired crunchiness, take them out of the oven and let cool a few mins then toss them with the pre-mixed oil and spices.  Taste them while mixing until they taste perfect.  Then, MUNCH!! Store leftovers in an air-tight container, if there are any leftovers...

Recipe adapted from chowmama's recipe.


  1. you can purchase them dried. I keep meaning to find them this way to have on had, but always forget. I believe this is the only way miss Sadie does it so she would be able to answer any questions. dont quote me though

    These look and sound delicious, I must try them!

  2. I get them dried all the time! I make big batches and freeze them. That way I always have some on hand.

    P.S. love the plate. :)