These Spicy Garlic Thyme Roasted Chickpeas are a healthy, tasty snack you won’t be able to get enough of!
December should be known as the month for eating. I swear, it’s like everyone thinks calories consumed during December just don’t count (how much do you wish that was true?), myself included. With holiday desserts everywhere we go, peppermint-flavored everything taunting us around every corner, and delicious holiday cookies all around, it’s hard to resist the sugary-filled treats.
While I’m no saint, shoving cinnamon rolls, cookies and brownies into the mouths of everyone I know, I also opted to give a healthy alternative…too bad they were gone within about an hour. I’ve been wanting to make roasted chickpeas for a while, but they were just one thing I always forgot about. Probably the lack of butter and sugar involved. Now that I’ve made them though, they’ll be showing up on my kitchen counter quite often.They’re addictive, full of flavor, crunchy, and delicious. Just pop them in your mouth and feel guilt-free. While they are not noncaloric, they’re definitely better for you than those cinnamon rolls and sugar cookies, promise. They’re full of
fiber and nutrients, which is more than you can say of a cookie. These were primarily made for my sister Shaina who is gluten-free, sugar-free, and dairy-free, so these are great for those severely restricted diet people. She really enjoyed them!
Feel free to play around with the spices as well! Most flavor combos would work, and I really want to make a sweet version soon, so I’ll be posting that as well for you guys to try. I hope you make these soon to ease the holiday sugar rush and enjoy them as much as we did!
- 2 15 ounce cans chickpeas (garbanzo beans), rinsed, drained, and dried very well
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1–2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- ¾ teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- Salt to taste
- Preheat the oven to 425*F. In a medium saucepan, heat olive oil and garlic until garlic is light brown and toasted. Stir in the chickpeas, coating completely in the olive oil mixture. Stir in the spices.
- On a lined baking sheet, spread the chickpea mixture. Bake for 20 minutes. Stir chickpeas. Reduce heat to 375*F and continue baking for another 20-30 minutes or until chickpeas are browned and crunchy. This will take longer if your chickpeas weren’t very dry. Enjoy!
- Category: savory
- Cuisine: snacks
Keywords: chickpeas, garbanzo beans, baked, snack, thyme, roasted, savory, garlic, spicy