If you are a vegan or vegetarian, it doesn’t mean that you are not allowed to snack anymore. With a little bit of creativity and diligent research, you will be surprised to see that you actually have a bunch of snack options. You can have a different food item to munch on every day!
In this type of diet, you should get your daily protein requirement from plant-based foods. Chickpeas are excellent when it comes to this. Also known as garbanzo beans, chickpeas play a vital role in every vegan or vegetarian’s diet. They are the most popular source of protein. They are a great addition to your breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even snacks.
How Can You Benefit From Chickpeas?
Chickpeas belong to the legume family as peanuts and kidney beans. There are various types. But, in general, they do have a nutty and buttery flavor. They also have a creamy texture, and this what makes them versatile. Chickpeas are used in different cuisines.
As per nutritionists, garbanzo beans are quite useful in controlling blood sugar and promoting healthy digestion. They are helpful too in lowering cholesterol levels as well as the risks of cancer.
Needless to say, they are packed with nutrients, and they are an excellent source of protein. Here is how you can make use of chickpeas for a snack:Print
A handful of oven-roasted chickpeas with your favorite seasoning makes a healthy, high-fiber, high-protein snack.
12 oz. garbanzo beans (drained)
1 pinch cayenne pepper
1 pinch each of salt and garlic salt
2 tbsp. olive oil
- Preheat oven to 350 to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Dry the chickpeas using a paper towel, and pour them onto a baking sheet. Make sure that the layer is even.
- Put the chickpeas in the oven and leave them there for up to 10 minutes or until they are all dry.
- Pull them out and toss them with oil and salt. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes.
- Once they are crispy and golden brown, toss seasonings.
- Allow the chickpeas to cool before serving.
If you intend to store the roasted chickpeas, you can put them in a resealable bag or container with a lid. Make sure to leave the lid slightly open to maintain their crunchiness.
- Method: Roasting
How to Achieve Crispy, Roasted Chickpeas
The number one rule is to drain the chickpeas really well. You can use a strainer for this purpose. And as you can see in the instructions above, putting the garbanzo beans in the heated oven for up to 10 minutes before adding the oil and salt and finally baking them will help ensure that they will get crispy later on.
Another trick is to get rid of the skins. This can be time-consuming, but it’s an excellent way to have crispier chickpeas.
Also, avoid too much seasonings as this can also affect the crunchiness of your snack. It is important that you allow them to cool and breathe out after baking.
Crispy oven-roasted chickpeas are an excellent snack not only for vegans and vegetarians but for everybody. And when it comes to the seasonings, there are plenty of options, which include salt, pepper, cumin powder, chili powder, cheese, cinnamon, peanut flour, lime, and many more!