What you can do with a can of chickpeas! These spicy roast chickpeas are super duper easy to make, and are also very healthy – what else really? If you find yourself a bit tight on money at the end of the month, it’s perfect as it costs less than €1! I haven’t invented anything here though, I’d seen similar recipes on Pinterest but thought it was worth sharing. Sharing is caring, right?
- Chickpeas, a can
- Olive oil, 2 tablespoons
- Salt (I used Pink Himalayan salt)
- Black pepper
- Cayenne pepper
- Garlic powder (optional)
Preheat the oven at 200°C.
Dry the chickpeas with a kitchen towel or some kitchen paper. Toss them in a bowl with the olive oil, salt, pepper, cayenne powder and garlic powder (if using any).
Spread them into a single layer on a baking sheet or in an oven dish, and bake for about 30-40 minutes until browned and crunchy.
Serve them hot as a snack or add them to a salad. I added them to an amazing new recipe: The fennel, quinoa and cauliflower rice salad.
Benefits of chickpeas
They’re high in proteins, hence a great option for vegetarian who want to ensure a proper protein intake – but bear in mind that you must combine with whole grains. Read my post What about proteins? to find out more.
Their high density of nutrients combined with high level of dietary fibre help those who want to loose weight. The fibre helps the body feel satiated and full for longer, and the nutrients give the body high level of energy and keep it active. The high level of dietary fibre can also improve digestion, keep bowel movements regular, and help get rid of inflammation, cramping, and bloating.
Chickpeas are also full of the kind of antioxidants which can help protect the body from cancer, coronary heart disease, macular degeneration, and even cognitive disorders such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.