The humble chickpea (aka garbanzo bean) becomes an addicting snack and/or topping in this ranch tortilla chip inspired adaptation. You might as well double the recipe because you can’t stop once you start chowing down on these crispy crunchy ranch chickpeas!

You might as well double the recipe because you can't stop once you start chowing down on these crispy crunchy ranch chickpeas!

Chickpeas are one of my favorite healthy snacks. I love the crunch of crackers and chips, but they’re not usually the most nutritious snack. Crunchy chickpeas are the perfect alternative… if they’re actually crunchy. Roasting them to crispy crunchy perfection can be a little tricky.

You might as well double the recipe because you can't stop once you start chowing down on these crispy crunchy ranch chickpeas!

Tip 1: To create the flavorful crispy crunchy ranch chickpeas, start with a can (or 2, if doubling recipe) of chickpeas- rinse, drain and dry them VERY well. I lay them out on a paper towel and roll a separate paper towel over the top of them. I usually let them sit for about 10 minutes and then pat them once more. Any moisture left on the chickpeas will prevent them from getting crunchy.

You might as well double the recipe because you can't stop once you start chowing down on these crispy crunchy ranch chickpeas!

Tip 2: Spread chickpeas on a baking sheet. Make sure it is large, if roasting up two cans of chickpeas. You want the chickpeas to have plenty of space and not touching. Begin roasting them in a cold oven and heat oven to 400 degrees F.

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Tip 3: After 15 minutes, remove baking sheet and spray chickpeas lightly with an olive oil cooking spray or mister. You don’t want chickpeas too oily, as they will be too soggy to ever become crispy. Next, add ranch seasoning or another favorite seasoning. I love salt and cinnamon too! Gently shake or stir chickpeas around, so they are evenly coated with oil and seasoning. Put them back in the oven for about 15- 20 minutes more.

Tip 4: Last, but definitely not least- turn the oven off, but leave chickpeas in until oven has completely cooled. You can leave the oven door open for quicker cooling.

This isn’t a super quick recipe, but there’s very little hands-on time. These are best made on “food prep Sunday” while you’re working in the kitchen to create other meals. The ranch seasoning is especially tasty, but taco seasoning is also a flavorful change-up. Perfect for snacking and a great alternative to croutons on salads!

You might as well double the recipe because you can't stop once you start chowing down on these crispy crunchy ranch chickpeas!

You might as well double the recipe because you can't stop once you start chowing down on these crispy crunchy ranch chickpeas!
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Nutrition Facts
Crispy Crunchy Ranch Chickpeas
Amount Per Serving
Calories 71.4 Calories from Fat 6
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0.7g 1%
Total Carbohydrates 13.6g 5%
Dietary Fiber 2.6g 10%
Protein 3g 6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Servings:5 , 1/4 cup servings
Crispy Crunchy Ranch Chickpeas
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
 
You might as well double the recipe because you can't stop once you start chowing down on these crispy crunchy ranch chickpeas!
Ingredients
  • 1 15 oz. can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained, rinsed and dried completely
  • olive oil mist or cooking spray
  • 2 tablespoons homemade ranch seasoning or your favorite seasonings
Instructions
  1. Spread dried chickpeas on a baking sheet. Begin roasting them in a cold oven and heat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. After 15 minutes, remove baking sheet and spray chickpeas lightly with an olive oil cooking spray or mister. Next, add ranch seasoning or another favorite seasoning. Gently shake or stir chickpeas around, so they are evenly coated with oil and seasoning. Put them back in the oven for about 15- 20 minutes more.
  3. Last, but definitely not least- turn the oven off, but leave chickpeas in until oven has completely cooled. You can leave the oven door open for quicker cooling.
  4. Enjoy as a healthy snack or use them in a salad instead of croutons!
Author: Kim Lee
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baked chickpeas, chickpea snack, crispy chickpeas, ranch chickpeas

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You might as well double the recipe because you can't stop once you start chowing down on these crispy crunchy ranch chickpeas!

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Are you a chickpea fan? Have you ever tried them roasted? If so, what’s your favorite seasonings to use?