Monday, August 13, 2012

Crispy Roasted Chili Lime Chickpeas


I've been dying for an excuse to make these amazing roasted chickpeas that I've been savouring vicariously over the blogosphere.

So when the sun gave way to clouds last week and the temperature started to dip, I decided to spark up the oven and get some chili lime action going on.

I'm also conscious - sort of - of the fact that our boys will be heading back to school in a couple of weeks (oh no, say it ain't so!) and I'm always on the lookout for new and delicious snacks to send them off with - or to have at home when they return from school famished.

These roasted chickpeas are sooo delicious, you'll forget how good they are for you. 

Chickpeas are a rich source of fibre, low glycemic carbohydrates, folate and vegetable protein - they also contain good amounts of manganese, phosphorus and iron.  In fact, a half cup serving of cooked chickpeas contains 6.2 grams of fibre, 7 grams of high-quality plant protein and 35% of the RDA for folate - wrapped up in a mere 134 calories. 

You might say these nibbles are a notch (or two) above potato chips nutritionally.

You may also find them equally addictive!


Crispy Roasted Chili Lime Chickpeas

  • 1 ½ cups dry chickpeas or 3 cups cooked and well rinsed from can
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp chili powder (I used part ancho chili)
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1 Tbsp lime zest
  • ½ tsp sea salt

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Notes:

If you follow my blog you know that I prize time efficiency.  I focus on whole ingredients and try to keep the fuss to a minimum.  Beans are one thing however, that I do feel are worth the preparation time.  The taste is incomparable and so is the texture - you can control how long you cook the bean which means that you can create al dente results every time rather than the mushy canned variety.  I am also conscious of BPA linings in canned goods and try to minimize our exposure as much as possible. 

I tend to prepare the beans in the morning while I'm busy doing other things in the kitchen.  That way, I'm not 'waiting' on them - they're doing their thing in the background while I continue to buzz around doing my thing.  Once cooked, I just pop them in the fridge and pull them out again when needed.



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Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 F.

Cook dry beans according to package directions or thoroughly rinse canned beans.

Once cooled and drained, place chickpeas in a large bowl.  Add olive oil, chili powder, lime juice, lime zest and sea salt over chickpeas and then toss contents to thoroughly coat chickpeas with mixture.

Invert chickpeas onto a parchment lined baking sheet.





Spread chickpeas out on baking sheet.



Cook in the oven for about 35 minutes - shaking the tray every 10 minutes or so - until chickpeas are crispy (they will actually crisp up and have a different texture than the meatier ones you might be accustomed to). 

If you prefer the meaty texture to the airier crispy texture, simply cook them for less time - maybe 20 minutes or so.

Remove chickpeas from oven and allow them to cool for a few minutes.


Once cooled, place roasted chickpeas in a bowl or serving dish of choice and enjoy ~




We eat them like peanuts!

28 comments:

  1. I love making these! Such a great grab-and-go snack, and they make a fantastic salad topping.

    Totally agree with you on the chickpeas. I cook a bunch at a time and freeze what I don't use.

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  2. Love these Kelly - the only problem I find is you have to be so careful when roasting them. Too little and they're still soft, too long in the oven and they're like little bullets :D

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  3. Good point! Thanks Charles - your version is right up there among my favourites...

    http://www.fiveeurofood.com/index.php/2012/05/garlic-and-cumin-roasted-chick-peas/

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  4. Amy @ Elephant EatsAugust 13, 2012 at 10:49 PM

    Oooooh, LOVE this flavor you made these chickpeas!!! I bed the lime adds such a nice tang. I'm totally making these.

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  5. Kelly! I'm dying here...I already have a roasted chickpea problem...and now I'm going to go and make these delicious bites and probably eat the whole tray in one sitting. Thanks a lot! ;-)

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  6. Beautiful, healthy and delicious! What else could one ask in a snack? Oh, and they are spicy too and low-calorie! Definitely something for me. I love the way you have put the lime beside the plate. I might steal the idea from you ;-)

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  7. Ah ... so that's what the 2 cans of chickpeas sitting on my pantry shelf are for. I've also been seeing a lot of these yummy snacks around and one of them suggested using canned chickpeas, which of course would save me a ton of time. I'd bought those cans and totally forgot about them ... til now. Thanks for the reminder!

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  8. I think you are the straw that broke the camels back - these look way too delicious to wait any longer :)

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  9. Kelly,
    I've only eaten these in Hummus, which I LOVE.
    You come up
    with the most intriguing recipes! Love from MN. xx

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  10. Kelly, I have been seeing these roasted chick peas all over as well and still haven't made them and I really want to. I have some garbanzos just sitting in a jar waiting to be put to some good use. I'll let you know how mine turn out, thanks for the reminder on these healthy snacks.

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  11. I love chili and lime together and chick peas are one of my favourite legumes. I tried doing the dry method a while ago, but I suspect that my chick peas were just too old and never really reconstituted. I think I will try it again, this one just look too tasty to pass up on.

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  12. Ooh I like this flavor combo, great idea. Been doing mine with a salt-n-vinegar flavor!

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  13. Oooh, this look amazing! Definitely going on my to-make list!!

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  14. These chickpeas are calling me. I mean seriously calling me :). I have to make time to make these :)

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  15. A great snack. I love the flavours.

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  16. I might just have to give roasted chickpeas another try because I love this recipe! Anything with chili gets my vote. I've made roasted chickpea twice now and both times, they came out mealy. Neither of us like them. Looking at your instructions, maybe I just didn't cook them long enough. Third time's charm? :)

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  17. Oh darn, that's too bad. Around the 30 minute mark I definitely noticed the texture changing - the chickpeas seemed to transition from fleshy to crispy - I quite like the natural, fleshy taste of chickpea so if you like that texture, I'd recommend less than 30 minutes at 400 F. After 30 minutes you have to really watch that they do go from crispy to rock hard as Charles cautions. I hope it works if you give them another try! ;-).

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  18. Thank you for reminding me that I have a bag of chickpeas sitting in the pantry that I was going to roast some weeks ago. I think this was meant to be...They are one of Mr. N's favorite snacks and I love the chili lime combo! Yummers. :) I should surprise him with these in his lunchbox next week. Eek! I have to start packing lunches again. ;)

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  19. Quite delicious looking Kelly! I've made roasted chickpeas but I love this chili lime version. They're so pretty too!

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  20. Hi Kristy - have a look at this link for some lunch box inspiration: http://jeanetteshealthyliving.com/2012/08/healthy-brain-boosting-lunch-recipes.html

    Jeanette has put together a really nice back to school series.

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  21. I LOVE roasted chickpeas and this looks awesome, there are so many recipes out there, but this might be my favourite. The daughter and I literally eat them right off the baking tray, although some might make it to a bowl, but rarely.

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  22. Haha, they are hard to resist aren't they? Thanks so much for stopping by foodie mom!

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  23. Very nicely roasted! These chickpeas look delicious. This is a wonderful healthy treat, Kelly!

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  24. I've had these before. They're really good!

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  25. I adore chickpeas so these sound like the perfect snack for me! Delicious.

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  26. So yummy. I love the flavor you chose hear. We used to serve a version of this as a bar snack at a bistro we worked at. People were googoogaagaa over them. I can't wait to try this chili lime combo.

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  27. Hi Kelly,
    I had something similar a very long time ago, and had forgotten. Thank you for sharing this! My mouth is watering, can't wait to try them. Have a great weekend!

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