Have you ever avoided a food just because you think you’re not going to like it? Until recently, that was my relationship with chickpeas.
Now, to clarify, if you gave me chickpeas that had been transformed into the glorious dip that is hummus, I was all over that. But, chickpeas in their whole, pre-mashed up state? I avoided them like the plague.
Truth be told, I’m not sure why I was so averse to chickpeas. And when the Internets kept turning up pictures of roasted chickpeas — golden, crisp, beautiful chickpeas, all sprinkled with delicious seasoning combinations — I just couldn’t avoid the mighty chickpea anymore.
So I made a batch, roasting them with just a touch of sea salt. And I liked them. Then I made this batch — a batch coated with coconut and lime and roasted until they were perfect — and my tastebuds rejoiced.
I am pretty sure yours will too.
Lime and Coconut Roasted Chickpeas
- 1 15-ounce can organic chickpeas
- 1 tablespoon organic, extra-virgin coconut oil
- 1 small organic lime
- 2 teaspoons sea salt
- Coconut or olive oil cooking spray
1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
2. Drain and rinse the chickpeas; place on a baking sheet lined with a paper towel. Top with an additional paper towel, then pat the chickpeas until they are thoroughly dry. Discard paper towels.
3. In a medium-sized, microwave-safe glass bowl, melt the coconut oil; stir in the dried chickpeas.
4. Zest the entire lime over the chickpeas, then cut the lime in half and add all of the juice. Add the salt to the bowl, then stir all ingredients together until thoroughly coated.
5. Coat the baking sheet with cooking spray, then spread the chickpeas in an even layer on the baking sheet. Roast for 15 to 20 minutes, until the chickpeas are golden and crisp, making sure to shake the chickpeas around a few times during the cooking process to ensure they don’t stick to the baking sheet.
6. Let cool for 5 to 10 minutes, then serve.
Notes: Like things spicy? Add in 1 or 2 teaspoons of Sriracha hot sauce to the mix … or more if you really like it spicy!
Not only are roasted chickpeas easy to make — which is great when you want to whip up a quick, warm snack — they’re chock full of protein, fiber, and other key nutrients so they’re healthy to boot. How can you go wrong with that!
What’s your go-to healthy snack that still makes your tastebuds sing?