Thursday, October 8, 2009

(Naturally) Gluten-free Vegan Treats: Roasted Chickpeas

Chickpeas are, without a doubt, my favorite legume. Hearty and satisfying, they're full of protein, iron and fiber, and they get along with almost every type of seasoning. I always feel good after eating them.

In celebrating simple gluten-free vegan treats, we've done sweet, salty, sweet, and now we'll have more salt. I've wanted to roast chickpeas for the longest time, but never gotten around to it. This week provided the perfect opportunity; I have a huge container of cooked chickpeas in the fridge.

There are almost as many roasted chickpea recipes as there are food blogs (I realize I am late to jump on this trend), but I worked off of SusanV's at FatFree Vegan Kitchen, because I liked her photos. I improvised the seasoning, standing before my spice cupboard and pulling out what sounded good. Here is what I used:

1 cup cooked chickpeas
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
less than 1/8 teaspoon chili powder
less than 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon

Toss everything until evenly coated. Bake on a cookie sheet at 400F for 45 minutes, stirring every 15.

Nutty, salty, and crunchy, roasted chickpeas remind me of those soy nuts that used to be so popular. The touch of cinnamon is key, and I especially like the burnt ones. Roasted chickpeas satisfy my after work snack cravings, and they're so much better for me than Fritos!


  1. oh! i have to try with cinnamon, sounds so good.

  2. Roasted chickpeas are one of my favorite snacks, but I've never tried them with those seasonings before!

  3. Those look awesome! I love chickpeas, but I have never gotten around to roasting them. I'll definitely have to try this recipe out this coming weekend.

  4. This sounds and looks great! Seriously have to try this.

  5. Yay for chickpeas! Yay for more salty treats! (And I can see why the "Moroccan Chickpea Stew" would be your cup of tea! So to speak). :-)

  6. chickpeas for the win! my sister ALWAYS asked me to make the tamari roasted chickpeas from ED&BV for her, until finally, one day. she started making them herself.. :)

    i'll have to try yours!

  7. I'm late to jump on this trend too - I've never made roasted chickpeas. I'll have to try this recipe. It's sounds very yummy and perfect for fall.

  8. Your photo is mouth-watering. I always spice and toasty-up my chick peas in a wok or cast iron pan, but roasting sounds cool!

  9. That sounds so yummy and healthy! I LOVE chickpeas, I'll definitely try this recipe, thank you for sharing!

  10. so delicious! i love roasting chickpeas with cauliflower and cumin; such a great side-dish!

  11. I LOVE roasted chickpeas! Thank you for this recipe, I never would have thought to add the cinnamon but it's genius!

  12. Ooh, I love roasted chickpeas! I always end up eating waaay too many though! ;) Your recipe has an intriguing spice mix, I definitely need to give it a try...

  13. Roasted chickpeas are one of my favorite snacks! Yum!!

  14. i recently made these and they were super addictive!
    all the spices put together made the best combination, will definitely make these again :)


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