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Roasted Chickpea Snack

This roasted chickpea snack is crunchy and healthy and you can flavor them however you want. Think Mediterranean popcorn that is very good for you!
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It used to be that chickpeas and I did not get along.

But after eating more and more of them in various forms, I must say that chickpeas and I get along now very well. 

Back in 2013 when I wrote this post I thought of chickpeas as a cold opened can of garbanzos on the salad bar.

Because chickpeas and garbanzos are the same thing.

But now many years late I have discovered that I have grown to really like chickpeas.

Notice I didn’t go so far as to say love!

So I revisited this post and now I realize this is a pretty good recipe for a very healthy snack.

Kind of like popcorn, but better. I was never a popcorn lover either!

So perhaps I’ve changer your mind. In any case, like I used to tell my kids when they were bambinos-you never know when your tastes will change.

So bring on the chickpeas!

Above is the updated post from 2013.

I admit it. I don’t really like chickpeas.

I like hummus, but only freshly made hummus.

The Jerusalem cookbook’s recipe is fabulous; smooth and silky, creamy and luscious and reminds me of nothing that comes out of a container here.

And I love dipping pita into hummus.

But truth be told I never even liked the garbanzo beans on a restaurant’s saladbar. (Do they still have salad bars?)

So what compelled me to makethis roasted chickpea snack?

They have been showing up everywhere and they would make a great bar snack.

They are crunchy and salty and fairly good for you.

And I made mine with za’atar, which I love.

But still I am not in love with chickpeas. If I add them to soups, well, that’s OK.

But just like I don’t care for bamboo shoots, well, garbanzos-chickpeas-whatever you want to call them are kind of in that category.

roasted chickpea snack

I think I was hoping I’d like them.

Maybe they could become my perfect snack.

Did you know an entire can of chickpeas is 420 calories? Each 1/2 c serving has 6 g of fiber AND 6 g of protein.

Maybe I should have another bite.

But really I’m an old fashioned girl. I like potato chips. They are salty and full of fat.

And they come in a variety of flavors. Plus they are good with dips.

And as a side dish for a sandwich. UGH! I better eat more roasted chickpeas.

And I do think I took a pretty good picture. Which is important in the blogosphere.

So check them out. Convince me.

Feel free to add your own favorite seasonings. Send me a different recipe if you think that will work.

Because I really, really do want to like chickpeas!

roasted chickpea snack in blue dish

More Chickpeas?
Za'atar Chicken with chickpeas
Mediterranean Layer Dip on white platter
chicken shawarma recipe on decorative plate with pita
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roasted chickpea snack

Roasted Chickpea Snack

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  • Author: Abbe Odenwalder
  • Prep Time: 5 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 Minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 2 Servings 1x
  • Category: Snacks
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean


This roasted chickpea snack might be considered Mediterranean popcorn. Healthy and full of flavor, you should grab a handful today!



1 can of garbanzo beans drained and dried by laying on a paper towel

11 1/2 T olive oil

Seasonings of choice (I used 2t za’atar, 1/2t salt, 1/4t smoked paprika)


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Drain water from can of garbanzos. Place between a sandwich of paper towels to dry.

Place in an 8×8 pan and drizzle with olive oil. Stir well.

Place in oven and bake for 30-40 minutes until they are golden and crisp. Do not burn them and don’t
undercook them either!

Toss with your favorite seasonings. (A bit like you would popcorn!)


Go ahead.
Eat them all. The entire can has less fat than one serving of potato chips.

Maybe I’ll have another bite!

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Abbe Odenwalder

Thursday 7th of November 2013

Just a little sprinkle of cilantro. To make it pretty:)


Thursday 7th of November 2013

What are the green things in the dish of chickpeas? Thank you.


Wednesday 6th of February 2013

I have not seen them frozen. But I have bought the dried and used them for the hummus from the Jerusalem cookbook. THAT was totally awesome.Miss you Meirav.


Wednesday 13th of February 2013

Please do!


Friday 8th of February 2013

Miss you too! maybe when Ori graduates, Ori and I will come to you? maybe...


Wednesday 6th of February 2013

Mom makes them from scratch. It's a bit complicated for me, so I use the frozen ones. You have them in the States? they are much healthier then the canned...The za'atar is a great idea. Gives it a nice twist


Tuesday 5th of February 2013

Chick peas are good for you, maybe that's why everyone writes about them. But lots of people like them-so maybe that is why, too! Chicago John-just make sure that za'atar is fresh. Or you can use za'atar just sprinkled on bread with a little olive oil. Mmmmmm. And then grill it. Yes, that is soo good!