Chickpeas…from baking them, using chickpea flour, to making hummus, & making them crispy, we have had chickpeas in many different forms.
Lately, we have been craving chips and french fries, which aren’t not the best for us. So, I made Crispy Chickpeas.
I did not however photograph the prepping of opening the cans and draining them into the strainer (which is what you want to do!) And then I thought to myself, OMG…I didn’t take any pictures of this part; oops!!!
But yes, you want to open the cans, pour the chickpeas into a strainer and I take a paper towel and gently pat them dry them in the strainer and pour them onto a flat baking sheet.
Next I add my favorite spices. I make them different every time, but this is the main way that my family and I like to eat them. I cannot have too much salt, which we don’t anyway, so I just sprinkled a pinch. We get enough flavor from the cracked black pepper, paprika and cayenne.
Turn the oven on to 325 for about ten minutes. I then take a spatula and move some around because we like them extra crispy; almost like a popcorn texture. Ten minutes later, I move them again and turn the oven higher to 375.
I then move the oven dial up to 425 for about 8 more minutes and voila, we have most of them extra crispy. I don’t add any extra oil because they have enough water even still, once they are drained.
And then they are ready and wonderful to eat. It a great source of plant-based protein, they help with blood sugar levels, helps against heart disease and cancer, and the high concentrations of iron, potassium, copper and manganese are great for our bodies.
Hope you like this alternative to chips and popcorn.
If there is any variation that you make, please share in the comments below!
Have a great day,