Attending Expo West always sparks my creativity in the kitchen for weeks to come.
Something I’ve been dying to try but just hadn’t gotten around to is making roasted chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans).
After becoming obsessed with Biena’s Rockin Ranch Chickpea Snack (which is one of 15 incredible products you can win this week in my Expo West Giveaway), I decided it was time I whipped up a batch of my own.
The concept and execution is so simple — I don’t know why it took me so long to try it out.
Using one can of S&W Garbanzo Beans and a few common spices I had the perfect post-workout snack in 30 minutes flat.
- 1 can Garbanzo Beans
- 1½ T. Extra Virgin Olive Oil (or oil of choice)
- 1 T. Cumin
- 1 T. Oregano
- 1 tsp. Garlic Powder
- 1 tsp. Smoked Paprika
- 1 tsp. Onion Powder
- 1 tsp. Sea Salt
- 1 tsp. Pepper
- 1 tsp. Cayenne (optional)
- Set oven to 350.
- Drain, rinse, and pat dry garbanzo beans.
- In a bowl, mix garbanzo beans with oil and spices.
- Scatter beans in one layer on a baking sheet
- Toss in the oven for 30-35 minutes.
My husband’s family was visiting us this weekend and I made this recipe for the group after we came back from a long hike in Topanga Canyon. It was the perfect snack to refuel after our trek.
Garbanzo beans, aka chickpeas (same thing, different name), are packed with fiber and protein (six grams of each per serving to be exact), and a great way to replace the energy you burn during a workout.
The plant-based protein provides amino acids to help repair muscles and the fiber is an added benefit, helping you stay full longer.
If you like spicy snacks, feel free to toss in the optional cayenne — it will add a nice kick to the southwest flavor.
Roasted chickpeas also make a great pre-workout snack, as they provide complex carbohydrates to fuel your fitness. And they’re portable, so you can pack them for snacking on-the-go during a hike, or toss them on a salad for crunchy alternative to croutons.
So many awesome options for this healthy snack!
I was so happy with how these turned out that they’re going to become a regular in my snack rotation. Next batch, I’m thinking a sweet and savory peanut butter concoction. Thoughts?!
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Weigh In: Have you made roasted chickpeas? What spices/flavors do you like?
This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of S&W Beans.