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Crispy BBQ Roasted Chickpeas

Course: Snacks

Ingredients

  • 1 can Chickpeas Well drained and dried
  • 1 tbsp Avocado oil Or other neutral oil
  • 2 tsp Maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 tsp Smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp Chili powder
  • 3/4 tsp Garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp Cayenne pepper Optional

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (176 C) and set out a bare (or parchment-lined) baking sheet (or more as needed).
  • Drain chickpeas well. If using oil, rinse well with water and thoroughly drain. If omitting oil, simply drain well and skip rinsing with water.
  • Once drained well, spread the chickpeas out on a clean, absorbent towel and use your hands to gently roll and dry the chickpeas. Some of the skins should start coming off. You can opt to peel all of the chickpeas — which can help for extra crispiness! — or simply remove the skins that come off. Either way, the chickpeas will crisp up. I just found that peeling them does yield slightly crispier chickpeas.
  • Transfer the chickpeas to a mixing bowl and top with oil. Mix well to combine. DO NOT ADD the other seasonings at this point — they can interrupt the crisping process, so wait to add until after baking
  • Bake for 45 minutes or until golden brown and dry/crispy to the touch. We like turning the pan around and shaking the chickpeas around the halfway point for even cooking. Note: Peeled chickpeas cook faster than unpeeled. If omitting oil, they will also cook faster.
  • Remove your chickpeas from the oven and prepare your BBQ seasoning. In a medium-size mixing bowl, combine the maple syrup, smoked paprika, chili powder, garlic powder, sea salt, black pepper, and cayenne (optional) until a paste forms.
  • Pour in your still-warm chickpeas and toss gently to evenly coat them with the seasoning mixture. Place them back on the cookie sheet to cool fully and so the seasoning can dry/set.

Notes

To store, place in a storage container or jar and DO NOT tightly cover. Instead, crack lid so they can “breathe” a bit. This helps them stay crispy longer. These are best the first day, but they will last for 4-5 days at room temperature. Alternatively, seal well and freeze up to 1 month.
Recipe by Minimalist Baker