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How to Roast Chickpeas

Within this post you’ll learn how to roast chickpeas…it’s so simple for an easy snack! Plus you’ll learn why you should add the spices after roasting for optimal flavor. 

This easy chili cumin roasted chickpeas recipe is a healthy snack full of fiber and protein. Plus it’s gluten-free!

How to Roast Chickpeas recipe (Chili cumin flavor) - www.platingpixels.comRoasting chickpeas are quick and simple; a healthy snack you can make in bulk. Just coat drained chickpeas in a bit of olive oil and salt, roast, then add spices.

That order is critical as you’ll learn later. Roasting dries them out slightly while softening the inside and crisping the outside.

You get a dense chewy texture compliment by a slight crunch. Rich, mealy and a bit salty, it’s a rewarding snack with a high satiety factor. Roasted chickpeas are a perfect portable snack that fits into a healthy (and busy) lifestyle. They’re a balanced snack with lots of protein and complex carbs.

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How to season roasted chickpeas 

It’s best to season chickpeas after roasting. A little olive oil and salt is all you need to add flavor and help with crisping.

Spices or herbs are added just after removing from oven to prevent burning the spices. The moist roasted chickpeas absorb the spices fine, while creating optimal flavor. Learn more on this from the Kitchn.

Beyond this recipe, feel free to try any combination of spices and/or herbs. Here’s a few suggestions: Italian seasoning, basil, onion powder, lemon pepper, crushed red pepper flakes, curry powder, honey, nutmeg, cinnamon.

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How to Roast Chickpeas

How to Roast Chickpeas recipe at-a-glance:

Flavor profiles: Mealy, savory, salty and a bit of spice.
Texture: Chewy, tender inside with a crisp outside.

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How to Roast Chickpeas

Roasted chickpeas make a healthy, gluten free and vegan snack.
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword dry roasted chickpeas, roasted chickpeas healthy, roasted chickpeas snack
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Calories 48kcal
Servings 8
Author: Matt Ivan
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  • 2 15-ounce cans chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ¾ teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder


  • Preheat oven to 400° F. Drain chickpeas and rinse well. Place on a bed of paper towels and pat down to dry off excess liquid. Remove any of the skins that are loose, some remaining is fine. Air dry for at least a few minutes.
  • Toss chickpeas with olive oil and salt in a large bowl. Place on a large parchment or foil lined baking sheet in a single layer. Bake about 25 minutes until outside is crisp and golden brown. Some will have popped open.
  • In a small bowl mix together chili, cumin and garlic powder. Sprinkle over roasted chickpeas and toss to evenly coat.
Nutrition Facts
How to Roast Chickpeas
Amount Per Serving
Calories 48 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 0g0%
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 221mg10%
Carbohydrates 0g0%
Fiber 0g0%
Sugar 0g0%
Protein 0g0%
Vitamin A 35IU1%
Calcium 2mg0%
Iron 0.2mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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    1. Hi Darlene! Store them sealed in the fridge probably up to a week. The texture will change if not eaten right after roasting. but will still be flavorful. Maybe try leftovers on top of salads!

  1. Love this super easy recipe. It seems like roasted chickpeas are all the rage in restaurants right now, but with this recipe I’ll make them at home.

  2. I’ve gotta try roasting chickpeas – they look delicious! The combination of chickpeas and these beef and pork strips would make great road trip food!

  3. I love roasted chickpeas – I will try adding the spice after as you are right, sometimes the spice does get a bit “dark”…cheers!

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