How I Replaced Chips with Something So Much Better!
January 5, 2016
If you know me and especially work with me, you’ll know that I am a crunch fanatic. The feeling of crunching on something yummy is soothing and oh so satisfying for me. I crunch in the morning, I crunch after meals, and I crunch before bed. So yes, I am a big snacker.
Now this can of course pose as a huge problem if I’m crunching on potato chips all day. As good as they may be, and as “nutritious” as most will falsely claim to be, they are really not healthy for you. So what’s the alternative option? Chickpeas!! And boy am I addicted.
Oven-roasted chickpeas have the perfect amount of crunch that any chip has, and best of all, they are really good for you! Chickpeas are packed with protein that will make you feel full longer and help you build lean muscle. They are therefore great as a snack throughout the day, during lunch, after dinner, and basically anytime. The second best part of roasted chickpeas is that you can make them any flavor you want!
I started eating roasted chickpeas with the maple-cinnamon flavor. It seriously tastes like a crunchy cinnamony cereal with a serious health kick.
Regular roasted chickpeas
Preheat oven to 380
Rinse and drain a can of organic chickpeas
Roll dry and remove any noticeable skin
Place chickpeas on a cookie sheet with parchment paper
Put them in the oven for an hour to an hour and fifteen minutes, making sure to toss them at least once or twice in between, and moving the brown ones on the edge towards the middle or out of the oven
When time is up, check the crispiness. They should be super crunchy!
Follow steps 1-4
Put chickpeas in the oven and while they are cooking, prepare a mixture of brown sugar (1/2- 1 tbs), maple syrup (2-3 tbs), and cinnamon. Adjust according to taste.
Before the chickpeas are done (they should be crispy already), remove them from the oven and toss them in the maple mixture using a glass bowl
Put them back in the oven for the final 5-7 minutes
Remove the chickpeas from the oven and immediately place them in a container. If you don’t, they will get stuck to the parchment paper