I was looking for a portable crunchy snack to take with me for a day on Dartmoor last week. It doesn’t get much easier than this recipe!
I used to like Bombay Mix when I was a kid – but I think I used to pick out any chickpeas and lentils I came across. Now here I am making my own crunchy chickpea snack.
Three tablespoons of chickpeas (or garbanzo beans) count towards one of your five a day. That’s not to say you can eat loads of these (although you will want to) and it counts – you only get ONE portion no matter how many beans or pulses you eat.
Chickpeas are high in fibre, and this has been linked to increased satiation and lower cholesterol in studies (WH Foods). Chickpeas are high in Manganese, folate and tryptophan, which is linked to improved sleep and mood boosting effects.
- 80g chickpeas, from a tin, or cooked
- 1-2 tsp barbeque seasoning – check for gluten and avoid those with added sugar
- a few spritzes of 1 calorie spray
- Preheat oven to 200C
- Stir chickpeas into the seasoning and coat thoroughly
- Pour onto a non stick baking sheet, or line your tray with baking parchment
- Bake in the oven for approx 1 hour or more until the chickpeas are crunchy. Check at 45 minutes and give the pan a shake.
- Allow to cool, then put into an airtight container.
What are your favourite crunchy snacks? Do you cook your chickpeas from scratch or do you eat them from a tin?