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Oven-Baked Chickpeas – A Healthy Snack!

I really enjoy the versatility of chickpeas.  I have both the organic ones in the shell as well as the flour.  While it will take some time getting used to some of the recipes using both, I find enjoying them as a snack by baking them is one of my favourite.  The next is currying it with saltfish. I will share that recipe another time.  Here is the baked chickpeas recipe.  Try it nuh!

INGREDIENTS

  • 1- 2 cups chickpeas.
  • Salt (to taste).
  • 1-2 Tsp. Oil (of your choice).
  • Black pepper (to taste).
  • Salt ( to taste).
  • Seasonings (of your choice).

DIRECTIONS

  • Preheat oven to 350-400 Degrees Fahrenheit
  • Soaked chickpeas overnight (if using ones in the shell).
  • Rinse and cook chickpeas.
  • Let chickpeas cool.
  • Dry the chickpeas (thoroughly).
  • Add to the baking tray.
  • Add your oil (ensure that all the chickpeas are covered).
  • Baked for 35-40 minutes.
  • Let cool a little.
  • Add salt and other seasonings of your choice.
  • Enjoy them hot!

NB:  (1) Ensure the chickpeas are thoroughly dried as this helps with the crispiness. (2) Add salt and seasonings after you remove them from the oven, otherwise, the seasonings could burn and cause the chickpeas to taste bitter (3) Don’t be afraid to experiment with seasonings, when you find the combination you like, well, you can simply stick to that. 

Ingredient Spotlight!

~ Chickpeas~

Chickpeas or garbanzo bean is a type of legume with a whole lot of purported benefits.

Some of the benefits of this little nutty-tasting beans include its high protein and fiber content as well as it magnesium, manganese (that sometimes forgotten mineral) as well as its low-fat content.

To this extent, chickpeas are said to be able to help with the management of blood sugar and as such good for diabetic health, as well as boosting digestive health. 

It is also said to be able to help with weight loss due to its protein and fiber content which can provide a sense of satiety.

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