When roasted in a hot oven, chickpeas become super crunchy. They're a great low-fat substitute for nuts when salty cravings hit.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, September/October 2009


Recipe Summary

1 hr


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Position rack in upper third of oven; preheat to 450 degrees F.

  • Blot chickpeas dry and toss in a bowl with oil, cumin, marjoram, allspice and salt. Spread on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake, stirring once or twice, until browned and crunchy, 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool on the baking sheet for 15 minutes.


Make Ahead Tip: Cover and store at room temperature for up to 2 days.

Cut Down on Dishes: A rimmed baking sheet is great for everything from roasting to catching accidental drips and spills. For effortless cleanup and to keep your baking sheets in tip-top shape, line them with a layer of foil before each use.

Nutrition Facts

131 calories; protein 4.1g 8% DV; carbohydrates 18.6g 6% DV; exchange other carbs 1; dietary fiber 3.9g 16% DV; sugarsg; fat 4.6g 7% DV; saturated fat 0.6g 3% DV; cholesterolmg; vitamin a iu 32.7IU 1% DV; vitamin c 3.1mg 5% DV; folate 54mcg 14% DV; calcium 36.1mg 4% DV; iron 1.5mg 8% DV; magnesium 23.7mg 9% DV; potassium 139.9mg 4% DV; sodium 303.1mg 12% DV; thiaminmg 2% DV.

Reviews (24)

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24 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 6
  • 4 star values: 8
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 4 stars
I like this but it's hard to get the peas crispy without burning them. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
Taste: added 1 teaspoon Smoked Paprika and another 1/2T olive oil to balance the addition of the paprika. Seems fine to me but others must judge for themselves. Plenty of ideas offered on this topic already. Your spice cabinet awaits! Crunch: 30 min on an "airbake" style baking sheet with perforations produced a crunchy result for some "nuts" out of the oven but most of the interiors were soft. Adding another 5min (total 35 min) did not make all of them crunchy. Adding still another 5 min (total 40): all now crunchy but about a third burned. Adjusting the temperature to 400 or 425 F might help but I'm going to try putting the raw beans in my electric food dehydrator first off to see if that helps with crunchiness at the end. I think proper cooking equipment will make an important difference to the success of this recipe as will reliance on organic ingredients. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
I haven't made these. I have looked at the recipe over and over and it says nothing about the chick peas. Do you use canned? Read More
Rating: 5 stars
used ADOBO seasoning. loved it Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Theses were so good. I made the recipe as is. I had no issues with drying the chick peas and did nothing special or time consuming. Just rinsed well drained well (shook the collender until there was no more water dripping) lay out on paper towels for 10 min. Moved to a dry paper towel for another 10 minutes and that was all. Followed the rest of the recipe and they came out great. Crunchy and full of flavor! I'll be making this again and again and again! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I doubled the recipe and subbed curry powder for the allspice and some of the cumin. I did not pat dry the chickpeas and did not have any problems. They are delish. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
If you drain and properly dry the nuts they definitely get crispy. I would say mine were lacking in salt. I would definitely make this again adding salt & cayenne since as noted the cumin alone is pretty bland. Read More
Rating: 1 stars
No Taste Disappointing I had such high hopes for this recipe. It was very bland. I was expecting them to be crunchy like a nut they just shriveled up and were slightly mushy in the center. I would not waste my time making these again. Pros: Easy Cons: No flavor boring Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Awesome - if you do it differently OK so I used this recipe as a base as after reading the other comments I knew that it was too bland for my liking. I replaced the spices stated with Mexican mixed spices (like the ones you buy to put into chilli con carne for example) capsicum and ground chilli flakes & I used roughly the same quantities as in the recipe. Once the chick peas were well rinsed I patted them dry'ish before tossing them in the oil and spice mix. The batch needed cooked for about 35 mins and they are FABULOUS. I had to stop myself from scoffing the whole lot once they'd cooled down. Got them in work with me for afternoon nibbles - can't wait!! Pros: Super easy Cons: none Read More
Rating: 2 stars
Not very flavorful I followed the recipe exactly and felt the spice was understated. My chickpeas did not get crunchy after 30 minutes in the oven. I couldn't leave them in any longer because they were starting to burn. Doubt If I will try this again. Pros: Easy Cons: Not crisp Read More
Rating: 4 stars
What a delightful twist on the little ol' chick pea! love it. I used masala spice o.oil and a little salt. If you drain the peas in a colander there is less blotting on towels. This also adjusts the time to what is on the recipe. Read More
Rating: 2 stars
Spiced Chickpea "Nuts'' You have to soak dry chickpeas for at least 12 hours and wash them before making this. Do not use canned or raw (unsoaked peas) Pros: healthy and tasty Cons: Not enough info Read More
Rating: 5 stars
A few things... This recipe is great but you have to rinse the chickpeas really well and then dry them thoroughly with a paper towel (I had to use 6 paper towels before it was dry. This is REALLY important! And don't worry the paper towels can be reused so its not a waste). (I make my own garlic olive oil using a garlic confit recipe) I used garlic olive oil and fresh cracked pepper. After tossing in the pepper and olive oil I lightly tossed them with Italian bread crumbs. I had to bake for 35-40 minutes to get them crunchy. They continue to become more crunchy the longer they sit. Pros: Healthy Flavorful Snack Read More
Rating: 2 stars
I followed the recipe and mine blew up in the oven and the few that didn't were not crunchy. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
Make Ahead Tip: Cover and store at room temperature for up to 2 days. does that mean frain and rinse the chickpeas and let them sit uncovered for 2 days before you do this recipe? Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Great 100 calorie snack Maybe try some garlic a bit more salt and some curry. Pros: Loved the ease to make it. Very satisfying Cons: Surprisingly it could use a little more spice. Read More
Rating: 1 stars
Exploding chick peas I heard pos coming from the oven. When I turned the light on i saw the chick peas exploding. I turned the oven off and let everything cool down. When I later tasted one of the chick peas it was chewy. Plus I had an oven to clean. Pros: none Cons: chewy Read More
Rating: 4 stars
I really like it... and I add some brown sugar and cinnamon it was heaven!! Pros: easy Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Exploding beans? When I removed the tray after 15 minutes to stir one of the garbanzos blew up in my face. After the second 15 minutes they were all over the oven. I don't think that this is a repeat for me. Pros: Easy snack Cons: A bit messy Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Crunchy healthy snack I agree that this is a very good recipe. What I like is that you can adapt the seasonings to meet your taste preferences. Cayenne pepper is a good addition if you like hot and spicy. I used 5-spice yesterday and enjoyed that flavor profile. I lowered the oven temp to 400 and cooked for 45 minutes. Pros: Easy adaptable Cons: Requires attention Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Good Snack This was a very good snack but I probably won't make this recipe again. This is one of those snacks that needs to be eaten within a day because the chickpeas lose their crunch fairly quickly. Also they required a lot longer to cook than the recipe stated. This would be a good dish to make for a party or a long car ride. I would suggest toasting the spices on the stove with the oil before coating the chickpeas and baking. This would bring out the flavor of the spices a lot more. Pros: n/a Cons: more time consuming than expected Read More
Rating: 3 stars
I made a batch today. I like the texture but the spices was a little bland for me. I'll try it again but use different spices. Pros: easy healthy snack Cons: bland Read More
Rating: 4 stars
I didn't have those two spices so I improvised and it still tasted great! Everyone loved it. Had to cook the chickpeas for 45 minutes though for them to get really crunchy. Great recipe!! Read More
Rating: 3 stars
Quick Snack Low Effort I followed the recipe to the mark and it turned out good. I also made a 2nd batch and tossed in different seasonings instead to kick it up a bit since recipe was a little safe/bland for me. I added sea salt instead of regular salt chili powder garlic ginger red and black pepper cayenne paprika basil and cilantro. I liked my second batch better and for the cost of a can of beans and seasonings I will probably continue to experiment a bit to find just the right mix. Pros: Low cost easy to assemble Read More