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Maple Roasted Chickpeas

Maple Roasted Chickpeas

The holiday is over, the food has been eaten, and I feel like I need to detox. Every year I vow never to eat as much as the year before and every year I fail to do so. After laying on the couch in a food-induced daze for much of yesterday, I'm ready to eat my greens. As much as I swear off food the day of a big meal, repeating I'm never going to eat again! in a woeful voice to anyone who will listen, the next evening I still find myself craving something sweet.

Perhaps this is the curse of having a sweet tooth.

Maple Roasted Chickpeas

I've only gone early morning Black Friday shopping once. Since I'm a solid believer in giving homemade gifts, any supplies I buy aren't typically listed as doorbusters. I much prefer the warmth of my bed and waking up with the sun, enjoying a small breakfast before I head out shopping. I'm constantly amazed at how few people are left in the stores by nine in the morning. I get sleep, avoid crowds, and still manage to pick up a few things for myself.

This is my version of Black Friday shopping.

Maple Roasted Chickpeas

To satisfy my sweet tooth after a big holiday, I like to make simple, healthy snacks that will not make me feel like I need to spend another hour at the gym. Ideally I would like to avoid all sweets, but it is just not in my nature. Turning healthy food that is typically served savory, like chickpeas, into a snack food makes me feel good about my sweet tooth. If I happen to eat the entire batch (as it has been known to happen), there is really no harm done. I already have a batch of these Maple Roasted Chickpeas stored away.

I hope you enjoy this detoxing snack as much as I do!

Maple Roasted Chickpeas

Maple Roasted Chickpeas are easy to make and easier to make disappear. Chickpeas are coated with a little oil, cinnamon, and brown sugar before roasting in the oven. Roasting transforms the chickpeas from soft beans into crunchy nuts. A little drizzle of maple syrup after baking adds sweetness and flavor (but not stickiness) to the final product. Roasted chickpeas make for a quick snack that is is healthy for you too!

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Maple Roasted Chickpeas

Yields about 1 cup

15 ounce can (425 grams) canned chickpeas/garbanzo beans
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon pure maple syrup

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

Drain and rinse garbanzo beans, running them under cool water for several minutes to clean off the starch. You may optionally remove the skins from the beans (it does take a few minutes) or you can leave them on—it's your personal preference. Dry off the beans.

In a small bowl, whisk together the oil, cinnamon, and brown sugar. Place beans in bowl and stir until evenly coated. Spread out the beans on a large baking sheet and bake for 35-40 minutes, or until beans are crunchy and no longer soft in the middle. Test taste every few minutes until desired texture is reached.

Place hot, roasted beans in a small bowl and coat evenly with maple syrup. Spread beans back out on baking sheet and allow to dry. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

Reader Comments (14)

I love this idea. All I see are curry roasted chickpeas, but I love this seasonal winter take on the snack.
Mmmm...I love roasted chickpeas! The maple sounds like a wonderfully sweet touch!
Such a great idea - some of my favorite flavors, combined.
11.23.2012 | Unregistered CommenterKatie
What a great idea! I've had roasted chickpeas before and I love them, but I've never had sweet ones!
great idea !!!... will definitely be regards...:)
11.25.2012 | Unregistered Commenteranngelpie
sweet tooth, I have one myself, liked your post and honesty and will certainly try soon this recipe. thanks for sharing.
cheers. v.
11.25.2012 | Unregistered Commenterkochfrau
This sounds so interesting. I'll have to save this for later. I don't even know where I would be able to find chickpeas in the store though :/
Becca-- You can find canned chickpeas/garbanzo beans in the vegetable/bean aisles. Every grocery store should have them.
11.25.2012 | Registered CommenterKristin Rosenau
Just finished making them. They are really good
11.25.2012 | Unregistered CommenterSmzwirn
A couple of corrections:
brown sugar sugar
11.30.2012 | Unregistered CommenterTom T
Tom-- Thanks for the corrections! I've reflected these changes in the recipe above.
11.30.2012 | Registered CommenterKristin Rosenau
can i make these two days in advance. planning to use them for a christmas drinks and nibbles party. thanks! m
12.9.2012 | Unregistered Commentermehrunnisa
Mehrunnisa-- You may absolutely make them ahead of time! Just store in them in airtight container at room temperature and they should turn out just fine.
12.9.2012 | Registered CommenterKristin Rosenau
I just made these. Thanks for the recipe, they are amazing! My 3 year old helped me and she LOVES them. These would be great to pass out as homemade gifts, and I think I will be doing just that! Thanks again!
12.17.2012 | Unregistered CommenterErin

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