“Superfood! Chickpea Has Made It!

Roasted Spicy Chickpea snacks

Lots of Superfood but for me, non are as versatile of the chickpea!

Ingredients/Method:

Heat oven to 180c/160c fan

Into a bowl add:

 1 x tin canned chickpeas, well drained

1 teaspoon of oil, smoked paprika, ground cumin and coriander.

Toss the chickpeas around the bowl until they are well coated.

Tip the chickpeas onto a baking tray covered in baking parchment.

Bake for 40 minutes, moving them around during the cooking.

Turn off the heat and allow them to dehydrate further in the residual heat.

Leave to cool and store in an airtight container.

There are other spice blends you can use including

  • Lemon, garlic, turmeric and paprika
  • Cumin, marjoram, allspice (recipe eat well)
  • Brown sugar, cinnamon (Sally’s baking addiction)

Garbanzo beans or chickpeas are part of the legume family and are becoming increasingly well known within the ‘Superfood’ bracket.

The grainy texture and nutty taste lend them well to hummus and other dips, they also cracking in Falafel, contributing well to the Vegan and Vegetarian recipes that are so popular these days. Chickpeas can absorb most flavours you want to add to them, they are great blended to a paste, chopped for texture and roasted. Perfect to top salads or use as croutons in soup.

Nutritionally they are high in vitamins, minerals, fibre and protein and as they are so affordable they are certainly worth including in your diet. They are also a great alternative to meat for your vegetarian and vegan options.

Additionally, chickpeas are high in protein and make an excellent replacement for meat in vegetarian and vegan diets.

Healthline.com have 8 evidence-based health benefits of chickpeas, as well as ways to incorporate them into your diet.