Simple Spice-Roasted Chickpeas

If you’ve never eaten a roasted chickpea, my oh my. You’re missing out!

I tried my first roasted chickpea last month on vacation in Hawaii. At a local natural food store, I picked up a package of roasted chickpeas out of sheer curiosity, wondering what on earth they would taste like and if I would need to find a dentist to repair my cracked teeth after trying them.

To my surprise, the roasted chickpeas reminded me of salted nuts. Although super crunchy, they shattered effortlessly (and painlessly) in my mouth. No dentist needed! My family and I could not stop eating them.

Needless to say, I quickly decided to whip up a homemade batch of roasted chickpeas upon returning from the islands. You’ll be amazed at how simple they are to make. Lightly spiced and fragrant with a mouthwatering crunchy texture, you might find yourself polishing off the entire pan hot out of the oven. Not that I’ve ever done that…

A blend of spices gives the chickpeas subtle flavor without being spicy at all, so even picky eaters will gobble these up. I like to use a medley of garlic powder, ground cumin, ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg, but feel free to experiment with your own favorites.

Enjoy your roasted chickpeas by the handful as a super simple snack, or try them…

  • Sprinkled on top of salads and stir-fries
  • As a garnish for some tomato soup
  • Mixed with nuts and dried fruit for a twist on trail mix


It’s often the simplest recipes that become beloved classics in my kitchen. These chickpeas definitely make that list. Who would have thought something so delightful could be crafted from just a few pantry staples? This recipe is tasty proof that food does not have to be complicated to be delicious.

Other Snack Recipes:

Simple Spice-Roasted Chickpeas

Ingredients:

  • 1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas (also called garbanzo beans), rinsed and drained
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon sea salt (or to taste)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Pat the rinsed chickpeas dry with a clean kitchen towel. In a medium bowl, gently toss the chickpeas with the remaining ingredients until evenly coated with the oil and seasonings. Spread the chickpeas evenly on the baking sheet.
  3. Bake for about 40 minutes until crispy and deeply golden brown. Cool completely before serving. (Roasted chickpeas retain their crispness best on the day they are made.)

What are some of your favorite simple, fool-proof recipes for healthy meals and snacks?

Hallie Klecker is the author of The Pure Kitchen, a gluten- and dairy-free cookbook with over 100 healthful recipes. She also writes the recipe blog Daily Bites, where she shares her passion for cooking with whole, natural foods. Hallie is a certified Nutrition Educator and former personal chef.

15 Responses to Simple Spice-Roasted Chickpeas

  • Roasted chickpeas are a favorite of mine too! I love them sweet, salt and spicy. I also heat them up on the stovetop in a skillet when I need to make them crispy quickly. These look so perfectly crispy!

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    Hallie Reply:

    @Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen), I’m eager to try a sweet version, too, Sarena. They are such a blank slate for all kinds of fun flavor combos!

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  • Vicky says:

    The last time we made a batch of these we cooked them too long and they were rock hard (I very nearly broke a tooth!) I’m excited to try this recipe and this time I’m going to be very careful about the timings! The spices are almost like a mixed spice blend and these would be fantastic as a Christmas party snack!

    We eat a lot of hummus and mixed nuts and dried fruit for snacks. Today we had roasted red pepper hummus and olives – yum! So simple yet so tasty! I love chickpeas! It’s a shame they’re not SCD legal! I make bean pates using SCD legal beans for snacks when I’m cooking for the SCD.

    Thank you for posting this recipe!

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    Hallie Reply:

    @Vicky, Thanks, Vicky! I hope you enjoy them. And yes, they are a GREAT holiday snack! :)

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  • We have had these snacks from Indian friends but I never would have ever thought to make them myself. I am totally passing this recipe onto my daugther.

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    Hallie Reply:

    @Gluten-free rebecca, Enjoy! They’re so easy to make at home. I love when I can re-create “store bought” recipes in my own kitchen. :)

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  • Laura Black says:

    My husband and I enjoyed our first taste of roasted chickpeas at a local restaurant, and loved them! But I didn’t have a recipe. Your article is perfect timing. Thank you. The recipe looks really good.

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    Hallie Reply:

    @Laura Black, Great, Laura! Enjoy.

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  • Natalie says:

    Yay! Thanks for posting this! I recently ordered some Chickpeaz roasted chick peas and they are delicious! I was just thinking I needed to find a recipe to recreate them.

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    Hallie Reply:

    @Natalie, Have fun, Natalie! :)

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  • Jill, The Veggie Queen says:

    Thanks for sharing this easy and tasty recipe. The only thing tht would make it better is cooking your on chickpeas from dried bens. Far less expensive and they taste better, too.

    This can be done amazingly quickly in a pressure cooker. I suggest that you give it a try. That recipe and 149 others are in my new book, The New Fast Food.

    Jill Nussinow, MS, RD

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  • Alta says:

    I SO wish I could handle chickpeas. These look so good!

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  • I love roasted garbanzos. We haven’t made them in such a long time! Now it’s too hot here, but when the new cold spell comes in I’ll have to do it again. Thanks for the tips on ways to eat them!

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  • Hallie!
    These were SOOOO good!
    I will have to get permission to share this recipe on my blog.
    Just too good!!!!!

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  • Just discovered you through sheletthemeatcake.com. Thank you so much for what I can tell will be a great addition to my diet.

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