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Monday, October 24, 2011

Baked Spiced Chickpeas [Secret Recipe Club]


This is my third month as part of the Secret Recipe Club, and I love it!  I've met new food bloggers and have been challenged to make new food.  This month was a challenge, but a fun one!  I was assigned Gretchen's blog Veggie Grettie.  A Certified Nutrition Specialist, Gretchen has been vegan for years because of health issues and also cooks gluten free because of her daughter's allergies.  Because my family is neither vegan nor gluten free, I thought that choosing a recipe that we'd like was going to be difficult, but it turns out that choosing a recipe was difficult because there were so many great ones to choose from!

I finally settled on her Baked Spiced Chickpeas Snack.  My family loves chickpeas, and I've seen recipes like this floating around and have made several mental notes to try one.  This one is great because it's sweet and spicy and salty all rolled into a crispy chickpea.  What's not to love?!

Baked Spiced Chickpeas
Adapted from Veggie Grettie

2 cups (or one can) cooked chickpeas
1 1/2 Tbl olive oil
3 Tbl spice mixture (below)

Spice Mixture:
2 tsp dark brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
1 1/2 tsp sweet paprika
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp allspice
1/2 tsp Kosher salt

To make the spice mixture:
Mix all spice mixture ingredients well and place in an airtight container.

To make the chickpeas:
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

Rinse the chickpeas.  Place the chickpeas on two layers of paper towels and then top with a third.  Rub the top layer of paper towels over the chickpeas gently to dry.  Remove the paper towel and discard any skins that have become loose.  Let air dry for a few minutes.

Place the chickpeas in a bowl and add the oil.  Mix until the chickpeas are well coated.  Add three tablespoons of the spice mixture and mix well.  Place the chickpeas on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper in a single layer.  Place in the oven and bake 40-60 minutes until the chickpeas are golden brown and crispy all the way through. 

Eat immediately once they've cooled.  These do not remain crispy if stored in a container.



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20 comments:

kita October 24, 2011 at 9:20 AM  

I really have to give baked chickpeas a chance. They look so tasty and I am continuing to neglect the cans sitting in my pantry begging for attention.

Danielle October 24, 2011 at 9:53 AM  

I had totally forgotten about these little gems. I made these one time and everyone loved them but I have a habit of forgetting recipes after I make them once.

Kelly | Eat Yourself Skinny October 24, 2011 at 10:26 AM  

So glad to be in Group C with you, these look fantastic! Great SRC post!! xoxo

heidi October 24, 2011 at 11:11 AM  

This is a great snack, and healthy as well - great combo :-)

Rhonda October 24, 2011 at 11:35 AM  

I keep seeing variations of these popping up everywhere. I am just going to have to give it a go! I like that these are sweet and savory.

Julia October 24, 2011 at 11:49 AM  

So funny, I was assigned her blog last month, and made the same recipe. They turned out so delicious! They are such a great snack!

Lisa~~ October 24, 2011 at 11:53 AM  

What a wonderful snack!

If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my SRC recipe this month: Thin Mint Irish Coffee.

Lisa~~
Cook Lisa Cook

BigBearswife October 24, 2011 at 12:09 PM  

I love baked and roasted chickpeas

simply.food October 24, 2011 at 2:52 PM  

Lovely snack ,great for munching.

Eliotseats October 24, 2011 at 8:09 PM  

I tried a similar version for during my very first SRC assignment but mine weren't crisp. I guess I didn't cook them long enough. I will try it again with this recipe. I love all those spices.

Allison October 25, 2011 at 1:36 AM  

I need to make these this week.

Veronica Gantley October 25, 2011 at 7:00 AM  

OOOOh, I will bet these would be great for a football snack! Looks like you got a great SRC blog and picked a wonderful recipe.

Jacqueline D. October 30, 2011 at 4:21 PM  

Oooo! Yummy recipe! I just love chickpeas, and I love to tinker with recipes. Adding this one to my collection.

Jayasri Ravi November 11, 2011 at 7:23 AM  

lovely one, my favourite, I seem to see this a lot in SRC, thanks for your lovely comments too...

Torviewtoronto December 12, 2011 at 9:41 PM  

delicious chickpeas lovely links

scholasticfood December 13, 2011 at 12:56 AM  

This looks tasty! Baked chickpeas are something that I keep meaning to make but just haven't gotten around to yet. These are on my to-do list!

Krysta January 2, 2012 at 11:36 PM  

Yum! I haven't tried adding brown sugar to baked chickpeas yet...so will have to try this! Thanks!

Anonymous,  February 7, 2012 at 10:48 AM  

So, I baked these at 425 for 42 minutes and smoke was pouring from my oven and the chickpeas were burned to a crisp. Did this happen to anyone else?

Mindy February 7, 2012 at 10:57 AM  

@Anonymous, I baked mine on the shorter side of things...maybe 45 minutes?...and didn't have a burning issues. Ovens can have varying temperatures, though, so I'd recommend getting an oven thermometer to test your oven's temperature. Or you could start checking the chickpeas a little earlier. Good luck!

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