Already bored with lunchbox snacks? Try roasted chickpeas!

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School has only been in session for a couple weeks and I am already struggling to find variety for Hayden’s lunches. I feel like even though I try to give him a lot of options with the bento box, I end up putting a lot of the same things in there. This is, in part, due to him being somewhat picky and deciding he doesn’t like things that he liked, say…last week.

I discovered a yummy snack that is not only perfect for his lunch box, but also perfect snack for me to munch on during the day! I must admit, I’ve never really eaten chickpeas much. I guess I just wasn’t quite sure what to do with them (besides hummus.) But have you ever tried them roasted? Oh man, they are so yummy! Not to mention, a healthy alternative to processed snacks.

Already bored with lunch snacks? Try roasted chickpeas! - honey cinnamon

I tried a couple different recipes, one sweet and one savory. The sweet ones (above) are honey cinnamon from a recipe we found on Popsugar. Perfect for that sweet tooth but guilt-free! My 3 year old loved them.

Already bored with lunch snacks? Try roasted chickpeas! - honey cinnamon snack!

Then I mixed up a savory recipe for the other half of my chickpeas. I chopped up some fresh sage and garlic and tossed it in the roasted beans with a little olive oil then roasted a few more minutes. I loved this combo. They smell and taste amazing!

Already bored with lunch snacks? Try roasted chickpeas! - garlic sage snack

So many seasoning options to try! I actually mixed up a few in some homemade ranch mix just to try them and they were delicious! Remember our homemade taco seasoning? That would be another tasty option. The key is to roast them before you season so that the seasonings stay fresh and flavorful. I’d love to hear some of your seasoning ideas!

Sweet OR Savory Roasted Chickpeas
 
Ingredients
  • 15 oz can of garbanzo beans/chickpeas
  • ½ tablespoon olive oil plus one tablespoon for roasting
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • ⅛ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
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  • 15 oz can of garbanzo beans/chickpeas
  • ½ tablespoon olive oil plus one tablespoon for roasting
  • ½ tablespoon chopped sage
  • ½ tablespoon minced garlic
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Drain and rinse chickpeas in a colander and place on a towel to dry.
  3. Toss chickpeas in 1 tbsp olive oil until coated.
  4. Spread chickpeas in a single layer on baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until crispy.
  6. While chickpeas are still hot, toss with the honey mixture OR garlic sage combination until coated and place back in the oven for approx 5-10 more minutes.
  7. Store leftovers in airtight container. Munch away!

 

Kristen is a commercial/food photographer living in East TN with her hubby, two adorable kids and goldendoodle pup; lover of light, sweets, and all things natural and organic. You can follow her on Instagram.

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