I’m hoping to roll out as many healthy appetizers and desserts as time will allow in December. Partially for selfish reasons; if I make cupcakes, I eat cupcakes. Partially for the purpose of sharing healthy options during this potluck heavy month and partially to show that there are other options in December than sugar cookies.
I think I have mentioned before that I’m not a chickpeas and lentil chick. I’m more of a butter and salt gal that needs a change. Now I am taking note from a majority of the globe and leaning lentil. Roasted chickpeas are purported to be a great popcorn replacement (for us protein challenged) and a super snack that leaves no trace of guilt. I have finally jumped on board.
The local Indian store, Mirch Masala, is stocked with bags and bags of dried chickpeas. I bought a giant bag of the dried garbanzo beans for $2.99, which is the equivalent to three 15 oz. cans on sale at a large grocery store. This bag is probably a good five or six cans worth of beans. As with all beans, the hassle of soaking overnight seems to be more of a mental issue than a physical chore. Be sure to cover your chickpeas with lots and lots of water if you bought the dried variety, they are thirsty little suckers!
- 2 cans or 4 cups Chickpeas (Garbanzo Beans)
- 3 T. Olive Oil
- Moroccan Spice Mix
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon ground coriander (I didn’t have any, only green cilantro!)
- 1 tsp. chile powder
- 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
- ½ tsp. ground allspice
- ½ tsp. ground ginger
- ¼ tsp. cayenne pepper
- Salt to taste
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Rinse, drain and pat beans dry. Mix olive oil and spice mixture and let roast for 40 minutes.
Added bonus, they are four-year old approved! I have a second batch with cinnamon and sugar roasting right now. When I took my first taste, I was disappointed at the lack of zing. I took my second and third thinking I did something wrong. Half a bowl of chickpeas later, I realized they are in fact, healthy popcorn beans. Totally addicting!
These were created using a recipe from Kalyn’s Kitchen. Check out her blog and learn why these are a million times better for you than a cupcake.