Apr 222014
 

Spicy Roasted ChickpeasThese little guys are tiny dynamites of pure awesomeness! If you like crunchy and spicy things, you are going to LOVE these Spicy Roasted Chickpeas (a.k.a. Garbanzo Beans)! They take just 5 minutes to prepare, 30-40 minutes to make and are a super healthy alternative to junkie chips. So buckle up buttercups, because these are going to knock your socks off!

Foodie Facts: Garbanzos have a delicious nutlike taste and a texture that is buttery, yet somewhat starchy and pasty. A very versatile legume, they are a noted ingredient in many Middle Eastern and Indian dishes such as hummus, falafels and curries. While many people think of chickpeas as being in beige in color, other varieties feature colors such as black, green, red and brown. 

From cutting cholesterol to warding off hunger cravings, chickpeas are a must-have on your next grocery list. Here are three health benefits of chickpeas:

1. Hunger control: Chickpeas are high in fibre and protein, and they have a low glycemic index. This powerful combination can help control your weight. Enjoying as little as 1/2 cup (125 mL) of chickpeas daily can keep you feeling full — and consuming fewer calories.

2. Cholesterol reduction: Including 3/4 cup (175 mL) of chickpeas in your diet each day can help lower LDL (bad) cholesterol levels, which reduces the risk of heart disease.

3. Versatility: Chickpeas can be used in salads, soups, curries, chilis and stews. Or consider roasting them with your favourite savoury spices. High-protein chickpea flour (also called garam) is gluten-free and can be used to make pancakes, or can serve as a substitute for eggs in baked goods.

Spicy Roasted Chickpeas

INGREDIENTS

— 2 (15 ounce) cans of garbanzo beans
— 2 tablespoons coconut oil (melted)
— 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of ground cumin
— 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
— 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS

— Preheat oven 400 degrees ferinheight
— Drain garbanzo beans (a.k.a. chickpeas)
— Combine all ingredients in medium mixing bowl
— Toss garbanzo beans until evenly coated
— Lay garbanzo’s evenly on baking sheet
— Bake until crispy, approx 30-40 minutes

Spicy Roasted Chickpeas

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