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Garbanzo Chick Pea Snack Recipe

Updated on February 24, 2013

Snack Ready!

The finished snack.
The finished snack. | Source

Healthy Snacking

5 stars from 1 rating of Chick Pea Snacks


We are heavy on the taste requirements here. We do not like bland. The recipe below has lots of pop for flavor. When I tried these on my neighbors at a recent Happy Hour I got up votes, mewhhh votes, and one no! However, when I used my husband as the guinea pig sampler guy, I got back an empty bowl. Enough said for me! So here is the recipe!




Vary spices to your taste.
Vary spices to your taste. | Source


Drain the canned chick peas
Drain the canned chick peas | Source



Preparation for Baking




Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 1 hour 20 min
Ready in: 1 hour 30 min
Yields: Two big cups of snacks.


  • 2 cans chick peas (garbanzo beans)
  • 1 T. olive oil
  • 1 t. garlic powder
  • 1 t. onion powder
  • 1.t cumin powder
  • 1 t. paprika
  • 2-4 T prepared onions

Bake the Chick Pea Snacks

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking pan with aluminum foil.
  2. Open and drain and dry the chick peas (garbanzo beans)
  3. Spread the chick peas on the baking pan and toss with all the ingredients but the prepared onions.
  4. Bake for 1 hour and 20 minutes in the oven. Check on them to make sure they are not burning. When removed from oven toss in the prepared onions and serve!

Garbanzo Beans Healthy How?

First of all they are high in protein. They are also low in fat and the fat they do have is the polyunsaturated fat. There are studies that show the chickpea will assist in the lowering of cholesterol in the bloodstream. (Journal of American Diabetic Association)

Chickpeas are also a rich source of zinc and folate. They are also high in fiber which aids digestion and elimination.

Tasty Weight Loss Crunch

These little tasty crunchy bits are a great diet snack. They provide the crunch and the taste that you can adjust with your spice mix and the time that you bake them.

I am going to experiment with barbecue flavors. Take a look at your spice cabinet or the spice aisle at the grocery store. There is no reason that you cannot make a personal signature flavor based on your tastes. One thing to watch is that any taste blend that includes sugar will burn! So, read the labels!

The recipe below will remain the same except for the spices that you select. The first time I made these treats, I used a smaller amount of spices. The next time I adjusted the spice amounts upwards and that worked for us.

Also, do add an additional flavor to the chickpea snack once you remove it from the oven. I added the onion crunchers that are also natural and devoid of salt. This dimension of flavor worked very well.

Experiment with different levels of crunch and maybe even a top layer of Parmesan cheese? Exercise your creative cookery on this!

Garbanzos or Chick Peas?

Garbanzos are more of a Spanish, European, and South American name. Chick peas are the Indian and Pacific Rim designation for the bean.

By any name the garbanzo bean/chickpea was served in Roman times too!

While we tend to only think of chickpeas as the white little toothsome bean, there are other types of chickpeas. The green ones are more likely to be used in Indian and Ethiopian cooking.

Many cultures pop chickpeas like we do popcorn. The cooked chickpeas are also often preserved in honey and eaten as a sweet. One recipe that I found used chick peas in a brittle. This looks much like our Western traditional peanut brittle but made with chickpeas.

Of course, Hummus is well known. Hummus is a lovely addition to any meal as a starter or in the main dish. We like to serve hummus as a low fat healthy snack.

So, why not roast them too?

Garbanzos from Scratch

It is easy to make your own garbanzos from the dried packaged garbanzo beans as found in the grocery store.

Simply soak the beans in filtered water for 12-24 hours. Then rinse them. Cook them covered in water for 30 minutes. They will fall apart if cooked to long, so be careful! Treat them just like you would the canned garbanzos at this point.

Here is a wonderful soup made from garbanzo beans and turkey broth. Yum!!


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      Rogene Robbins 4 years ago

      I've tried roated chick peas but they haven't had much flavor. Maybe I wasn't adding enough spice. I'm going to try your recipe.

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      BrightMeadow 4 years ago from a room of one's own

      I like chick peas-- lots of good nutrients as well. This snack sounds scrumptious. I will have to give it a try. Thanks for the recipe.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Another recipe for that book of mine. Thank you for sharing.


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      sdzulu 4 years ago

      Good snack! They satisfy your need to munch without the calories of cookies.

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks for this look at garbanzos/chick peas with the recipe. I also appreciate the info on cooking dried garbanzos. Looking forward to making this snack up soon.

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      yummy snack especially when watching movies at home. Voted up

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      A. Bove 4 years ago from New York

      Fun! Thank you for the recipe, I'll let you know when I try them!

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      MindbodyandFood4u 4 years ago from Ohio

      These sound yummy. I will be making these at my next cocktail party!

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      Jill Spencer 4 years ago from United States

      These are addictive! Thanks for the recipe.