One of my goals this year is to push myself outside my comfort zone more. That’s why, when I was invited to participate in the Crazy Ingredient Challenge, I cheerfully accepted. Every month the group votes on two random ingredients and we each have to come up with a recipe that uses both. This month’s ingredients are chickpeas and honey. I’ve been seeing savory roasted chickpea recipes all over Pinterest and I love this snack idea! So, I decided to come up with a sweet version. Today I’m sharing the honey roasted chickpea recipe I created. To be fair, I adapted my recipe from several others I found online. Turns out I wasn’t the first person to have this idea!
I ended up changing quite a bit from the recipes I found online because I wanted both sweet AND salty. Plus, I wanted to leverage the health benefits of swapping chickpeas for nuts (less fat and fewer calories) so I omitted the oil found in most other recipes and used Splenda in lieu of sugar. The end result was a crunchy, delectable snack that satisfies any craving with a lot less guilt than I have when I eat several handfuls of honey roasted peanuts or an entire bag of kettle corn.
- 1 15 oz. can chickpeas aka garbanzo beans
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp Splenda or sugar, if you prefer
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1 tbs honey
Preheat oven to 375°F.
Rinse and strain chickpeas to remove the starch. Then pat dry with a paper towel.
In a small bowl or quart-sized zip seal plastic bag, combine cinnamon, Splenda, and salt. Add chickpeas and mix well until all of the chickpeas are coated in seasoning.
Spread chickpeas evenly on an ungreased baking sheet.
Bake at 375°F for 30-35 minutes.
Remove from oven and immediately place chickpeas in a small bowl. Drizzle honey over chickpeas and mix well until they are all coated with honey.
Spray baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray.
Return to baking sheet and bake an additional 5-10 minutes to desired consistency.
Not only are these honey roasted chickpeas a delicious, low-fat, low-calorie alternative to honey roasted nuts, they’re way cheaper too! The chickpeas are less than $1/can and you use only small amounts of the other ingredients (which you probably already keep on hand).
I hope you enjoyed my honey roasted chickpea recipe! Check out all the other clever ways the challenge participants combined honey and chickpeas:
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