Chickpeas, also called garbanzo beans, are a great source of protein, fiber, and heart-healthy fats making this bean beneficial for weight management, gut health, and cardiac function. Adding these into your diet can help reduce the risk of heart disease, obesity, and diabetes. Plus they satisfy your crunchy salty cravings!
- 1-2 cups chickpeas (I used 2 cans)
- Avocado Oil
- Sea Salt & Pepper
- Other Seasoning: paprika, BBQ (my fav!), garlic herb, honey chipotle, garlic jalapeno, or any other that you like
- Preheat Oven to 425 Degrees
- Cover Baking pan with Parchment paper
- Cook Chickpeas in Pot, Drain, Rinse
- Layout on Parchment Paper & Pat Dry with Paper Towel
- Drizzle Avocado Oil and sprinkle salt
- Bake for 20-30 mins until golden brown and CRISPY!
- Feel free to add more seasoning if you like
Store at room temperature and enjoy over the next few days. Refrigerating these snacks will cause them to become chewy. You can eat them plain or add them to a meal. I love using these in place of croutons in salads!
Chickpeas are high in protein and fiber, making them a great addition to your salad, soup, or just as a snack. They are considered a complete protein since chickpeas contain all 9 essential amino acids. Fiber helps to improve gut function by feeding healthy gut bacteria and regulating glucose levels, which also helps with weight control.
Chickpeas are also high in polyunsaturated fats helping to improve cholesterol levels and reduce the risk for cardiovascular disease. Chickpeas rank fairly low on the glycemic index making them a great option that provides nutrients without the blood sugar spike. They are also gluten-free!
Roasting chickpeas does not change the health profile and they offer just as much protein as raw chickpeas. In just a 1/2 cup chickpeas have about 7g of protein and just over 6g of fiber. Plus a good source of folate, iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium, vitamins A, E & C.
Avocado Oil has a high smoke point and since these beans are being roasted at 425 degrees, we need an oil with a high smoke point. Avocado oil has the highest smoke point of all plant-based cooking oils. Since Avocado oil is high in oleic acid it provides a great source of unsaturated fats that help increase HDL cholesterol and lower LDL. However, many oils on the market today are not completely pure and some even diluted with other oils, so when shopping look for ones that are 100% pure avocado oil.
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