This roasted chickpea recipe offers a deliciously addictive alternative to croutons.
Coated in a variety of health supportive spices and roasted to perfection, you’ll probably end up popping quite a few of these in your mouth before you put them on your salad.
You can cook them longer for an even drier, crispier texture, however, I prefer this sort of in-between state, when they are still a bit soft in the center.
Chickpeas: A delicious plant-based protein that is particularly beneficial for digestive health…they contain up to 75% insoluble fiber, so that what goes in, will come out if you catch my drift. If you’re feeling a little backed up, try adding more chickpeas to your diet.
Turmeric: One of the most studied spices, turmeric is noted in numerous scientific studies to show anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial, and anticancer activity.
Cumin: Cumin not only adds flavor, it supports healthy digestion. It contains a variety of potent antioxidants as well as iron.
Paprika: While made from a pepper, paprika is more sweet than spicy. and provides over 20% of your daily Vitamin A needs per teaspoon.
Cayenne: Any sort of hot chile pepper, including cayenne, supports the metabolism and may aid in fat burn.
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- 1 1/2 cups of chickpeas (1 can)
- 2 tsp olive oil
- 1 tsp turmeric
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp cayenne or chipotle powder (optional)
- pink salt, to taste
- black pepper, to taste
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- In a bowl, mix chickpeas, oil, and spices (you can add salt and black pepper to taste) until well coated.
- Lay chickpeas out flat on a baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes, give the pan a shake to move everything around, then bake for another 10-15 minutes.
- You can pre-make a large batch of these and use throughout the week. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.
Maria Marlowe is a holistic nutrition and wellness coach who uses real food to help her clients improve their health, weight, and skin. She offers a healthy eating meal plan that teaches you how to batch cook, as well as one to clear up acne. She has ongoing group workshops both in NYC and online, and writes healthy and delicious plant-based recipes for her popular blog. She is also the author of the #1 New Release on Amazon, The Real Food Grocery Guide, the most practical guide to selecting the healthiest foods, without going broke, which has been praised by Dr. Oz and InStyle magazines. You can find her on instagram @mariamarlowe.