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Roasted Chickpea Snack | Salt & Vinegar

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The ultimate snack for traveling! We are loving this little crunchy, tangy, protein-packed roasted chickpea snack. Warning, you will need to make more than one batch!

overhead photo of basket full of chickpea snack on red checkered napkin and cilantro

Whether you make your own freshly cooked chickpeas or use those cans sitting in your cupboard, you’re going to love these. They are even a great healthy snack for traveling and on-the-go.

These roasted chickpeas are fabulous because they’re…

  • Perfect snack
  • Crunchy
  • Tangy
  • Low-fat
  • Vegan
  • Oil-free
  • Addictive

Roasted in the oven, chickpeas transform into a crispy, salty, savory snack.  So irresistible and easy to eat by the handful. They are great for guilt-free snacking because they are actually healthy.

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How to make healthy roasted chickpeas

I sometimes use canned chickpeas because they are already cooked, but making your own from dried chickpeas is even better. If you have an InstantPot, they can go from dry beans to cooked in about 30 minutes.

If using canned chickpeas, just be sure to drain and rinse them before making this crispy chickpea snack. You can do this by pouring them into a colander or strainer.

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The trick to getting that vinegary flavor is to parboil them in vinegar for 15-minutes, then allow them to soak another 30 minutes. This gives them time to soak up that tangy flavor.

chickpeas soaking in water in stainless pot

Place in oven at 400°F and allow to cook for 45 minutes-1 hour, STIRRING EVERY 15 MINUTES, just like you do when making party mix. The temperature and frequent stirring are necessary to get them crunchy. Ovens vary, so some may only require 45 minutes while others will take longer.

I line my baking pan with parchment paper to prevent sticking and to make clean up a breeze.

chickpeas on baking sheet with parchment paper

Watch them very closely and test them when they become golden brown. There really is a fine line between perfect and overcooked, so I monitor them constantly at the end.

Be prepared when you open the oven door between stirrings. The vinegar will be stout and take you by surprise!

I’ve tried different versions of roasted chickpeas snacks with assorted seasonings and just couldn’t get the flavor to pop, that is until these. Terrific tangy vinegar snack!

Air fryer cooking instructions

Place seasoned chickpeas in the air fryer basket.

Set the temperature to 360°F and time to 17 minutes.

chickpeas in air fryer overhead

After 5-minutes of cooking, open and shake the peas around. Close and continue cooking.

Stop and shake about every 5 minutes or so.

Once they are finished cooking, remove from the basket, and serve immediately.

Your Questions Answered

Q: Are roasted chickpeas good for you?

A: Definitely! Roasted chickpeas are full of fiber and protein, and they help to keep you full for hours. They are a terrific healthy snack.

Q: How long can you keep roasted chickpeas?

A: They should last about 5-7 days in the refrigerator in an airtight container. You will need to reheat them in an oven or toaster oven to get that crisp back.

Q: Are roasted chickpeas good for weight loss?

A: Chickpeas are loaded with fiber that helps you feel full for longer. With that full feeling, you’ll eat less which is great for weight loss.

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Chickpeas Roasted Snack | Salt and Vinegar

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

These are a great little protein-packed snack and so easy to make! I've tried different versions of roasted chickpeas snack with assorted seasonings and just couldn't get the flavor to pop, until these. Terrific tangy vinegar snack!

Ingredients

  • 1 15 oz can chickpeas, (or 1-1/2 cups fresh cooked chickpeas)
  • 2 cups white vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 Tbsp parsley flakes

Instructions

  1. Rinse and drain chickpeas. Place them in a pot with vinegar and allow to boil approximately 15 minutes.
  2. Turn the burner off and allow the pot to sit for 30 minutes.
  3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  4. Drain vinegar from chickpeas (but don't rinse them) and pour onto a prepared baking sheet. Add garlic powder, sea salt, and parsley flakes and stir them around on the sheet.
  5. Place in oven at 400 degrees and allow to cook for 45 minutes-1 hour, STIRRING EVERY 15 MINUTES, just like you do when making party mix. The temperature and frequent stirring is necessary to get them crunchy. Ovens vary so some may only require 45 minutes while others will take longer.
  6. Remove from oven, allow to cool, and eat!

Notes

Detailed instructions, in-process photos, and my personal helpful tips can be found in the article above.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 115Total Fat: 2gCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 4gSugar: 3gProtein: 5g

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Tess

Friday 8th of January 2021

Very good. Reminds me of corn nut. Vinegar is not too strong, however I would cook it outdoor. I will try ranch seasoning for my husband next time.

Rachel

Friday 28th of December 2018

How long do these stay good for?? Wondering if I could double or triple and have a few days of snacking.

EatPlant-Based.com

Friday 28th of December 2018

If kept in an air-tight container, they should last at least 3 days, I would think. Hope you enjoy them.

Sally

Wednesday 4th of October 2017

How do you tell when to take them out? When I have roasted chickpeas in the past they are usually either too soft or too hard because they taste different once they cool. What is your secret to getting them just right?

EatPlant-Based.com

Wednesday 4th of October 2017

Sally, I watch them very closely and test them when they become golden brown. There really is a fine line between perfect and overcooked, so I monitor them constantly at the end.

Suzy

Saturday 8th of July 2017

Can red wine, apple cider or balsamic vinegar be used? I am out of white vinegar. Thanks! Suzy suzyworldgirl @gmail.com

EatPlant-Based.com

Saturday 8th of July 2017

Absolutely! Either one should work just fine.

Nadege

Wednesday 2nd of September 2015

I love roasted chickpeas. Left overs turned into a very flavorful hummus.

Terri

Wednesday 2nd of September 2015

Nadege, what a terrific idea to make hummus out of leftovers! I've never had leftovers and actually have to wrestle my husband over these, but if I ever do, I think they would make amazingly flavored hummus. Thanks for the tip!

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