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Spiced Chickpea "Nuts"

Looking for a low-fat snack when the salty cravings hit? Try these easy-to-make Spiced Chickpea “Nuts."  When oven-roasted, they become crunchy and perfect for healthy nibbling!


  • 2 15-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed (also known as garbanzo beans)
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons dried marjoram (can substitute sage, thyme or basil)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
Preheat Oven:  Position rack in upper third of oven; preheat to 450 degrees.      

Prep Chickpeas: Blot chickpeas dry and toss in a bowl with oil, cumin, marjoram, allspice and salt. 

Put Chickpeas on Baking Sheet: If you want easy clean-up, cover rimmed baking sheet with foil before you spread on the chickpeas. 

Bake: Bake, stirring once or twice, until browned and crunchy, 25-30 minutes. Let cool on the baking sheet for 15 minutes.

You can cover and store at room temperature for up to 2 days.


Prep Time: 5 minutes
Serves:  4 (3/4 cup per person)

Nutritional Details Per Serving
Calories:  282 calories
Carbohydrates: 40 grams
Fat:  9 grams
Protein:  11 grams
Sodium: 964 milligrams

We encourage you to experiment with different flavors and spices. Here are a few ideas: Add freshly squeezed lime juice, garlic powder, paprika, chili powder, cayenne pepper, sea salt, and more. 

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