As a vegan, it's only natural that I absolutely adore chickpeas. They are the easiest source of protein, as you can add them to just about everything. They are the most common type of bean you can also find at your local store, and it comes in so many different sizes. We especially love ordering a ton of chickpeas cans as we turn them into soups, stews, hummus and more!
Chickpeas are especially great when roasted as you can really enjoy them as a healthy snack. They replace popcorn in our home and we mostly eat them when watching a movie. They are also great for long road trips when we need a great source of protein to keep us going.
If you want crispy chickpeas in a salad, roasting them beforehand it's a great idea. They work so good with kale and lettuce. They are incredibly healthy as well and perfect if you're a beginner vegan who's learning how to transition.
How I make roasted chickpeas?
Roasting chickpeas is so incredibly simple. You need canned chickpeas, some olive oil and seasoning.
You should drain and rinse your chickpeas and pat them dry with a towel to remove any excess moisture. This will help speed up the roasting process. Also damp chickpeas won't crisp up very well so it's important to not skip this step.
Spread the chickpeas on a baking sheet without overlapping them. This way they will crisp up easier, better and more uniformly.
Drizzle with olive oil, season with salt and pepper, then add coriander and paprika. Using your hands, mix the chickpeas until fully covered in seasoning.
Roast in the centre of the oven for 20-30 minutes until golden and crispy. While the chickpeas are still hot, add your nutritional yeast and serve them right away.
You can store any leftovers in a loosely covered bowl at the room temperature.
So simple! Your roasted chickpeas are ready to eat.
Tips for the best-roasted chickpeas
I definitely recommend investing in large and beautiful canned chickpeas. I buy mine online because the local stores don't have large cans. Also larger cans tend to have bigger, more beautiful chickpeas without any loose skin. The idea is to have these gorgeous wholes chickpeas without being broken in parts.
If you have any leftover chickpeas please store them at room temperature. I tried refrigerating them but they become inedible overnight.
Want to really enjoy them as a snack? Add nutritional yeast on them. That cheesy, nutty taste is delicious when combined with roasted chickpeas.
Play with the seasoning to achieve the right one for your taste. Do you like them spicy? Add chilli to them. Want a more interesting Indian flavour? Add masala! Fancy a Middle Eastern snack? Add Za'atar.
This recipe has been developed entirely by Yuzu Bakes. Any resemblance with other recipes is purely coincidental.