Fiesta Roasted Chickpeas

At the bookstore I like to stroll down the cookbook and diet book aisles to see what is new. Today, I flipped a few pages of a diet book and saw that their plan allows you have a 10 pecan halves or 15 “small” peanuts as a snack. This is funny to me. Who really is gonna pick out the small peanuts and only 15 at that? Not me. I have small hands and I can tell you I can hold more than 15 peanuts in one hand. 😀

But, seriously I get it…nuts are a high calorie food. Better to have some than none at all, right? So my solution to when you want something crunchy and salty is Fiesta Roasted Chickpeas.

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When you are looking to eat healthy and watch your caloric intake it is smart to choose the most nutritious foods you can. That means picking foods that have the most nutrients (vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients) for the fewest calories.

When you compare peanuts to chickpeas you will see there is a big difference in calories and fat.

One cup of peanuts has 828 calories and 72 grams of fat. One cup of chickpeas has 210 calories and 4 grams of fat. That is a huge difference!! 


Fiesta Roasted Chickpeas | Pick Fresh Foods

Chickpeas are a great low-fat substitute for nuts and when roasted in the oven they become super crunchy! I think they kind of look like a nut. Best of all you can season them any way you like to make the sweet, salty, or spicy and they will take on that flavor.


Fiesta Roasted Chickpeas
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Serves: 8- ¼ cup servings
  • 2 15-oz cans reduced sodium chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained and rinsed
  • 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ tbsp kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Drain and rinse chickpeas. Remove skins by pinching or rubbing with a paper towel.
  3. Place onto a small baking pan.
  4. In a small bowl combine salt, paprika, garlic powder, cumin, and pepper together.
  5. Drizzle with olive oil.
  6. Sprinkle with the season mix.
  7. Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until crunchy. Let cool 5-10 minutes.
  8. Store in a sealed container.

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Roasting chickpeas is super easy! I roast them and then check that they are crunchy. As they cool they will become a little crunchier. I love the seasoning on these Fiesta Roasted Chickpeas!  They are a delicious filling snack 😀


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  1. Danita Fanning says:

    Ha! I love roasted chick peas. I roasted a few cans a week ago and have been crunching on them ever since. Trying to go the healthy route and when I crave the texture of a chip, I grab a handful of the chick peas. I will definitely have to try your spice mix on the next batch. Thanks Cindy! Have a wonderful day.

    • They are really great! I love that they are low-cal and taste good :) How do you roast yours? Hope tour having a great week 😀

  2. I love munching on crunchy snacks too and my pantry is usually stocked with lots of nuts and dried chickpeas. Roasted chickpeas are so tasty but I’ve never tried them with cumin and paprika together, will have to try that next time. Thanks for sharing Cindy :)

  3. I love chickpeas!!!!!! I love how they taste when they’re soaked overnight and cooked ! But the thought of using chickpeas as a snack NEVER EVER crossed my mind! I loveeeee this idea!!!! and that masssssive difference in calories! Definitely switching to chickpeas now! Oh btw, those spices that you’ve used!!!!! they’re making me salivate already!!!!!!!!!

    • Chickpeas are fantastic. I love making hummus and now these crunchy “nuts” 😀
      I’m all for being able to eat more for less calories and still get great nutrients.

  4. huntfortheverybest says:

    great healthy snack!

  5. I love the rich flavor of chickpeas, I use them in a ton of recipes. I’ve never tried this before but I know it’s going to be great!

  6. I love chickpeas! I’ve only made roasted ones, one time, but I loved them and need to do it more often – thanks for the great reminder and health benefits! These look delish!

    • Thanks Kristi 😀 I love these roasted chickpeas. They are a delicious alternative. How did you roast yours? Seasoned or plain?

  7. consuelohoneyandfigs says:

    I love nuts, but sometimes it feels nice to be able to have a larger serving for less calories and still lots of nutrients. Fiesta roasted chickpeas? Sounds great, I’m in! x

    • Thanks Consuelo! I love nuts to! Walnuts, almonds, and peanuts are my favorites. You just have a whole lot, unlike these Fiesta Roasted Chickpeas 😀 These have great flavor and crunch for a lot less calories!

  8. Danita Fanning says:

    I use garlic powder, onion powder, sea salt, cayenne pepper and Parmesan cheese.

  9. Oooo I’ve heard of roasted chickpeas before but have never tried them. These look super great and such a wonderful healthy snacking option! Going to have to try them!

  10. I love anything “fiesta”, so I am all over these peas. Amazing snack!

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