roasted chickpeas

 Roasted Chickpeas – an easy and healthy snack!

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Want an easy snack that fulfills your urge for salt and crunch and it’s got fiber and protein?  Then it’s time to make roasted chickpeas!  They are easy and quick, but oh so good!

Health profile of chickpeas

One serving of chickpeas (that’s about half a can, which is a lot) has 268 calories, 4g fat, 43.5g carbs, 12.5g fiber and 14g protein.  That amounts to a lot of carbs, although many people count net carbs (total carbs less fiber) so the net carb count is 31g.  Still, the health profile of chickpeas is good.  I make these for Massimo about every other week…these are definitely toddler approved!

Are chickpeas paleo? No, they aren’t.  If you have read my post about Intuitive Eating then you already know that I’m not a Paleo Purist.  It has its benefits, but I don’t thick chickpeas are evil, at least not to me.  I don’t have digestive issues when I eat them, nor do I feel that I feel more joint inflammation or other pains when eating legumes.  Use your inner guidance system.  It you don’t feel well after eating chickpeas then they probably aren’t for you.  If you are a vegetarian, however, they are a good way to get some protein in!

How to make roasted chickpeas:

Easy Peasy!  Rinse, drain, dry, and coat with olive oil and seasoning.  I like to use salt and Zatar Seasoning (from Penzey’s).  You may have never heard of Zatar seasoning, but if you like Mediterranean flavors then you will love Zatar seasoning!  It is comprised of Sumac, Thyme, Sesame and Salt, if you want to take a go at making your own blend.  You could just use salt and garlic powder, or try cumin and/or paprika.

One warning:

These roasted chickpeas are pretty damn good.  They are salty and crunchy and  it’s hard to stop eating once you stop!  They are also best served the same day.  So just be warned…it’s easy to eat the whole batch!  🙂


Roasted Chickpeas
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
25 mins

So easy and good!  If you don't have Zatar seasoning (many people don't) then a simple combo of garlic powder, salt and pepper would be tasty.

Course: Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: American, Mediterranean
Servings: 2
Calories: 268 kcal
  • 1 can or bag chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • salt, to taste
  • 1 tsp Zatar Seasoning (I use Penzey's) , sub with garlic powder, cumin, or paprika
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Rinse, drain, and thoroughly dry the chickpeas with a paper towel.  Place the chickpeas in a bowl and add the olive oil, salt and other seasoning.  Stir to coat evenly, and taste a chickpea to check the seasoning levels.

    Place chickpeas in a seasoned cast iron skillet and pop in oven for 20 minutes or until they start to brown.  

Recipe Notes

I experimented with cooking these at 425 degrees for 15 minutes and that works too, however the chickpeas can quickly get dry if you overcook them, so keep an eye out!  

Have you made roasted chickpeas before?  What’s your favorite seasoning combo?  Let me know in the comments below!