There are so many snack foods on the market, but how many of them are actually nutritious? The shelves of most supermarkets are overflowing with a seemingly endless amount of snack food choices, the majority of which, at best, contain a good deal of salt, sugar, hydrogenated oils and more. You can't even completely rely on the label "organic" when it comes to packaged food. Sure, it may mean what you're buying contains less pesticides than the non-organic alternatives, but that doesn't mean it isn't made with additives and a host other stuff you'd rather not be feeding your family.
These Roasted Cinnamon Honey Chickpeas are my version of healthy junk food. They're probably not prepared the way you're used to eating chickpeas (a.k.a. garbanzo beans), which are soft in texture once cooked and traditionally used as the basis for savory dishes like hummus, soups and stews. Instead, these are super crunchy and sweetened with a light coating of cinnamon and honey, making them even more addictive than those junky snacks you can't pry out of your child's hands. In fact, with only three wholesome ingredients including the protein packed chickpeas, you'd be hard pressed to find another snack food that's this good for you.
I brought a container of them with me to Chloe's gymnastics class last week where the kids and moms camped out afterwards for their mid-morning snack couldn't get over the fact that they were eating beans. One mom came over to ask me, "where did you buy these"? Mission accomplished!
Photo by Maren Caruso
Roasted Honey Cinnamon Chickpeas (makes about 2 cups)
- 1 15 oz. Can Garbanzo Beans, drained and rinsed (or 2 cups cooked garbanzo beans)
- 1/2 Tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 Tbsp Canola or Vegetable Oil
- 1 Tbsp honey
Preparation1. Preheat oven to 400 F.
2. Place the beans between two paper towels and pat dry, loosening the outer skin of the beans.
3. Remove the outer skins of the beans and pat dry to remove any other excess liquid (removing the outer skin of the beans takes a few minutes, but it’s a great job for getting kids involved).
4. Whisk the cinnamon and oil in a bowl to combine, add the beans stirring to coat and place on a baking sheet.
5. Roast for 40 minutes.
6. Remove the beans from the oven, place in a bowl and toss with 1 tbsp of honey.
7. Place the beans back into the oven and roast an additional 7 minutes.
8. Cool completely and serve.
* Store in a covered container on your counter for up to 2 weeks