Garlic Baked Chickpeas – Simple Green Smoothies


Lately I’ve been craving salty, crunchy snacks. These easy garlic baked chickpeas hit the spot in so many ways. My oven-roasted chickpeas are bursting with spicy flavor and contain 19 grams of protein. That’s the ultimate snack win in my opinion.

Whether you’re looking for a great healthy snack for work or a way to add some more protein to your lunch salad, these crunchy gems are just the way to do it. A snack that’s easy to make and so satisfying to munch on… I’m here for it!

Chickpeas are a lot more inexpensive than nuts. I often top salads with some of these instead of almonds or pecans. They also make a great filling. You’ve probably seen in my recipes for Creamy Potato Curry and BBQ Vegetarian Pizza.

Table of Contents
  1. Ingredients for Oven-Roasted Chickpeas
  2. How to Make Baked Chickpeas
  3. Recipe Tips and Tricks
  4. Baked Chickpeas FAQs
  5. More Plant-Powered Snack Options
  6. Garlic Baked Chickpeas Recipe

Ingredients for Oven-Roasted Chickpeas

Let’s start with this super simple ingredient list. It’s full of spices you probably have on hand! Then we can dive into the goodness that is in this power snack:

labeled ingredients for oven roasted chickpeas including chickpeas, spices and olive oil, all in individual white bowls.
  • Chickpeas: These funny-looking things are part of the bean family, so you know they are full of protein + carbs. Yet that’s not all! Chickpeas also have manganese, folate, iron and fiber, just to highlight a few of their key nutrients. I use them for protein in a variety of dishes like chickpea tacos and to top my kale caesar salad.
  • Olive Oil: I chose this oil as it has a milder flavor than avocado. Feel free to use the healthy oil of your choice. Since you will taste the oil on this snack, I recommend using a high-quality one.
  • Spices: My snack uses cayenne pepper, garlic powder, nutritional yeast, sea salt and cumin for the perfect flavor combination. The nutritional yeast gives it a slightly cheesy finish while the other spices come together for a spicy, garlic-y result.

Since this recipe is so simple, don’t sweat if your spice drawer is missing one of the seasonings. You really can season this how you want to. Let me know any winning combinations you come up with so I can try it, too!

How to Make Baked Chickpeas

One reason I love this recipe is how easy it is to make a batch. With 1 can of chickpeas (which you can find for under $2 per can!) and some oil + spices, you’ve got a versatile dish for snacks or meals.

parchment paper lined baking sheet, ready for baking.

Step 1: Start by preheating your oven to 425°F and lining a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.

white bowl of garbanzo beans getting dried with a paper towel, next to a small bowl of oil.

Step 2: Make sure your canned chickpeas are drained and rinsed well. Then spread out and gently pat with a paper towel to remove any moisture.

white bowl of garbanzo beans getting olive oil drizzled over them.

Step 3: Grab a medium-size bowl and toss those chickpeas with oil until they are all well-coated.

pouring garbanzo beans onto a parchment lined baking sheet.

Step 4: Spread them out the prepped baking sheet and bake 15 minutes.

partially baked garbanzo beans on a parchment lined baking sheet, ready for more seasoning.

Step 5: Remove from the oven and sprinkle with the spices, gently tossing to coat again. Return to the oven for 10 more minutes or until desired crispiness is reached.

white bowl of crispy baked garbanzo beans with seasoning on them.

Step 6: Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly before enjoying.

Recipe Tips and Tricks

For the crispiest result, make sure the chickpeas are completely coated in the oil.

If you are sensitive to spice, omit the cayenne pepper.

Swap olive oil with avocado oil.

These are best enjoyed right after baking. You can store them for later, they will just lose some of their crispiness.

Since moisture softens, store your oven roasted chickpeas in an open bowl lightly covered with a paper towel or tea towel as opposed to an air-tight container.

Baked Chickpeas FAQs

Are baked chickpeas good for you?

They can be. If you are comparing them to other potential, processed food snacks then yes! They have 19 grams of protein per serving, which is awesome in a snack. They are not low calorie or low carb, yet they will keep you full between meals, or make an excellent plant-based protein addition to a salad.

Why are my roasted chickpeas not crunchy?

There are a few things to follow closely when making oven-roasted chickpeas. First, make sure the chickpeas are well-coated in the oil. Whether you use olive or avocado oil, making sure each chickpea is well coated will help for more even + crispy baking. Second, your oven may not bake as quickly as mine. Be sure to watch so nothing burns yet feel free to keep them in the oven longer to get a crispier result, then make a note for how long the bake time was for you.

Are roasted chickpeas good for weight loss?

They can be. My recipe has 17 grams of protein per serving. It is not a low calorie snack yet a filling one that will help you get from lunch to dinner with ease. It has protein, healthy fat and carbs so your body will feel full longer, have usable energy and not get sluggish.

Do you have to soak chickpeas before roasting them?

No. In fact I recommend draining and rinsing the chickpeas from the can, then patting them dry with a paper towel before coating in oil so that they aren’t wet prior to cooking.

white bowl of crispy baked garbanzo beans with seasoning on them.

More Plant-Powered Snack Options

I believe in snacking smarter, not harder. So you’ll often see me trying a variety of snacks throughout the day, based on what my body needs. I love using this recipe after long runs for renewed energy. It also works as a mid-afternoon pick-me-up if I ate a light lunch. Here are some more great plant-based snack options:

  • Vegan Yogurt + Healthy Granola: My current snack on repeat… an easy way to get in healthy fat + carbs and protein.
  • Apple Donuts: A fun snack for the whole family; top how you want and enjoy!
  • Pumpkin Chia Pudding: I love making a batch of these cups and grabbing them when I need some energy.
  • Vegan Protein Bars: A great breakfast or snack option depending on the energy you need for the day.
  • Oven-Roasted Almonds: Another great baked snack that takes almost no time yet tastes incredible.

Would you please rate + review this recipe once you’ve made it? I love getting your feedback and am here to answer any questions you have while making this!

  • oven

  • rimmed baking sheet

  • mixing bowl

  • Preheat oven to 425°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.

  • Toss rinsed + dried chickpeas with olive oil until well coated.

  • Place chickpeas on a baking sheet and bake 15 minutes.

  • Remove chickpeas from oven and sprinkle with spices. Return to oven for an additional 10 minutes, or until desired crispiness is reached.

  • Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly before eating.

  • Baked chickpeas are best when they are fresh from the oven. They can be made ahead of time, yet will lose some of their crispiness as they sit.
  • Omit the cayenne pepper for a less-spicy snack.
  • Swap olive oil with avocado oil.
  • For crispiest result, make sure the chickpeas are completely covered in the oil before baking, so they evenly crisp throughout.

Calories: 261kcal, Carbohydrates: 37g, Protein: 13g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 4g, Sodium: 156mg, Potassium: 472mg, Fiber: 11g, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin A: 243IU, Vitamin C: 2mg, Calcium: 64mg, Iron: 4mg

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