Skip buying this snack at the store—just make your own roasted chickpeas instead. We have six deliciously different recipes for you to choose from, with flavors such as savory, sweet, mild, and spicy. Stock up on plain chickpeas and begin roasting!

By Andrea Beck

Something magical happens to chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans) when you roast them—they turn a gorgeous golden brown and get just as crispy as your favorite potato chips. But since they’re roasted instead of fried, they’re usually healthier than most of the crunchy snacks you’ll find at the store. With six of our favorite recipes, we’ll teach you how to make this addicting, yummy snack at home so you can spice it up however you like.

1. Roasted Chickpeas

One of our most basic roasted chickpea recipes, this is a great place to start for beginners. Grab a can of chickpeas, then dress them up with hot pepper sauce, coarse sea salt, and paprika. Each crunchy bite will taste a little fiery, so spice-lovers might have a hard time stopping after just a handful.

2. Barbecue Spice Roasted Chickpeas

If you like barbecue potato chips (or just barbecue in general), you’ll love these roasted chickpeas seasoned with barbecue spice, paprika, and chili powder. Unlike the potato chips at the store, these roasted chickpeas are pretty low in fat, and you can control just how much spice they have. Though it might be tempting to finish all of them off in one sitting, you can save the leftovers and snack on them for up to a week afterward.

3. Herb-Roasted Chickpeas

Everything is better with a little cheese sprinkled on top, roasted chickpeas included. These herb-roasted chickpeas have an Italian influence, thanks to Parmesan cheese and a coating of Worcestershire sauce, garlic salt, and Italian seasoning. You can keep them in your freezer for up to 3 months, but it helps to give them a quick 5-minute roast before diving back in to ensure their crispiness.

4. Candied Chickpeas

Bring on the sweetness! These chickpeas are roasted with brown sugar to turn them into a snack that’s sweet like candy but much better for you. Once they’re roasted to a deep golden brown, no one will be able to resist grabbing a few to try. If you’re making roasted chickpeas for a crowd, this is a great recipe to win everyone over since there’s no spice.

5. Chile-Cumin Roasted Chickpeas

Want to really amp up the flavor in these chili-roasted chickpeas? Instead of store-bought, try making your own chili powder! Our easy recipe takes just a few minutes to stir together and uses dried red chile peppers, paprika, cayenne pepper, and a few other spices to bring the heat. Mix the chickpeas with cumin and onion powder before tossing them in the oven. The result is crispy, crunchy, and extra-spicy chickpeas that you won’t be able to stop snacking on.

6. Rosemary-Roasted Chickpeas

If you like sweet and spicy snacks, look no further than this roasted chickpeas recipe. The chickpeas roast in a mixture of honey, fresh rosemary, and cayenne pepper, so every bite has the sweet and spicy flavors we crave. This recipe makes nine servings and can stay fresh in the fridge for up to three days after roasting, making it easy to grab and go when you need a quick snack.


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