Healthy Snack Alert! High in fiber, fills you up and it's yummy. Back in my food retail management days . .sometimes we had garbanzo beans on the menu (aka chickpeas). If there was a lot leftover, I'd roast them up for the staff with a drizzle of oil . . .so easy! I'd pop them in the oven and boom! A few minutes later - a tasty, crunchy snack for the people who made my job easier.
I found myself craving these the other week . . .I think it was all the upcoming food ads for the Superbowl and recipes and such. I'm not a huge snack or munchy person. However - all those ads in magazines and online for Superbowl this cracker and Superbowl that cracker . . .left me wanting something munchy. So, I revived this oldy but goody recipe.
It is so easy to make . . and they are great right out of the oven. If you don't devour them right away, you can store them in an airtight container for up to a week. However once stored - they tend to lose their crunch. They are still amazingly delish . . .just not crunchy.
Still not sold? Well, let me tell you this: I don't even really like garbanzo beans. For real. If they are in a soup or salad etc etc . . .I pick them out and avoid them like the plague. I find the taste and texture completely vial. However, something about roasting these . . .completely turns them into something magical and yummy. True story.
Roasted Garbanzo Beans
Serves Several as a Snack
2 (15.5 oz) Cans Garbanzo Beans
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
1 Tablespoon Seasoning Blend of Your Choice (I like Nature's Seasoning)
Step 1: Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
Step 2: Open up the cans of beans and drain them in a colander. Rinse them well. Then, you will want to dry them. An easy way to do this is to line a baking sheet with a clean kitchen towel or some paper towels and pour the beans onto the towel(s). By using a rimmed baking sheet - it will help prevent the beans from rolling around and escaping to the floor. Once on the towel(s), rub them with the towels to remove the excess water.
Step 3: Remove the towel(s) from the baking sheet and leave the beans on the baking sheet. Drizzle with the olive oil and give the beans a good stir with a spatula to get them coated.
Step 4: Place in the preheated oven and bake for 45 minutes . . . until dark brown. Remove from oven and sprinkle with the seasoning of your choice. Be sure to let them cool long enough so you don't burn yourself eating them. Enjoy!