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From the Kitchen: Toasted Chickpeas {Three Ways}

January 7, 2013


This past weekend, I put away the last of our holiday decorations, and along with them, my “eat whatever you want, it’s Christmas” outlook. It’s back to fresh juices and bootcamp for me. But, of course, I can’t do away with all snacking. My friend Christine introduced me to toasted chickpeas and I can’t stop eating them. They’re a so easy to make and delicious, you forget that they’re just toasted beans. And the flavor possibilities seem virtually endless. I’ve been experimenting with whatever herbs and spices sound interesting, and here are three of my favorites so far. Happy (healthy) snacking!




Toasted Chickpeas {Three Ways}


3- 15 oz. cans of chickpeas (1 can for each flavor)

1-2 tablespoons sea salt (plus more for sprinkling during the toasting process)

1/2 tablespoon Fresh ground pepper (or more)

2 tablespoons Old Bay Seasoning (or more)

3 tablespoons honey

juice of 1/2 large lime

1 teaspoon chili powder

3 tablespoons olive oil


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Drain chickpeas and dry well with paper towel. Remove the shells as much as possible. Lay out chickpeas on a baking sheet in one single layer. I do this 1 can per baking sheet, but you can toast all at once as long as space allows. Make sure the chickpeas are in one single layer to ensure even toasting. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of olive oil and a hefty pinch of salt over chickpeas, toss to coat. Repeat for each batch. Bake for about 55 minutes or until crispy. Season right out of the oven.

For dry seasonings, sprinkle amounts as desired 1/2 tablespoon at a time.

For wet seasoning, mix honey and lemon juice in a separate bowl. Pour mixture over chickpeas straight out of the oven and toss with chili powder until well coated. Bake 10 minutes more or until moisture is absorbed.


29 Comments leave one →
  1. January 7, 2013 12:26 am

    What a great idea! I can’t wait to try these.

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      January 14, 2013 3:10 pm

      Thanks, Katie. I hope you enjoy!

  2. January 7, 2013 12:28 am

    Yum, these sound unreal!

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      January 14, 2013 3:11 pm

      Cate, they’re pretty tasty. I love that you can dress them any way you want. And it’s such an inexpensive healthy snack.

  3. January 7, 2013 12:35 am

    Looks like an awesome alternative to my usual snacks!

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      January 8, 2013 1:18 pm

      They’re no kettle chips, but they definitely fill that snacky void :)

  4. January 7, 2013 3:16 am

    You’re absolutely right! Time to get serious and snap out of my delusional Christmas “I can eat whatever I want” mode and get back to reality. Thanks for the push start
    lovely photos by the way…

  5. January 7, 2013 12:45 pm

    Can’t wait to try these– I love Old Bay and I love chickpeas, so it’s a win/win. Thanks!

  6. January 7, 2013 1:46 pm

    such a great idea – i’m making these tonight!

  7. New Yorker Chic permalink
    January 7, 2013 1:49 pm

    Definitely going to try this out at home! Looks delicious!

  8. Jenny Gershon permalink
    January 7, 2013 8:32 pm

    I have been making these too! I use garam masala, salt and olive oil and they are fantastic! Now I have some new ideas, thanks :)

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      January 14, 2013 3:15 pm

      I’ve never cooked with garam masala, I’ll definitely give it a try. Thanks! And happy new year to the Gershon family! Hope you’re all well. Hello to Adam!

  9. Mert Parsons permalink
    January 7, 2013 11:28 pm

    Hope these are in my stocking next Christmas!!

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      January 14, 2013 3:15 pm

      Oh man, I hope I (I mean Santa) remembers!

  10. January 8, 2013 12:55 pm

    these look awesome!

  11. January 8, 2013 7:57 pm

    Thank you for sharing. I never thought of using chickpeas as a snack. I should also use it more often since it’s also the name of my website.

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      January 14, 2013 3:16 pm

      Ha! Yeah a couple of chickpea recipes are definitely in order with a blog name like that!

  12. January 9, 2013 8:21 am

    love me some chickpeas!!! never thought of seasoning and baking them!

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      January 14, 2013 3:17 pm

      I never did either, until my friend clued me in. They’re so good and easy to make!

  13. January 9, 2013 8:23 am

    Reblogged this on will of dill and commented:
    definitely will be trying this!! i’ve loved me some chickpeas since day one!!

  14. melinda permalink
    January 9, 2013 11:43 am

    Looks yummy! I cant wait to try this =)

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      January 14, 2013 3:18 pm

      I’ll make you some :)

  15. January 26, 2013 1:19 pm

    Hmmmm. Your technique may be superior to mine! Must try to refine. I did like my seasonings though, Gangnam style :)

  16. January 18, 2014 3:42 pm

    Wonderful blog! Do you have any suggestions for aspiring writers?
    I’m planning to start my own blog soon but I’m a little lost on everything.
    Would you recommend starting with a free platform like WordPress or go for a
    paid option? There are so many options out there that I’m completely overwhelmed ..
    Any suggestions? Many thanks!

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      January 19, 2014 11:49 am

      Hi there!

      Thanks so much for your kind comment. And congratulations on the prospect of starting your own blog! It’s really fun. I wold definitely recommend starting with a free (or cheap) platform. I started with a free theme from and eventually switched to a paid theme that is hosted by an outside host via After a few years, I realized I needed more freedom and space and version satisfied those needs. Even with the preset themes, there is still room for customization so you’ll be able to make a free WordPress blog your own. I hope this helps!

      xoxo- Paola


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