My Nutritarian Diary: Roasted South African Smoked Chickpeas


If you are looking for a healthy and low-fat snack food to add to your weekend football-cheering festivities, I have the recipe for you: Roasted South African Smoked Chickpeas! And truly it’s easier to make than it is to find South Africa on the map. OK, maybe just as easy.

They are similar to Corn Nuts, but without the fat. Not only that, they are packed with nutrition in the form of high amounts of fiber and protein. They are perfect as a snack or as a salad topping.

This is a great nutritarian recipe to start My Nutritarian Diary—a blog about my nutritious and plant-based eating discoveries in the kitchen.

So, glad you stopped by. So, let’s get started, shall we?

Roasted South African Smoked Chickpeas
(5 minutes to prepare / 30-60 minutes cooking time, depending desired crunch)

3 15-ounce cans of chickpeas/garbanzo beans, rinsed and dried*
1TBSP Trader Joes South African Smoke Seasoning Blend
Sea salt to taste
Olive oil spray
Parchment paper
Large cookie sheet

*I did not dry my canned chickpeas, which increased the cooking time significantly.

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

Chickpeas Ingredients Close-Up (2)

Put your chickpeas in a mixing bowl and spray them lightly with an olive oil spray. (You can buy this spray in any supermarket in the oil section where they sell Pam.)

After a light coating of olive oil is on the chickpeas, season them to taste. I put about 1 TBSP of the South African smoke seasoning onto mine and about ¼ tsp of sea salt. Make sure the seasoning(s) evenly coat the chickpeas.

Seasoned Chickpeas Before Close-Up

Place the seasoned chickpeas in one layer on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet (3 cans of chickpeas filled my large cookie sheet).

Put in oven for about 30-40 minutes depending on your desired crunch (flipping the chickpeas halfway through this cooking time). If, at the end of 40 minutes, the chickpeas are still not at your desired crunch, take them out of the oven to cool completely. After they are completely cooled, put them back in a 400 degree oven for 5-10 minute increments until you arrive at your desired crunch level.

Seasoned Chickpeas After Pic

And when they’re done, you have a yummy and healthy snack on hand for watching the game!


By: Cassandra Benefield

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