How this recipe came about:
Looking for a fun alternative to nuts? Well look no further, whether you are going sans meat tonight, or just want to add that extra crunch to your dish, these little chickpeas will be your saviour. They will also bring a hint of smokiness and spice along with that crunch. I love them so much that I simply just snack on them mid-day when I need a little pick me up!
Benefits of a few ingredients:
- Chickpeas – The Fiber here helps control your blood sugar levels, allowing sugar to move slowly from your digestive tract into your bloodstream. As a result, you’re less likely to develop a blood sugar spike after eating.
- Cumin – Cumin is rich in Phytosterols, plant chemicals known to inhibit the absorption of cholesterol in the body.
- Paprika – Paprika’s active ingredient (Capsaicin) has positive stimulating properties. It stimulates the production of saliva and stomach acids, which in turn improves digestion and also stimulates the cardiovascular system and thus improves blood circulation and blood pressure.
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- 2 C. Dry Chickpeas (or if using canned just skip Step 1)
- 2 Tablespoons Organic BBQ Sauce
- 2 Tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar
- 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
- ½ Teaspoon Sea Salt
- ¼ Teaspoon Black Pepper
- ¼ Teaspoon Cumin
- ¼ Teaspoon Garlic Powder
- ¼ Teaspoon Paprika
- 1. Wash and then soak chickpeas overnight in cold water.
- 2. Pour the balsamic vinegar, BBQ sauce and 1 Tbsp. of Olive oil, salt, pepper, cumin, garlic powder and paprika over the chickpeas and toss to combine.
- 3. Cover the chickpeas with plastic wrap and place them in the fridge for at least 2 hours to marinate.
- 4. Once the chickpeas have soaked in marinade, preheat your oven to 375 degrees F.
- 5. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- 6. Drain the chickpeas to remove any extra balsamic vinegar and place them back in the large bowl.
- 7. Add the last Tbsp. of olive oil and sprinkle small amount of salt to the chickpeas and stir until the chickpeas are evenly coated.
- I love sprinkling a dash of Truffle Salt at the end of their roasting 🙂
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