Choose this chickpea snack recipe when you want a protein-packed, high-energy snack. These chickpeas have a crispy herbed cheese coating but are still soft on the inside. (Oooooooh!) They are so delicious and easy to make; you’ll find yourself returning to this recipe again and again. In my household, they are a favorite afterschool snack. I hope that they become a family favorite for you too!
I have a very tasty treat for you today! My son asks me to make this chickpea snack recipe all the time and suggested I share it here. You’re going to love this.
We’re using canned beans, so all you have to do is stir ingredients together and pop everything in the oven. There’s no peeling, no chopping, and no need to clean a food processor. The chickpeas get roasted on a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet, so clean up at the end is easy-peasy.
Need another reason to try this recipe? If you are an omnivore, legumes (like chickpeas) can count towards the vegetable group. But if you aren’t eating enough animal-based protein sources to cover protein needs, legumes can count as a protein. It’s pretty great that this bean can help cover gaps in your diet for veggies or protein.
And now for the downside. Honestly, this high-calorie snack recipe is not my favorite option for those with a fat loss goal. I’ll talk more about that in the recipe notes below.
What this recipe is excellent for, though, is feeding hungry teens who may not be getting enough veggies! I’m going to be featuring healthy snack recipes this week, so stay tuned for some lower-calorie options over the next few days. In the meantime, you can peruse the other snacks on my site.
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Chickpea Snack Recipe – Cheesy and Crispy!
- 2 cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed (each can 15.5 ounces/439 grams)
- ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- ½ teaspoon dried rosemary
- ½ teaspoon dried sage
- ½ teaspoon dried thyme
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Stir all of the ingredients together except the chickpeas. Add the chickpeas to the mixture and stir to coat.
- Spread the chickpeas out in a single layer on the baking sheet. Sprinkle any cheese/herb mixture that is not sticking to the beans on top.
- Bake for 50-60 minutes, giving everything a good stir every 20 minutes to help ensure even cooking. Move chickpeas on the outer edges of the baking sheet towards the middle, and vice versa.
- Let cool to room temperature before eating. Enjoy!
This is a level 3 recipe (weight maintenance and active lifestyles). At almost 300 calories for only ¼ of the recipe, this is a high-calorie snack. As such, this is a great recipe for those with higher energy needs, such as athletes and teenagers. My 16-year-old son loves to refuel with a couple of servings of these chickpeas for an afterschool snack. With 11 grams of fiber and 15 grams of protein per serving, I do consider this to be a healthy snack. However, I don’t think it is the best option for those with a weight loss goal. In truth, it can be challenging to stop at one portion of this tasty treat! If you want to lose body fat, I would incorporate these chickpeas into a meal, rather than having them as a snack. Add non-starchy veggies, fruit, and (possibly) a serving of whole-grain crackers to these chickpeas. That will get you a higher volume meal that may feel more satisfying than enjoying the chickpeas alone. It’s important to remember that eating a diet primarily of whole foods may not necessarily equate to weight loss. Weight loss or gain ultimately depends on whether your healthy diet results in a calorie deficit or a calorie surplus. You can maximize potential wellness benefits by creating meals of satiating whole foods that also support healthy weight management goals.
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