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high calorie crispy chickpeas

High Calorie Chickpeas for Weight Gain Recipe

Summer Yule
These high calorie chickpeas for weight gain are an example of healthy foods that can help you gain weight.
5 from 2 votes
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 270 kcal


  • 2 cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed (each can 15½ ounces/439 grams)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • ½ teaspoon dried rosemary
  • ½ teaspoon dried sage
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder


  • Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). Drain the chickpeas well and put them in a large bowl. Stir in the oil, and set the bowl aside. 
  • In a small bowl, mix together the Parmesan cheese, rosemary, sage, thyme, and garlic powder. (Feel free to add salt as well if you’re using no salt added chickpeas.) Sprinkle this mixture over the chickpeas, and stir to combine.
  • Line a large, dark cookie sheet with parchment paper. Spread the chickpea mixture on the parchment in a single layer. 
  • Bake the chickpeas for 45-55 minutes at 400°F (200°C) on a rack ⅓ down from the top of the oven. Stir and flip the chickpeas every 20 minutes, moving the chickpeas on the edges of the tray to the middle (and vice versa).
  • After the chickpeas are crispy enough for you, let them cool for a few minutes before serving.


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. This is a great recipe for those with higher energy needs, such as athletes and teenagers.
It’s also perfect for those looking to gain weight. In truth, it can be challenging to stop at one portion of this tasty treat!
With 12 grams of fiber and 15 grams of protein per serving, I do consider this to be a healthy snack. 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.
To make this a meal, you can serve these chickpeas with rice or a whole wheat wrap. These grains provide complete protein when served with chickpeas. Grains are another good way to add low volume calories to weight gainer meals.
If you want to lose weight, I’d expand this snack into a meal that adds more low calorie volume. 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 true that chickpeas are lower in protein than many lean protein options. However, some report that the resistant starch and other fiber in chickpeas helps them stay full on fewer calories, making up for the lack of protein. I have not personally found this to be true, but it’s something to investigate if you have a weight change goal.

Is there a best time to eat chickpeas for weight gain?

You don’t have to eat at certain times of the day to gain weight, just maintain a calorie surplus. That said, if you find snacking at night helps you gain weight (as it does for some), you can use that strategy. 
Another thing that may help with weight gain is increasing your dietary variety (like what happens at a buffet). Enjoy these crispy roasted chickpeas, but also hummus, other legumes, other proteins, and foods from other food groups.
Nutrition information is for one serving.


Calories: 270kcalCarbohydrates: 36.4gProtein: 15.3gFat: 8.3gSaturated Fat: 2.5gFiber: 12.4gVitamin A: 2.2% DVVitamin C: 0.2% DVCalcium: 14.8% DVIron: 18.9% DV
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