Air Fryer Chickpeas (Crispy Roasted Garbanzo Beans Snack Recipe!)
Can you air fry chickpeas? Yes! Garbanzo beans, nutritional yeast, and spices come together deliciously in my air fryer chickpeas recipe.
- 2½ cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed (15½ ounces per can; I used low-sodium chickpeas)
- ⅓ cup nutritional yeast
- 3 tablespoons avocado oil (or oil of choice)
- 2 teaspoons chili powder
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon cumin
Stir the drained nutritional yeast and spices together. Add the oil and stir until you get an evenly crumbly mixture.
Drain the chickpeas and put them in a large bowl. Stir in the nutritional yeast mixture. Keep stirring until the garbanzo beans are evenly coated.
To Make Air Fryer Chickpeas:
Preheat the air fryer to 375°F for 5 minutes. Leave the air fryer trays in the air fryer oven to let them get hot.
After heating, carefully spread the chickpeas out on two air fryer trays. Try to get them into a single layer. It’s fine that they are touching.
Put the trays in the air fryer and roast for 10 minutes at 375°F. Then stir or flip the chickpeas and switch the position of the trays in the air fryer oven. Bake for another 10 minutes at 375°F.
Stir or flip the chickpeas and switch the position of the trays in the air fryer again. Air fry for 5 minutes at 375°F. Then flip the chickpeas one last time, switch the position of the air fryer trays, and air fry 5 final minutes at 375°F. That’s a total of 30 minutes of air frying, and it will get you chickpeas that are somewhat soft. We love them for snacking or for a vegan taco filling.
For super crispy chickpeas, cook them in the top rack position for 10 more minutes at 375°F.
Let them cool for 5-10 minutes before eating. They firm up a bit more when you allow them cool.
To Make Oven Chickpeas:
Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Spread the chickpeas out on your lined baking sheet in a single layer (touching is fine). Bake for a total of 45 minutes in the top third of the oven, giving them a stir about every 20 minutes. Try to move the ones on the edges of the baking sheet to the middle when you stir. This will help them cook more evenly.
Let them cool before eating. Enjoy this tasty and easy snack option!
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This is a level 3 recipe (weight maintenance and active lifestyles). I created this chickpeas recipe as a snack for kids, teens, and adults with high energy needs. IMVHO, this high-calorie snack is not the best choice to support weight loss goals.
Personally, I know I generally find lean animal-based proteins far more filling than most legumes. You are getting less protein per calorie with chickpeas than you would with white fish or chicken breast, for example.
That said, legumes have fiber and phytonutrients not included in animal-based proteins. I try to get a mix of protein foods in my diet to maximize nutritional benefits. I do tend to lean heavier on the more protein-dense protein options because I find them more filling.
If you’re having trouble eating enough, this recipe may help. Sometimes individuals load up on nutrient-poor foods when they want to gain weight (chips, cookies, candy, etc.).
If possible, a much better weight gain strategy is to fill the diet with energy-rich whole foods instead. Nuts, seeds, avocado, olives, whole milk dairy products, and these chickpeas are some great options if you need to eat more.
(P.S. I used regular chili powder here, but feel free to substitute with an equal amount of chipotle chili powder. This move will really kick up the heat for those that are craving hot and spicy foods!)
Nutrition information is for one serving of the recipe.
Calories: 254kcalCarbohydrates: 31gProtein: 10.7gFat: 10.2gSaturated Fat: 0.8gSodium: 204.9mgPotassium: 416.3mgFiber: 6.8gVitamin A: 5% DVCalcium: 6.5% DVIron: 13.8% DV