Crispy Garbanzo Beans


This snack is brilliant on so many fronts – crispy without being fried, loaded with protein and good for you fiber, frugal, simple to make and as easy to customize as potato chips. Kids love them and can even prepare them themselves.

I buy my garbanzo beans from Azure Standard but PCC has recently undertaken a massive labeling effort and you can now find country of origin on the bulk bin items. While they aren’t local, you at least know they are grown in the US.

I cook up large pots of all kinds of beans then freeze them so they are always ready for whatever cooking adventure I can dream up. It’s incredibly frugal to make things like bean burgers, chili or bean dip and by having a steady supply of cooked beans in the freezer I’m not tempted to buy BPA lined cans of them. Their creaminess pairs well with winter greens too.

Crispy Garbanzo Bean Snacks

About 1 pound of well-drained cooked garbanzo beans
1 tablespoon of olive oil
1 teaspoon of sea salt
seasonings of your choice. Think of potato chip flavors – chili powder, Thai spices, garlic and onion powder.

Preheat oven to 350 F. In a bowl combine garbanzo beans with olive oil, salt and seasonings. Spread them onto a jelly roll sheet with sides and roast them for about an hour until they are crispy. Store in an airtight container on the counter for up to 1 week.

6 Responses to Crispy Garbanzo Beans

  1. way cool– i have to try this!

  2. by the way, alvarez farms has garbanzo beans in the summer (wallingford and ballard markets). doesn’t help you now, but maybe in 6 months!

  3. Nice! Thanks for the tip. Next summer I’m going to be scouting out more farms since it’s $8/# for legumes at the farmers market and that makes them way too pricey for me.

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  5. These sound very interesting. I may have to give them a try as I’m always looking for healthy snacks for my boys.

  6. Christy I think you’ll love them! I know my boys do. I’m always trying to get protein in my non-meat/veg/fruit/legume eater.

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