chickpea poppers

One of my worst work habits is snacking. After breakfast, I have a snack. Maybe I have another about an hour later. Then lunch, then snack. See the pattern here?

The snacking hasn’t been all bad though. Lately, it’s consisted of grape tomatoes, rice chips, extra dark chocolate and salt & pepper popcorn. Though these are pretty healthy choices, they leave me wanting more. So much so that it seems I’m always eating to satisfy those midday hunger pangs. My boss has already commented several times that whenever he comes by my desk, I’m always “stuffing my face”. It has actually become a running joke. If he comes by and it happens that I’m not eating, he’ll make note of this rare occasion.

In an effort to curb my in-between meal cravings just a bit, I needed some nosh with more protein and fiber: crunchy chickpea poppers.

Chickpea poppers
1 can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 tablespoon olive oil or avocado oil
garlic powder, to taste
Adobo with Pepper seasoning, to taste
salt and pepper, to taste

Preheat oven to 425 degrees
In a plastic bag, combine all ingredients. 
Close the bag and shake, until chickpeas are evenly coated.
Place on baking sheet, evenly spaced, and put in oven. for 35 to 45 minutes (until crispy).
Remove. Allow to cool.

You can play around with the seasonings for this. Oregano, crushed garlic, chili powder, cumin, curry powder…whatever flavor(s) you desire will likely work. Let your taste buds make the decisions. I certainly took liberties with the Adobo and it came out to my liking.

And you want to know one other thing that I absolutely love about chickpea poppers? It’s probably one of the most inexpensive eats I’ve ever made. A can cost less than $1! That’s less than a bag of chips!

-jillian m.

27 responses to “chickpea poppers”

  1. colleen says:

    that's a great alternative! i also snack – usually on almonds because they're healthy, and the protein and fat in them will fill you up (and the fat from nut isn't that bad for you). I haaaaate going to meetings and my stomach is like the loudest thing in the room. so embarrassing.

  2. M@coffeeandkitsch says:

    i'll have to try this – i've been looking for other ways to use all my chickpeas

  3. says:

    I've made roasted chick peas before and love them, but i like the idea of cooking them in such a hot oven – i bet they get really crispy. I'll totally try these!


  4. sherri lynn says:

    This is such a healthy and cheap snack! I am hungry basically all day long but try to limit my snacking! Craisins are my current snacking item.

  5. Lara {simply irresistible} says:

    This look awesome!! I've had similar snacks that were store bought but everything is better homemade. Thanks for sharing, I'm definitely going to have to try this one.

  6. Chrysa says:

    That looks like a great alternative snack! I will deffinitely try to replace my bad snack habits with something like this:) I always eat something, so it's better if it's healthy:D

    Following you now on Bloglovin and Google, I would love it if you followed me back!

    Stories and Sequins

  7. Monica {bohemian twilight} says:

    an excellent snack. i'm also a grazer, i could much all day.

    i love chickpeas, especially in curry, but we can't buy them here :(

  8. Elle Sees says:

    I've never snacked on chickpeas! Thanks for the idea. Love your adorable blog.

  9. Ashley says:

    Ooooo…I like this idea a lot! I WILL be trying this 😀 thanks girl!

  10. Peiyinn says:

    Yummy!I try chickpea before. ;D

  11. Gloria says:

    I've actually tried making these before, but my chickpeas refused to crisp up. Maybe I didn't dry them well enough before putting them in the oven – definitely will try again!

  12. The PvdH Journal says:

    I've never heard of these before! But I LOVE chickpeas! Thanks so much for the tip (I am actually seriously excited)


  13. la petite coquine says:

    Oh, these sound delicious! I'm always noshing on nuts-we keep giant jars of them in the office!

  14. iris says:

    This is a brilliant idea. I have a bit of a thing for chickpeas.

    …maybe try zatar spice? That'd be perfect, I think.

  15. classiq says:

    I love chickpeas. I have a couple of recipes I make, but this is a first. xo

  16. Hannah {Culture Connoisseur} says:

    Mmm. I have heard of these before…and there are so many ways you can make them. Thanks for the recipe Jillian. Can't wait to try it.

  17. kristina@beancakes ★ says:

    wow jillian ~ this snack sounds just perfect? and under $1? i'll take that! haha ~ so funny about your boss, you sound a lot like me!!
    xoxo ~ kristina

  18. Felicia says:

    Yum! I love roasted chickpeas– actually chickpea poppers is a way more fun name! Pop! I love that they are so cost effective. Much better than potato chips. :)

  19. Carol {Everyday Delights} says:

    I cannot wait to try this! I love chickpeas! I put them in salads for protein.

  20. Kelly says:

    I am currently on a roasting kick in my house. These look phenomenal! I never thought to add garlic salt!

  21. Pink Ronnie says:

    I am such a snacker too. This seems so simple! I would never have thought of doing this Jillian. Nice one!
    Ronnie xo

  22. yours truly, melissa says:

    Thus is impressive! Homemade, inexpensive, & tasty!

  23. Erin Lian says:

    Wonderful snacking idea I love it :) Can't wait to try!!

  24. Wander.Lust says:

    chick peas are one of my favorite foods in the world, so glad i read this fun recipe! and so glad i stumbled upon your blog, you have a lovely place here :)

  25. daintiness says:

    yum. this looks like a good snack!

    love your food posts. they make me so hungry thoughh :(

  26. oomph. says:

    ok, these look so good, and i know they taste good! i saw rachel ray do it in the pan…i tried, and it turned out nothing like what i saw! maybe baking it works out better! will try…thanks!!

    Blogaversary Giveaway

  27. Tanya says:

    Omg… this looks so yummy, I am so gona try this!

Leave a Reply

Posted in: food and drink, recipes

%d bloggers like this: