Healthy Snacks

Garbanzo beans (also known as chickpeas ) have a delicious nutlike taste and buttery texture. They provide a concentrated source of protein, containing 15 grams per cup. 

Garbanzo beans originated in the Middle East, the region of the world whose varied food cultures still heavily rely upon this high protein legume. The first record of garbanzo beans being consumed dates back about seven thousand years. They were first cultivated around approximately 3000 BC.

Garbanzo beans, belong to the legume family, which includes a variety of beans, peanuts, soybeans and lentils. Opting for legumes over foods high in saturated fat might lower your risk of heart disease. Garbanzo beans also contain vitamins and minerals and significantly boost your intake of manganese and folate.

Since high in fiber and protein, Garbanzo beans are great for weight maintenance and weight loss with only 48 calories per tablespoon. You can use garbanzo beans in a variety of recipes. On of my favorites is this roasted garbanzo beanrecipe below ~ Enjoy!

ROASTED Garbanzo Beans

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

You’ll Need

– 1-15-ounce can garbanzo beans

– 1-½ tablespoons olive oil

– ½ teaspoon kosher salt 

– 2 teaspoons curry powder (or any seasonings of your choice)

How To

    1    Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit (205 degrees Celsius). Position the oven rack in the middle of the oven.

    2    Rinse and drain the garbanzo beans. Using a clean dish towel, pat the chickpeas dry. Remove any loose skins that come off during drying. The garbanzo beans should feel dry to the touch.

    3    Place the garbanzo beans on a sheet pan. Add the olive oil and salt, and mix well to evenly coat them.

    4    Roast in the oven for 20 to 30 minutes, stirring the pan every 10 minutes, until golden brown and crispy on the outside.

    5    Remove the garbanzo beans from the oven and sprinkle with curry powder or your favorite spice blend. Mix well and serve warm.