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Sweet and Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas {Vegetarian}

These addictive Sweet and Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas covered with Cinnamon and Brown Sugar are an easy and delicious way to add nutrition to your kids diet. We are always searching for new ideas to provide our kids with snacks that are somewhat healthy and nutritious. These Sweet Roasted Chickpeas are a great snack at school, on trips, or just to have around the house.

Sweet and Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas hero shot.

These Cinnamon Sugar Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas are highly addictive and a healthy treat that our whole family enjoys, especially our eight year old daughters. This is an easy and great high protein snack to take anywhere! 

We choose to add a little cayenne pepper to the mix, as our family loves that sweet and spicy combination. Feel free to toggle the amount of heat (pepper) you prefer – this recipe works great whether you choose to leave out the heat or add any amount you like.

While these Roasted Chickpeas have a crunch reminiscent of nuts, they are a great treat for anyone or any family that has to manage a nut allergy.

If you are not a fan of Sweet Roasted Chickpeas, you can also try our Indian Spicy Roasted Chickpeas Recipe.

Why This Recipe Works?

  • Vegan and Gluten free.
  • Amazing sweet and crunchy treat.
  • Super quick and easy to make.
  • Kids friendly.
  • Easily available ingredients.
  • Easy to take anywhere.
  • Mess Free.
  • Great alternative snack for anyone with a nut allergy.
  • Make-ahead roasted snack.
  • Low carb and high protein snack.
  • The Best Sweet and Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas ever!!

Ingredients

This recipe uses super easy ingredients that can be purchased from a local grocery store if they are not already in your pantry. Read the Recipe Card for the measurements.

  • Chickpeas – is the star ingredient of this Sweet Roasted Chickpeas recipe. We use dried chickpeas for this recipe. If you are busy, you can choose to use canned chickpeas. They need to be drained, rinsed and dried in order to have your chickpeas get crispy when roasting in the oven. 
  • Brown Sugar – Adds a deep, caramel or toffee-like flavor to this healthy snack.
  • Cinnamon – This kid favorite spice adds a warm, distinctive flavor when combined with the brown sugar and maple syrup.
  • Pure Maple Syrup – You may use honey or maple syrup. We love the caramelly flavor and natural sweetness added by maple syrup when coated on chickpeas.
  • Cayenne Pepper – This is optional. If you want a to add a little spicy kick to these sweet chickpeas, simply add a pinch of cayenne pepper to the mix.
  • Olive Oil – This helps the spices stick to and coat the chickpeas while helping to give it that addictive crunch. You may use avocado oil as well.
Roasted Chickpeas ingredients.

How To Make Sweet Roasted Chickpeas

Step 1: Prep

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray such as Pam, and set aside. 

Step 2: Dry Roast 

  • Rinse, then dry chickpeas with a paper towel. Add chickpeas to the baking sheet and roast for 30 minutes turning once after 15 minutes.
rinse and dry the chickpeas.

Step 3: Blend Spices

  • While chickpeas are roasting, put together your spice mix. In a small bowl, stir together cinnamon, brown sugar, cayenne pepper, and set aside.
blend all the spices.

Step 4: Mix it up

  • Remove chickpeas from the oven and reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees F. Place chickpeas in a large bowl and drizzle with olive oil. Toss to evenly coat.
  • Sprinkle spice mix over chickpeas and gently mix together making sure spices are evenly distributed and taking care not to break the chickpeas into bits.
combine the spices with the chickpeas.

Step 5: Bake It

  • Empty chickpeas onto prepared baking sheet and spread out in a single layer. 
  • Ensuring the chickpeas are not on top of each other is very important, as this will guarantee they come out crunchy. Roast in the preheated oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes until crispy and golden brown. 
bake the chickpeas until crispy.

Step 6: Bake It, Again

Place chickpeas in a large bowl, drizzle with maple syrup and salt. Toss to evenly coat.

add maple syrup and salt.

Empty chickpeas back onto the same baking sheet, spread out in a single layer and bake in the 350 degree oven for an additional 5-10 minutes.

bake the chickpeas again.

These crunchy roasted chickpeas are now ready to be served.

enjoy the sweet and crunchy roasted chickpeas.

Expert Tips

  • Ensuring the chickpeas are not on top of each other is very important, as this will guarantee they come out crunchy. 
  • If the chickpeas are still slightly mealy in the middle, turn off the oven and let chickpeas sit in the warm oven for an additional 10-20 minutes.
  • Once completely cooled, these little guys can be stored in an airtight container for up to two weeks.
Sweet and Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas

Sweet and Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

These addictive Sweet Chickpeas covered with Cinnamon and Brown Sugar are an easy and delicious way to add nutrition to your kids diet. We are always searching for new ideas to provide our kids with snacks that are somewhat healthy and nutritious. These Sweet Roasted Chickpeas are a great snack at school, on trips, or just to have around the house.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups cooked chickpeas or 2 cans rinsed and drained
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup or honey
  • Pinch of salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Rinse, then dry chickpeas with a paper towel. Add chickpeas to the baking sheet and roast for 30 minutes turning once after 15 minutes.
  3. While chickpeas are roasting, put together your spice mix. In a small bowl, stir together cinnamon, brown sugar, cayenne pepper and set aside.
  4. Remove chickpeas from the oven and reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees F. Place chickpeas in a large bowl and drizzle with olive oil. Toss to evenly coat. Sprinkle spice mix over chickpeas and gently mix together making sure spices are evenly distributed and taking care not to break the chickpeas into bits.
  5. Empty chickpeas onto prepared baking sheet and spread out in a single layer. Ensuring the chickpeas are not on top of each other is very important, as this will guarantee they come out crunchy. Roast in the preheated oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes until crispy and golden brown. 
  6. Remove from oven and place chickpeas in a large bowl, drizzle with maple syrup and salt. Toss to evenly coat. Empty chickpeas back onto the same baking sheet, spread out in a single layer and bake in the 350 degree oven for an additional 5-10 minutes.
  7. These crunchy roasted chickpeas are now ready to be served.

Notes

  • Ensuring the chickpeas are not on top of each other is very important, as this will guarantee they come out crunchy. 
  • If the chickpeas are still slightly mealy in the middle, turn off the oven and let chickpeas sit in the warm oven for an additional 10-20 minutes.
  • Once completely cooled, these little guys can be stored in an airtight container for up to two weeks.
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