There is always someone looking for snacks here, but instead of stuffing yourself with processed snacks that make you instantly addicted, these smoky roasted chickpeas are a healthy alternative. Don’t get me wrong, cause they’re more healthy it doesn’t mean they’re less tasty, it’s actually the opposite. This recipe is not only for snacking, smoky roasted chickpeas also make a perfect side dish or topping for a Buddha bowl.
We started to experiment with adding smoky flavors to vegetables for making vegetarian taco’s and wraps. Normally we use smoked paprika powder to add this amazing BBQ taste to vegetarian dishes. When I came across this amazing bottle with liquid smoke I had to try it out. It can be found at most of the eco vegan stores in Lisbon, but you can also find all the Stubb’s marinades online. If you are vegan or vegetarian liquid smoke can come super handy when you want to create the flavors of BBQ or Mexican food without using meat. But even meat and fish can be marinated with the liquid smoke, if you don’t feel like setting up the BBQ.
Another reason why this snack is a favorite is because chickpeas are packed with nutritions. Chickpeas contain a large variety of vitamines and fibers and are a good source of protein. The protein and fibers can help you keep your appetite under control. Both nutritions help to slow down digestion which helps you to feel full and this can benefit if you want to loose weight. This is a big plus compared to the regular snack you buy in the supermarket which never satisfy your appetite. Did I convince you yet? Try it out, I am sure you’ll love it!
Smoky Roasted Chickpeas
- 1 tbsp Stubb's Liquid smoke or any other liquid smoke, you could also use smoked paprika powder.
- paprika powder
- salt and pepper
- olive oil
- Drain the chickpeas and rinse with water. Add the chickpeas to a bowl an mix in the liquid smoke. Use as much as you want, it also depends on how much chickpeas you use. We used about 1 tbsp for 350 grams of chickpeas. Add the paprika powder and olive oil and season with pepper and salt. Mix it all well together.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Transfer the marinated chickpeas to the baking sheet and spread them all over. Put the baking sheet in the middle of the oven and let it bake for about 20 minutes until fully roasted. You could add 5 for minutes on grill if the chickpeas are not fully brown roasted yet.
- Serve warm or cooled down as a side dish or snack.
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