Roasted chickpeas are one of my favorite snacks! We make them quite frequently as my three-year-old loves them even more than I do! I love providing something so healthy and nutrient dense, like roasted chickpeas, compared with so many other “favorite” toddler snacks like crackers, chips, fruit snacks or cookies. Plus these are so easy to make that it only takes a few minutes of preparation.
1 can garbanzo beans
1 1/2 tbsp olive oil
Salt, pepper, garlic powder, cumin
Directions: Drain and rinse beans. Blot them dry on a paper towel. Pour in a small bowl with olive oil. Sprinkle with spices to taste. Pour on a baking sheet until a single row covers the bottom. Bake at 450F for 30-35mins.
Chickpeas or garbanzo beans, like other beans, are a nutrition powerhouse. They are rich in complex carbs as well as protein, which help stabilize blood sugars and keep you satisfied longer. This is especially important if you have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes. The high protein content of beans also makes them a great option for vegetarians and vegans as ½ cup of beans provides the same amount of protein as an ounce of meat. They are also a great source of fiber, iron, zinc, copper, magnesium, folate and potassium. Beans are also inexpensive and take no prep time if you buy them canned.
I roast the chickpeas in olive oil, both because I like the taste and for the nutrition it provides. Olive oil is especially rich in monounsaturated fatty acids and polyphenols which are a type of antioxidant. These have been linked to many health benefits including heart health, diabetes prevention, and even depression. Olive oil is best purchased in small bottles as it can go rancid more quickly than other oils which eliminates a lot of its health properties, as well as its taste.