Healthy Snack Recipe: Sweet and Spicy Roasted Chickpeas

March 11, 2015

Skip the snack aisle and make a healthy and tasty treat at home in just minutes! Chickpeas (also known as garbanzo beans) are so delicious when roasted until crispy, and they're loaded with good-for-you properties like fiber, protein, iron, and manganese (which helps give you energy!), plus they’re a low glycemic (GI) food which helps keep your blood sugar levels stabilized. A bit of cinnamon and chili powder mixed with SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener make this a delicious sugarless snack everyone will love! Double the batch because they go fast!

Spiced Garbanzo Beans
Recipe inspired by registered dietitian, Tanya Zuckerbrot for SPLENDA

Tanya’s Tip For Crunchier Chickpeas:  Leave the chickpeas inside, turn the oven off and crack open the door slightly. Allow the chickpeas to sit inside as the oven cools down for 30 minutes.  
Chickpeas are crunchiest eaten on Day 1. Otherwise, store at room temperature.


1 (15-ounce) can chick peas (garbanzos)

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 tablespoons SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener or SPLENDA® Brown Sugar Blend

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon chili powder

Step 1.  Preheat oven to 400ºF. Line a large baking sheet with a silicone baking mat. Set aside.

Step 2.  In a large strainer, rinse and drain the chickpeas very well to remove the starch.

Step 3.  Spread the chickpeas out onto prepared baking sheet and pat until very dry. The drier the chickpeas, the crunchier they will be. The skin of the bean may peel off as you pat them dry and that is okay. You may remove the skins or leave them on. 

Step 4.  Once 100% dry, place chickpeas into the oven and roast for 15 minutes.

Step 5.  After 15 minutes, remove from the oven and drizzle with olive oil. Using a large spoon or spatula, mix the beans around to make sure they are all evenly coated. Mix the SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener or SPLENDA® Brown Sugar Blend, cinnamon and chili powder together and sprinkle over beans.

Step 6.  Mix around very well to heavily coat each bean. The beans will be flavorless, so you want to make sure each one is thoroughly coated. Add more seasoning if you like.

Step 7.  Place back into the oven and roast for another 15 minutes.