I am obsessed – I just made THE BEST snack ever! Spicy crunchy baked chickpeas – but here’s the thing –  I despise chickpeas – hate them….. pick them off of my salad…. H.A.T.E. But I L.O.V.E these!! THE BEST news is that they are crazy easy to make!!! I did it all by myself with NO support. These remind me of corn nuts – which I love, but these are a much healthier option.


Just as a side note, I wanted to use chili powder to make them spicy and I didn’t have any!! So, are you sitting down….. I made my own… yup (this coming from a person who buys cinnamon sugar!!)

Crunchy (spicy) Baked Chickpeas


  • 2 (16-ounce) cans chickpeas, thoroughly drained and rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Drain the chickpeas in a colander and rinse well.
  3. Lay the chickpeas out on a paper towel and pat dry – try to dry them out as much as possible.
  4. In a medium sized bowl Mix the oil and dry ingredients together until blended.
  5. Toss the chickpeas in the bowl with the other ingredients. Coat them well.
  6. Lay the chickpeas out on a baking tray in a single layer.
  7. Bake until crisp – but not burnt 40-50 minutes.
  8. Store in a sealed container.








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  1. This seems like a recipe to finally get my kids eating whole chickpeas! My eldest likes it in the form of hummus only. I would make it less spicy though since they r kids. Thanks for sharing!

  2. I’ve just made these and they were ready in 20 minutes, if I’d left them for the time stated they would have burned!

  3. I hate the texture of chickpeas, never mind the flavour…but I’ve learned to like falafels if they’re blended very well. I’ve tried dried chickpeas and really enjoy them, but I haven’t made them myself. I’m pinning and adding extra chick peas to my grocery list that’s sitting in front of me 🙂

  4. ha! I buy cinnamon/sugar combo too. Makes it so much easier…like a whole 1 minute faster every month! hahaha

  5. what a neat idea. not fond of them either, but these look and sound delish! question, are these not the same beans that are used in garbanzo bean soup? i love that soup. funny, i hate peas, but love split pea soup, hate lemon in my water or tea, but just love lemonade!! same with the garbanzo bean soup, but dont like them on my salad or whatever. weird i know. anxious to try them! would have to add onion and garlic powders of course though. love them!
    (do you know how long they will last, if not eaten all up in the first days? thanks

    1. Cindy – yes, same beans! Mine have lasted a good 5 days! Come back and let me know how they came out and if you liked them!

  6. Just made these oh so yummy chick peas. I didn’t have cumin so I just used salt, pepper, garlic powder and chili powder. I also used canola oil. OMG delicious is an understatement. Thank you for this wonderful recipe. We are addicted.