Healthy snacks: Roasted chick peas

Roasted chickpeasNext up in my series of healthy snack and lunch box ideas is my new favourite savory snack, roasted chick peas.

I’d seen this recipe a couple of times before I tried it, and it definitely ticked all of my cooking boxes – less than 5 ingredients, less than 5 minutes prep time, and very little margin for error.   Definitely didn’t disappoint for tastiness either!



  • 2 Tins of Chickpeas

  • Olive Oil

  • Salt

  • Seasoning – spices, herbs, lemon juice, chilli, etc. – see the suggestions below


  • Drain the cans of chickpeas in a sieve, then pour them onto a tea towel and pat them dry.

  • Spread the chickpeas out in a baking tray, sprinkle with a little oil and a pinch of salt, and roast in the oven at 200C for about 30 to 40 minutes.  Check on them once or twice and shake them around a bit.

  • Take them out of the oven, add a little more olive oil then one of the spice combos below.  Store in an airtight container, if they even last that long!


  • Ground coriander, cumin and cayenne pepper

  • Ina Paarman spice mixes: Cajun spice, marsala, garlic & herb etc.

  • Powdered wasabi.  Then I don’t have to share with the kids!

  • Honey & soy: 1Tbsp each of honey, soy and sesame seeds – return to the oven for a little bit to caramelize

  • Honey & cinnamon: 1Tbsp each of honey & cinnamon – return to the oven for a little bit to caramelize

  • I’m sure you can think of some more – please share them!

Easy as that – great as a lunchbox snack, in place of chips or peanuts, or to top off a salad.  Just remember to eat them within a day or two.

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About Simon

I'm a dad, a teacher and a business owner, doing my best to make every day count. I'm determined to shape the way the next generation feel about exercise, and I'm doing this by showing children the difference between enjoying exercise as part of healthy lifestyle, and participating in exercise as a means to perform in sport. I'm also helping parents learn how to include exercise as a normal part of daily life, and working with schools and teachers to change the way they present exercise to children in the foundation years.

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