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Spicy Cocoa Espresso Roasted Chickpeas

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A healthy snack or appetizer, roasted chickpeas are seasoned with ground espresso, cocoa powder, and cayenne for a spicy savory treat.

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Chickpeas are also called garbanzo beans, which is what I called them growing up. Most commonly, I see and hear “garbanzo beans” and have never seen a can that says “chickpeas” but we will stick with the “chickpea” naming in this recipe as that is how roasted chickpeas are known.

Spicy Cocoa Espresso Roasted Chickpeas are gluten free, vegan, vegetarian, and dairy free.  Serve them up for game day or entertaining, or just eat them whenever!  I keep one of my roasted chickpea flavors on my desk at all times as they make the perfect healthy snack.

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Can I use dried chickpeas/garbanzo beans?

I have not personally tried these with dried beans, but yes, you can.  However!  You need to cook them first.  Do NOT make these with still-dried beans, they will be incredibly hard.  You will need to soak the dried beans overnight and cook them before proceeding with the instructions below.

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Spicy Cocoa Espresso Roasted Chickpeas

A healthy snack or appetizer, roasted chickpeas are seasoned with ground espresso, cocoa powder, and cayenne for a spicy savory treat.
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Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 1 cups

Ingredients

  • 30 ounces garbanzo beans (chickpeas) (two 15 ounce cans)
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground espresso (or ground coffee)
  • 1 teaspoon cocoa powder unsweetened
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne powder

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • Drain and rinse the chickpeas. Place them between two clean towels or paper towels and gently pat dry, removing as much moisture as you can. (If you want to remove the skins, press more firmly to peel many of them off. Leaving the skin on will provide a little extra crunch and fiber - this is a preference decision).
  • Toss the dried chickpeas with the olive oil and salt.
  • Spread the chickpeas out on a silicon baking mat lined baking sheet (or spray tin foil with cooking spray).
  • Bake for 35-40 minutes until the beans are starting to take on a little color and get dry. Turn off the oven and leave the beans in the oven to continue drying out to your desired crunchiness, checking every 10-15 minutes. (I like mine crunchy and leave them in for 30-40 minutes post-baking).
  • Put the cooked chickpeas in a small bowl. If dry, add just a touch of oil. Add the espresso powder, cocoa powder, and cayenne, and toss to coat. Adjust seasoning as desired with any of the spices. Let cool outside of a container or bag as any trapped heat will soften the chickpeas again.

Notes

If worried about being too spicy, start with just 1/4 teaspoon of the cayenne and add more as desired.  The exact cayenne you use will also vary in heat.
If you want the chickpeas extra crunchy, you can cook them at 400F for 30 minutes instead of 350F for 35-40 minutes but watch them closely as they can start to over-darken!
By on April 22nd, 2019

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