Sweet and Salty Chickpeas

post workout snacks
 Judith Scharman Draughon

Chickpeas, aka garbanzo beans, provide a nice balance of carbs and protein perfect for a post-workout snack. You can dress this recipe up sweet with a touch of honey, or make it spicy with a sprinkle of cayenne pepper and cumin.

Nutrition Information (per ½ cup serving) Calories: 164; Protein: 6g; Fat: 3g; Carbs: 28g; Sugar: 7g

Recipe and photo by Judith Scharman Draughon, M.S., R.D.N., L.D., and author of Lean Body, Smart Life

Prep time

10 min.

Cook time

35 min.

  • 2 (14 oz) cans garbanzo beans (chickpeas) or 3 cups cooked garbanzo beans
  • 1/2 Tbsp canola or olive oil (not extra-virgin, just regular olive oil)
  • 2 Tbsp raw honey or pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
Drain and rinse the chickpeas, removing the loose skins. Lay them out on a towel to dry out for about 20 minutes while oven heats to 400 degrees. Toss dried chickpeas with oil and half the (1 Tbsp) honey in a bowl.
Pour the chickpeas out on a large foil lined baking pan to create a single layer. Bake for 20 minutes, shaking the pan after 10 minutes. After 20 minutes, remove from oven and toss in 1 Tbsp honey and sprinkle with sea salt. Bake for 15 more minutes. Remove from oven and cool completely to crisp.