Transform plain chickpeas into a delicious toasted cinnamon sugar snack. With only four ingredients, these cinnamon sugar chickpeas are crunchy, sweet, AND pretty easy to make.
Tell Me About These Roasted Chickpeas
- Texture: If roasted and cooled long enough, these chickpeas are crunchy on the outside and chewy in the centers.
- Flavor: We know the thought of beans + sugar sounds odd, but the chickpeas take on a nutty flavor, which pairs wonderfully with the cinnamon and sugar combination. They actually remind us of these homemade candied nuts, but they are easier to prepare and great for those with nut allergies.
- Ease: You’ll roast the chickpeas in a hot oven for 15 minutes, coat them in olive oil and a mix of cinnamon and sugar, then continue roasting. Most of the work is done by the oven, but make sure you take the time to rinse and fully dry the chickpeas before the first roasting step. Keep this in mind: the less moisture, the more crunch.
What Makes These Cinnamon Sugar Roasted Chickpeas a Great Snack?
- Crunchy, sweet, satisfying
- Only 4 ingredients required
- An excellent option for those with nut allergies
- Wholesome and relatively nutritious
This Step Guarantees Even More Crunch
Here’s a little crisping trick we’ve learned when making baked apple chips. After the chickpeas are done, turn the oven off, crack the door open slightly, and leave the chickpeas inside as the oven cools. Sitting in the oven as it cools down, rather than at room temperature, will help them get crunchier. This step is optional. Either way, we find that the chickpeas only stay crunchy for about 1 day due to their moisture content. While they aren’t mushy at all, the beans lose some crispness by day 2.
Other Flavor Options
You can mix things up. Instead of the cinnamon sugar coating, add a generous sprinkle of sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. We also love the combination of cayenne pepper, sea salt, and ground cumin. No need to measure, just add a generous sprinkle of your favorite seasonings. No matter which flavors you choose, always coat the beans with a drizzle of olive oil before adding seasonings.
- We often use the savory chickpeas, such as the sea salt and pepper version, as “croutons” on a salad.
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Transform plain chickpeas into a delicious toasted cinnamon sugar snack. With only four ingredients, these cinnamon sugar chickpeas are crunchy, sweet, and irresistible.
- 1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar or packed light or dark brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 400°F (204°C). Line a large baking sheet with a silicone baking mat. Parchment paper works too, but we find the chickpeas stick to the paper easily. If using parchment, spray the paper with nonstick spray. Set baking sheet aside.
- In a large strainer and using cold water, rinse and drain the chickpeas. Spread them out onto prepared baking sheet and pat dry. The drier the chickpeas, the crunchier they will be. The skin of the beans may peel off as you pat them dry. Feel free to discard the skins. In fact, you can remove all of the skins if you have time.
- Once 100% dry, place chickpeas into the oven and bake for 15 minutes. Remove chickpeas from the oven, but keep the oven on. Drizzle chickpeas with olive oil. Using a large spoon or spatula, mix the chickpeas around to make sure they are evenly coated. Mix the cinnamon and sugar together, then sprinkle over chickpeas and stir to evenly coat. Feel free to add more cinnamon sugar if you’d like.
- Place coated chickpeas back in the oven and bake for another 15 minutes.
- After chickpeas are done, keep them in the oven. Turn oven off and slightly crack open the oven door. Allow the chickpeas to sit inside as the oven cools down for 30 minutes. (This helps the beans get a bit crunchier as opposed to sitting at room temperature.)
- Remove from the oven. Enjoy slightly warm or cool them completely before enjoying.
- Chickpeas are crunchiest on day 1. Store leftovers at room temperature for up to 1 week.
- Larger Batches: This recipe can easily be halved, doubled, or tripled. Make sure you don’t crowd the baking sheets with beans. Bake in batches if doubling or tripling.
- Other Beans: We haven’t tested this recipe using other beans. Chickpeas are ideal because they have a very mild bean flavor after roasting.
- Seasoning Suggestions: Instead of the cinnamon sugar coating, add a generous sprinkle of sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. We also love the combination of cayenne pepper, sea salt, and ground cumin. No need to measure, just add a very generous sprinkle of your favorite seasonings. No matter which flavors you choose, always coat the beans with a drizzle of olive oil before adding seasonings.
Keywords: roasted chickpeas, cinnamon sugar chickpeas