Sweet & Spicy Roasted Chickpeas

Hi Friends-

Not a whole lot going on over here today. Just popping in to share a fun little snack recipe with you!

Roasted chickpeas are one of my favorite snacks. I usually make a double batch to munch on during the week. I also add them to my trail mixes. If you haven’t tried them yet, you’re missing out.

Usually I just make them with a little oil and some paprika. But…after devouring an entire package of those sweet and spicy pecans from Trader Joes’s that I mentioned yesterday, I’ve been craving that combo.

My original plan was to try to recreate the pecans….but if you’re not lucky enough to live in Texas, or somewhere that they have pecan trees…those lovely little nuts cost a pretty penny. SO, I decided to start with a more budget friendly option and go from there icon smile Sweet & Spicy Roasted Chickpeas

This was my first attempt, and although they aren’t exactly like the pecans…they’re pretty darn good. You taste the sweet first, and then they leave a nice spicy aftertaste. I love them.

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The best part is you only need five ingredients!

Sweet & Spicy Roasted Chickpeas

by Lindsay L

Prep Time: 5 min

Cook Time: 40 min

Keywords: roast appetizer snack healthy chickpeas


Ingredients (approx 1 cup)

  • 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 tsp canola oil
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper


1. Place the chickpeas in a tupperware container.

2. Add the oil and shake well to coat.

3. Add the sugar and spices and shake well.

4. Spread on a baking sheet (with edges) and bake at 375 degrees for 40-45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes.

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Doesn’t get any easier than that my friends.

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Play around with the ingredient amounts. I’ll probably use a little less sugar last time and kick up the spice a tiny bit. But that’s just me icon smile Sweet & Spicy Roasted Chickpeas

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Do you make roasted chickpeas? What’s your favorite flavor combo?



About Lindsay

Lindsay Livingston is a Registered Dietitian from Columbus, Ohio. On her blog, she shares simple, healthy recipes, nutrition tips, workouts and snapshots of her life. Follow her on Twitter @LeanGrnBeanBlog and Instagram @TheLeanGreenBean and be sure to subscribe via RSS or email so you never miss a post!


  1. I have yet to try them. But I saw a recipe once that had cumin… I think garam marsala. they look so good. like they are healthy and would provide that much needed crunch I like. Delicious idea with the sweet & spicy.
    Christine @ Oatmeal in my Bowl recently posted..Camping Essentials: Around the Campfire

  2. I love spicy roasted chickpeas, what a great and easy way to make them myself :)
    Kiri W. recently posted..Arabian Style Leg Of Lamb

  3. I haven’t made roasted chickpeas in so long! I need to get on that :D
    Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile recently posted..Failure to Easy

  4. Those look great! I’ve got some chick peas here just begging to be roasted.
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  5. I love roasted chickpeas and I haven’t had them for a while – obviously this needs to change!
    chelsey @ clean eating chelsey recently posted..field trip day

  6. I would have never even thought to roast chickpeas!! What a great idea and I love how few ingredients this calls for!!
    Linz @ Itz Linz recently posted..Seester Turns {30}

  7. Can you believe I’ve never made these? For all the hummus I make, I haven’t attempted THIS. I love the combo of sweet and spicy…
    Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen recently posted..Herbacious Bounty

  8. Love the sweet and spicy combo. I really need to make these. I still have yet to try roasted chickpeas!
    Tina @ Best Body Fitness recently posted..For The Love of Supersets

  9. I love roasting chickpeas. They are great for topping a creamy soup too.
    Heather (Where’s the Beach) recently posted..Kidney Stones & Moroccan Inspired Quinoa Veggie Salad

  10. I LOVE roasted chickpeas! They’re definitely one of my top 10 favorite snacks! I love any flavor combination: super spicy with my homemade garam masala and touch of sugar (for a sweet/spicy combo), I made them with rosemary and sea salt before, cinnamon and sugar..the possibilities are endless. I think that’s why I love them!
    Aparna B. @ Not A Leaf recently posted..What I Ate Wednesday [Er Tuesday] – #13

  11. I love roasted chickpeas…
    I’ve even done them coated in organic dark chocolate before…yummmmmy
    pinned it :)
    Tara Burner recently posted..Bible Based Health & Wellness – Do You Give Into Temptation? 1 Corinthians 12:13

  12. I’ve only made these once, but they are a GREAT snack. Should be something I make more often – a big batch every few weeks would be great. Sweet & Spicy flavors like this are some of my favorite. :) I’ll probably add extra cayanne, because I just love the heat!
    Heather @ Better With Veggies recently posted..Why Not Try a Tri?

  13. This is perfect because i just bought a can of chickpeas so I could make some roasted ones :).
    Lindsay @ In Sweetness and In Health recently posted..11/22/63

  14. When I make them, they’re gone by the end of the day. And then my tummy hurts. So I don’t make them too often. :)
    Claire @ Live and Love to Eat recently posted..Disappointing Pizza (Anthony’s Coal Fired)

  15. I loooove roasted chickpeas. I normally do mine with a Indian spice. This sounds awesome with a little sweet ‘n spicy!
    Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table recently posted..Fluffy Sesame Baked Tofu

  16. I made these for Christmas as a snack for people before the main meal. All of it – gone! A great and easy snack that’s nutritious.
    OliePants recently posted..Masala Chai

  17. Roasted Chickpeas are one of my favorite snacks too! My favorite is with olive oil, cumin seeds, and cayenne :).
    Kristen recently posted..23 Healthy Snack Ideas

  18. I really like the crunch of roasted chickpeas, but I’ve been looking for a good flavor combo since mine haven’t been the greatest so far. I think I’ll give this one a try!
    Yellow Haired Girl recently posted..Hangover Heaven

  19. I’ve made roasted chickpeas once before and you’re right, they are delicious. I love how you can mix the spices and flavors up so easily. I’m always looking for a high protein snack, and this is perfect! Thanks for the reminder. :)
    Parita @ myinnershakti recently posted..Fun Food Survey

  20. I’ve never had them but they look delish! I’m going to whip some up this weekend, for sure.
    Elle @ nutritionella recently posted..saved by roast chicken.

  21. Wow that is genius!! I absolutely must try this!! YUM!
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  22. I’ve never roasted chickpeas before but it’s always been something on my “to make” list! I will definitely try this recipe soon! :D
    Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin recently posted..WIAW #34: Brain food

  23. I’ve never tried roasted chickpeas, but these look easy! Perhaps I could try a small batch in my toaster oven?? (Still no real oven, over here … )
    Kristen @ notsodomesticated recently posted..Tim Tebow’s … feet?

  24. I did a sweet and spicy nut mix using cayenne, but I also added cumin and cinnamon, and honey instead of brown sugar.
    I need to do it on chickpeas!
    Ashley @ Freckles & Spice recently posted..Tuesday Musings and Homemade Cashew Cookie Bar

  25. I love roasted chickpeas! It has been so long since I munched on some. Thanks for the snack inspiration.
    Talia @ Bite Size Wellness recently posted..Gym meets Nightclub: Introducing Party Workouts

  26. I love roasted chickpeas and thank you for the reminder because we are moving in 2 weeks and I have cans of garbanzos to use up! Thank you also for including me in your “blogs to follow” list. I really appreciate it and have been meaning to say thank you, but life is a bit crazy with the upcoming move! I look forward to getting settled and joining foodie pen pals again. :)
    Melanie @ Nutritious Eats recently posted..Move Over Girl Scouts: Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookie

  27. yummm!! i made these a couple weeks ago then kinda forgot about them..definitely have to make them again. they’re such an easy/healthy snack..love it!
    amy@healthyhungryhappy.com recently posted..Boston Marathon Trip

  28. Roasted chickpeas are so good! :) I love making them with cumin, chili powder, oregano, lime juice, and a little bit of salt. The recipe for that came from Mama Pea’s chickpea tacos!
    Abby @ Abz ‘n’ Oats recently posted..thursday things

  29. I’ve only done olive oil, cayenne and salt! This sounds great!
    Janine @ThePurpleGiraffe recently posted..OUCH… in a good way?

  30. I was really excited when I saw your title today because I love roasted chickpeas, but have just done them once! :( I used greek seasoning by Clubhouse and topped my salad with them, but I have been wanting to do a sweet version and these look perfect! I might just make these tonight actually ;) Thanks love
    Meg recently posted..Thursday Thoughts and a Recipe!

  31. I love roasted chickpeas! Cinnamon and honey is my fav!
    Matt @ The Athlete’s Plate recently posted..Dinner Last Night…

  32. I have never tried roasted chickpeas and only just heard of the idea recently. It sounds like I’ve been missing out. I can’t wait to try this – I’m already writing down the ingredients on my grocery list to get this weekend!
    Michelle (Better with Berries) recently posted..WIAW and Rachel’s Challenge

  33. I am super tempted to make these right now! How long do they last?
    Jane recently posted..Viva Las Vegas.

  34. These look yummy! Gotta make myself one of these.. Hehe
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  35. I love chickpeas and have seen a recipe similar to this, but never tried it.

    Thanks – perfect snack! I can’t wait to give them a try.
    Sara recently posted..My Favorite Things: The Mini & Pink Edition

  36. Those look awesome! I don’t really do spice but it inspires me to try ‘em with sweet only and see what I can come up with…hmmm…to the drawing board batman!

  37. Wow, this recipe looks so good! The recipage isn’t linking to the correct print out though… :(
    *uses MSWord instead*

  38. These look amazing, Lindsay! I’m obsessed with chickpeas in any form! Can’t wait to try them.
    Kim @ Real Life New Wife recently posted..Pesto Chickpea Pizza with Sauteed Veggies

  39. This is truly one of my absolute favorite snack recipes…so much so that it turns into an entrée!

  40. amber ellering says:

    How do you store these? In the refrigerator, or are they dry enough to be shelf stable?


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