Monday, June 11, 2012

Spicy Garbanzo Beans Snackers

I'm currently watching what I eat, AKA trying practice some extra self control on the food situation! Which, it seems like each time I intend to do this, the temptations come in full effect. Ugh.
 See, the thing is, is that I ordered my wedding dress direct from China and it is tini-tiny.  So I am trying to be extra "good" for the 2 months before the big day, so I am able to actually breathe on my wedding day.
All of that nonsense brings me to the recipe today.  These little numbers are oh-so freakin' good and pretty darn healthy for you, too!  Think fiber, b-vitamins, & minerals in the beans, plus a dose of heart heathy fats from the olive oil and a little metabolism boosting cayenne pepper.  A perfect substitute for chips, nuts, and other snack foods.  Wholesome and Mmm-mmm! 

This is super simple.

Drain and rinse a can of garbanzo beans (chick peas) really well.  Pour onto a flat surface and pat dry.

In a medium bowl, combine seasoning & oil well.  Dump the beans into the bowl and toss to coat thoroughly.

Spread beans out on a parchment line baking sheet. Bake for about 20 minutes, then give a good stir and bake an additional 15-20 minutes, or until golden and crispy.  Keep a watchful eye the last few minutes.  Allow to cool completely and snack away.
Feel free to double the recipe if you really start munching on these little numbers.

Spicy Garbanzo Beans Snackers

1 15-ounce can garbanzo beans, drained & rinsed
1 1/2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
Preheat oven 400*.  Pat the garbanzo beans dry with paper towels.  In a medium bowl, combine spices & oil.  Add garbanzo beans and toss to coat in spice mixture. Pour into even layer on parchment line baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes; Stir. Replace in oven for 15-20 minutes or until browned and crispy. Keep a watchful eye for the last few minutes, so ensure they don't burn. Cool completely. 
Recipe Adapted from: Our Best Bites

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