As Katie of Sweet Tater Blog so profoundly stated on Twitter yesterday: “if i could elect one food to be president of the world, it would be chickpeas.”
I often tell people that kale is my favorite food (surprisingly, my favorite food is not peppermint patties, pumpkin spice donuts, or even oatmeal raisin cookies). However, chickpeas are either tied for first or come in at a close second. I can’t decide, and it really doesn’t matter. I eat an obscene amount of both foods throughout any given week.
Recently though, my absolute favorite way to eat chickpeas is drenched in BBQ sauce, sprinkled with crushed garlic and a little drizzle of olive oil, and baked until perfectly chewy and crispy. And nearly every time I make them, I talk Aaron’s ear off about how they taste just like chicken wings.
Aaron completely disagrees, and considering I haven’t had an actual chicken wing that wasn’t of the tofu variety in at least ten years, he’s probably right. But my point is that these satisfy any craving you might have for barbecue, they make an excellent snack, and they’re even better served alongside some baked kale chips. These, to me, are vegan comfort snack food at its finest. I just can’t get enough.
- 3 C. Chickpeas, cooked (about 2, 15 oz. cans)
- 1 Large Clove Garlic, crushed
- ¼ C. - ⅓ C. BBQ Sauce, depending on personal preference (I like to use ⅓ C.)
- 2 Tsp. Olive Oil
- Pre-heat your oven to 375 degrees F.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Drain and rinse chickpeas and place them in a large bowl.
- Add the crushed garlic, BBQ sauce, and olive oil to the chickpeas and stir until the chickpeas are evenly coated.
- Transfer chickpeas to your prepared baking sheet and spread into an even layer.
- Bake for 35-40 minutes, stirring once after 20 minutes.
- Allow to cool slightly and enjoy!
Have you tried baked chickpeas before? What’s your current favorite snack?
I saw a recipe for salt & vinegar roasted chickpeas on Oh She Glows the other day that I can’t wait to try next! I can’t even remember the last time I ate salt & vinegar chips, but I love them and this seems like a great alternative.