Were you aware that the Super Bowl is this Sunday? The only reason I know this is from reading blogs. Football has never interested me, though I did once date a football player in high school and let me tell you, he was a player all around.
Bad high school decisions aside, allow me to make a more current confession: I get a lot of my news from blogs. We ditched cable last summer to save some money and encourage more mindful TV habits (another confession: I had a Bravo/Real Housewives “problem”). I love life without cable, but I will readily admit that I’m prone to being out of touch with what’s happening outside of my own bubble. Movies currently in theaters? No idea. What’s happening on The Bachelor? This is no longer taking up mental space. World news? Thankfully, I do periodically read the NY Times, though I confess I deliberately take breaks to avoid the “everything is terrible” mentality that inevitably happens when I check-in daily.
Football is not anywhere on my radar. Except for this week, when all of my favorite bloggers post comfort food and Super Bowl-appropriate snacks and my “pin it” button gets a workout. And despite being out of touch with most current events and definitely sports, I realize that you might be really excited about the Super Bowl. Or maybe, like me, you also only kinda-sorta care about the ads and the halftime show, although I couldn’t tell you who’s performing.
All of this is to say: I made you some crave-worthy roasted chickpeas. Again.
They’re Super Bowl-worthy (if that’s your thing), salty-sweet, and with in interesting flavor profile courtesy of a chili orange fennel trifecta. So go [insert whoever is playing here]!
Final confession: I don’t know who’s playing. What I do know is that I will be eating these on Sunday…if they last that long.
- 3 cups cooked chickpeas
- 1½ tablespoons chili powder
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon coconut sugar
- 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed orange juice
- ½ tablespoon ground fennel
- 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- orange zest for garnish
- Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Drain and rinse the chickpeas and place them in a large bowl.
- Add the remaining ingredients, except the orange zest, to the chickpeas and toss to combine, making sure the chickpeas are evenly coated.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Transfer the chickpeas to the prepared baking sheet and spread them into an even layer.
- Bake for 35-40 minutes, stirring once after 20 minutes.
- Allow to cool slightly, sprinkle with fresh orange zest, and enjoy!