July 2, 2010

Roasted Garbanzo Benas

These make a terrific snack! Garbanzo beans (also known as chickpeas) are high in fiber, protein, iron and folate (just to name a few benefits)!

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19 ounce can of garbanzo beans (chickpeas)
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
pepper to taste
1/2 teaspoon of your favorite dried herb or spice (optional)

Drain, rinse, and pat dry the garbanzo beans. Toss them in a bowl with olive oil, salt, pepper and herbs/spices. Arrange them in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet, and cook at 300 degrees for 20-30 minutes. Be sure to stir them every 15 minutes.  I tend to take them out just before they are done, they continue baking a bit as they are cooling.  You don't want to over cook them, otherwise they get really crunchy.  I like them crunchy on the outside, but still a bit soft on the inside.   Serve at room temperature. Chickpeas can be stored in an airtight container for up to 5 days. Enjoy!
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