I’m clearly late in sharing the recipes I made over the holidays, but I wanted to share this one, because it was a complete failure! I was really intrigued by this recipe when I first saw it on Two Peas & Their Pod (great food blog, by the way!). Though these are definitely tasty, I was disappointed by the lack of “crunch” I anticipated. When I put them back in the oven to try to help this, they turned pretty dry. I think there is potential for this recipe (I really want it to work!). If you have any tips on how this could be improved, please comment!
- 2 cups cooked chickpeas (you can use canned or soak and simmer dried chickpeas – a great excuse to also make a bunch of hummus!)
- 2 teaspoons canola oil
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 tablespoon honey
Mix the oil, cinnamon and sugar in bowl and mix in the chickpeas (if you have time, you can remove the skin from the chickpeas). Spread evenly on a cookie sheet and bake in the oven (375 F) for about 40 minutes. Mix the hot chickpeas with honey and let dry. Now, at this point, I found that they were still pretty soft, so I put them back in the oven for 15 minutes at a lower temperature (300 F), but it only dried them out and didn’t make them more crunchy – while they definitely tasted good, the texture was weird, so I’m not sure if I will make these again – any thoughts on improving this? I was thinking about substituting maple syrup for honey, but the taste wasn’t really the issue. There is a fine line here between cooking enough to get the “crunch” and not overcooking so they dry out.Has anyone else tried these before? I’m interested in hearing your experience!
I’m thinking the oven temp… other recipes I’ve seen say 400 degrees. I’ve been meaning to try this myself. If you can get it right, what a great healthy snack!
Thanks, Sean! That may be the trick, I’m going to give these another try.
Perhaps you should have continued roasting them at the higher temperature. Typically lower temperatures will dehydrate. Just a thought but could be wrong.