Holiday Cooking FAIL: Cinnamon Roasted Chickpeas

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!

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3 Responses to Holiday Cooking FAIL: Cinnamon Roasted Chickpeas

  1. Sean Hanson says:

    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!

  2. ken says:

    Perhaps you should have continued roasting them at the higher temperature. Typically lower temperatures will dehydrate. Just a thought but could be wrong.

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