Spiced Crispy Chickpeas

Today I’ve just spent time with a friend hearing about her battle with thyroid cancer, and her mom’s struggle with recurring cancer that’s back for the third time. Heard from some friends this morning who were about to leave on mission to Uganda before he was recently diagnosed with an aggressive cancer. Had another friend with an acquaintance who was just fatally shot this week at a grocery store in a nearby city.

This world is hard. I know there are those of you out there going through things like these every day. Alex and I are just starting to come out from under the weight of dealing with a miscarriage. Sometimes it feels inauthentic to talk about inconsequential things like recipes when so much is going on.

I was always the serious type who wanted to talk about things of weight and significance, even as a teen. But I’ve also realized that it doesn’t have to be inauthentic to also connect with others through things that are not so weighty. That it’s ok to start to laugh again after a tragedy, and that doesn’t mean that you’ve forgotten about it. (Downton Abbey fans, this might sound a bit familiar…!) It’s quite a balancing act, but I believe that in the midst of struggle we can still find good, the things that bring us together, the things that keep us going.

What’s kept us going in this season, along with our faith, is food. I speak for both of us when I say it is such a true pleasure to work together to develop healthy, nourishing recipes, photograph them together, and share them with you. This week, our theme is healthy snacks. We developed two snack recipes for a playoffs party we had last week, and while Colts were trampled (ugh!), our snacks were delicious. These crispy chickpeas are starting to become a popular snack food, and we’ve developed our own take. Crunchy and spicy, they’re a healthy alternative to accompany a game or to take to work for a mid-afternoon pick me up.

{If you’re looking for another game-worthy snack, our favorite is these Loaded Sweet Potato Rounds.}


Spiced Roasted Chickpeas

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  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Yield: 3 cups


  • 2 15-ounce cans chickpeas
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Rinse and drain the chickpeas. Place them on a towel and pat gently to dry. Remove any loose skins. (If desired, remove skins from the majority of the chickpeas.)
  3. In a medium bowl, stir together chickpeas with 3 tablespoons olive oil, 1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder, 1 teaspoon black pepper, 1 teaspoon cumin, ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika, and ¾ teaspoon kosher salt.
  4. Pour chickpeas onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and spread them into a single layer. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes until crispy and dry, stirring every 10 to 15 minutes.
  5. Allow to cool. Store in an airtight container in a dry cupboard for up to 1 week.


Adapted from My Recipes


About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is an acclaimed vegetarian cookbook author and cook based in Indianapolis. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the “best vegetarian cookbooks” by Epicurious.


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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
    January 19, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    This looks lovely! Such a nice, spicy, snack!

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    January 19, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    Some days it does seem that things are pretty rough out there not only for us, but for friends and extended family too. Glad you have each other to lean on!

    And thanks for the crispy chick pea recipe. I’ve seen recipes for this before and now will definitely make this snack. We were just talking about snacks for our family viewing of the super bowl commercials, I mean the super bowl, and these would create a little less over-eating guilt! A great work snack too.

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    January 19, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    Yes – may you lean on your faith and friends around you to get you through.

    Thanks for the recipe – I will be trying these later this week! Good to hear how you are doing.

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    Tieghan Gerard
    January 19, 2014 at 11:33 pm

    Some days are just the worst. It seems as though everything bad happens at once. The world is a weird, but awesome place. Thanks for sharing your story and I too am a talker.

    Love the crispy chickpeas. These are one of my favorite snacks!

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    January 20, 2014 at 8:55 am

    It does feel like the world is a particularly hard place at the moment doesn’t it? Every day there seems to be something terrible in the news or that hits even closer to home. I think it’s in times like this that we have to cling to those constants we have – like good food – to keep us grounded. Much love to you guys; these sound like addicting little bites!

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    Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health
    January 20, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    because of so many things happening around me lately, i have stopped watching news altogether. I hope having good friends, family, and food will keep the goodness alive. Love the crunch of chickpeas.

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    Sandra Lea
    January 20, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    Will you be posting a recipe for the Honey Sesame Almonds?

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      January 20, 2014 at 4:31 pm

      Hi! Yes, they’ll be coming soon :)

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    January 20, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    I’ve been wanting to try something like this for a while now. What a great snack this will make for Super Bowl!

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    Terry Covington
    January 20, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    I am so sorry to hear about your loss and the struggles of your friends. I will offer up some prayers today. Your post was a good reminder to me, too, because I had some hard things happen in the fall — the loss of a truly epic friendship and love, and the loss of my father. I realized that I haven’t been laughing a lot, and my spirit feels a little pinched because of it. So I’m going to keep finding ways to enjoy and look forward. I learned those lessons a long time ago, but in times of sadness or stress it’s easy to “forget.” Also, I am working on learning how to cook vegetarian, and chickpeas are such a source of protein. Plus, I love spicy flavors! So I will have to try these, and am also looking forward to the almond recipe.

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    January 20, 2014 at 11:06 pm

    I love love looooove roasted chickpeas- it’s about time I try making them with a bit of spice!

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    Arthur in the Garden!
    January 21, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    Roasted chickpeas are my favorite snack! Nice to change the spices to experiment with flavors.

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    January 21, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    These look delicious, can’t wait to try them. I was hoping you all might have the the nutritional info, specifically the calories or maybe an approximate serving size to help me calculate them. THANKS

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    Lorrie Patterson
    January 22, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    Making right now for a weekly get together of friends/neighbors (we get together to watch “Nashville” every Wednesday to see newest episode. We live in Nashville, so we find it particularly interesting to see locations and friends that are extras, etc.). I’ll let you know how everyone likes them :)

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    Laura Booram
    January 24, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    I’ve made these for the kids with cinnamon and honey! :) Hope you guys are well!!!

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    January 29, 2014 at 12:22 am

    Life is definitely a mystery sometimes – the cruelness and the rewards. I do find that in times of deep sorrow and joy, there is no shame in finding comfort in the simple things…Much love to you.

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    January 29, 2014 at 10:13 am

    You have inspired me to cook these lovely looking snack munchies – I have been meaning to cook something similar for some time. Food does bring joy and hope and brings people together. Cancer is very real to each and everyone of us. My friend’s brother passed away this week from Leukemia – he was in his early 30’s and got married the week before. All so tragic and upsetting. Food nourishes our soul and keeps us going for sure.

    I did a spiced nut dish (different from yours ;o) on my blog a while ago. You may want to check it out. http://chilliandmint.com/2013/07/17/spicy-virgin-mary-with-rosemary-spiced-walnuts/

    All the best Torie from http://www.chilliandmint.com

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