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  • Writer's pictureEllie Radocchia

Nacho Cheeze Chickpeas!

Updated: Apr 21, 2020

Looking for the PERFECT snack? Look no further!

This crunchy snack is high in plant based protein and tastes like Doritos! I love all things crispy and healthy so if you're like me then you will love this recipe. These are great as a snack, salad topper, in wraps, burritos, etc.

Lets take a look at the stars of the recipe!

Chickpeas (Garbanzo Beans)

Chickpeas are well known for their protein & fibre content, but did you know they are an excellent source of molybdenum, manganese, folate & copper! These nutrients assist in a variety of important physiological functions so you can feel great about eating these up!

The major benefits of consuming chickpeas include blood sugar regulation, supports a healthy digestive tract and they are so satiating that studies show regular consumption of these legumes are supportive in weight loss!

Nutritional Yeast

I have to include that I can't believe I have been vegan for years and am just now trying Nutritional Yeast. If you haven't tried it yet, then you are in for a treat!

Nutritional yeast has this amazing cheesy flavour and is so versatile in cooking! Not only that, but it's also a complete protein! Just one tablespoon has 2g of protein. Nutritional yeast is also a great source of Vitamin B12. This vitamin is needed for a healthy nervous system, DNA production, energy metabolism and the creation of red blood cells.

Nutritional yeast also contains trace minerals, such as zinc, selenium, manganese and molybdenum. Trace minerals are involved in gene regulation, metabolism, growth and immunity.

When purchasing Nutritional Yeast you can buy a brand that's fortified and will have all the nutritional information available on the label.

Now onto the recipe!

This will be enough for 1-2 servings. I now know to double the recipe because they only last for 5 minutes before being completely devoured.

What you'll need:

  • 1 can or 1 cup of cooked Chickpeas (Garbanzo beans)

  • 2 tablespoons of Nutritional yeast

  • Generous shakes of Paprika

  • 1/4 tsp Onion powder

  • 1/4 tsp Garlic powder

  • 1/2 tsp Sea salt

  1. Preheat oven to 375 F

  2. Place canned or cooked chickpeas in a bowl and add the spices

  3. Stir in a tsp of coconut oil so that the chickpeas are all coated in seasoning

  4. Spread chickpeas over a large rimmed pan (I use a silicone baking mat on mine)

  5. Give the pan a little shake or use a spoon to spread the chickpeas out

  6. Place in oven for about 25 minutes (or until desired crispiness)

  7. Stir halfway through And enjoy!

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do! HUGE thank you to #thegardengrazer for this recipe inspiration! It has become one of my new favourite snacks!



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