Back-to-School Snack Recipe: Crunchy Organic Chickpeas with Garlic Sea Salt

If you would have asked me to eat a chickpea up until I tried this recipe, I would have told you "NO!"  They seem weird to me, these little beans that look more like nuts and are stored in cans with liquid.  They never tasted appealing in any dish I've tried before, but I found a few recipes online for crunchy baked chickpeas and I had to try them.

My local Walmart (and Walmarts across the U.S) have recently started carrying their new Wild Oats Organic line.  I only had a few products in my store, but at just $.92 for a can of organic chickpeas, I was determined to find a way to prepare them that my family would love.  This recipe is just that...

To make these super easy and savory snacks, simply drain a can of chickpeas (2 if you have a big family!).  Line a large bowl with paper towels and dump the drained chickpeas into it.  Place another paper towel on top and pat to dry them.  After 10 minutes or so, you can change out the paper towels and make sure they are really dry!

Now, you can spread them out on a parchment lined baking sheet in a single layer.  Make sure that they don't overlap!  Bake in a 375 degree preheated oven for 15 minutes.

Remove them.  They should be starting to dry out even more and even "crack" a little.

Now you will spray them with olive oil.  (I use a cooking spray product that is made from olive oil, like the Great Value Spray.)  Sprinkle generously with garlic salt, and I prefer a garlic sea salt.

Put the chickpeas back into the oven, and bake for 20 more minutes.  You can take them out and toss them a bit once or twice during cooking.  Be sure that -- if the salt starts to turn dark -- you take the chickpeas out early.  You don't want the seasoning to burn.

Remove them when done, and allow to fully cool.  They should be crunchy all the way through, not chewy in the middle.  Serve as a tasty alternative to popcorn or chips!  My kids love these so much, and they couldn't believe that they were made from chickpeas!