Spicy Roasted Chickpeas – Vegan & Gluten Free

I love snacks with crunch factor! This Spicy Roasted Chickpeas recipe has that in spades. A gluten free and vegan treat that will satisfy that snack attack.

Roasted chickpeas in a glass jar

Snack time! I thought it would be apropos to post a few tasty snack items that also happen to of the healthier variety.

First up is this crunchy, spicy, salty snack that also full of protein.

Roasted chickpeas!

We all love chickpeas when they’re whipped together into a delicious classic hummus, but who knew they are also equally as awesome when they are roasted into crunchy peas of goodness!

Add in some fiery spices to kick things into high gear. πŸ˜‰

spices on a counter

First things first you want to heat your oven to 400.

Now, remember when I made toasted coconut and recommended picking yourself up an oven thermometer? This is a recipe it comes in handy again.

This is what I set the oven to:

oven showing 380 degrees

And THIS is what my thermometer read:

oven thermometer

OK, you can’t actually read the temperature.

I took this shot too quickly as hellishly hot heat blasted me in the freaking face. Word to the wise–>Don’t open a 400 degree oven and stick your face in it!

By the time I recovered, the oven door had been open for a bit and a lot of heat had escaped. Of course this changed the temperature on the thermometer, which defied the whole purpose of said picture being taken.

So you’ll just have to trust me it that it read 400. Twenty degrees different!


Moving on from the fact that my face felt a little sunburned, thanks to my impromptu heat bath, it was onto the chickpeas.

They are super simple to prep. Drain a can of chickpeas and rinse them. I like to peel the outer layers off each but that could just be my OCD. Peel them, leave the skins on, you decide.

Toss the chickpeas with a bit of olive oil and spread them onto a parchment lined baking sheet.

Into the oven they go for 40-50 minutes. That’s right, 40-50. And you have to give them a stir every 10-15 minutes so they cook evenly. The timing is key as you don’t want these chickpeas to have any softness in the centre.

The goal is a complete crunch all the way through. It takes a while but it’s worth it!

And when it looks like this out my kitchen window, what else have I got to do?

snowy picture of Burlington, Ontario

While your chickpeas are roasting, stir up the spice blend. Remember, as always, I love spicy things so moderate the hot flavours (cayenne, chili) to your taste.

Once the chickpeas are roasted all the way through, sprinkle the seasonings on them while they are still warm and give them a good toss to coat them.

Spicy roasted chickpeas being seasoned on a baking sheet

The result is a great crunchy snack that is reminiscent of Corn Nuts.

Anyone remember those?

Spicy Roasted Chickpeas in a glass jar

I remember buying them from the vending machine at the “Y” in Victoria when I was a kid.

These roasted chickpeas totally remind me of Corn Nuts but, of course, are not genetically modified garbage. πŸ˜‰

This is a healthy, real food snack that’s great for the table during the big game or movie night.

Spicy Roasted Chickpeas in a glass jar


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I used an Oven Thermometer in this recipe.

Spicy Roasted Chickpeas – Vegan & Gluten Free

Sharon Rhodes
I love snacks with crunch factor! This Spicy Roasted Chickpeas recipe has that in spades. A gluten free and vegan treat that will satisfy that snack attack.

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 119 kcal



  • Pre heat oven to 400 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper
  • Toss the drained and rinsed chickpeas with 1 tbsp of the olive oil and spread onto the baking sheet
  • Roast for 40-50 minutes, stirring every 10-15 minutes
  • Toss the spices & 1 tsp of the olive oil onto the warm chickpeas and stir well to coat them
  • Enjoy these right away as they will lose their crunch


Calories: 119kcalCarbohydrates: 12gProtein: 4gFat: 6gSodium: 261mgPotassium: 157mgFiber: 4gVitamin A: 615IUCalcium: 35mgIron: 1.4mg
Keyword gluten free vegan snacks, spicy roasted chickpeas
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  1. Yum, I love roasted chickpeas! I love using them in place of croutons over my salads…they add such a nice crunch! I can’t believe that shot from your window girl! It looks just like a Christmas card! Beautiful! πŸ™‚

    1. It’s funny because I included that shot of the blizzard-y conditions outside my window so people would feel sorry for me but instead I keep getting comments about how beautiful it is! Ha! The snow was a novelty for me when I first moved here from the west coast. Now, not so much, πŸ˜‰

      Croutons is a great idea for these!:)

  2. Oh wow, these look great! I’ve tried to make roasted chickpeas before but they turned out a bit soggy but Im guessing I didnt cook them long enough. I’ll try your 40-50 minute recommendation πŸ˜‰ Also, love that photo of the view out your window, so beautiful! πŸ™‚

    1. Ha! Beautiful! Good one. πŸ˜‰ If it wasn’t SO cold I might look at it as beautiful. I’ve tried a few times before and had a soggy result and I thought for sure an hour would be waaay too long, but it’s not. Take a bite from one or two of them and of they don’t crunch the whole way through pop them back in for 3 minutes and test again. Stay cool there, down under! πŸ™‚

  3. I love these, they are so addicting! Great, warming spices, too (perfect for your weather I see, haha over here in California we’re in a drought).

    1. California you say … I’m not jealous at all! πŸ˜‰ Excuse me, as I have some snow to shovel. LoL! Thanks for stopping by!

  4. I love crunchy snacks and I’ve actually never tried roasted chickpeas before. I think this is something I would love!! Definitely have to try this out, not only perfect for game day – but perfect for my extra long wintery drives home from work – I can just be munching away in the car! Ohh..I would need these today…lol! πŸ˜‰

    1. I could totally see these as being road snacks! I am so lucky to have pretty much a zero commute so that didn’t cross my mind. πŸ™‚ Stay safe on those snowy drives!

  5. These look terrific! Roasted chickpeas are such a great snack, and your spice blend sounds wonderful and so simple! I have to smile – that photo out your window … ummmm … could definitely be a photo out my window! We’re heading into temps and windchills seriously below 0F once again this week, and the kiddos will probably miss at least another day of school. Plenty of time for stirring roasted chickpeas, right!?!?! Stay warm, my friend! πŸ˜€

    1. I’m glad I’m not suffering alone!:) My friends & family on the west coast quite enjoy reminding me how balmy it is back home. Jerks! On the bright side it is a good time to hunker down in the kitchen and create some great food. πŸ˜‰