This recipe comes from my Brain Boost Diet Book. These crunchy chickpeas make an ideal nourishing snack and a perfect alternative to crisps. You can flavour with a range of spices according to what you have available.

Spicy Chickpea Crunchies



Serves 4 as a snack


Preparation time : 5 minutes

Cooking time: 20-30 minutes


What’s Good About It?

The combination of protein and fibre in chickpeas make them an idea snack – they help to stabilise blood sugar and keep you feeling fuller for longer. They also provide a good source of folate, iron, phosphorous and manganese making them a great nutritious snack option.


  1. Preheat the oven to 180C, gas mark 4.
  2. Drain and rinse the chickpeas
  3. Pat them dry on kitchen paper and place in a bowl
  4. Add the oil and spices and toss to coat
  5. Arrange in a single layer on a baking tray and bake for 20-30 minutes until golden and crisp.
  6. Allow to cool
  7. Store in an airtight container. They will keep for up to 3-4 days

Did You Know?

Save the chickpea water (known as aquafaba) this is excellent for making a range of vegan dishes including pancakes and meringues.

1 x 400g can of chickpeas, drained

1tsp olive oil

1/2 tsp ground cumin

½ tsp smoked paprika

½ tsp garlic salt

pinch of black pepper