Category: Healthy Snacks

Crispy Ranch Roasted Chickpeas

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Nothing satisfies the craving for something salty quite like a crispy snack bursting with flavor. Whether it’s movie time or a quick on the go snack, these crispy ranch roasted chickpeas calm a craving and also offer fiber and protein, helping to curb appetite as well. Start by heating the oven to 400 degrees. ¬†While the oven heats, prep a baking pan with parchment paper and drain/rinse chickpeas. Dry the chickpeas on a few sheets of paper towel, paying special attention to completely dry them. Transfer back into a strainer and toss in olive oil. Using a strainer will allow any extra droplets of oil to be removed, keeping just the right amount on the chickpeas. You can also lightly spray chickpeas with olive oil spray. Add chickpeas to prepared baking sheet and roast for 25-30 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes to evenly roast.

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In the meantime, stir together the seasonings. Dried chives, dill, onion powder and garlic offer a ton of herb goodness for flavor surrounding each tiny chickpea. Toss warm chickpeas in seasoning and use to top salads instead of croutons, sprinkle on soup, or munch all by themselves instead of chips or popcorn. Now, turn on your favorite guilty pleasure and enjoy this guilt-free snack!

Crispy Ranch Roasted Chickpeas

5 minutes

30 minutes

35 minutes

Yield: approximately 2.5 cups

Crispy Ranch Roasted Chickpeas

Ingredients

  • 2 15 ounce cans chickpeas
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp drives chives
  • 1/2 tsp dried dill weed
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line a small baking sheet with parchment paper. Rinse and drain chickpeas and paper towel to pat dry.
  2. Return chickpeas to strainer. Drizzle with olive oil and toss to coat. Pour chickpeas onto baking sheet and season with sea salt. Place in oven and roast for 25-30 minutes, stirring every five minutes.
  3. While chickpeas roast, stir together onion powder, garlic powder, chives, dill and sea salt in a small mixing bowl.
  4. Remove roasted chickpeas from oven and allow to cool slightly, 2 minutes. Pour chickpeas into bowl with seasoning and gently stir to coat. Enjoy warm or at room temperature.
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Rich and Creamy Herbed Hummus

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If you have never made homemade hummus, today is the day to start. There is something so deliciously creamy about freshly made hummus that is not comparable to the store bought stuff. Through trial and error I have found that tahini paste is an essential ingredient to making a smooth, luscious hummus and adding that amazing sesame flavor. Mix in a few fresh herbs like garlic, rosemary, thyme and basil for aroma and added flavor. A squeeze of fresh lemon juice brightens the hummus up a bit and adds a nice tanginess.

I have made hummus with an immersion blender and standard food processor and find that both work well to achieve the creaminess. Make sure to take your time blending until it is super creamy. Then go to town dipping away. I love to toast up pita in the oven and slice into triangles for dipping alone with fresh vegetables.

This naturally vegan herbed hummus is a crowd pleaser and makes a large batch perfect for entertaining this holiday season!

Rich and Creamy Herbed Hummus

10 minutes

10 minutes

Yield: 8 servings

Rich and Creamy Herbed Hummus

Ingredients

  • 2-14 oz cans garbanzo beans, drained
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup tahini paste
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 large basil leaves
  • 1 tsp garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme
  • 1 tsp fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper.
  • Optional dippers: sliced cucumber, toasted pita, baby carrots, celery

Instructions

  1. Combine chickpeas, lemon juice tahini and herbs/seasonings in a food processor. Pulse until crumbly.
  2. Pour in olive oil and blend on low speed until smooth and creamy, 3-4 minutes.
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Superfood Dark Chocolate and Fruit Bark

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Sometimes a rich piece of dark chocolate is all it takes to satisfy the craving for something sweet. In today’s recipe for superfood dark chocolate and fruit bark we are going to up the ante with a dose of chia seeds and fresh fruit to add a heap of health boosting antioxidants and omega 3’s to the chocolate.

I didn’t realize how truly easy it is to make homemade chocolate bark until now. All you do is choose your add ons and melt some chocolate. let it set in the refrigerator and you have a beautiful dessert in under an hour.

Superfood Dark Chocolate and Fruit Bark

Superfood Dark Chocolate and Fruit Bark

Ingredients

  • 24 oz dark chocolate chips
  • 1/3 c cherries, pitted and chopped
  • 1/3 c blackberries, halved
  • 1/3 c raspberries, halved
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp unsalted sunflower kernels
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt

Instructions

  1. Line a 9x13 baking sheet with wax paper.
  2. In a microwave safe bowl, melt chocolate chips working in 30 second increments until melted stirring occasionally.
  3. Pour chocolate chips into pan and spread to edges.
  4. Top with cherries, raspberries, blackberries, chia seeds, sunflower kernels and sea salt. Gently press into chocolate. Refrigerate 30 minutes or until solid. Use a butter knife to break into pieces.
  5. Store in airtight container in refrigerator.
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Maple, Cinnamon and Almond Glazed Chickpeas

Maple Cinnamon and Almond Chickpeas

If you have ever had those delicious roasted nuts that they sell at carnivals, you will love today’s recipe for Maple, Cinnamon and Almond Glazed Chickpeas. It is a healthy take on those sweet and aromatic nuts. We are using high protein chickpeas and glazing them in real maple syrup for sweetness, then adding almond extract and cinnamon to season them. Your house will smell awesome and you will have a sweet and crunchy snack to curb cravings without reaching for something unhealthy. I recommend doubling the recipe because these won’t last long!

 

Maple, Cinnamon and Almond Glazed Chickpeas

Maple, Cinnamon and Almond Glazed Chickpeas

Ingredients

  • 1 can chickpeas
  • 1/4 c maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Drain and rinse chickpeas.
  2. Spread out chickpeas and allow them to dry on a paper towel 30 minutes.
  3. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Like a baking skeet with foil or parchment paper. Spread chickpeas on baking sheet.
  4. Bake 30 minutes. If chickpeas are not yet crunchy, bake an additional 10 minutes.
  5. Combine maple syrup, cinnamon and almond extract in a bowl. Add hot chickpeas and gently stir to coat.
  6. Spread chickpeas back on baking sheet. Bake 5 minutes longer.
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Maple, Cinnamon, Almond Chickpeas