Chickpea roasting can end up plain, salty, savory, sweet…you take your pick.
I headed out to find a sweet roasted chickpea to garnish a dessert cupcake and discovered that the sky is the limit. Frozen 13 Foods Chickpeas makes it so easy to target the end right from the beginning.
The cupcake garnish needed just a few for each serving. With the zip opening on the 13 Foods frozen chickpea bag I could take out just what I needed, well more…because you need to take into account all the chickpeas that will just find their way into your mouth…you know a taste test:).
First do a quick thaw. Simply place in a bowl and cover with water for 10 minutes. 13 Foods Chickpeas are individually coated in ice crystals and then shot to below 0°. The ice crystals act as armor for the chickpea and prevent structural damage in the freezing process. A water immersion quick thaw dissolves the ice coating before the interior of the chickpea warms up. This allows an outside-in thawing that will not rupture the important seed coat.
Next drain the chickpeas. Place on several paper towels and pat dry. Now here is where you decide the path. If your roasted chickpeas are heading into a salad or casserole, try leaving them plain and roasting au naturel. If your chickpeas are heading to the snack bowl, pour a small amount of oil on the chickpeas and lightly season with salt. If your chickpeas are headed as a topping for your vegetable side dish, try adding some herbs after oiling the chickpeas and then roasting.
My chickpeas were heading for a dessert garnish so I put them in a small bowl with a tablespoon of peanut butter (or almond butter) and mixed it all up until the chickpeas had a coating of peanut butter. Fingers work fabulously, but a spatula will also do the job just fine (maybe not as fun though). Sprinkle with a cinnamon sugar mix (2 tablespoons white sugar to 1 tablespoon cinnamon will give you enough for your chickpeas and have extra for your morning toast).
Place on a parchment lined baking tray and try to spread it out enough so each chickpea has space to call its own. Put in a preheated 425° oven for 12 to 15 minutes. Stir every 4 or 5 minutes. Cool before using or store in an air-tight container. These Peanut Butter Cinnamon Sugar Roasted Chickpeas have just the right amount of crispy tender for any dessert garnish…but don’t leave them there, how about on a breakfast yogurt parfait?