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Cheez-It Roasted Chickpeas Recipe

Lose Weight and Indulge in Your Cravings With These "Mini Cheddar" Chickpeas

I must confess, these oven-roasted chickpeas are not Mini Cheddars, and they don't quite capture the same flaky, airy texture of the cracker. I'm sorry! Well, not really, because they do have a spicy-cheesy taste, are satisfyingly crunchy, and are filling to boot. You win some; you lose some. High in fibre-rich carbs and protein, "Mini Cheddar" chickpeas make a tasty pre- or post-workout snack. Alternatively, use them as a cheesy crouton substitute in a salad or soup.

The Mini-Cheddar flavour comes from a vegan cheese sauce made with cashews and nutritional yeast. Though it looks like peanut butter when applied to the chickpeas, it roasts up into a marvelously crispy, fluffy shell as if you are eating something breaded and fried. Mmm! I should also mention, this recipe will make your kitchen smell like pizza.

One thing to note: allow these chickpeas to cool slightly before you snack on them. You don't want to burn your tongue from the steam escaping the centre of the chickpeas!

"Cheez-It" Roasted Chickpeas

Inspired by Fooduzzi and VeganYumYum

Cheez-It Roasted Chickpeas Recipe

Ingredients

  1. 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
    50 grams unsalted, roasted cashews
    1/2 lemon, juiced
    45 grams nutritional yeast
    2 tablespoons soy sauce
    2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
    1 garlic clove
    1 (420-gram) can chickpeas, patted dry
    Cayenne, for garnish

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400ºF.
  2. In a food processor, create the "cheese" sauce by blending all ingredients together (except for chickpeas and cayenne), until a mixture resembling peanut butter forms.
  3. In a large bowl, rub the "cheese" sauce all over the chickpeas until evenly coated.
  4. Transfer to a baking sheet, sprinkle cayenne on top, and bake for 25-35 minutes, or until crunchy and toasted. Use a flat spatula to flip chickpeas halfway through cook time and break up any clumps.
  5. Once cooked, allow to cool slightly before serving warm.

Nutrition

Calories per serving
154
Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Anna Monette Roberts
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