Mouth-Healthy Recipe: Spicy Roasted Chickpeas

spicy roasted chickpeas

Did you know chickpeas aren’t really peas? They’re garbanzo beans! And their nutty taste makes them perfect for snacking any time — like while you watch your favorite flicks.

These low-calorie, spicy roasted chickpeas are packed with fiber and protein, so you’ll get full without binging while you binge-watch. They’re also rich in teeth-strengthening phosphorus and folic acid, which keeps your mouth healthy by promoting cell growth and helps our gum tissue fight back against inflammation and bleeding. Plus, chili powder, one of the key ingredients in this recipe, is great for your mouth and your overall health. Chili peppers are rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Specifically, chilis contain Vitamin A, which protects your bones and teeth.

If you like your food on the scorching side, feel free to crank up the heat by adding more chili powder. Or, take the flavor in a new direction by using Old Bay, curry powder, rosemary or any of your other favorite spices and herbs from the cupboard.  

  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) garbanzo beans
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  1. Preheat oven to 375 F.
  2. Drain cans of garbanzo beans and rinse with water.
  3. Spread beans on paper towel and let dry for 30 minutes.
  4. Line a cookie sheet with foil or parchment paper and spread dried beans evenly on sheet.
  5. Bake for 40 to 60 minutes until crunchy.
  6. Transfer to a bowl and mix with olive oil.
  7. Stir in seasonings.
  8. Enjoy!
For another mouth-healthy snack recipe, give this spicy edamame a try! It’s also packed with ingredients that are great for your smile and it’s easy to make! 

Do you have a yummy snack recipe that you love to chow down on during your favorite movie or shows? Share with us in the comments! 


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