For those of you that aren’t college basketball fans, you might not realize that right now is the most wonderful time of year for those of us that are. It is March, which means that, starting this week, you’re going to see lots of people freaking the hell out about basketball. This is the time of year when college basketball fans will tune into just about any game, regardless of who is playing, because chances are, something remarkable is going to happen. And our house is no exception. The NCAA Selection Show was last night and my beloved Indiana Hoosiers are going dancin’. Woohoo! And that means, for the next few weeks, it will be all basketball, all the time, and that’s how we like it here in Indiana. After all, there is a movie all about how obsessed us Hoosiers are with our beloved sport.

And yes, we’ve already figured out how we’re going to watch all of the games while we’re on vacation next week. A vacation from work and life does not equal a vacation from basketball. After all, you can’t take a break from your religion.

Back-to-back-to-back basketball games means a lot of time plopped on the couch and not a lot of time in the kitchen. It’s human nature to want to snack during a marathon sports session, so my goal with this recipe was to create a pop-able snack that we could munch on all throughout the next few weeks.

Roasted chickpeas are nothing new in the food world, but they are a new thing in my world and I’m totally digging them right now. Sure you probably don’t need another roasted chickpea recipe, but if I was enjoying these this much, I figure I should at least put it out there in case anyone else was interested.

These roasted chickpeas satisfy a craving for both sweet and salty, plus they are totally addictively crunchy. A lot of folks roast chickpeas to where they crunchy on the outside, but soft on the inside. I’m not one of those people. I roast mine until they are crispy and crunchy enough to satisfy even the biggest chip craving.

My favorite part about these chickpeas is how nourishing they are. So many of the game day favorites are nutritionally void, but these guys have all the protein, folate, magnesium and fiber of unroasted chickpeas.

I’m gonna go snack on these guys while I fill out my bracket. I hope your team made it and does great in the tournament. That is, unless you are playing my Hoosiers. Then. Uh. Yeah. Go away.

Gooooooo Hoosiers!

Sweet and Spicy Roasted Chickpeas

Sweet and Spicy Roasted Chickpeas

Yield: 4 cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

These roasted chickpeas satisfy a craving for both sweet and salty, plus they are totally addictively crunchy.


  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cups cooked chickpeas
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 425°.
  2. In a large, zip top bag, combine olive oil and chickpeas. Seal top and shake until all chickpeas are coated. Set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, combine remaining ingredients. Add spice mixture to zip top bag, reseal and shake until all chickpeas are coated.
  4. Spread chickpeas in one layer on a large baking sheet. Roast in preheated oven for 35-45 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes, or until crunchy and browned.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1/4 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 103Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 136mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 3gSugar: 3gProtein: 4g

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  1. I make them with canned regularly and they are great, just towel dry them before you put the on the baking sheet 🙂

  2. The new Greek restaurant serves fried chickpeas & they’re delicious. I only have canned chickpeas in the pantry. Would those work? Thanks!

    1. I’ve actually never fried chickepeas before, but I think canned would work (just make sure to really dry them well to avoid splattering).

  3. I always keep chickpeas around the house – usually just for salads and sometimes raw snacking – but this takes it to a whole new level. Definitely going to be trying these soon and hopefully adding them to my healthy snack repository.

  4. I have to be honest… I don’t care at all about basketball. I wish I did! I would love to fill out one of those bracket things.
    I am rooting for these chickpeas though- YUM!

  5. I actually have never roasted chickpeas, although I see them everywhere. Do they end up being crunchy? Crispy?

  6. I don’t watch sports, but I just wanted to say thanks for posting this recipe. I will making some this weekend to nosh on..yum!