Six ingredients are all you need for this deliciously satisfying, protein and fiber-rich roasted chickpeas recipe. A chocolate lover’s dream come true.
Roasted chickpeas provide a crunchy texture with the dark chocolate coating curbing your afternoon chocolate craving. Plus, it’s a great healthy treat for kids.
CHICKPEAS ARE A RICH SOURCE OF VITAMINS, MINERALS, FIBER, AND PROTEIN.
The versatility and health benefits of chickpeas make them a good product to keep stored in your pantry. Whether you buy dried or canned, you can use chickpeas in a variety of ways.
What Are Chickpeas?
Chickpeas also known as garbanzo beans usually come in two main varieties. The most common one found in the United States is the larger, round light-colored Kabuli-type. Versus the smaller, dark irregularly shaped desi-type which is commonly found in India and the Middle East.
Are Chickpeas Healthy?
In short, yes. Chickpeas have a low glycemic index which makes them a great choice for diabetics or those watching their blood sugars. Chickpeas are a good source of both soluble and insoluble fiber, potassium, Vitamin B6, iron, protein, magnesium, and even calcium.
The 6 Ingredients In Chocolate Covered Roasted Chickpeas
This chocolate-covered roasted chickpeas recipe requires only four ingredients. And it’s very easy to make.
- Chickpeas (garbanzo beans)– You’ll drain and rinse one 15-ounce can of garbanzo beans. You can also use dried chickpeas that have soaked for 24 hours. If you decide to go this route you’ll need about 1 3/4 cups.
- Dark Chocolate Chips- Enjoy Life is a brand I like to use. You’ll measure out 2/3 cup of dark chocolate chips. You can use semi-sweet if you prefer.
- Oil- You can use coconut, almond, olive, or avocado oil. The oil helps the chocolate from drying out while melting. You’ll need only 1 teaspoon. I like to use coconut for this recipe as it gives it a nice taste.
- Sea Salt- I like the brand Redmond’s Real Salt. However, any salt will do. You’ll use 1/4 teaspoon of fine sea salt.
- Cinnamon- Chocolate and cinnamon work really well together. Cinnamon brings out the deeper undertones of cocoa. You can omit this spice; however, I personally found it helped amplify the flavor. You’ll need 1/2 teaspoon.
- Real Vanilla Extract- Vanilla extract helps to enhance the other flavors. You’ll use 1/2 teaspoon.
How To Make The Perfect Chocolate Covered Roasted Chickpeas?
This roasted chickpeas recipe is simple and fun to make. In four easy steps, you’ll have a chocolate-covered healthy treat in no time.
Step 1- Drain and Rinse
You’ll want to drain and rinse your canned chickpeas (or if using soaked chickpeas, strain the water). Use a mesh strainer for easy rinsing. Simply pour the canned chickpeas in the strainer, rinse, and gently shake the excess water off. Lightly dry them off with a kitchen towel.
Step 2- Roast and Stir
On a baking sheet covered with unbleached baking paper or lightly sprayed with cooking oil, evenly disperse the chickpeas. Bake in a 425℉ preheated oven for 25-30 minutes until crispy.
To tell if the chickpeas are roasted (you’re looking for a crisp crunch) give one of them a try. The taste test is your best bet! Keep in mind you’ll need to stir them around about halfway (12-15 minute mark) to ensure even baking.
Step 3- Melt and Coat
In a saucepan over medium heat, add chocolate chips, oil, cinnamon, vanilla extract and sea salt. Stir constantly until the chocolate is melted. Once the chickpeas have finished baking, add them to the melted chocolate and stir around to fully coat.
Step 4- Scoop, Freeze, and Enjoy
Using a tablespoon, scoop out the chocolate-covered roasted chickpeas and place them on a big plate or large glass container covered with parchment paper. This will create the chocolate covered clusters. Once you’ve plated all of the clusters, place in the freezer for about 10 minutes until firm. Then enjoy or transfer to a container with a lid and store in the fridge.
How To Determine Crispiness of Roasted Chickpeas?
Your best bet is the taste test. You want the chickpeas to have a nice crunch to them on the outside. If you prefer crunchy all the way through, consider roasting for 28-30 minutes. For a crispy on the outside but slightly softer on the inside texture, go with a bake time of 24-26 minutes.
I experimented with both and found both to be tasty. It really depends on whether you like a really crispy or semi-crispy texture. Again, you will want to try one of the chickpeas to determine the crispiness factor. Keep in mind all ovens vary a little bit.
What Do Chocolate Covered Roasted Chickpeas Taste Like?
This fiber and protein-rich snack has a crunchy texture with no chickpea flavor. Roasted chickpeas are crispy and crunchy with the chocolate coating adding melt in your mouth sweetness. Both the chickpeas and dark chocolate make for a healthy, yummy treat.
How Long Can You Store Chocolate Covered Roasted Chickpeas?
Chocolate-covered roasted chickpeas will keep in the fridge for up to a week if properly stored. You can also freeze them and keep them for up to a couple of months.
Looking For More Healthy Treat Ideas?
Check out these other healthy treat ideas made with real, whole-food ingredients.
- Triple Chocolatey Chia Pudding (Healthy Dessert)
- No Bake Recipe For Energy Balls (Oatmeal Chocolate Chip)
- Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip (The Best!)
- Deliciously Fudgy Black Bean Brownie Recipe (Vegan, Gluten-Free)
Chocolate Covered Roasted Chickpeas Recipe (6-Ingredients)
- 1 15-ounce can garbanzo beans (chickpeas)
- 2/3 cup dark chocolate chips (I like the brand Enjoy Life. You can also use semi-sweet chocolate chips)
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil (can also use olive oil, almond oil, or avocado oil)
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
- 1/2 teaspoon real vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt (I use Redmond's Real Salt)
- Preheat oven to 425℉
- Using a fine-mesh strainer, drain and rinse the canned chickpeas. Gently shake off the excess water and pat dry with a kitchen towel.
- On a baking sheet covered with either unbleached baking paper or lightly coated with oil, evenly disperse the chickpeas. Place them in the oven and roast for 25-30 minutes until crispy. The taste test is your best bet. Also, be sure to stir the chickpeas halfway through baking (12 to 15-minute mark). This helps with even roasting.
- In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, add chocolate chips, oil, cinnamon, vanilla extract, and salt. Stir to combine and continue stirring until the chocolate is fully melted.
- Once the chocolate is melted, add the roasted chickpeas to the saucepan. Stir to fully coat the chickpeas. Then using a tablespoon, scoop out the chocolate-covered roasted chickpeas and place them onto a plate covered with parchment paper. Repeat this step leaving about half an inch between each cluster.
- After you've scoped out all of the chickpeas, put the plate in the freezer for 10 minutes to allow the chocolate to set.
- Remove the plate from the freezer and release the chocolate clusters from the parchment paper. Then place in an airtight container or enjoy right away. When properly stored, the clusters will keep in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
- For a fully crispy chickpea (inside and out), roast for 28-30 minutes. The taste test is your best bet for checking for doneness.
- For a crispy on the outside and somewhat soft center, roast for 24-26 minutes.
- Keep in mind every oven differs. Your oven may run hotter or cooler than mine.
- Also, remember to stir halfway through the baking time to ensure even roasting.