Simple Zingy Protein Chickpeas

Zingy chickpeas protein meal

Finding a crunchy, zesty snack to hit the spot can be hard. That’s why here at GDM, we have come together in our kitchen and put together an easy snack that can be made in batches for when you’re feeling peckish.

Try our Zingy Protein Chickpea recipe below.

The first step is to get the oven to a comfortable heat, we recommend 180oC. While the oven is heating up, drain the can of Chickpeas thoroughly, it is important to ensure these are properly drained. Next you will want to rinse them in cold water, again you want to make sure these are drained really well, and it may even be worth giving them a quick pat dry, as this will help to create that crunch.

Once these are dry to your standard, pop them in a bowl and add1 Tbsp of natural oil, 1Tsp of salt and 1 Tsp of lemon juice. Mix well, ensuring all areas are covered with a smooth layer of the mixture.

Now it’s time to chuck them on a lined baking tray and put them in the oven for 45- 55 minutes, it’s important to keep an eye on them as you want them to get a nice crispy brown colour. This should create a nice crispy texture that’s to die for. Once out of the oven and cooled, add any additional seasonings you want, for this we decided on ½ Tsp Cumin & ½ tsp of Paprika. Dust the Chickpeas well and for added zest grate a bit of lemon peel on top.

Once fully cooled, these should be ok to put in air tight containers, it’s important that they are fully cooled or they will go soft with the trapped moisture.

Prep Time: 10mins
Cook Time: 45-55mins
Total Time: 1hour 5mins
Servings: 4


1 Tbsp of Oil
1 Tsp of salt
½ Tsp of Cumin
½ Tsp of Paprika
1 Tsp of Lemon Juice


Preheat oven to 180oC
Drain chickpeas thoroughly, rinse and drain again
Dry off chickpeas
Add oil, salt and lemon juice.
Line tray with baking paper
Bake chickpeas for 45-55 mins until golden brown
Leave to cool thoroughly
Season with cumin and paprika

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