Roasted Garbanzo Beans Recipe

Roasted garbanzo beans recipe: A cheap and healthy snack. Repin to save!

These roasted garbanzo beans (a.k.a. roasted chickpeas) are easy to make, healthy, satisfying, and cost about a dollar to make.

A dollar!

I like this recipe because it’s a great alternative to expensive store-bought snack mixes. And it’s much healthier. Garbanzo beans are full of protein and fiber.

Roasted garbanzo beans are nothing like canned garbanzo beans. Once roasted, they turn out very crunchy and light. There are a perfect on-the-go snack, whether you’re taking your kids to school or traveling by plane.

You might want to make more than one batch, because they take a long time to bake. And because you’ll probably eat them all in one sitting.

Important recipe note for crunchy garbanzo beans: Roasted garbanzo beans have to be baked long enough to get crunchy. Take your batch out at the 35-minute mark (see recipe, below) and try one. If it’s not completely crunchy in the middle, continue roasting until it is.

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Roasted Garbanzo Beans

Roasted Garbanzo Beans

Substitute your favorite dried spice blend if desired. Leave these in the oven as long as necessary so the garbanzo beans get completely dry and crunchy - up to 45 minutes or more, depending on your oven.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • 15.5 ounce can garbanzo beans
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika


  1. Preheat oven to 400F. Drain garbanzo beans and rinse with cold water. Remove excess water by patting with a paper towel.
  2. In a mixing bowl, coat beans with olive oil. Add spices and mix well. Spread out on a large baking sheet. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes or more, or until garbanzo beans are completely dried and crunchy.

23 Responses to “Roasted Garbanzo Beans Recipe”

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    Sonya Zieske — December 27, 2011 @ 7:42 am

    This is a great recipe! It will become a favorite.

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    carpeseason | Liz — December 30, 2011 @ 6:58 pm

    We made these last week as a Christmas time snack. With all the cookies and fudge this week it made me feel like I was making an attempt at health anyway!

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    Charles — January 16, 2012 @ 11:18 pm

    Oh yummy – I just adore chick peas and I’m always looking for new ways to eat them. Never tried them roasted before (I can’t believe I haven’t!). These remind me the “wasabi peas” I buy from the Japanese supermarket sometimes. Definitely going to try these sometime – thanks for sharing this delicious looking recipe 🙂

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    Jo — January 17, 2012 @ 2:18 am

    Looks delicious. Would love for you to share your pictures with us over at

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    kelsey — January 18, 2012 @ 12:39 am

    delicious! I, too, love beans and am always looking for new, easy ways to cook them. I think this recipe would be good with just about any sort of spice blend you can imagine!

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    Jen — January 21, 2012 @ 1:35 am

    Love these but I use garlic! I like this blog ao thrifty! Check mine out!

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    Dave — April 2, 2012 @ 7:18 pm

    I literally just whipped these up. Delicious. Now I have a way to use up the cans of chick peas without buying tahini for hummus. Great snack for tomorrow’s road trip. Too bad they’re too spicy for my kids, but I think they’ll try it in a tamer version.

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    MK — May 8, 2012 @ 10:13 pm

    Annoyed because mine burned to a crisp after 35 minutes and I was really looking forward to them! I should have shaken the pan a few more times. I only did so after 10 minutes. Next time I will keep the oven at 375 instead of 400.

    • Haley replied: — May 9th, 2012 @ 10:53 pm

      Sorry to hear that! Let me know how they turn out the second time.

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    Melissa French — June 3, 2013 @ 5:26 pm

    I have linked to this post here: Frugal Road Trip with Kids – Food and Snacks

    • Haley replied: — June 4th, 2013 @ 1:46 am

      Thanks so much for sharing my recipe, Melissa!

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    Annie — July 12, 2013 @ 11:53 am

    I’ll definitely try this soon! I didn’t see it mentioned anywhere… does anyone know roughly how long these keep? I want to make a big batch but there’s no point if they’ll go off before I finish!

    • Haley replied: — July 13th, 2013 @ 4:00 am

      I would imagine that these would last at least a couple of days. But every time I have made these, they never last that long!

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    Erin — October 13, 2013 @ 6:29 pm

    Anyone else’s garbanzo beans start exploding in the oven? I had to finally just take mine out 🙁

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    Win — February 3, 2014 @ 7:49 pm

    As a senior on fixed low income I consider the cost of heating the oven when I chose a recipe. 400 F plus warm up time is a lot of heat to put out for this recipe. A wasabi lover. : ) do you factor in heating costs when you turn on your own oven?

    • Haley replied: — February 4th, 2014 @ 1:40 am

      Hi Win,

      That is good to know. I don’t usually think about the cost of heating an oven, but it’s definitely something to take into consideration. I suppose it would be best to make all baked dishes at once, instead of heating the oven several times. Do you have any tips? Or do you try to avoid using the oven so much?

      Thanks for your comment!

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    nuttyBox — April 11, 2014 @ 1:02 pm

    These are my family’s new favorite snack. Seriously we make 2 cans at a time because they go so fast. I also add 1/2 teaspoon of curry powder just because I love curry flavor and they’re totally addicting. Thank you for the recipe!

    • Haley replied: — April 12th, 2014 @ 4:06 pm

      Totally a good idea to make two at a time! The beans get really small, and it’s ridiculously easy to eat a whole can without even realizing it!

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