Spicy Oil-Free Roasted Chickpeas

by Alena

Make these crispy oil-free roasted chickpeas as a protein-packed and fun snack! Coated with spicy chili and lime flavors, they are so satisfying and great party food.

Nothing better than a bowl of crunchy and savory snacks during a good movie, right? These oil-free roasted chickpeas are perfect for occasions like that.

They are pretty much fat-free, high in protein and fiber and super flavorful! After homemade oil-free hummus and oil-free tortilla chips, this is our latest favorite healthy snack.

Use the leftover chickpea liquid to make some chocolate tofu mousse and enjoy all of the deliciousness plants have to offer!

Not only can you enjoy oil-free roasted chickpeas as a snack, but they also make for lovely salad toppings.

For more high-protein treats, check out our edible cookie dough, chocolate chickpea ice cream or our collection of 30+ high-protein vegan snacks.

black baking sheet with parchment paper and spicy oil-free roasted chickpeas

Recipe overview

  • Super easy to make
  • Lots of coating options
  • Perfect for meal prep
  • High in protein & low in fat
  • Delicious good-for-you snack
  • Crunchy vegan bowls topping

This flavorful snack is even heart-healthy and weight loss-approved. All you need to have at home are a can (or two!) of chickpeas, baking sheet, bowl and some spices.

table with cooked chickpeas, lime and different spices

How to make oil-free roasted chickpeas

Start by preheating your oven and lining a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.

Drain & dry your chickpeas

In order to make crispy oil-free roasted chickpeas, it’s important to pat your cooked chickpeas really dry at first.

Then, arrange them in a single layer on your prepared baking sheet and dry-roast them for 25 minutes.

Coating time

In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together all of the ingredients for your coating. Our recipe uses lime juice, paprika, chili, cumin, garlic and salt. 

Together with some leftover chickpea liquid, these spices make for a flavorful oil-free marinade! Add your dry-roasted chickpeas to the bowl and mix them until they are well evenly coated with the chili lime mixture.

hands holding a bowl with cooked chickpeas and a spoon mixing them with spices

Roast to perfection

Arrange your coated chickpeas in a single layer on your baking sheet again and roast for 15 more minutes until they are wonderfully golden and crispy!

Remove the baking sheet and let the oil-free roasted chickpeas cool for at least 10 minutes before enjoying with your friends or family, during movie night or when serving at a party!

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Storage suggestions

You can eat your oil-free roasted chickpeas right away when they are still warm or let them cool for 30-60 minutes so they become firmer.

This protein-packed snack can be enjoyed for about 4-5 days when stored in a lidded container at room temperature. It’s important that you don’t use an airtight one!

woman in white clothes holing a glass with freshly roasted chili lime chickpeas in her hand

Different coatings

Instead of aquafaba, you can use soy sauce, coconut aminos or hot sauce. Lime juice can be replaced with lemon juice or balsamic vinegar!

We also love coatings like dried thyme, smoked paprika, curry powder, mustard powder, garam masala, oregano, cinnamon and nutritional yeast (hello, cheesy roasted chickpeas!).

Achieve the right texture

Every oven is different, so you might need to turn your baking sheet in the oven for your chickpeas to roast evenly after 20 minutes.

During the last 10 minutes of roasting, it’s possible that some chickpeas might burn — it’s best to stay nearby and keep an eye out during this stage.

Speaking of burning, your spicy coating is much more likely to burn when you add it right in the beginning. This is why we dry-roast the chickpeas first!

glass jar on a table filled with oil-free roasted chickpeas

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Spicy Oil-Free Roasted Chickpeas

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Make these crispy oil-free roasted chickpeas as a protein-packed and fun snack! Coated with spicy chili and lime flavors, they are so satisfying and great party food. This moreish snack is totally family-approved and even good for you!

Ingredients

  • 2 15-oz cans cooked chickpeas (480 g drained weight)
  • 2 tablespoons chickpea liquid
  • 2 teaspoons chili flakes
  • ½ lime, juiced
  • 1 tablespoon sweet paprika
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400° F (200° C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Drain the chickpeas, saving 2 tbsp of their liquid (aquafaba) and transfer them into a clean towel. Pat them until they are really dry, removing any shells that have loosened in the process.
  3. Arrange the dry chickpeas in a single layer on your prepared baking sheet and place it in the oven.
  4. Bake for 25 minutes while whisking together the 2 tablespoons of chickpea liquid, lime juice, chili flakes, paprika, cumin, garlic and salt in a medium-sized bowl.
  5. Once the 25 minutes have elapsed, add the half-roasted chickpeas to the coating in the bowl and mix well.
  6. Now, place them back on the baking sheet in a single layer and roast for 15 more minutes, until crispy and golden.
  7. Remove the baking sheet and let the chickpeas cool for at least 10 minutes before eating!

Notes

  • You can add the coating to the unbaked chickpeas to decrease the hands-on time but they are more likely to burn that way.
  • Oil-free roasted chickpeas can be stored in a sealed container (not airtight!) at room temperature for around 5 days.
  • Watch your chickpeas in the oven towards the end so that they don’t burn.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: ⅙ recipe
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 135Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 681mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 6gSugar: 4gProtein: 7g

Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated automatically, their accuracy is not guaranteed. Just focus on whole plant-based foods and eat until satiety!

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About Alena Handwritten FontAlena Schowalter is a Certified Vegan Nutritionist who has been a vegetarian since childhood and vegan since 2012. Together with her husband, she founded nutriciously in 2015 and has been guiding thousands of people through different transition stages towards a healthy plant-based diet. She’s received training in the fields of nutrition, music therapy and social work. Alena enjoys discussions around vegan ethics, walks through nature and creating new recipes.

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