The crunch of chickpeas give the impression that the legumes are deep-fried, but they are often dry roasted and dusted with salt and seasonings. Za’atar is a tantalizing blend of tangy sumac, earthy white sesame, and fragrant thyme. Experiment with other spices in this recipe – turmeric and cayenne or cinnamon and maple are my other favorites.
Maple Za’atar Roasted Chickpeas [Vegan]
- One 15 1/2 ounces can of chickpeas
- 3/4 tablespoon olive or avocado oil
- 2 teaspoons za’atar spice blend
- Pinch of cayenne (optional)
- 1 teaspoon maple syrup
- Preheat the oven to 400°F
- Drain and rinse the chickpeas. Dry them extremely well with a tea towel. If you have time, let them air dry for 30-60 minutes. This will ensure a crisper texture.
- Place the chickpeas on a roasting pan in the oven for 25-30 minutes until golden brown and crisp, rotating the pan at the halfway mark.
- Transfer the hot chickpeas to a bowl. Add the oil, spices, and salt to taste, and mix well with a spoon. Serve hot or at room temperature for a crunchy and healthy snack, or throw a fistful into kiddo’s or your own lunchbox. (They also make great croutons over salad!)