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]

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  • 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
  • Salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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!)

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Nutritional Information

Per Serving: Calories: 218 | Carbs: 31 g | Fat: 7 g | Protein: 10 g | Sodium: 318 mg | Sugar: 6 g Note: The information shown is based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.


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