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Sweet Chickpea “Nuts”

Skinny Sweet Chickpea “Nuts”

 

You know those delish nuts that you get on top of your favorite salad at restaurants? I love those but they are so high in fat, sugar and calories. I was trying to think of a way to get that sticky, caramelized nut without the nut. So I decided to swap out the nuts with chickpeas instead — wow! They are fabulous! I came up with this the other day and couldn’t wait to share it with all of you. I would love to know what you think. Try making this healthy snack for company instead of nuts. I know they will love it!

Nutrition: calories 109, fat 0.9 g, carbs 23.5 g, fiber 3 g, sugar 14.6 g, sodium 140.1 mg, protein 3 g, Weight Watcher PointsPlus® 3

 

Sweet Chickpea “Nuts”

Ingredients:

  • 2 – 15 1/2 oz cans chickpeas or garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed well
  • 1/2 cup sugar, you can use any sugar, sometimes I use coconut sugar
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp apple pie spice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt

 

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Place the beans in a medium pot with enough water to cover them with about 1 1/2 inches of water over the beans. Add a pinch of salt as well.
  3. Add 1/2 cup sugar, 1 tbsp cinnamon and apple pie spice. Mix gently with a heat proof rubber spatula. If you don’t have one you may use a small wooden spoon. Remember to mix gently; you don’t want to crush any of the beans.
  4. Bring to a boil over medium heat and reduce to simmer over low heat for 25-30 minutes. Gently stir once or twice.
  5. Take off heat, add the vanilla extract and stir gently. Let sit in the pot until cooled (about 15-20 minutes).
  6. Drain the cooled beans thoroughly. Do not rinse.
  7. Place beans on a cookie sheet sprayed with cooking spray. If you have non stick tin foil that would be great. You still will need to spray with cooking spray.
  8. Lay the beans flat, not overlapping. Remove any loose bean skins. Spray the beans with cooking spray and then sprinkle the tbsp sugar along with 1/2 tsp cinnamon.
  9. During baking you may want to shake the pan a few times for even baking. Turn the pan around once also for the same reason.
  10. Bake for approximately 45 minutes or so, until browned and crisp. If you see that the beans are getting too dark then reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees.
  11. Remove from the oven and ENJOY this healthy, yummy treat!

 

 

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