Cool Ranch Roasted Chickpeas

Cool Ranch Roasted Chickpeas

Starting today, I’ll be having some FANTASTIC guest bloggers on Vegan Yack Attack for the month of January and a couple in February! First up, I have Amanda from Pickles & Honey. Amanda’s blog is filled with delicious-looking recipes, beautiful photos and I can’t forget to mention her adorable dogs (Honey & Barley). Though I haven’t met her in person, she just seems like the sweetest chick ever and she is oh-so-talented. Make sure to check her out!

Cool Ranch Roasted Chickpeas //

I’m so happy to be guest posting for Jackie! I began reading Vegan Yack Attack shortly after I started my own blog two years ago and I’ve been a big fan of Jackie’s beautiful and delicious, yet totally approachable recipes ever since. I also appreciate a good sense of humor and Jackie’s got that too!

Cool Ranch Roasted Chickpeas //

The recipe I’m sharing today began as a sort of happy kitchen accident a couple of summers ago, when I decided I would finally take advantage of our porch and attempt to grow my own little herb garden. I am notoriously bad at growing plants indoors (hence the sad, wilting basil sitting on my windowsill right now), but I had a stroke of luck that summer and ended up with more parsley, chives, and mint – so much mint – than I knew what to do with.

Cool Ranch Roasted Chickpeas //

Sidenote: If you’re looking to build your gardening confidence, grow mint. Seriously, even if you forget to water it for weeks at a time (guilty!), it will not die. Also, mojitos.

Cool Ranch Roasted Chickpeas //

Mint aside, I tossed the parsley and chives, along with garlic, onion, and the ever-present nutritional yeast into my food processor with some chickpeas to make what is still one of my most favorite recipes ever: Cool Ranch Hummus. Do you remember those Cool Ranch Doritos? Scary ingredients, no nutritional value, but highly addictive. Instead of hummus this time, I went with roasted chickpeas.

Cool Ranch Roasted Chickpeas //

Crispy, crunchy, and so much more satisfying than Doritos.

Cool Ranch Roasted Chickpeas //

The flavors in this roasted chickpea recipe magically combine to create a much healthier, but equally crave-worthy version of those chips. I probably ate half of them while they were still cooling on the baking sheet, and then I made another batch that same week.

Cool Ranch Roasted Chickpeas //

Chickpeas are the best!

Cool Ranch Roasted Chickpeas
Recipe type: Snack
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Serves: about 3 cups roasted chickpeas
Do you remember cool ranch Doritos? The flavors in this roasted chickpea recipe magically combine to create a much healthier, but equally crave-worthy version of those chips. It's also a great way to use those random bits of leftover fresh herbs in your fridge.
  • 3 cups cooked chickpeas
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon dried dill
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chives, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Drain and rinse the chickpeas and place them in a large bowl.
  3. Add the nutritional yeast, olive oil, apple cider vinegar, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, and dried dill to the chickpeas and toss to combine, making sure the chickpeas are evenly coated.
  4. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  5. Transfer the chickpeas to the prepared baking sheet and spread them into an even layer.
  6. Bake for 30-35 minutes, stirring once after 20 minutes.
  7. Allow to cool slightly, sprinkle with fresh chives and parsley, and enjoy!
I much prefer to use dried chickpeas over canned. The flavor and texture are a million times better, they’re significantly cheaper, and the prep work is minimal. Simply rinse your dried chickpeas the day before you plan to use them, put them in a container filled with water (completely submerge them in water – they’ll absorb a lot), and allow them to soak in the fridge overnight. Then, before you use them, drain the water and rinse the chickpeas. Place the chickpeas into a pot, cover them with fresh water, and bring them to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to low and allow to simmer until cooked (this usually takes me about 45 minutes).

Amanda //

Amanda is a vegan food and lifestyle blogger who recently quit her 9-5, moved from Boston to San Francisco and then back again, and left safe, but stagnant to pursue what she loves – writing, specifically about healthy food, with a heavy emphasis on dessert. She is excited to be working towards her Culinary Nutrition Expert Certification with Meghan Telpner this Spring and looks forward to sharing what she learns along the way. Amanda lives in the city with her husband / Pickles & Honey photographer, Aaron, as well as two crazy and adorable puggles, Honey and Barley. You can follow Pickles & Honey (and the puggles) on InstagramPinterest, and Twitter.

35 Comments on “Cool Ranch Roasted Chickpeas

  1. Wow! Yum. Super cool idea. I was all about those cool ranch doritos in my High School days. I am really trying to snack healthfully now a days & these would be the perfect way to kick a chip craving!

    • Right? I may have to make these in the next couple of weeks!

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  3. Thanks so much for the sweet words, Jackie! I had a lot of fun creating (and consuming) this recipe!

    • I’ve not been able to accomplish this! I risk burning my fingers to eat them straight out of the oven and off the pan. 🙂

  4. I tried these, but I’m not sure if they are like yours. Are they supposed to be crunchy like soy nuts, or soft and chewy like mine turned out?

    • Hi Karen! I’ve made these a handful of times, and using dried chickpeas will turn out much more crunchy than canned with the baking time I suggested. They should be crispy when you first take them out of the oven, but will soften if you store them in the fridge. You can always bake them a bit longer for a crispier texture. Hope this helps!

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    • I’ve been refrigerating any leftovers. They will soften and become more chewy when you do this, so I recommend re-heating in the oven if you’d prefer a crispier texture. I’d expect they would keep for a few days in the fridge, no problem. Mine have not lasted that long!

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  14. Do these post get replied to? i see many asking for what is nutritional yeast but dont see a reply and I have the same question.

  15. Woah! I just reread the instructions. I let the chick peas soak overnight but i did NOT boil them before putting them in the oven. I completely missed this step. You should make this more prominent in your instructions, because I thought you normally either soap or boil dried chick peas, not both. I’ll try again, and follow the directions!

    Here’s what i skipped:
    “Place the chickpeas into a pot, cover them with fresh water, and bring them to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to low and allow to simmer until cooked (this usually takes me about 45 minutes).”

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