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Simply Sweet Chickpeas

  • Author: Gina House
  • Prep Time: 5-10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25-35 minutes
  • Total Time: 30-45 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings per can of chickpeas 1x
  • Category: Appetizer or Snack
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: Middle Eastern
  • Diet: Vegan


Satisfy your sweet tooth with this super healthy, crispy snack. Simple to make and outrageously addictive for snacking! Maple syrup gives them a soft, mellow flavor.


  • 1 can of garbanzo beans
  • ½ tablespoon of vegetable oil (or chickpea water)
  • ½ teaspoon of cinnamon (Vietnamese is a good choice!)
  • ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract or powder
  • 2 tablespoons of maple syrup


  1. Preheat your oven to 425 F.
  2. Drain and rinse your chickpeas, reserving some chickpea water if not using oil.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix together the drained chickpeas and oil (or water). Stir in the cinnamon, vanilla, and maple syrup. Make sure all of the chickpeas are covered with the syrup and spices.
  4. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
  5. Pour your seasoned chickpeas onto the lined baking sheet and make sure they are spread out evenly.
  6. Place in the oven and bake for about 15 minutes. After that time, use a spoon or spatula to turn over your chickpeas so that they can crisp up on the other side.
  7. Bake for another 10-15 minutes or until lightly golden brown. Keep an eye on them at this point so that they don’t overbake or burn.
  8. Take out of the oven and let cool for at least 5-10 minutes before eating.


  • The chickpeas will crisp up even more if you let them cool for at least 5 minutes. 
  • Make sure to turn the chickpeas halfway through cooking time so that they will bake evenly.
  • If you’re not using oil in this recipe, the chickpeas will become crunchy, but not as crisp as they would be if you used oil. They will still taste delicious.
  • Spices can be added or subtracted easily. If you don’t like the flavor of cinnamon, add ground orange or lemon zest instead. If you’re not partial to maple syrup, substitute with some agave. This recipe is really fun to experiment with because some of the most unlikely additions can make these chickpea snacks taste terrific!
  • If you are salt sensitive, feel free to use ‘no salt added’ garbanzo beans.
  • If using chickpeas made from scratch, no problem! Each can holds approximately 1.5 cups of chickpeas, so you can easily substitute your own.

Keywords: candied, chickpeas, crunchy, maple syrup, snack, sweet, vanilla