UPDATED: These Spiced Chickpeas are now zero Smart Points per portion on the Weight Watchers Flex / Freestyle Program. Chickpeas are now free on the Flex / Freestyle program. Originally my WW coach had said that chickpeas, when eaten as a snack, should be pointed!
However, since I originally wrote the post, I’ve been informed by a couple of Weight Watchers coaches, that even roasted chickpeas are zero points. They do not need to be pointed, even when eaten as a snack!
However, common sense should prevail 😊. Even though these crunchy, salty roasted chickpeas are zero points, you won’t get away with eating mountains of them without gaining weight!
When the Flex / Freestyle program was first launched I was excited to find out that chickpeas were on the list of zero point foods.
They are tasty, filling and can be added to a multitude of recipes. I use them a lot in my cooking.
I am quite capable of sitting down in front of a film and eating half a bowl of these lovely spice chickpeas – they are very moreish.
Although they are undoubtedly healthier for you and much more filling than crisps (potato chips) they are still a snack that you can eat too much of.
So be warned!
I have cooked these spiced chickpeas in the oven and also in my air fryer.
Using an airfryer to cook these chickpeas is the easiest option, however, the oven method works just as well.
Just make sure that you check on them every 6 – 8 minutes or so and use a spatula to move them about a bit. This will help them roast evenly and will prevent them sticking to the baking tray.
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I travel a lot between the United Kingdom and North America and I tend to make a batch of these spiced chickpeas to travel with.
Hanging around an airport followed by a 7 hour flight is a nightmare if you are a boredom eater like I am. Taking a bag of these to snack on has really helped me to control the amount of Smart Points that I consume of the days that I am travelling.
They are filling and tasty and keep my snacking at bay. Try it!
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- 1 can tinned chick peas 470g tin, drained and rinsed
- 1/2 tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- 1 pinch cayenne pepper
- If you are using an oven to roast your chickpeas, preheat the oven to 230oC /450oF
Drain and rinse the chickpeas and dry off with paper towel.
- Place the chickpeas in a bowl and add the oil, salt, cumin, smoked paprika and cayenne pepper and mix until the chickpeas are covered.
- Place in the airfryer for 15 - 20 minutes (depending on how crunchy you like your chickpeas to be)
- If you are using an oven to roast your chickpeas then spread them on a roasting tin and bake for 30 to 40 minutes until brown and crunchy. Check every 8 - 10 minutes and use a spatula to move the chickpeas around so that they roast evenly.
- Best served warm!