Barbecue Roasted Chickpea Snack

Fantastic for snacking on! Super addictive so double the recipe!

Barbecue Roasted Chickpea Snack

Sample recipe from The Abundance Diet by Somer McCowan, photo by Ann Oliverio. With permission from Vegan Heritage Press.

Somer was working on a recipe for chickpea bacon, but it turned out to be BBQ Chickpeas instead - absolutely fantastic for snacking on!

You may want to make a double batch, as these are super addictive! (True - I leave the container out on the counter and they magically disappear).

Total prep & cook time: 30 min

6 Servings

Nutrition Data Per Serving, 45g (1/4 cup): 77 cal, fat cal 12, 13g carbs, 1g fat, 37mg sodium, 3g sugars, 3g fiber, 4g protein, low Cholesterol, good source Vit B6, Riboflavin, Thiamin, Folate, Manganese. Estimated glycemic load 5


  • 1 tablespoon liquid smoke
  • 1/2 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dry sherry
  • 1 tablespoon tamari or Bragg Liquid Aminos
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 (15.5-ounce) can chickpeas, drained, well rinsed and then blotted dry with a clean kitchen towel


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  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F
  2. Marinade: In a medium bowl, stir together the liquid smoke, sesame oil, black pepper, smoked paprika, nutritional yeast, maple syrup, sherry, tamari, onion powder, and garlic powder.
  3. Add the chickpeas to the marinade and stir to coat
  4. Transfer the chickpeas and marinade into an 8x8-inch baking dish lined with parchment paper
  5. Bake the chickpeas for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring once or twice. The chickpeas will get crispier as they cool.
  6. Store in a lidded container in the refrigerator. These are even better, if possible, on the second day.


  • Wasabi Chickpeas:
  • Omit the liquid smake and the smoked paprika in the marinade
  • Add 1/2 - 1 full tsp of dairy-free wasabi paste to the remaining ingredients and prodeed with the recipe as directed
  • Wasabi Chickpeas are used in the Asian Cabbage Salad recipe (pg 98) of The Abundance Diet Cookbook.
  • BBQ Tofu:
  • Press a 14 oz block of extra-firm tofu for 30 minutes, cut into 1/2 inch dice, and then follow the instructions for baking the chickpeas.

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This recipe lends itself to many variations which makes it all the better imho!

I didn't have dry sherry, so I used 1 tsp of apple cider vinegar instead and it worked fine. I didn't have maple syrup, so I used agave syrup.

1 Tbsp of liquid smoke seemed like a lot to me, so I reduced it to 1 tsp. I didn't have garlic and onion powder, so instead I added 1 tsp of Spike seasoning (it contains onion and garlic). I thought a pinch of chipotle would be nice (I was right).

Next time I want to increase the toasted sesame oil to 1 tsp. That would add an extra 25 calories to the recipe - about 4 cal per serving.

I can't wait to try BBQ Tofu, using the marinade in this recipe, but I want to do the tofu in strips and eat it in sandwiches.

Somer's BBQ Chickpeas make a great salad topping, and can be used into of tofu in her Nicoise Salad (pg 116 of The Abundance Diet cookbook).

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