Maple Cinnamon Roasted Chickpeas

Healthy Crack. Organic Crack.


This is a fabulous way to sneak some extra protein into your little. Often our mornings are on the go, so I make these ahead and they provide a healthy car snack so I don’t feel guilty if he didn’t eat his eggs (or if I didn’t make eggs). Bodhi and Ian ate this entire batch in the span of one trip to Bed, Bath  & Beyond this morning. Score.

Maple Cinnamon Roasted Chickpeas

1 can organic chick peas, drained and rinsed

1 Tablespoon Earth Balance (or fat of choice)

1 Tablespoon maple syrup (or honey)

1/4 tsp cinnamon

pinch of sea salt

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Put chickpeas on a towel. Cover with another towel and pat until nice and dry. Melt the Earth Balance, maple syrup, cinnamon, and salt in a small dish (I microwaved for 20 seconds).

Place dry chickpeas on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet (foil should work, too, but I would grease it up a bit). Pour melted mixture and spread around with your hands to coat evenly. Make sure chick peas are in a single layer.

Bake for 30 minutes. Check and toss a bit. I gave mine another 10 minutes. They should be golden brown, crunchy on the outside, and creamy on the inside. Enjoy!

Cookie Dough For Breakfast

In my continuing efforts to keep the baby weight at bay, I’m always on the lookout for ways to treat myself without consuming a gazillion calories, or filling up on foods that have little to no nutritional value.

Enter healthy cookie dough!  I found the recipe here, and made a few modifications to suit my tastes.

It sounds weird.  You must try it, and tell me what you think.  I think it’s a revelation.

Healthy Cookie Dough

The players.

  • 1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 2 Tablespoons almond butter
  • 1 Tablespoon light butter
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoons chocolate chips

Combine all ingredients into a food processor (I used my Ninja), and blend until VERY smooth.  Fold in chocolate chips.  Devour.

The whole recipe is 720 calories, so I ate half and called it breakfast.  What? Chickpeas have 12 grams of fiber, 15 grams of protein, and 26% of your daily iron requirement per serving! Bow down.

Bowl 'O Dough.