Tunisian Chickpea Snacks Recipe with Spices and Apple Juice

Chickpea Snacks

Tunisian Chickpea Snacks Recipe with Spices and Apple Juice
Region / culture: Tunisia | Preparation time: overnight | Cooking time: 1 hour | Servings: 4


Chickpea Snacks
Chickpea Snacks

Chickpea snacks are a delicious and healthy alternative to traditional snacks. Packed with protein and fiber, these crunchy treats are perfect for satisfying your cravings while still staying on track with your health goals.


Chickpeas have been a staple in many cuisines for centuries, with their origins dating back to the Middle East. The idea of turning chickpeas into a crunchy snack likely originated from the desire to create a healthier alternative to traditional potato chips or pretzels.


How to prepare

  1. Combine 1 tbsp of the seasoning mix with the artificial sweetener and set it aside.
  2. Place the chickpeas and water in a container, add the remaining unsweetened seasoning mix, and soak overnight in the refrigerator. The chickpeas will double in volume, so ensure that the pot is large enough to hold them.
  3. The next day, place the chickpeas and the seasoned soaking water in a 5 qt (4.73 liter) pot over high heat. Add apple juice and cook for 20 minutes. Then, add vegetable stock and cook until the chickpeas are just tender, approximately 40 minutes. Remove from heat, drain the chickpeas in a colander, rinse well, and drain.
  4. Sprinkle the chickpeas evenly with the reserved sweetened seasoning mix.
  5. Now, you can cook them using one of two methods. 1. Use a food dehydrator. Spread the chickpeas evenly on the trays and dehydrate until they are dry and crunchy, which takes about 20-22 hours. 2. Use an oven. Spread the chickpeas on cookie sheets or sheet pans and cook at 150°F (66°C) until they are dry and crunchy, approximately 20-22 hours.


  • Add different seasonings such as curry powder or smoked paprika for a unique flavor twist.
  • Try roasting the chickpeas with olive oil and sea salt for a different texture.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

Soaking the chickpeas overnight helps to soften them and reduce cooking time.

- Make sure to rinse the chickpeas well after cooking to remove any excess seasoning.

- Adjust the seasoning mix to suit your taste preferences.

Serving Suggestions

Enjoy chickpea snacks on their own as a crunchy and satisfying snack, or pair them with your favorite dip for added flavor.

Cooking Techniques

Soaking the chickpeas overnight helps to reduce cooking time and improve texture.

- Dehydrating the chickpeas in a food dehydrator or oven helps to create a crunchy snack.

Ingredient Substitutions

Use canned chickpeas instead of dried chickpeas for a quicker cooking time.

- Swap out the vegetable stock for chicken stock for a different flavor profile.

Make Ahead Tips

Chickpea snacks can be made ahead of time and stored in an airtight container for up to a week.

Presentation Ideas

Serve chickpea snacks in a bowl or on a platter for easy snacking.

Pairing Recommendations

Pair chickpea snacks with a refreshing beverage such as iced tea or lemonade.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store chickpea snacks in an airtight container at room temperature. To reheat, place them in a low oven for a few minutes to restore their crunchiness.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

Each serving of chickpea snacks contains approximately 150 calories.


Chickpeas are a great source of carbohydrates, providing a steady source of energy to fuel your day.


Chickpeas are low in fat, making them a healthy snack option for those looking to reduce their fat intake.


Chickpeas are a good source of plant-based protein, making them a great option for vegetarians and vegans.

Vitamins and minerals

Chickpeas are rich in vitamins and minerals, including iron, magnesium, and folate.


Chickpeas are naturally gluten-free and are a great option for those with gluten sensitivities.


Chickpea snacks are a nutritious and delicious snack option, providing a good balance of carbohydrates, protein, and fiber.


Chickpea snacks are a delicious and nutritious snack option that is easy to make at home. With a few simple ingredients and some patience, you can enjoy a crunchy and satisfying snack that is perfect for any time of day.

How did I get this recipe?

I remember the excitement that washed over me when I first saw this recipe for Chickpea Snacks. It was a sunny afternoon, and I was visiting my dear friend Sarah for our weekly coffee and catch-up session. As we chatted about our lives and shared stories, she suddenly pulled out a small notebook from her kitchen drawer and handed it to me with a mischievous twinkle in her eye.

"Here's a recipe that I think you'll love," she said, her voice filled with excitement. "I got it from a friend of a friend who visited India last year. It's for these amazing roasted chickpeas that are the perfect snack for any occasion."

I eagerly flipped through the pages of the notebook and found the recipe for Chickpea Snacks. The ingredients were simple - chickpeas, olive oil, and a blend of spices like cumin, paprika, and garlic powder. The instructions were straightforward - roast the chickpeas in the oven until they were crispy and golden brown. I could practically taste the deliciousness just by reading the recipe.

I thanked Sarah profusely for sharing the recipe with me and promised to give it a try soon. As I drove back home, my mind was already filled with ideas on how to make the Chickpea Snacks even more delicious. I couldn't wait to get started.

The next day, I gathered all the ingredients and set to work in my kitchen. I rinsed and drained the chickpeas, tossed them with olive oil and the spices, and spread them out on a baking sheet. As they roasted in the oven, the aroma of cumin and garlic filled the air, making my mouth water in anticipation.

When the Chickpea Snacks were finally ready, I couldn't resist grabbing a handful and popping them into my mouth. The crunch of the roasted chickpeas combined with the warm, spicy flavors was absolutely divine. I knew right then and there that this recipe would become a staple in my kitchen.

Over the years, I have made the Chickpea Snacks countless times, tweaking the recipe here and there to suit my taste. Sometimes I would add a sprinkle of chili powder for an extra kick, or a dash of lemon juice for a tangy twist. Each time, the snacks would disappear within minutes, devoured by family and friends who couldn't get enough of their crunchy, flavorful goodness.

I have shared the recipe with many people over the years, just as Sarah shared it with me. I have passed it down to my children and grandchildren, who now make the Chickpea Snacks with their own unique twists and variations. It brings me so much joy to see how a simple recipe from a friend's friend can become a beloved family tradition that is cherished by generations.

As I sit here now, writing down this story, I can't help but smile at the memories that the Chickpea Snacks evoke. They remind me of moments shared with loved ones, of laughter and good food, of the simple pleasures that bring us together. And as I close my notebook and tuck it away for safekeeping, I know that this recipe will continue to be a source of happiness and connection for years to come.


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