Sweet Roasted Chickpeas

I grew up eating garbanzos.

There would be garbanzos in callos, a Spanish dish made with tripe, ox tail, chorizo, and chickpeas in a tomato-based sauce. But even though I loved callos, I didn’t like those garbanzos. In fact, I pushed those little globes away when I was a little girl.

My favorite way of eating garbanzos was in desserts.

The chickpeas would be cooked in syrup, it would be tender and sweet, good eaten warm or cold. I preferred it best in a Filipino dessert called halo-halo, a concoction made with shaved ice, milk, and a variety of mix-ins like caramelized plantains, sticky macapuno (coconut) strands, flan, tapioca, and garbanzos.

When I moved to the US, I started enjoying chickpeas in more savory forms: in hummus, salads, soups. But my heart (and my taste buds) prefer sweet chickpeas. So when I was craving a little sweet snack the other day, I decided to finally try roasting chickpeas – roasting them with brown sugar and maple syrup. Mmmm…

The roasted chickpeas became crunchy little nuggets with a tantalizing glaze, as the brown sugar caramelized beautifully and the   maple syrup added more depth and a little stickiness that made them more fun to eat (because admit it, sticky food is fun food, right?).

They are very much like roasted nuts but with a little less less fat, a little more protein.

These were very easy to make: the recipe only has three ingredients, and I didn’t even use a mixing bowl. I just used a cookie sheet lined with foil.

I watched them very closely while roasting because I wanted to make sure the sugar didn’t burn. I also tossed them a couple of times to get an even coating.

Sweet Roasted Chickpeas


1 15 oz can chickpeas
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup maple syrup


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 F.
  2. Rinse and drain the chickpeas, then dry them with paper towels or a kitchen towel. Transfer the chickpeas to a foil-lined cookie sheet, then add the sugar and toss to coat evenly. (Use your hands - it's fun.)
  3. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes, shaking the tray to toss midway through. After 20 minutes, add in the maple syrup, and toss again to coat everything evenly (This time, use a wooden spoon or some other utensil - the chickpeas would be very hot.)
  4. Place the cookie sheet back in the oven and bake for another 10-20 minutes, until the chickpeas get crunchy. Let cool and enjoy!

While these weren’t exactly the sweet garbanzos from my childhood, these roasted chickpeas satisfied my craving for a sweet little treat. This is great to keep on hand for snacks, and I’m certainly making another batch again soon!

What food do you crave most from your childhood?


22 Responses to “Sweet Roasted Chickpeas”

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    A Plum By Any Other Name posted February 12, 2012 at 9:59 am

    This is such a unique idea for a sweet treat. I can’t wait to try it out!

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    Elizabeth posted February 12, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    I still have never roasted chickpeas. I need to try this sweet version. I also really want to try halo-halo

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    Megan posted February 12, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    Mmmm I LOVE roasted chickpeas! I usually roast them in olive oil and salt and pepper, but I love this variation.

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    Maura posted February 12, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    I saw this on the way home from brunch and they’re already cooling! I snuck a gooey one straight from the oven and they’re delicious! I used sucanat instead of regular brown sugar, but so far, sooooo good! Thanks for the recipe!

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      Bianca Garcia posted February 12, 2012 at 3:21 pm

      Hi Maura, you’re my kinda girl! When I first thought of these I couldn’t get them out of my head and had to make them immediately ;) Glad you like it!

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    Megan posted February 12, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    While I love falafel and hummus, I would never just eat a chickpea plain… I think I would enjoy them this way though. Nice and sweet and crunchy.

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    Emily @ A Cambridge Story posted February 12, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    This sounds SO good. I roasted chickpeas in a clovey/lemon syrup once and it was such a good snack. Definitely need to try them this way!

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    Kerstin posted February 12, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    I’ve never seen a sweet roasted version before – I like it! And they look really addicting :)

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    Hannah posted February 13, 2012 at 6:25 am

    Aaaaaah! I make (and love) savoury roasted chickpeas all the time, but never considered making them sweet! FABULOUS! Oh maple syrup I love you so.

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    Meghan posted February 13, 2012 at 9:22 am

    I looooove roasted chickpeas! They are the perfect snack to carry on-the-go!

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    Michelle posted February 13, 2012 at 10:09 am

    I tend to make spicy roasted chickpeas but I love the idea of making something sweet. Maybe throwing some salt to make it sweet and salty? Thanks for the inspiration!

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking posted February 13, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    Bianca, these roasted chickpeas look so delicious and flavorful, not to mention wholesome as a snack! Great idea.

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    Kim K posted February 13, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    i’ve made spicy curried roasted chickpeas, and they were a party hit! never thought about making them sweet, so i am going to make these this week. yum.

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    NauticalWheeler posted February 13, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    These look so yummy and easy to make! I will definitely be giving this a try :)

    From Brooklyn with love,


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    honeywhatscooking posted February 13, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    so funny you posted these, i swear i was going to make the spicy version last week for super bowl weekend, but then i thought, who wants to eat chickpeas on a party weekend. these are such a great and healthy snack. never thought of making a sweet version. :-)

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    Dana posted February 13, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    I’ve made almonds like this, but never garbanzos. Sounds like a great idea!

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    Susan (Oliepants) posted February 14, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    I tweeted you about this yesterday b/c I was on my phone but I was very happy to see this. I have to agree with Dana – I see it done to almonds and pecans all the time – I think it would be just a great on chickpeas.

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    Baking Serendipity posted February 15, 2012 at 12:04 am

    Clearly, I’ve been missing out. I’ve only ever made savory chickpeas. This sweet version would make amazing snack and healthier option to shut up my sweet tooth already :) Love it!

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    Ranjani posted February 17, 2012 at 12:55 am

    Wow, I have never had sweet chickpeas before! I am intrigued…

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    Olga @ MangoTomato posted February 20, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    love roasted chickpeas, but have never thought about making them into a sweet snack. intriguing.

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    nicole @ I am a Honey Bee posted March 1, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    ooo yum. I have never had roasted chickpeas… savory or sweet. I’ll have to start to give them a try.

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      Bianca Garcia posted March 1, 2012 at 1:01 pm

      Nicole, it is soooo good. I am definitely partial to sweet so I hope you get to try it soon!

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