I am definitely a sweet over savoury type of girl, always favouring chocolate over crisps, but having said that, I could quite easily demolish a big packet of salted cashews if the mood struck. Which it used to. A lot. So… with that in mind, I thought I would try my hand at making a Slimming World alternative – roasted spicy chickpeas.
Now bear with me. You might, like me, think… erm, rank, they’re nothing like cashews. And you’d be right, but these are a much healthier alternative if you ever get a nut craving (ooer), and are really simple to make. I hate ever feeling deprived of any food and so if I can find an alternative that is maybe similar to something I love, then I’m at least going to have that in my recipe arsenal.
- 1 tin (400g) chickpeas in water
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 tsp garlic salt
- Pinch of Maldon salt
- A little spray oil
- Pre-heat oven to 180°C (gas mark 4)
- Drain chickpeas.
- Lay drained chickpeas flat on a baking sheet and pat dry.
- Spray with spray oil.
- Sprinkle spices and salt over the chickpeas and mix until coated.
- Place in oven and cook for approximately 30 minutes – turning halfway.
They will harden once they cool off and so the texture will then be much more nut-like and they were really flavourful. You could adjust the spices to suit your taste, but this mixture is a good base to start from. They shrink a lot, but because they’re so packed with flavour, I don’t imagine you’d be able to eat the whole bowl.
I’m going to class them as syn-free, but Slimming World would officially class this as a tweak and something that you would need to syn. All I will say is I’m not one to syn a mashed up banana or a cooked raspberry, and to date I have lost over 3 stones – you might like to be a bit stricter, which is cool, but I honestly can’t see you eating this whole tin of chickpeas and besides, they’re chickpeas, they’re not Oreos.