A Sweet & Cheap Snack

November 17, 2013 0 Comments

Snack attack!

Let’s face it: we all have fallen victim to an insatiable craving at one time or another.


Everyone has one food item that they love, whether it’s crunchy chips or decadent ice cream, but the cost of those everyday treats can really add up if you aren’t careful.

This weekend, I was looking for something sweet to snack on, but to no avail. My cupboards were bare!

I ransacked the pages of the Interwebs and found this high-protein, easy, and CHEAP recipe for roasted chickpeas. When baked in the oven, chickpeas turn crunchy and delicious-think wasabi peas.

Another added bonus? This snack is low-calorie and preservative-free! You will hardly miss those greasy fries.

A can of garbanzo beans will cost less than $1.50 at your typical grocery store and this is an easy recipe to make in bulk, so you’ll always have a snack on hand.

Total cost of this tasty treat?

If you already have the spices, oil, and honey on hand- next to nothing.

If you don’t, I priced out all of the ingredients and the total came out to a whopping $3.08.

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Roasted Honey Cinnamon Chickpeas

(Courtesy of Modern Parents Messy Kids)


15-ounce can garbanzo beans
1/2 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon sea salt

Preheat oven to 375 °F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Drain and rinse the chickpeas in a colander. Place them on a towel to dry off.

Spread chickpeas on a baking sheet in a single layer. Bake for approximately 45 minutes or until crispy. Test one, and if it’s still soft, bake for longer.

While the chickpeas are still hot, toss them in a bowl with the oil, honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Enjoy as is or for a caramelized effect, place them back in the oven for another 10 minutes or so.

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Don’t have a sweet tooth? Add your favorite spice blend or a dash of hot sauce to the baked beans for a salty delight.


About the Author:

In July 2013, Mary joined the news team at FOX 47 KXLT-TV as an anchor and multimedia journalist. It's a homecoming for Mary, a native of Edina, Minnesota. She is excited to return to her Midwestern roots and tell the stories of the tight-knit community of Rochester. Mary is a proud Mizzou Tiger and completed her master's degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia in May 2013. She was selected as the 2013 David Kaplan Memorial Fellow, which included a fellowship at ABC News in Washington, DC. Over her time in Missouri, she worked as a reporter, anchor and producer for KOMU 8 News, the NBC affiliate for the region and as a graduate research assistant in the Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE) Database Library. Mary also has experience writing and anchoring for Newsy.com, a multimedia video news service that allows users to compare news sources from around the world to see how a story unfolds. In the spring of 2012, Mary worked as a statehouse reporter for Missouri Digital News out of Jefferson City, where she produced radio spots for St. Louis' KMOX News Radio and KBIA, Columbia's NPR affiliate. Mary earned a B.A. from the College of Communications and Fine Arts at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA in 2011. She graduated Cum Laude and is a member of the Delta Epsilon Iota Honor Society. She is a proud member of Delta Gamma Fraternity and sports anchors and pearls whenever she has the chance. During her college years, she also studied abroad at University College Cork in Ireland. Got a great story idea? Or just want to say hello? Get in touch with Mary at mmcguire@myfox47.com.

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