Friday, January 24, 2014

Garbanzo Bean Poppers

Every Friday is 'share day' at my son's school and he can bring in an item (or a few) from home for the letter (sound) of the week. This particular week, G, was the letter and we agreed on two items that he'd bring with permission from his teacher. 

Our goal was to make our first batch of chickpea (aka garbanzo bean) poppers and serve green smoothies. His teacher agreed that these were nice ideas for share day and that she would help with bringing in half of the ingredients for the green smoothies.

My son helped me make the poppers on the evening before and then the next day, we prepared the green smoothies together in the classroom. 

2 cans of garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
1 tbs of oil of choice 
2 tsp of coconut sugar (you can use organic cane sugar) 
1 tsp of cinnamon

1. Heat oven to 450*. Make sure the garbanzo beans are dry before roasting in the oven or you'll find that they'll burn (as a few of ours did that weren't completely dry). Lay them on a cookie sheet in a flat layer and roast for at least 30 minutes. They should brown. You may need to shake the pan a few times to ensure even roasting. 

2. When they're done browning and are somewhat crunchy, drizzle the oil of choice over the garbanzo beans and shake the pan to evenly coat. Place the coated garbanzo beans in a bowl. 

3. Mix the cinnamon with the natural sugar of choice then dust the garbanzo beans with the mixture tossing the beans in the bowl for even coating. 

4. They should be cool enough to eat now. Store in an air tight container or eat them right away!

Notes: This was my first time making these and I will be experimenting with different recipes. I'd like to recreate the poppers I had once that were made with cayenne and lime juice. Someone mentioned a rosemary and sea salt flavor. There will be two other popper recipes on my Let's Get Snacking post in February. Stay tuned (and subscribe to never miss a post)! 

Bonus: The cost to make this real food snack is nominal at best. Two cans of garbanzo beans cost about $3 and then the other ingredients you probably already have on hand. The snack will feed 3-4 people. Easy math. Less than a dollar per serving. 

Choose, eat, and live well! =)

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