Since I was pregnant with the boys, I suffered from pretty bad sciatic pain. Last October I was looking into different treatments and ended up reading about how grains in our diet can cause inflammation in our bodies….interesting. I decided to try a 30 day grain free diet. It was so successful that we ended up going 60 days and I have not had any sciatic pain since.
Although it was successful, it meant changing up a lot of our diet. One of our favourite snacks was popcorn, and on this diet it wasn’t allowed – and too tempting just to make it for the boys! So I wracked my brain for easy, healthy and low mess snacks that the boys and I could have in the afternoon – and came up with chickpeas! I have been frying up chickpeas for snacks at dinner parties for a while and thought – why not for our snack? To make it a little healthier, I now bake mine – which is also helpful since I don’t have to stand over a stove while two wild children run about. You can add any kind of spices you like: garlic powder, paprika, curry, cayenne. Or even sweeten them up with cinnamon and sugar.
I went for simple and classic but have tried different combinations in the past, all with great success! You can also do this with cooked lentils and other beans like kidney and cannelloni beans. Check out the recipe below.
- 1 can chickpeas
- 1 tablespoon arrowroot powder for grain free or you could use regular corn starch
- 1-2 tablespoon olive oil
- pinch of salt
Preheat your oven to 200C. Rinse and drain your chickpeas. Shake off the excess water then place on a baking sheet.
Sprinkle with arrowroot or cornstarch and toss the chickpeas to coat. Drizzle olive oil over and toss again. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and any other seasonings you choose. Place in the oven and bake for 20 minutes. Check them and they should be crunchy, if not, put them in for another 5 minutes or so.
Ready to eat!