More Tasty Treats : Granola, Roasted Chickpeas and more

In regards to my earlier post today about Banana Muffins (I’m thawing my two out right now so I can have them later tonight) I though I would share 3 quick recipes for treats that are a) healthy, b) simple and c) you can eat them almost daily (in moderation)

First up, Roasted Chickpeas!

roasted chickpeas

These babies are super crunchy (if done right) and great in salads, soups, by the handful, etc. You can find loads of recipes for these, I got mine out of ” The Sprouted Kitchen : A Tastier Take on Whole Foods” by Sara Forte, and it’s one of my newest addition to my bookshelf. It’s an amazing cookbook all about fresh produce and the pictures are crazy good. As are the recipes. There’s a stuffed squash recipe that I’ll be posting soon that will be my Thanksgiving dinner that I will be making for my family, and it’s excellent!

Anyways, you will need

  • 3 1/4 cups of cooked (canned) chickpeas
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 tsp. sweet curry powder
  • 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1 tsp. fresh grated ginger
  • sea salt or garlic salt

Rinse the chickpeas and drain them completely. This next step is SUPER IMPORTANT, or else you wont get the crunch out of them, just some sogginess. You need to place them on a dish towel and rub them gently to remove the skins. If you don’t remove the skins, it keeps the moisture in and they don’t crisp. I did the mistake of half-assing it and half of my chickpeas were soggy. Also make sure they are totally dry.

In a bowl combine all spices, oil and peas. These spices are just a guide line. I used paprika, chili and curry for mine. You could probably coat them with Srirracha sauce if you wanted them extra spicy. Or lime juice. Or garlic and basil. Or anything you want!

Preheat your oven at 400 degrees, put them peas on a baking sheet that’s lined with parchment paper and bake them for about 45-50 minutes, until they are crispy. Pull them out half way and toss them so they get browned evenly.

Once their out, sprinkle some salt on them ASAP.

The hardest part? Waiting for them to cool down.

Recipe #2 : Kale Chips

So easy, so crunchy, so good for you!

All you need is a bunch of kale, or even spinach if your not a fan of kale, some olive oil and the spices of your choice.

Same as the chickpeas, rinse and dry very well. In a bowl combine torn up pieces of kale/spinach, oil and spices (go easy on the oil, 1 tbsp. is plenty).

Preheat oven at 400 degrees, pop them in there and watch them crisp up. You can pull them out to toss them half way too.

They take about 20 mins to crisp up (Kale that is, spinach might take a little less) and they will be just as crunchy as chips 🙂

kale chips

Treat #3 : Quinoa Granola

So seeing that I’m going gluten free, and that the grocery stores here in the Land of Silly Rules suck big time, I can’t find gluten free oats. So I was searching for a nutless granola recipe. And I found one! Well, easy enough to take the nuts out but what do you put in it to make it crunchy? Seeds and Quinoa! Found the recipe on this blog (http://naturallyella.com/2013/03/11/maple-cinnamon-quinoa-granola/)  and it was fairly simple to modify. It is quite sweet so I would cut down on the maple syrup, but it literally smells like a Cinnabun when its baking.

You will need

  • 3/4 cups quinoa (colour of your choice)
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp. canola oil (if you have coconut oil, go for it)

Preheat oven at 250 degrees, rinse and soak quinoa then spread it on baking sheet covered with parchment paper. Put in oven for 20 minutes so all the liquid has evaporated from the grains

Pull the quinoa out and mix it in with the rest of the ingredients

*** You can definitely add in shredded coconut, other nuts, sesame seeds, dried fruits, nutmeg, etc. in it to give it more crunch and taste

Raise the temperature to 350, spread  a thin layer (as thin as you can) of the mix on the baking sheet with parchment paper and bake for 20 minutes.

Your apartment/house will start smelling like heaven within minutes.

Once done, remove from oven and let it cool COMPLETELY. Once that’s done you can break it into pieces to sprinkle onto yogurt, ice cream, salads, etc. Just try really hard not to eat the whole thing at once. Just because your body might have a fun time trying to digest the quinoa, it might make you gassy 😉

quinoa granola

Sweet treats everyone!

Zoë

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