Spiced Maple Roasted Chick Peas: a Kid-Approved Crunchy Treat (free of dairy, nuts, corn, and other allergens)

Spiced Maple Roasted Chick Peas: a Kid-Approved Crunchy Treat (free of dairy, nuts, corn, and other allergens)

Roasted ceci (pronounced chae chee) – or chickpeas, garbanzo beans, chana, hummus, sanagalu – are one of our favorite snacks. They’re full of nutrition and are truly a traditional food.

Ceci remains were found in the Middle East (or Southwest Asia for you geography buffs) dating back more than 7,500 years, and it’s no wonder why they’re still around today.

A Nutritional Powerhouse

Full of soluble and insoluble fiber that assist in detoxification and feed the bacterial colonies in our colons, packed with protein (for a non-animal food), and high in micronutrients such as folate, manganese, and iron, these little legumes should be more than a one-liner at a potluck table in the form of hummus or a 3-bean salad.

As always, I recommend soaking and sprouting all seeds, including legumes, before consuming to reduce the amount of anti-nutrients present (read more).

Spiced Maple Roasted Chick Peas


  • 2 cups chickpeas, or one 15 oz can
  • 2 Tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 Tablespoon ghee*
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut oil*
  • 1/4 teaspoon chipotle powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne powder
  • 1-2 teaspoons unrefined salt, to taste
  • *can substitute other allergy-safe fats such as duck fat but flavor profile will change


  1. Use sprouted and cooked beans for this recipe or canned in a pinch.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  3. Add chickpeas to oven-safe dish approximately 13x9x2 inches in size.
  4. Mix remaining ingredients in small saucepan and stir over low heat until coconut oil and ghee have melted. This will ensure even coverage and allow spices to infuse into liquids.
  5. Pour mixture over chickpeas and stir until thoroughly coated.
  6. Bake at 400 for 30 minutes, stir after 20 minutes to ensure even browning and to recoat with spice mixture.
  7. Raise temperature to 425 degrees F and roast until brown, stirring every 10 minutes until desired texture is reached.

We like them crunchy, so I will sometimes leave them in the oven for up to an hour depending on how long it takes them to lose the excess moisture.



Jennifer Nervo is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, Reiki Master Practitioner & teacher, and Aromatherapist. Her focus is on digestive, nervous, and immune system dysfunction and the fields of functional nutrition & psychoneuroimmunology. She works with all conditions and diseases including environmental and food allergies, autoimmune diseases, multiple chemical sensitivity, diabetes, eczema, anxiety, weight loss as a symptom of dis-ease, and gut-brain disorders like autism.

When she’s not herding her small troupe of monkeys or seeing clients, her free time is packed with researching and perfecting new wellness techniques (her not-so-secret passion). Jennifer is currently a group leader for the newest class of Nutritional Therapy Practitioners out of Ann Arbor, MI, studying for the national board exam in holistic nutrition, and running a combined distance and brick and mortar practice in metro Detroit. She’s also a homeschooling suburbanite, foodie, and mama to two littles and a schnoodle.

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