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Roasted Garlic Chickpeas

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Do you ever get that “snacky” feeling, only to find you have absolutely ZERO snack foods in your house? No chips, no candy, no chocolate pudding… Yeah, I’ve been there. In my attempt to eat more healthy, whole foods, I nixed the junk food completely from my home. So what on earth do you do when you’re in the middle of a snack crisis, you ask? You improvise.

I was craving something with a salty crunch to it. I rummaged through the cabinets and found a can of chickpeas. Now, I’m a Pinterest junkie so I’ve seen probably 75% of the roasted chickpea recipes on the site, so I knew the basics: chickpeas, olive oil, and some seasonings. I ultimately decided on a Roasted Garlic flavor, simply using sea salt, garlic powder, onion powder, and a bit of chili powder. I’m a big fan of anything with garlic and sea salt!.

I set to work, first washing and drying the chickpeas. Y’all this is the most crucial part. You better get those babies nice and dry or you’ll end up with soft, steamed chickpeas. Definitely not what we’re after today. Then I drizzled my olive oil and sprinkled my seasonings! Voila! They’re ready for roasting. Heat your oven to 450 degrees (Fahrenheit). 

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Putting them in a hot oven will help to crisp them, rather than letting them sit there for the entire pre-heating phase. So start your oven early on in the process!

Mine took about 25 minutes to get that perfect crisp to them. Yours may take less time, or maybe more! If they aren’t crispy enough for you at the 20 minute mark, throw them back in for another 5 to 10 minutes! If you used a bit too much olive oil, you will probably have to let them roast longer.

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As soon as these were out of the oven, we were chowing down! The whole batch was gone within the first 2 hours! You’ll be surprised at how good these actually are, if you’ve never had chickpeas made like this! They’re perfectly crunchy, have just the right amount of seasoning, and are SO simple to make!

These are perfect to pack in snack size bags for lunches, camping trips, or just on the go!

Give the recipe a try, and be sure to let me know how they turned out! Get creative with your seasonings, the possibilities are endless!

 

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Bananas, nuts, and bread oh my…

Growing up, the smell of fresh bread baking in the oven was one I cherished. My mother was always making her signature banana nut or zucchini bread for family gatherings or just for the three of us to devour at home.

When the bananas we’d purchased a little too long ago would start to ripen, mom would throw them in the freezer until she was ready to bake. So, a few days ago when I noticed the bananas in my fruit bowl getting a little too dark, that’s exactly what I did. And although my mother would leave them in there a few days, I couldn’t stand the temptation. I HAD to bake some banana bread right THEN. But not just any banana bread… I knew I had to find some kind of recipe that still took my healthy eating into account, but still tasted just a delightful as my moms.

I began scouring Pinterest, and stumbled across this AH-MAZING looking banana bread recipe from Cookie+Kate and just couldn’t pass it up! By the way folks, Kate’s cookbook is a must have for any health-minded or vegetarian eater.  I’m certainly no vegetarian, but I sure do love her recipes!

I love that Kate’s recipe is made with whole-wheat flour and has NO refined sugar added!  Although her recipe calls for local honey, I opted for 1/3 cup of agave nectar, which I seem to be obsessed with lately. I also added in lots of my own goodies including pecans, coconut shavings, and Philosophie Cacao Magic Superfood Protein! With just ONE tablespoon, this protein powder packs ten times the antioxidants of green tea, more magnesium than 3 cups of broccoli, and more calcium than a glass of milk! Crazy, I know.

Now remember, if you added lots of mix-ins like I did, your bread may need to bake for a little longer. Just pop it back in the oven, set the timer for another 5 minutes, and test it with a toothpick once it’s back out!

Now for the best part… the recipe!

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To print the recipe, just right click, and choose “Print Picture”!

* Remember, there are tons substitutions for many of these ingredients to easily make this recipe vegan, gluten free, or even grain free! Just do some research to find the best substitutions for you! *

I hope you enjoy this banana nut bread as much as I did, and be sure to comment to let me know what you think!

 

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