Cumin-Lime Roasted Chickpeas

Cumin-Lime Roasted Chickpeas
Stephanie Clarke, MS, RD & Willow Jarosh, MS, RD
Total Time: 45 min
Prep Time: 5 min
Cook Time: 40 min
Servings: 3 (1/4 cup each)

Nutrition Highlights (per serving)

175 calories
8g fat
21g carbs
7g protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 3 (1/4 cup each)
Amount per serving  
Calories 175
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 385mg 17%
Total Carbohydrate 21g 8%
Dietary Fiber 7g 25%
Total Sugars 4g  
Includes 0g Added Sugars 0%
Protein 7g  
Vitamin D 0mcg 0%
Calcium 70mg 5%
Iron 3mg 17%
Potassium 257mg 5%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.

Chickpeas have the perfect balance of protein and high-fiber carbohydrate to keep blood sugar levels stable, which also helps keep inflammation at bay. This crunchy, savory snack stays lower in sodium by using spices that deliver antioxidant-packed flavor, so less salt is needed. Plus, the crunch is so satisfying!


  • 1 15-ounce can chickpeas
  • 3 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp lime juice
  • 2 tsp cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp salt


  1. Pre-heat oven to 400F.

  2. Rinse and drain chickpeas and blot with a paper towel to remove all excess moisture. Don’t skip this step or your chickpeas won’t get as crunchy.

  3. Toss chickpeas with half the olive oil and place on a foil-lined baking sheet.

  4. Bake at 400F for 25 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely on the baking sheet.

  5. Turn oven down to 350F.

  6. Stir together remaining oil, lime juice, cumin, garlic, paprika, and salt until it forms a paste.

  7. Toss mixture with cooled chickpeas and use your hands to ensure all chickpeas are coated.

  8. Spread chickpeas evenly onto the same foil-lined baking sheet and bake at 350F for 15 minutes, checking on them every 5 minutes to make sure they’re not burning.

  9. Allow chickpeas to cool completely before serving.

Variations and Substitutions

Try tossing the roasted chickpeas with lime zest to add even more lime flavor, plus a tad bit more fiber.

Try toasted sesame oil instead of olive oil to change the flavor. The switch won't significantly affect the nutrition profile, as most oils have roughly the same amount of calories and fat per serving. Sesame oil and olive oil contain healthy mono- and poly-unsaturated fats, which can help reduce inflammation.

If you're short on time, substitute chili powder and salt for the spices. The sodium count will be higher in this case.

Craving a cheesy snack? Replace the cumin with 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese, which adds 2 grams of protein, plus calcium, for only 20 additional calories.

Cooking and Serving Tips

  • The better you blot the chickpeas, the crispier they get. Also, be sure to cool the chickpeas completely between roasting cycles to ensure they get crispy rather than mushy.
  • When the chickpeas are done, they should feel lighter and be very crunchy but not burned.
  • Store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to two days though they're best eaten right away.
  • Divide into individual servings and store in zip-top snack bags for a convenient anti-inflammatory snack on the go or at work.

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By Stephanie Clarke, MS, RD & Willow Jarosh, MS, RD
Stephanie Clarke and Willow Jarosh are both registered dietitian-nutritionists with master's degrees in nutrition communications.