Addictively Crunchy High-Protein Snack to Satisfy Your Chocolate Cravings

Don't let cravings get the best of you. Have it all with this high-protein snack that will satisfy your sweet tooth without going overboard on calories and processed sugar. Shhh — don't tell yourself that the main ingredient is chickpeas!

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At just 144 calories, each serving has only three grams of sugar and offers a whopping 6.2 grams of protein and five grams of filling fiber. And did I mention it tastes like chocolate?!

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If you've never roasted chickpeas before, this is the perfect recipe to start with.

Cocoa Cinnamon Sugar Roasted Chickpeas

Cook Time45 mins
Yield4 servings

From Jenny Sugar, POPSUGAR


    • 15-ounce can of chickpeas
    • 2 teaspoons olive oil
    • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
    • 3 teaspoons coconut sugar (or organic sugar)
    • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
    • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt


    1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat silicone mat.

    2. Drain and rinse the chickpeas in a colander. Place them on a towel to dry off.

    3. Pour them into a large bowl and add the oil, cocoa powder, coconut sugar, cinnamon, and salt, and mix to coat.

    4. Spread the chickpeas out on the pan and roast for 15 minutes. Give a stir and roast for another 15 minutes. For added crunchiness, turn off the oven and leave them in with the door cracked for another 15 minutes.

    5. Enjoy right away or store in an airtight container.