Beans are super food! Not only are they a great source of fiber and protein, but they are very filling, they are inexpensive and so versatile! You can have a some beans and try roasting beans, mashing them, incorporating them into salads, main dishes, and even turn them into a dip! There are so many things you can do with beans!
Getting your kids to eat beans is so easy when you roast them! We’ve always enjoyed roasted soy nuts, but we really love roasted chickpeas. With 15 grams of protein per cup, you can’t go wrong! We eat them plain like popcorn, but we also like them mixed with trail mix.
To roast them, it’s very simple.
First, drain a can of chickpeas, also called Garbanzo beans, or start with cooked beans and rinse them well.
Then, spread the beans out on a cookie sheet with foil (you could use parchment paper), and dry them with a towel. You want these dry! The drier they are the better and crunchier they will turn out. Many people have trouble getting their beans to that “crunchy” stage, and they end up mushy. One thing to really help with that, is to make sure they are going into your oven without any water left on them.
Then, cook them in the oven at 400 degrees for 30-35 minutes.
This snack is super easy to make, and super healthy for the kids! They can eat them plain, you could sprinkle them on salads or add them to trail mix!
People like to make these with a variety of seasonings. You can make them spicy with some chili powder, you can make them sweet with some cinnamon sugar, or add some garlic salt, onion powder, etc.