Monday, September 23, 2013

Crunchy Pebbles

Happy Monday! When noon rolls around, I like to grab a quick snack. Oftentimes, making your very own snacks at home is much more budget-friendly than grabbing something from the store. With that said, I'm always on the lookout for healthy snack recipes, especially those that are vegan and gluten-free. My schedule is another important factor that can determine whether I will be able to make something from scratch, so simple recipes that don't require much effort are my go to!

This brings me to a lovely cookbook titled Stealth Health Lunches Kids Love: Irresistible and Nutritious Gluten-Free Sandwiches, Wraps and Other Easy Eats by the talented Tracy Griffith. I have been using it as a resource to prepare my lunches for the past week... The book contains dozens of healthy gluten-free recipes designed for children, which makes them a blast to prepare! I love the concept behind this cookbook, and the design is absolutely beautiful. My favorite recipe is hands down the Crunchy Pebbles (crafty name for baked chickpeas). It's free of the most common allergens, but still bursting with flavor. Simple gluten-free recipes that are also tasty and satisfying... What more could you ask for?!

Crunchy Pebbles
Yield: 3 servings
Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Soy-Free, Nut-Free, Rice-Free, Corn-Free

1 (16 ounce) can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
⅛ teaspoon ground paprika
⅛ teaspoon ground black pepper
⅛ teaspoon sea salt

Preheat oven to 400ºF. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Pat dry chickpeas once they have been rinsed and drained. Transfer to a bowl and add remaining ingredients. Toss until the chickpeas are evenly coated and place them on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes and rotate the baking sheet. Continue to bake an additional 10 to 15 minutes or until crispy. 

Adapted from Stealth Health Lunches Kids Love by Tracy Griffith!

I love this recipe mainly because it requires a small amount of ingredients, which most are often inside my pantry. These deliciously baked chickpeas can be stored in an airtight container for a week, which means you can make a large amount and save some for later. Alright... That's enough chickpea talk! If you're interested in getting your hands on one of these delightful cookbooks, please visit for more details and a complete list of Tracy's work!

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