It’s mid-afternoon, and the post-lunch, pre-dinner munchies are hitting you hard. You need something to satisfy that sweet and salty craving, preferably without a ton of sugar, cholesterol or fat.

Well, we’ve heard your plea, and may I present:The pea! Chickpea, actually. This superfood is gluten and cholesterol-free, and contains more than five grams each of fibre and protein (great for crushing cravings!). Either hot out of the oven or as a snack the next day, sugar and spice make this a delicious and addictive treat.

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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Serves: 4

Ingredients:
1 can chickpeas, drained, rinsed and patted very dry
1 Tbsp canola oil
2 Tbsp brown sugar
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
2 tsp  chili powder
1/4 tsp kosher salt

Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 300°F. In a bowl, combine the brown sugar, garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder and salt. Add chickpeas to the mixture and stir to combine.
2. Add to a baking sheet and bake for 1 hour or until the chickpeas sound hollow when the baking sheet is shaken.

amanda riva Amanda Riva is the host of The Hot Plate, a free online cooking show dedicated to inspiring culinary confidence in new cooks. The Hot Plate also offers regular cooking tips and advice, how-tos, and information on seasonal ingredients. Amanda Riva is part of the Blog Network family.