Sesame Ginger Roasted Chickpeas


Is it just me or are roasted chickpeas a “thing” right now? I’d never heard of them until a few weeks ago, but lately I’ve been seeing recipes for them everywhere. A “thing” or not, they sounded delicious so I made a batch. I seasoned mine with Sesame Ginger Sauce, and all I can tell you is that if they’re not a “thing” – they should be! They’re simple to make, healthful and yummy.

My husband and I ate them as a snack, but here’s some other ways to use them.

Six Ways to Use Roasted Chickpeas

1. Put them on salads

2. Roll them in a wrap

3. Serve them with rice or other grains

4. Eat them in place of popcorn when watching a movie

5. Serve them instead of chips at a party

6. Throw them at your husband when he’s only pretending to listen to you 😉

Now that you know how to use them, here’s a recipe inspired by Sesame Ginger Sauce.

Sesame Ginger Roasted Chickpeas


1 15 oz can chickpeas, rinsed and drained

¼ cup Braggs Liquid Aminos (this is a healthy, low sodium alternative to soy sauce)

2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

¼ teaspoon sesame oil (those of you following a no oil diet can omit this, but it’s such a small amount and adds so much flavor that I don’t recommend it)

½ teaspoon grated ginger

1 tablespoon water


Put the chickpeas in a large bowl. Mix all other ingredients in a small bowl. Pour the sauce over chickpeas and mix. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and then place in fridge for at least two hours. Once chickpeas have marinated, preheat oven to 375. Drain the chickpeas of any excess sauce and spread them in a single layer on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, stirring once after 15 minutes. Allow to cool and enjoy!

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Miso Curry Roasted Squash with Crispy Chickpeas and Kale

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Curry Chickpea and Basil Salad

About celestedimilla

Hey there. I’m Celeste, California girl, writer, psychotherapist and burgeoning plant-based foodie.
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92 Responses to Sesame Ginger Roasted Chickpeas

  1. Saskia (1=2) says:

    These look awesome! I confess to having bought commercial roasted chickpeas recently – they were rock-hard and coated in an unpleasant spicy powder. Yours look and sound considerably tastier, and healthier. I’m popping your recipe on my to-make list. I did have to google Braggs Liquid Aminos, which I’ve not come across before – do you have a suggestion for a substitute if I can’t find it in Melbourne? Thanks!

    • Hey Saskia! Thanks so much for stopping by girlfriend! To answer your question, you can use soy sauce in place of Braggs if you can’t find it. I hope you can find Braggs, however. It’s soooo much healthier and lower in sodium than soy sauce. Good luck! Celeste 🙂

  2. vegainvianen says:

    I’ve been wanting to make roasted chickpeas for a very long time, but I never did. Maybe I’ll give them a go tonight 🙂

  3. Namrata says:

    Roasted chickpeas make great healthy in between meal munchies! I had no idea they were so simple to make. The ones we get here are mostly deep fried and coated with a lot of masalas/spices. Your version seems EXCELLENT! And I think its a great idea to throw them in a salad or top them on rice. Sounds yumm.

    • Deep fried would really take away the “healthy” factor, that’s for sure!

      • DFE says:

        Hi Celeste – thanks for the great recipe and your site (love the VW beetle!). Just wanted to make a quick point. I’ve been in the chickpea world for a while now and, while on the surface, it would seem that frying chickpeas would be worse for you than baking them, the reality is that the nutritional difference is very small. Because of the composition of the chickpea, if you fry at high temps, very little oil actually penetrates the pea itself. The fat content of fried vs. baked is only 1g more of fat in a fried version for the same serving size. And if you fry in good oil, then that added 1g of fat is pretty ok for you too. Anyway, just thought your readers would want to know.

    • Hey there DEF! Thanks so much reading and commenting. I’m not a professional chef or nutritionist, and it sounds like you know more than I do about this. So thanks for sharing! It’s interesting that the composition of chickpeas makes a difference, but it makes logical sense. I can see how if something is dense that less oil would penetrate it. Have a great weekend! Celeste 🙂

  4. HeartBound says:

    They look yum! I love that you use little to no oil in your recipes.

  5. I’ve never tried Roasted chickpeas before but seeing as I love chickpeas this looks a winner.Use number 6 duly noted for future reference :-)))

  6. I loved no. 6 lol! I’ve seen roasted chickpeas sold in a packet like chips before. The better alternative! although you’d have yo watch the calories when snacking on them i.e. around 300 per cup obviously more than popcorn and their boiled versions. Ive also accidentally roasted kidney beans thinking I would achieve the same result as boiling! I roasted for about 20 minuted turned out hard as heck haha and totally puny and shrivelled up. Some of them were really nice and crispy though.
    AND happy birthday chica ! (Same zodiac ; ))

    • You’re right, these have a lot more calories than popcorn (that’s why it’s good to roast one can at a time!!). I wonder why the kidney beans didn’t turn out roasted – oh well!! Have a lovely week and thanks for the birthday thoughts!

      • The kidney beans did, but I think I overroasted some of them that they almost reverted back to their dried form! Haha what a waste of soaking time! Have a lovely Halloween! I only had one trick or treater this year, it’s pretty quiet in nz haha

    • Thanks for the Halloween well wishes!! I’m not expecting any trick or treaters here either. There’s hardly any kiddos in our neighborhood. 🙂

    • As I expected, we didn’t get a single trick or treater! We had a nice quiet dinner and then took our dog for a long walk. It was so different from the Halloween we had two years ago when we lived in young neighborhood in Oxnard. That area was crawling with kiddos, and people went overboard decorating for Halloween. Walking around the neighborhood in October was like being on a ride at Disneyland – there were elaborate Halloween displays everywhere!! And Halloween night was crazy over there! You’d have to have lots and lots of candy and just stand by the door because the kids come one after another. The next morning the neighborhood was a mess too!!!! The Halloween decorations in Oxnard were fun, but since we don’t have any kiddos I’m perfectly fine with a quiet Halloween. 🙂

      • From your experience in Oxnard, I guess a quiet Halloween wouldn’t be Tokyo bad! I just couldn’t imagine a quiet Halloween in the state’s! Would the Christmas decorations at Oxnard be even more over the top than Halloween’s ? 🙂 speaking of which, can’t wait to see posts on meat free Christmas dinners!

    • I’ve lived in a lot of different places in the US, and the only places Halloween is really a BIG thing is in neighborhoods with a lot of kids. You’d think that Oxnard would be more over-the-top for Christmas than for Halloween, but it wasn’t. This is not to say that people didn’t decorate for Christmas, it’s just that it wasn’t as over-the-top as Halloween.

      And I’ll certainly satisfy your desire for Christmas dinner recipes. Just you wait! 🙂

      • Hi Celeste!

        Sorry for the late reply, and I apologize in advance for late responses to come because I’m currently under exams-mode, will probably have to put my blogging on hold for a bit too.
        But that’s awesome so you can tell me lots about the US 🙂 since I’m moving there August next year for college.
        Can’t wait for the Christmas recipes, and you must be celebrating Thanksgiving right now?


    • No worries about the late reply!! I so understand!! Even if you don’t reply to everything, it’s no big deal. Thanksgiving is the 4th Thursday in November, so it’s still a few weeks away. I’m just getting ready for it, so I’m prepared. It really is exciting that you’re coming to the US! Feel free to ask me whatever! 🙂

      • I feel bad about not replying anyway! Wow! I’m 4 days late to reply haha! Studying has been laborious 😛 I hate not blogging, I wish I can blog everyday like you do, and really give my blog some more time! Anyway, how exciting! Thanksgiving then Christmas!! We don’t have a lot of pigging out days in NZ, and we just do lunch BBQs for Christmas mostly, right now, we’ve got ‘Cup Day’ (Horse racing, you’re not gonna like this), and in the middle of ‘show-week’ in our city, where we do farming showcases, etc. Really beautiful horses, (they have plaited manes!!) but I’m not going this year although it will be my last 😛

      • Yes, we have lots of pigging out days here! Sometimes I think it’s a blessing and other times a curse. 🙂

  7. Ralph says:

    I am listening Celeste. All ears. Attentive. Well, I don’t want chickpeas thrown at me, do I ?? !! 😉
    I am very curious about throwing chickpeas into a salad. Do you throw them in at a distance and do you throw over-arm, under-arm or like a baseball pitcher ? Just asking 😉 Got to get it right !! Ralph xox 😀

  8. Yum! Mmm. Those look delightfully munchable, Celeste! I’m definitely going to try these! And I’ll finally have the perfect attention grabbing weapon too! Ha ha! 🙂

  9. I know what I will be eating in the office for my next snack…..they look scrumptious! Very nice indeed Celeste!

  10. These look absolutely fantastic Celeste x

  11. Mike Lince says:

    What a great idea! I am hungry for these right now. And since we now have a great kitchen and better shopping options (we are back in Croatia now), I think it will be easier to prepare our vegetarian options. Did you take that photo? If so, I commend you – good lighting, excellent detail, and best of all, the chickpeas look so appetizing! – Mike

    • It must feel nice to be settled and to be out of the bitter cold! And yes, I did take the photo!!! I’m determined to start taking all of my own photos. I’m never gonna improve if I don’t put this pressure on myself. Thanks for the compliment! I hope you and Florence are doing well!! Celeste 🙂

  12. I think it is a great snack for watching tv, 🙂

  13. Mmm! I love chickpeas. Thanks for the great snack idea Celeste!

  14. uberdish says:

    hahaha! Love your #6! They’d be all over the floor in my house. Your roasted chickpeas would be a great replacement for croutons in salads. Also, a great snack for school lunches. mmm!

  15. Wild Juggler says:

    They look so delicious! I should try this out soon. What an excellent snack idea.

  16. lizziefit says:

    Oooh I LOVE roasted chickpeas! I also love salted, roasted peas. You can get them at bulk stores or grocery stores and I’m sure they aren’t as good for me, but sooo delicious 🙂

  17. Baked, not fried !!!! Awesome…… they look inviting …:)

  18. Poppy says:

    Like you, I’ve seen these around on blogs lately. I saw a gorgeous recipe on coconut and berries the other day using them with curried squash and kale which inspired me to make them soon, and now yours sound delicious, I really need to try them!! 😀

    • Oh – I’m gonna have to look for that recipe on Coconut and Berries!! Anyway, do try roasting some chickpeas Poppy. It’s such a simple, healthy snack! Have a lovely week girlfriend!! Celeste 🙂

  19. Celeste's Hubby says:

    Ouch! Stop throwing chickpeas at me! I’m listening! I’m listening! 🙂

  20. I’m big on roasted chickpeas but haven’t diverged from my favourite Mexican spice or simple lemon-pepper combinations yet. Sesame ginger is right up my street though!

  21. beautycalyptique says:

    aaaah, you read my mind, celeste! thank you!
    I was looking for exactly that: a recipe for spicy roasted chickpeas. woohoo, my evening is complete 😀

  22. Hi Celeste!
    Thank you for reading, liking and following my blog! I love chickpeas and will definitely try out your recipe, as a change from just using chickpeas for hummous and dahl – it sounds delicious!

  23. sophiazerg says:

    Hey Celeste!
    I started making these in the summer, and my whole family loves them. They are a HIT with kids (at least my son and niece). 😉
    I make a slightly spicier version – which you can see here!
    I was looking for alternatives, so this is a great recipe to try next.
    Thanks for sharing – and thanks for the alternate uses (**cough #6 cough**)

    • I’ll have to try these out on my nieces and nephews (they’re all picky eaters and are not crazy about my vegan cooking). They just might like these, however! By the way, I just checked out your recipe and it looks wonderful. I added it as a link! Celeste 🙂

      • sophiazerg says:

        Try it! My two year old niece snacks on them all the time, and my son (the pickiest eater) loves them. 🙂
        Good luck!
        Thank you for sharing my chickpeas too. 🙂

  24. I love roasted chickpeas, but haven’t tried this combo. It’s now officially on my to do list!

  25. I’ve been making roasted chick peas for years (like seriously, almost 15), but have never tried them like this. I will have to save this recipe. I normally make mine with olive oil and whatever seasonings I feel like eating that night. Speaking of, there are left-overs on the island, I think I need a snack. Thanks for the idea!

    • 15 years? Wow, where have I been? I probably just discovered them because I’ve only been serious about cooking for the past two years. Thanks so much for stopping by!! Celeste 🙂

  26. Amy Sawade says:

    I’ve made this twice before and they always end up too chewy (I must not bake them long enough). You’ve inspired me to try again, the sesame ginger combo sounds delish!

    • I baked mine for 30 minutes, and they had a bit of a crunch, but they were not super crunchy. I thought they were great like that, but I might try baking them for longer the next time to see if I can get them crunchier. Thanks so much for your comment!! Celeste 🙂

  27. natarunmore says:

    This looks like a great snack! I have to try this.. Question though.. I tried a similar recipe a little while ago and although they tasted good, they were still ‘soft.’ Do these come out crunchy? I am hoping to find a crunchy version out there!

    • Hey Natalie! I’ve made them twice now, and the first time they were not crispy but I only baked them for 20 minutes. The next time I baked them for 30 minutes and they were a bit crispier, but probably not as crispy as you seem to want. The only way I can think to get them super crispy is to deep fry them, but I ain’t going there!! There might be another trick, but I don’t know what that is. If you find a way to bake them and get them super crispy, please let me know! Celeste 🙂

      • natarunmore says:

        Ok I had the same experience, good to know, I will be on a look out for this. I’m staying far away from deep frying too haha, I’ll take a mushy chick pea any day lol

  28. VegCharlotte says:

    Oh, I love roasted chickpeas! We usually have several bags of different flavors around the house and I roast them myself every now and then (although sometimes I have trouble getting them crunchy enough without burning them!)

    • Mine were only a little crunchy, which was fine with me. There seems to be a real art to getting them super crunchy, and I haven’t figured that out yet. Thanks for stopping by – always nice to hear from you girlfriend!

  29. ahardrain says:

    Yummy who would have ever thought of this combo 🙂

  30. Roasted, salted chickpeas are quite popular in India. I have had several bags of them while growing up. I like adding them to sorghum with butternut squash. Bet these sesame ginger ones would be great even with a noodle salad.

  31. Gator Woman says:

    Have loved them for more than 30 years. Now our Breanna thinks they are candy, she begs for them~

    • If only I could give these out instead of Halloween candy!!! I don’t think the kiddos around here would be too happy with that, however! Thanks for stopping by and for all your support – I really appreciate it!! Celeste 🙂

  32. I wish I could eat those! I love chickpeas, but am allergic. Allergic to ginger, too. However, those look so yummy it could be worth the Benadryl & praying. 😉

  33. Jess says:

    I definitely want to try this Celeste- thank you!

  34. Roasted chickpeas are the best! 🙂

  35. LFFL says:

    I may try this. Interesting take on chickpeas.

  36. Reflections says:

    I’ve eaten chick peas for ever, but we mix them with dried fava beans. Love this combo and they are better than popcorn (which I can’t eat). Smiled when I saw your #6.

  37. Reflections says:

    I have eaten these for years. We eat them mixed with dried fava beans and I love the combo. I laughed when I saw your #6 on the list. Would make no difference to Mike so I’ll just eat them. 🙂

  38. Oh yum! They sound delicious!

  39. Lorrie Wenzler says:

    Sound good for New Year’sEve!

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