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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and whose sweet tooth doesn’t kick in this time of year?

This recipe keeps your sweet tooth and belly happy and healthy at the same time.

With seven grams of protein andfive grams of fiber this snack will keep you full throughout a long day of classes.

These little crunchy treats can be easily swapped from sweet to savory by a few simple changes of the recipe and chances are you will have at least one spice in your cabinet or dorm to make any variation of this snack appetizing.

No spices? No worries!

Contributed Photo / Shawni Ogle

Contributed Photo / Shawni Ogle

A little olive oil, salt and pepper can satisfy your next craving for that bag of potato chips you always want after a night out.

It doesn’t take much effort to make this vegan-friendly snack and it’s a healthy option to always keep handy in your dorm!

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– 2 cans of chickpeas (garbanzo beans) or about 4 cups cooked chickpeas from dried beans

– 1 to 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil (or try coconut oil for added sweetness)

– 1 tablespoon of honey (add more for additional sweetness)

– 1 teaspoon of cinnamon

– pinch of salt


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

2. Prepare the beans for roasting by draining and rinsing them.

3. Let beans dry on a paper towel until most of the excess moisture is absorbed.

4. Spread beans on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone mat.

5. Roast the chickpeas in the oven for 45-60 minutes or until the beans are crunchy throughout (just test one — if they are still mostly soft on the inside and there’s no crunch,

keep baking).

6. While the beans are still hot, toss with olive oil and seasonings.

7. Serve hot or at room temperature. If you choose to save them for later, ensure that you let the beans completely cool before placing them in a container–due to the moisture that may occur, causing the bean to become soft again. They are best the first day, but can be kept in an airtight container in a dry place for up to four days.

9.  Enjoy!

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