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The Groovy Garbanzo
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 • Posted May 22, 2014

Garbanzo beans are another favorite food of mine. My daughter Brooke and I love hummus, and just the other day I demonstrated these “crunchies” at our Diabetes classes and they were great! Garbanzo beans are actually a legume, and they are rich in fiber, protein, iron and zinc. Canned garbanzos (also called chickpeas) retain their nutrients well and make for a cheap and easy protein choice. I also like them on top of a green salad- if you’re not sure about trying them, put some on your salad the next time you find a good salad bar!

Garbanzo Crunchies

2 cups cooked, garbanzo beans, well drained ( or a 15 oz. can)

1 tablespoon olive oil

Paprika or chili powder to taste

1. Wash your hands and clean your cooking area.

2. Preheat oven to 350F.

3. Toss garbanzo beans with olive oil.

4. Spread on a baking sheet.

5. Sprinkle paprika or chili powder over beans.

6. Bake 30 minutes or until golden. (This works REALLY well in a convection oven- in a regular oven you will probably need to cook longer. I also stir them twice or so. They taste best when they are crisp!)

7. Eat warm or at room temperature.

Apple Spice Hummus

1 15-ounce can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed

1 small apple, chopped

3 tablespoons lemon juice

2 tablespoon creamy peanut butter

1 to 2 Tablespoons water

¼ teaspoon apple pie spice

⅛ teaspoon chili powder

1. Wash your hands and clean your cooking area.

2. Combine garbanzo beans, apple, lemon juice, peanut

butter, water, apple pie spice, and chili powder in a large

bowl.

3. Spoon half of the mixture into a blender.

4. Cover the appliance and blend the mixture until smooth. If it is having trouble blending, add a little more water.

5. Remove mixture in the blender and put in second bowl.

6. Repeat steps 3 to 5 with the remaining bean mixture.

7. Stir to mix all ingredients together.

8. Cover dip and chill for up to 3 days.

9. Before serving, sprinkle with chili powder. Serve with apples, carrots, and/or whole wheat crackers.

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