Snack Attack! Crunchy Maple Cinnamon Chickpeas


Crunchy Maple Cinnamon Chickpeas

Put down the chips! Back away from the chocolate. Make something that you AND the kids will like without the questionable and potentially GMO ingredients. Make these Snack Attack! Maple Cinnamon Chickpeas!

I know what you’re thinking, ‘you expect me to snack on chickpeas?‘ YES! Because these don’t taste like chickpeas. They are crunchy and sweet and mapley. Seriously, they barely have time to cool off before little hands start scooping them right of the pan. I have to double the recipe each time and even that’s going to have to be doubled! 

Crunchy Maple Cinnamon Chickpeas
Next time a snack attack hits OR you want to send a little something sweet in the kiddies lunch, THESE are it!
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
50 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
50 min
  1. 2 cups chickpeas (soaked and cooked)
  2. 2 tbsp coconut oil (melted)
  3. 3 tbsp maple syrup
  4. 1 tsp cinnamon
  5. pinch of sea salt
  1. Move oven rack to middle of oven and preheat to 400'.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Rinse chickpeas well and drain as much water as possible (don't worry about the skins, they make a nice crunchy addition).
  4. Transfer chickpeas to a medium bowl and stir in oil, then add cinnamon and salt.
  5. Spread (in single row) onto prepared baking sheet and place in oven for 40 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes to evenly crisp.
  6. Remove from oven and stir 3 tbsp maple syrup well into the chickpeas. Return to oven for an additional 10 minutes, stirring once after 5 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven and allow to cool undisturbed. It will crisp up like brittle.
  8. Serve and enjoy!
  1. Just a note that I have never had success using canned chickpeas in this recipe. For whatever reason they seem to dry out quickly and 'pop' like popcorn. Soaked then cooked chickpeas work best.
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  • Critter C.

    I have to say, I am not a fan of chickpeas but these really look good! I just may have to give them a try!

  • eatplaylovemore

    LOL Critter! I think you may just be a convert! Let me know what you think. -Libby

  • Barbara Hoyer

    I love chickpeas though I never thought of trying maple syrup on them.

    Thanks for linking up at Motivation Monday!

  • Sandreep Singh

    These were really good! I made a batch last night and sent some today in my daughter’s lunch and….SHE LOVED THEM! Will defnitely make these again.

  • Ambrosia

    I just made a batch, although i didnt have any maple syrup so i sweetened then with honey and love instead. They were delicious! Just the right amount of sweetness. Next time i will try them with the maple syrup. Maple syrup sweetens everything up just right. Thanks libby for this recipe!

    • eatplaylovemore

      Ooh Ambrosia! I didn’t think to try them with honey. I’m happy they worked out. Let me know what you think of them with maple syrup too. :-)

  • Benny Bee

    I just made a batch of these and they are cooling. I have to say the delicious aroma makes me think of cinnamon buns. I think I”m really gonna like these! :-)

  • Gracie Remo

    I’ve made a spicy version of these before that were good but these look and sound even better! Will definitely be trying this!

  • TrishE

    These look really good! I love maple syrup AND cinnamon! Can’t wait to try them!

  • Sabby

    These are so good! I am eating these right now and cant put them down!

  • PJ

    Can u use canned chickpeas?

    • eatplaylovemore

      Absolutely PJ! Just give them a good rinse and dry first. -Libby

  • AC

    I can’t have maple syrup – can coconut nectar be substituted with the same [crunchy]

    • eatplaylovemore

      I’ve never tried coconut nectar AC. Does it have similar viscosity to maple syrup?

      • AC

        Thx. It’s somewhat more viscous than maple syrup. Since it comes from coconut sap I don’t know if it reacts to heat the way maple syrup does (i.e., forming crystals & hardening when cooled). I’d assume so, but guess I’ll have to just experiment & see what happens. Trouble is, coconut nectar’s very expensive – hate to waste it if it doesn’t work!

  • Cherri Rees Grana

    Any substitute for coconut oil? I have olive, canola & vegetable oils. Don’t care for coconut in anything so not sure what would work. Thanks!

    • eatplaylovemore

      Hi Cherri,
      I’ve never tried this with any other oils, but perhaps some butter would be an option. The coconut oil in this recipe is really undetectable. -Libby

      • Cherri Rees Grana

        Thank You Libby. I just do not like coconut in any form, even when people think you can I taste it. how do you think maybe a little bit of coconut oil and some canola oil would work? Of course that would mean I would have to buy coconut oil for such a small amount. I will try it with something and if its good I will let you know. Thanks again
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  • Cherri Rees Grana

    Thanks to Libby for sharing this great looking tasty snack….. we are hosting Canasta this week and thought I might make for that. As I said before , I don’t care for coconut. Can the rest of you posting taste any hint of coconut in the snack? Or, have you tried another oil? Libby said butter may work but it doesn’t seem too close the coconut oil…. thanks.

    • crunchymama

      I haven’t tried anything else either but I couldn’t taste any coconut. The cinnamon and maple are the perfect amount so there’s no hint of coconut.

  • Anna

    What a great idea for a healthy snack! It is obviosly million times better than processed snacks. Love it!

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  • The Food Hunter

    making these!!

  • Marisa

    These look great! Thanks for sharing a yummy looking, different recipe! Can’t wait to try!