July Recipe Redux- Sweet and Spicy Peanuts and Chickpeas

22 Jul

Hi everyone!

It’s recipe redux time! Cant believe a month has gone by just like that! I’m terrified.

the theme of the month is:

July- Have Snacks. Will Travel. 
Sometimes, the food is the best part of the journey. Be it business travel or a road trip for pleasure, share your favorite travel snacks/mini meals. Do you pack a special treat for the road to eat in the car or at rest stops? Or do you have a tried & true snack that makes it safely through airport security? Share your healthy recipe for road trip nourishment. Thanks to Karmen Meyer @Nutrition Adventures for this month’s inspiration!
Now- I still remember that as a family we did a few road trips together. It was back in Indonesia, we did a road trip from our city- Jakarta to Bali. Quite a trip!
I don’t exactly remember what the snack was- but I am pretty sure nuts would be one of them! We love nuts and therefore I chose to make a sweet and spicy nuts for this month’s recipe redux!
Sweet and Spicy Peanuts and Chickpeas
based on Joy the Baker: Sweet and Spicy Baked Almonds
2/3 cup sugar
2 tbsps fennel seeds
4 tsps sea salt
4 tsps chilli flakes
2 cups raw peanuts
2 cups raw chickpeas
4 tablespoons water
  1. Pre heat the oven to 175C. Line a baking tray with foil and baking paper.
  2. Mix sugar, fennel seeds, sea salt, chilli flakes in a medium size bowl. Mix them with a wooden spoon. IMG_4833
  3. Add the peanuts and chickpeas. Mix with the wooden spoon again. Lastly add the water and stir it well.
  4. Pour onto the baking tray and bake it in the oven for about 25 minutes. After the first 5 minutes, stir the nuts and chickpeas around with the wooden spoon. Repeat this step a few times within the time they are in the oven. This will help to evenly spread the gorgeous brown golden colour. IMG_4834 IMG_4835
They are nice! Even though we add quite a lot of the chilli flakes, they are not actually that hot and spicy. The sugar tends to mellow it down a bit. For me- it’s the perfect combination of sweet, salty with extra kick at the end. Yum! The only thing is the chickpeas tend to be really hard so have to be extra careful- I don’t want to break my tooth do I?! So, maybe next time I will just use peanuts or mix with other nuts instead of chickpeas.
This snack is gluten and dairy free- so suitable for anyone! If you’re watching your sugar intake, you might want to reduce the sugar. Apart from that, this recipe contains healthy fats and protein coming from peanuts and chickpeas- perfect for a filling snack to keep you going until your next rest stop ;p Just make sure you watch how much you eat! a handful would be perfect for a healthy snack portion 🙂
Hope you enjoy this recipe!


5 Responses to “July Recipe Redux- Sweet and Spicy Peanuts and Chickpeas”

  1. Deanna Segrave-Daly (@tspbasil) July 22, 2013 at 10:03 am #

    Wow – do these look super tasty! Look forward to trying them 🙂 And your trip from Jakarta to Bali sounds amazing – on the bucket list to get over to that part of the world someday…

    • Dea July 22, 2013 at 10:09 am #

      Yes it was a great trip. I remember we did that twice. It was a long trip, we had to stop over at 2 or 3 cities before we reach Bali, but it was super fun. I think I got my map reading skill from those trips. I hope you will get a chance to visit Indonesia someday!

  2. Serena July 22, 2013 at 10:50 pm #

    The addition of fennel sounds delicious! When you say raw chickpeas, would canned work?

    • Dea August 20, 2013 at 4:51 pm #

      I didn’t think of that before- I think it should also work. even easier than raw! This could probably solve the problem of hard chickpeas afterwards!

  3. Peta August 3, 2013 at 12:58 am #

    Great recipe! I think the family would really enjoy this healthy dinner. Chickpeas are so good for you.

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