Pesto Roasted Chickpeas Recipe

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This Pesto Roasted Chickpeas recipe is a healthy, high-protein snack with great flavor.

This Pesto Roasted Chickpeas recipe is a unique, healthy snack. Full of protein, nutrients, and great flavor, this is delicious on its own or on a salad.

In the summer, I’m always looking for new ways to use basil. We get lots of it from our farm share, and I don’t like to see any of it go to waste.

This Pesto Roasted Chickpeas recipe is a unique snack full of flavor. Chickpeas are high in protein, with almost 8 grams of protein in a half cup. They’re also a good source of fiber and several nutrients.

The key to good roasted chickpeas is to leave them in the oven until they’re nice and crispy. They taste great as a snack on their own, and they’re also a delicious salad topping. You can store these roasted chickpeas in an airtight container for several days, but you may want to put them under the broiler for a minute to get their crunch back.

Pesto Roasted Chickpeas

These pesto roasted chickpeas are an easy gluten free snack.
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Prep Time:5 minutes
Cook Time:30 minutes
Total Time:35 minutes

Recommended Equipment


  • 2 cups cooked chickpeas
  • 3 tbs pesto
  • 1/2 tsp salt or more to taste


  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  • In a medium bowl, stir together the chickpeas and pesto.
  • Place the cooked chickpeas in a large roasting pan or on a cookie sheet that has sides. Sprinkle with the salt.
  • Cook the chickpeas for 25 to 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. Toward the end, taste one every few minutes to see if they’re crispy yet. (Note: If you use canned chickpeas that are wet when you start, the bake time may be longer than 30 minutes. Just keep checking them until they’re crispy.)
  • Cool the chickpeas before eating.

Approximate Nutrition Info

Calories: 119kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 268mg | Potassium: 159mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 166IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 2mg
Servings: 6
Calories: 119kcal
Cost: $.27 per serving

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Pesto Roasted Chickpeas Recipe Price Breakdown

This recipe costs a total of $1.60 to make, or $.27 per quarter-cup serving. I start with dried chickpeas, which are much cheaper than the canned version. They cost $.17 per cup when you start with dry beans, but they’re $.50 or more per cup when you buy the canned version. Either way, these healthy Pesto Roasted Chickpeas are a great alternative to savory snacks like pretzels and potato chips.

For other delicious roasted chickpea recipes, try my Savory Roasted Chickpeas and Chipotle Lime Chickpeas.


  1. What???? This is fantastic! I never thought of adding pesto to roasted chickpeas! LOVE this!

  2. I love roasted chickpeas – but never thought to use pesto in roasting them! Brilliant!

  3. I have tried to roast chickpeas before and failed. Can’t wait to try your method. Pesto is one of my favorite flavors so this sounds great!

  4. this is such a great idea for a snack. i love chickpeas but hardly go beyond hummus.

  5. you just combined two of our favorite things to eat! pesto and chickpeas! delish and genius!

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