Roasted Ranch Chickpeas

Hi friends! I hope your week is off to a great start – this weekend went by too quickly. I went to see How to Train Your Dragon: Hidden World with my mom this Friday. We enjoyed the movie but I felt like it was missing something. Have you seen these movies? They’re truly great and get you laughing and crying each time you watch. I even used the score from their first movie as the song I walked down the aisle to!

Saturday was all about helping my mom around the house. My parents have a lot of dogs to care for, other dogs that were staying in the kennel, wood that needed to be brought in and a house that needed to be put back in order after new flooring was put in. Honestly, it felt great to have some big chores to do and to move my body. I definitely move far less in the winter so this was a good opportunity.

We also went to a Namaste Fit class at Train Grand Haven! This is a new Crossfit gym in Grand Haven (about 5 minutes from home right now) and while I missed Crossfit – this class showed me my hip was not quite where I thought it was. Read about my hip surgery here if you like. If you’re intimidated at all by the word Crossfit, try one of their community classes so you can meet the coaches and see if it’s a good fit. That said, my mom and I still got great workouts in and a good long stretch session via yoga. Steve and I had the afternoon to do whatever we chose and eventually we landed with some beer and video games.

During meal prep though, which is why you’re here, I wanted to make a crunchy snack that wasn’t almonds or granola. Enter in my $0.59 can of chickpeas/garbanzo beans! This is an incredibly simple snack and a half cup serving has a good source of protein and fiber packed in. I hope you try them out! You can vary the spices to whatever you like.

Roasted Ranch Chickpeas

5 minute max assembly time and 30 minute roasting time. An easy snack to make while you’re busy food prepping other things.

Course Snack
Keyword chickpeas
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 2 1/2 cup servings
Calories 150 kcal
Author Jessi Holden


  • 1 can chickpeas/garbanzo beans drained and rinsed
  • 1.5 tbsp Ranch seasoning mix
  • 1 tbsp olive oil


  1. Preheat your oven to 400

  2. Drain and rinse your chickpeas which removes 40% of the sodium

  3. Add your seasonings and oil in with the chickpeas and mix to coat them and bake for 30 minutes on a sprayed pan. Give them a shake at 15 minutes to turn them.

Recipe Notes

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Low-Sugar Oreo Peanut Butter Energy Bites

It’s almost Valentine’s and Galentine’s day which if you’re not sure what to do for either day, check out my Galentine’s post here and my 35 things to do without food post. But let’s face it, we may want to celebrate with a little chocolate! If you’re looking for a simple energy bite that takes minutes to make but reminds you of Oreos dipped in peanut butter (I can’t be the only one who did that right!?) then look no further.

Energy bites are fun because you can make a huge variety of them, freeze them, and eat them on-the-go. If I made this recipe again (which I will) I would add a couple more things like flax meal and chia seeds to add more fiber, protein, and healthy fats.

So if you’re like me and plan to celebrate Valentine’s / Galentine’s all month long – try these little nuggets of deliciousness and get that warm fuzzy feeling with each bite!

Low-Sugar Oreo Peanut Butter Energy Bites

The main ingredients are oats and chick peas, they have carbohydrates but not a lot of added sugar per energy bite. Great for an on-the-go snack for busy moms with one arm to eat or driving to work and ran out of time for breakfast.

Course Snack
Keyword chickpeas, energy bite, oreos, peanut butter
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Calories 90 kcal
Author Jessi Holden


  • 1.25 cups oats (quick, rolled, or steel cut)
  • 1 15 oz can low-sodium or no salt chick peas drain and rinsed
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1.5 servings Oreo pudding mix (I weighed this at 45g)
  • 3 tbsp peanut butter


  1. Put all ingredients in a food processor.

  2. Pulse/puree for about 1 minute

  3. Remove blade and begin forming into small energy balls. Smaller bites will yield about 20 servings and medium bites will yield about 15.

  4. Place spread out on a cookie sheet and refridgerate for about 10-20 minutes (or enjoy as is) and then place them in a container to keep in the fridge or freezer.

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