Hi all!! I'm so thrilled to be here today on Lish's blog! I've so enjoyed getting to know her these last few months and today I'm excited to be guest posting! :) I asked Lish if it would be too crazy to share my garbanzo bean cereal recipe with you...or if that was too random! :) She agreed it was a bit random, but it might be fun to share. I wish I could take credit for this recipe....but I actually just stumbled upon it and quickly became addicted! :) With our 1 yr old son, Lucas, being allergic to so much, I was excited to try something that we could all eat, without worry. I did tweak it a bit so here are my recommendations.
You can find the original recipe here.
So you can either soak and really rinse your garbanzo beans overnight, or you can buy canned beans. I prefer to start from scratch to avoid the BPA and all, but whatever works for you! :) In a pinch, the canned beans work great!
Make sure your beans are really dry and then pop them in a 350 degree oven. The original recipe says 375 but I found that to be too high. Make sure you put 2-3 tablespoons of butter/coconut oil on top of the beans when you put them in the oven. (I used coconut oil that was already melted which is why you can't see it here)
I decided to try one with parchment paper and one just on the cookie sheet. Obviously the one on the cookie sheet cooked faster and got crunchier faster, but I can't tell you which I prefer. It was nice to have them get done quicker, but I think they are more evenly roasted if on the parchment paper.
I took them out every 10 minutes to stir them around. I found that they were usually ready between 30 and 50 minutes.
While you wait for them to be ready, mix up your syrup recipe. I decided to keep it simple and just used honey, salt and coconut oil (seriously one of my favorite combos!). I'm sure it would also be amazing savory!! I'm going to work on that next! :)
Mix all three together and wait for the chickpeas :)
Once the chickpeas are to the desired crispiness, take them out of the oven.
They should be nice and toasted.
Dump them in a bowl.
Pour your honey mixture on top and put them back in the oven. Toast them for another 10 minutes and then you'll have the most delicious treat. My older two (my toughest critics) love it! And really enjoy it both with milk and without. I haven't had it with milk (as Lucas is allergic to dairy) but by itself it is so tasty. And, I did try it on ice cream and that was amazing too! :)
And, for being a homemade cereal, it's actually pretty simple! :) I'd love to have you stop by and tell me if you try it and how you like it! :)