,I know, I know - you're thinking, "chickpeas and CHOCOLATE? How do those two even go together?!"
Well, my friends, they go exceptionally well together and are a great protein-packed SUGAR-FREE snack. As the chickpeas are dried, they lose that earthy flavor and instead become rather neutral and almost like a candy cluster with the decadent dark chocolate.
Chocolate Chickpea Clusters with Himalayan Salt
Gluten-free, grain-free, sugar-free, low-glycemic, vegan
1 can of chickpeas, rinsed and patted dry
1 cup of Lily's sugar-free chocolate chips
Himalayan salt, for garnish
Yep - only T H R E E ingredients! (or two, not including the salt, which I find add a really nice touch)
- Place rinsed and dried chickpeas on a cookie sheet and bake at 300* for about an hour, or until they are dried all the way through - it's important that they are completely desiccated, and the chickpeas cannot have damp centers prior to being covered in chocolate.
- Once they are dried through and almost powdery on the inside, take them out and pour into a heat-safe bowl. Pour chocolate chips on top and allow residual heat to melt the chocolate. Stir to incorporate and cover the chickpeas with the chocolate thoroughly.
- Drop the chickpea chocolate mix onto parchment paper with a tablespoon, and garnish with Himalayan or other flaky salt. Allow the clusters to cool in the refrigerator, and enjoy. These will keep up to a week in sealed container, as long as there isn't any residual moisture in the chickpeas.