11.13.12 | Category: Snacks & Bars | Tags:
We’re all familiar with chickpeas – those whitish round little bean-balls at the salad bar, also known as garbanzo beans. Hummus and falafel, both made from chickpeas, have also grown very popular in the US in recent years (hummus is actually the Arabic word for chickpea). Technically, chickpeas are legumes, closely related to green peas, and they actually come in many varieties, including the Chana Dal variety used in our products. Chickpea snacks, while relatively new here in the US, have a long history in other countries, like India and Italy. In Bangladesh, they even make a sweet dessert from chickpea flour! While you might not classify our snacks and Salad Sprinkles strictly as “chickpea snacks” because we use other wonderful, nutrient-dense ingredients, chickpeas are an integral part of our recipes. So next time you think roasted chickpea snacks, feel free to think Sheffa.
Roasted Chickpea Snacks are High in Protein
Chickpeas are popular due in large part to their nutrient profile – rich in protein and dietary fiber and low in fat. They’re also a great source of micronutrients like zinc, folic acid and phosphorus. So it’s not surprising that roasted chickpea snack companies have entered the US market with seasoned whole roasted chickpeas. We take a slightly different spin on chickpea snacks with our Zesty and Spicy Snack Mixes. Both contain chickpea noodles made from ground Chana Dal chickpeas and spices partnered with pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and corn nuts – roasted chickpea snacks with a little something more to please than just the peas!
Add a Little Kick to your Kicks with Spicy Chickpea Snacks
Spicy chickpea snacks or seasoned chickpea noodles are popular snacks in India and other countries. We make our Spicy Snack Mix with just the right kick to warm your palate without knocking your socks off. With a blend of chickpea noodles, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and roasted corn, they have 6 grams of protein per serving and pack a solid crunch to go along with the chili kick. If you’re into Chickpea snacks, but don’t want spicy, our Zesty Snack Mix has the same great ingredients, claiming its own place in history with the perfect amount of seasoning minus the BAM!