Always one to impulsively buy things at the checkout in Holland and Barrett, I bought this chickpea snack by called garbanzo after being recommended them by a friend. Essentially they’re just chickpeas that are slow roasted in rapeseed oil and coated in seasoning and spices – in this case tomato, garlic and herb. Nutritionally, they’re a pretty guilt free snack at 88 calories a pack, minimal fat and you get just under 7g protein too. They’re also a really good source of fibre at with around 5g per pack.
Dipping them out, they unsurprisingly look like dried chickpeas with a nice herby and tomatoey smell. Biting into them they are very crunchy and pretty hard – definitely not one for people without strong teeth and a few bits I had to spit out as they were to hard to buy into. However, there were only a few of these and the majority have a pleasant crunchy texture.
The flavour Is predominantly that nutty wholesomeness of chickpea but in a crispier form with a hint of the tomato and herbs. It’s not overly seasoned and the chickpea taste is more predominant but after eating a few you do get a bit of coating build up on your finger and this is really zingy, savoury and delicious. To be honest I didn’t mind they weren’t overly seasoned as it helped keep the pureness of the chickpeas. They’re a little pricey for what they are but they are a very healthy, guit free snack and despite being 88 calories, they really are quite filling. I would look to try others in the range.
Bought at: Holland and Barrett
Nutrition per 65g bag: 88 calories, 1.3g fat, 0.3g sat fat, 0.5 sugars, 6.6g protein, 4.8g fibre