Roasted Chickpeas with Dijon Mustard

I recently had a reader request to post more recipes for healthy snacking, so that’s what I’m here to share with you today!

Roasted Chickpeas with Dijon Mustard

Roasted Chickpeas with Dijon Mustard


  • Coconut oil cooking spray
  • 1 pound of dried chickpeas (not canned)
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar + a little extra
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tsp dijon mustard
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Place the chickpeas in a bowl, cover with two inches of water, and soak overnight.
  2. When ready to cook, heat your oven to 400 degrees F.
  3. Drain the chickpeas, pat dry, and then return them to your mixing bowl.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine the vinegar, mustard, olive oil, and about 1 tsp of salt. Mix well.
  5. Pour the dressing mixture over the chickpeas, and some salt and pepper to taste, and toss to combine.
  6. Spread the chickpeas on a baking sheet sprayed with coconut oil cooking spray, and roast until the chickpeas are a dark golden brown and crunchy. Make sure to toss every 20 minutes for about 1 hour.
  7. When done, remove the chickpeas from the oven and return them to the mixing bowl. Add a little more vinegar and more salt and pepper as desired.
  8. Enjoy!

Roasted chickpeas with dijon mustard

This is a new favorite in our house! They are a great choice for when I’m craving something crunchy or salty, don’t necessarily feel like eating fruit or veggies, but don’t want to turn to crackers, pretzels, or chips. I portion them out by filling little snack baggies about half to three-quarters of the way full, and I find that it’s a good amount to satisfy any cravings. Hope you guys like them!

–Let’s chat–
What are some of your go to healthy snacks to curb crunch or salt cravings? Ever made roasted chickpeas before?

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Homemade Pretzel Bites with Honey Mustard Sauce

You know what the best part about having a boyfriend fiance who loves to cook is?

Homemade Pretzel Night

Fun homemade snacks just because.

Oh yeah, and there’s that whole he does more of the cooking so I can exercise and blog all the time thing. That too. But I totally benefit when Tim just feels like experimenting in the kitchen.

homemade pretzel bites

Homemade Pretzel Bites with Honey Mustard Sauce


For making the dough

  • 1 cup warm water (around 100 to 110 degrees F)
  • 1 envelope of active dry yeast (1/4 ounce)
  • 3 cups whole wheat flour + a little extra for work surface
  • 1 tbsp gourmet salt
  • 2 tbsp packed light brown sugar
  • 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil + a little extra for the bowl

For baking the pretzels

  • 8 cups water
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • gourmet salt

For making the honey mustard sauce

  • 5 tbsp honey
  • 3 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar


To make the dough

  1. Stir together warm water and yeast in a large bowl. Let stand until a creamy foam appears on the surface. This should take about ten minutes, but if the mixture doesn’t foam you should start over with a new yeast.
  2. In a smaller bowl, stir together the wheat flour, salt, and light brown sugar.
  3. Add the flour mixture and 4 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil to the yeast mixture. Stir with a wooden spoon and then your hands until it forms into dough. On a lightly floured surface, knead the dough with your hands until it is smooth. This should take about another ten minutes, and you should dust with more flour as needed if the dough sticks to your work surface.
  4. Transfer the dough to a lightly oiled large bowl and make sure it is all coated with the oil. Cover with a kitchen towel and let rise at room temperature until it is double its original size. This takes 2-3 hours. You could also let it rest at room temperature for 15 minutes, transfer to the oiled bowl in the same way, and let rise in the fridge overnight.
  5. Once the dough rises, punch down and divide into quarters. Form each quarter into 4 balls. Roll each ball into a 12 inch long rope. Cut each rope into six 2 inch pieces, and transfer to wax paper lined rimmed baking sheets.

To bake the pretzels

  1. Heat oven to 450 degrees F with the racks in the upper and lower thirds.
  2. Oil two large baking sheets.
  3. In a 4 to 5 quart saucepan, bring the water and baking soda to a boil. The mixture will be foamy at first, but it should go away. Add 12 pretzel bites and cook for 30 seconds. They should rise to the top immediately, and then you can transfer to the baking sheets with a slotted spoon. Quickly sprinkle pretzel bites on both sides with the salt before they dry. Repeat with the remaining pretzel bites, making sure to return the water to a boil between batches.
  4. Bake the bites in the oven, switching the sheets between the racks and rotating them halfway through. They should be deep chestnut brown after 8-10 minutes, but watch them in the oven toward the end so they don’t overcook. Immediately transfer the bites to wire racks to cool.

To make the honey mustard sauce

  1. Combine the honey, mustard, and rice wine vinegar in a bowl.
  2. Whisk until smooth.
  3. Serve with the pretzels and enjoy!

Homemade Pretzel Bites with Honey Mustard Sauce

These were the perfect Sunday-night-lounge-on-the-couch-not-wanting-to-go-to-work-on-Monday kind of snack. But they’re really only good for one day, so if you plan on making them, plan to gobble them up right away. These aren’t necessarily the healthiest of snacks, but they aren’t terrible for you either. Tim did use whole wheat flour in lieu of regular and the oil in lieu of butter, so an attempt at healthier swaps was made!

–Let’s chat–
Do your significant others cook or experiment in the kitchen? What’s a fun snack you’ve made or enjoyed lately?

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An Extra Snacky Week + Weekly Eats

Oy.  My eating habits over the past couple of weeks haven’t been so “healthy living” blog-worthy.  Now, I don’t mean that I’ve eaten burgers and fries for every meal.  In fact, my weekday breakfasts, lunches, and dinners haven’t really changed much and have been right on par with my usual choices:

Eggplant casserole “mess”…

Eggplant Casserole Mess

Grilled chicken and pear salad on greens with dried cranberries, slivered almonds, and goat cheese…

Pear and Chicken Salad

Pumpkin chicken white bean chili…

Pumpkin and Chicken White Bean Chili

And tomato and veggie soup.

Tomato and Corn Chowder

It’s just that my weekends have been full of social commitments and indulgences like pizzas (not homemade) and drinks and fall themed desserts.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Fall Cheesecakes

Popped the Question Party

And even more out of character for me is just how SNACKY I’ve been lately.  Don’t get me wrong, I love snacks, but normally I can contain my cravings by eating snacks in moderation or just keeping them out of the house all together.  However, last week I think I ate everything in sight!  And once I get going, it’s just so hard to stop.  For full blog disclosure, on Wednesday I came home from work and polished off a box of crackers.  Followed by eating about 12 pickle slices.  Then a slice of pepper jack cheese.  Then some chocolate chips.  THEN dinner (a bowl of the pumpkin chicken chili).  Then for the grand finale I concluded my night by eating the OUTSIDE of a candy apple… and throwing the actual apple away.  Really, Athena?

Candy Apple

Don’t worry, I’m not pregnant.  But I am human.  And we all have snacky weeks like this – right?!  I have never claimed to only eat quinoa and carrot sticks all the time.  But when I have weeks like this, I choose to look at the positive and focus on the meals and snacks that I did eat that WERE healthy.  Actually to be honest, I first get grumpy about it.  Last Thursday morning I was SO PISSED after teaching my morning class because I felt so lethargic and gross and felt like I got a terrible workout.  Just ask Ashley.  She saw my mood in the locker room at 7am after my class was over.  Isn’t it crazy how what you put into your body affects your performance, whether it be during a workout or just your mood or energy levels during the day?!

So I guess I should say that after my initial annoyance, I try to focus on the positive.  My mom has a great strategy where she likes to remind herself that there are 21 meals in a week, give or take, and to not get hung up on the “bad” ones.  And then just move forward.  Like I wrote in last week’s Monday Motivation, it’s all about consistency.  And I don’t consistently eat like this all the time.  I don’t know if last week was off because I didn’t get to food prep or because of the time of the month (TMI?) or because I’ve been excessively worrying about so many things lately (a whole different story).

No matter what the reason, it’s not the end of the world, and this week I’m confident that I’ll be back to my usual habits.  I’m not going to let one bad day, or week, or month, get me off track in the long run.

How do you guys like to combat extra snacky days or weeks?