Beans are an inexpensive source of high-quality protein. Garbanzo beans, in particular, are full of high-quality supplements such as iron, zinc, and omega 3 and 6. Not to mention, with garbanzo beans you can make a variety of dishes from hummus to salad, and even veggie burgers.
For this recipe, I decided to roast the garbanzos and pair them with avocado toast, which is a popular trend in easy meals right now. My version of a crispy garbanzo bean toast is a spin-off of this trend. The beans provide healthy fats, complex carbohydrates, and are just flat-out fun to eat. This toast can make for a great quick and easy snack or a light lunch.
Share your toast if you dare, or if you’re like me, keep them all to yourself because they are just that darn yummy.
I started by cooking the garbanzo beans just like any other dry bean- soaking overnight and simmering on the stove for about 45 minutes to an hour, or until tender. Cooking times will vary depending on the age of the beans.
Next, I coated the beans with a mixture of warm spices like cumin and paprika along with a good drizzle of olive oil. You can season them any way you like! Other seasonings I like to use are parmesan, BBQ, siracha, or teriyaki. Then onto a sheet pan they go for a trip into the oven. Inside the oven they will start to reach that desired crispiness we all love.
Straight out of the oven, the beans themselves make a great snack. You could even add them to salads as a substitute for croutons or give them to kids as a healthier alternative to chips.
From there, I mixed together a creamy Greek yogurt dressing fit with both the zest and juice of a lime and a handful of cilantro. It is a simple but flavorful added dressing that is easy to whip up in just a couple of minutes.
The toasts came together with a few slices of toasted bread (I like to use sourdough), mashed avocado, a drizzle of the cilantro lime dressing, and a generous sprinkle of the spiced crispy garbanzo beans.
Are you hungry now? I thought so. A full recipe video is available on the California Beans website. See the full recipe below.
Crispy Garbanzo Bean Avocado Toast
1/2 cup dry garbanzo beans
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon paprika
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup Greek yogurt
1/4 cup cilantro
6 slices sourdough
salt and pepper
- Rinse and sort garbanzo beans and place in a medium bowl. Cover completely with fresh water and let soak overnight. In the morning, discard water and place beans in a medium saucepan and cover with fresh water. Bring the pot to a boil, cover and reduce heat to a simmer, allowing to cook for 45 to 60 minutes, or until tender. Drain.
- In a medium bowl, coat garbanzo beans with cumin, paprika, olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste. Bake at 400°F for 20-30 minutes, or until desired crispiness. Set aside to cool slightly.
- Meanwhile, combine the yogurt, lime zest, and juice, cilantro, and salt to taste using an immersion blender or food processor. If the mixture is too thick, add 1-2 tablespoons of water. In a separate bowl mash the avocados.
- To assemble, toast the bread and spread a layer of avocado on one side of each bread slice. Top with garbanzo beans and drizzle with cilantro lime dressing.