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Marmite Chickpeas

For any Marmite lovers out there, you will adore these roasted Marmite Chickpeas. At zero Smart Points per portion on Weight Watchers Freestyle plan, they are a snack I make often!

There aren’t many crunchy,  salty little snacks that are zero Smart Points on the WW plan. That’s why I love these Marmite Chickpeas so much! Roast them in the oven or pop them in the air fryer – it’s your choice!  Just make sure to give them a try. I’m pretty confident that they will become a favourite Weight Watchers snack recipe for you too.  

So … Marmite!

You either love it or you hate it …. or so the adverts say. 

I love it & honestly don’t know many who don’t.

For the uninitiated, Marmite is a British spread that is made from yeast extract. It has a strong, salty taste and is eaten by millions of Brits every morning on hot buttered toast! Yum!

Ok, so I’m salivating now 😀

I know that Marmite isn’t as easy to find in the US as it is in the UK but I have seen it in larger grocery stores in North America. So keep your eyes peeled!

If you are in the US, you can also buy it from Amazon here!

I’m a great fan of roasted chickpeas and have created a couple of popular recipes like these Spiced Chickpeas and these Shawarma Chickpeas. 

But Are Roasted Chickpeas Zero Smart Points?

  • There is always a bit of an argument online when people discuss pointing roasted chickpeas! Some say you need to Point them as they are being eaten as a snack. Some say you don’t.
  • I’m with the latter and this is why… 
  • WW have a recipe for roasted chickpeas on their website and they list them as zero Smart Points for 1/4 of the recipe and 1 Smart Point for the whole lot …. so…..!
  • Marmite is zero Smart Points on the Weight Watchers Freestyle plan,  as are chickpeas, so I am listing these Marmite Chickpeas as zero Smart Points per portion. 
  • If you eat the whole lot (not recommended 😀 ) then perhaps you should track them as 1 Smart Point but ultimately it’s your call!

How to ensure your roasted chickpeas are crunchy

  • I have learnt over the years that there are a few things that help ensure that roasted chickpeas come out of the oven crunchy, not chewy or burnt and pellet like!
  • Firstly, I drain them well and then give them a good rinsing in cold water. 
  • Secondly, I make sure that I dry them well before seasoning. I lay them between a couple of sheets of kitchen paper and pat them dry. This also has the added benefit of removing some of the skins.
  • Thirdly, I have found (for this recipe in particular) it can help to roast the chickpeas for 10 minutes prior to adding the flavouring. 
  • Lastly, every 10 minutes or so use a spatula to move them around the tray. 

Marmite Chickpeas in the oven

I tend to make these Marmite Chickpeas in the oven but you can also make them in an air fryer. 

  • Drain the can of chickpeas in a colander/sieve and rinse well with cold water (picture 1)
  • Tip the chickpeas on to a couple of sheets of kitchen paper and use another sheet to pat dray (picture 2)
  • Lay a sheet of parchment paper or a silicone baking sheet on to a baking tray and spread the chickpeas out in one layer (picture 3)
  • Roast the chickpeas for 10 minutes, till they have started to turn a golden colour (picture 4)
  • Remove from the oven and pour into a bowl. Mix in the Marmite and spread back on to the paper lined baking sheet. 
  • Return to the oven and roast for another 30 – 35 minutes, using a spatula to move them around and unstick them from the parchment paper (picture 5). 
  • Serve warm!

Air Fryer Marmite Chickpeas

Roasting chickpeas in the air fryer depends very much on the make and model of the air fryer that you are using. 

I use a Tefal Actifry which has a rotating arm that ensures that the chickpeas are being moved around – so in theory there is less likelihood of the coating sticking or burning. 

Place the uncoated chickpeas in the air fryer and cook for about 12 minutes before removing from the tray and mixing with the Marmite. 

I then pop them back into the air fryer for about 10 – 12 minutes or until they have turned crunchy. 

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