Turns out, you can make Cheetos-Style Chickpeas that are Vegan, Nutritious, and come *This Close* to faking the crunch, taste and texture of Chester's crack snack!
It just requires that you have TIME, and OVEN, nutritional yeast, (whatever the heck that is!), and the NERVE to actually DIY the crap out of this. Thank you Gina Eykemans...and TheKitchn for clogging the internet with this recipe!
For the chickpeas:
1 (15-ounce) can unsalted chickpeas, drained
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
For the Cheetos seasoning:
3 tablespoons nutritional yeast (not beer yeast or activated yeast...try Amazon)
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic
Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
Drain and rinse chickpeas thoroughly in a colander. Pat the chickpeas dry with clean paper towels and allow them to dry for five minutes.
Put the chickpeas into a bowl with the olive oil and the sea salt. Toss until chickpeas are fully coated with both oil and salt. Pour the mixture out onto the parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes, tossing the chickpeas every 10 minutes or until just crispy.
While the chickpeas are in the oven, make your Cheetos seasoning. Whisk together the nutritional yeast, salt, and granulated garlic in a bowl. Set it aside.
After the chickpeas are crispy, remove them from the oven. While they are still warm, toss them in the Cheetos seasoning until each chickpea is generously coated.
If you want to eat this CRUNCHY, then you better shovel them in your mouth within about 10 minutes after they've been baked and seasoned. Otherwise the texture becomes anything but Cheetos.
(Image credits: Gina Eykemans)