Food Gifts

Spent yesterday in festive and productive activities. Turned on Christmas music and made food gifts. Little baggies and boxes of yummies for neighbors and pals and of course I kept a few for me ;) It was like Santa's Workshop - Southwestern Division. They were all weight loss surgery friendly 'cause that's the way I roll but you'd never know it. Here's what I made...

Sugar Free Bark, SF Peppermint Bark Popcorn

Chocolate Mint Protein Fudge and Cafe Mocha Protein Fudge

Holiday Nuts and Roasted Chickpeas

Roasted Chickpeas are one of my favorite snacks. Perfect on the coffee table at a party or tossed in a baggie to take on an adventure. If you are having a get together seriously make these and watch as they get gobbled up.

Shelly's Roasted Chickpeas

1 (15 oz.) can Chickpeas (aka Garbanzo, Ceci)
1 Tablespoon Basil Flavored Olive Oil
1/2 teaspoon Kosher Salt

Rinse and drain chickpeas. Toss with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Spread on a cookie sheet.

Bake at 400 for 45-50 minutes. Turning every 15 minutes. Watch them in the last 5 minutes. There's a perfect point when the chickpeas become crunchy and golden nut-like globes of wonderfulness. Warning: these little suckers are ADDICTIVE.