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Easy DIY Baby and Toddler Snacks: Chickpeas 3 Ways

Jennifer Jolorte Doro, Nutritionist and Postpartum Chef
May 23 2020

As we continue to navigate shelter in place and social distancing orders, taking trips to the grocery store are becoming less and less frequent for a lot of parents. If you’re looking for an alternative to the off the shelf snacks for kids, here are 3 easy chickpea recipes your whole family, including your little one, is sure to love.

 Chickpeas are the perfect pick me up. They are easy to make and require minimal ingredients. These recipes are perfect for the entire family. Babies, toddlers, grandparents - you name it. 


Sleep Tip: Studies show that when children are fed well balanced diets, they may sleep longer. Providing nutritious snack options like chickpeas with high protein and fiber allow one to feel fully satiated. 

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Roasted Chickpeas 

Truly the easiest snack recipe to ever exist as it has only two ingredients and requires very minimal prep work.

Prep: 5-10 Minutes Cook Time: 20- 30 Minutes 

Ingredients: chickpeas, oil 

Chickpea & Sweet Potato Tots

An update on a favorite snack. An extremely tasty, approachable snack for everyone in the family to enjoy. Perfect activity for tots too! 

Prep: 30 Minutes Cook Time: 30 Minutes 

Ingredients: chickpeas, sweet potatoes, optional seasoning

Baked Chickpeas Patties aka Falafel 

Typically this delicious vegetarian option is fried. In this version, it is baked and gluten free. Easy to assemble and can be frozen to be enjoyed for many weeks to come.

Prep: 10 Minutes Cook Time: 25-30 Minutes 

Ingredients: chickpeas, lemon juice, red onion, optional seasoning 

Tools: Food Processor 

About the Author:

Jennifer Jolorte Doro is a Nutritionist and Postpartum Chef who focuses primarily on providing nutritious meals to families postpartum, breastfeeding counseling and helping families navigate the transition to solid food. Jennifer’s focus is on whole, locally sourced, seasonal ingredients while providing healthier alternatives to some of life’s favorite foods. She is a mother of a one year old little boy, based in NYC and the Hudson Valley. Her training includes MS in Clinical Nutrition and Integrative Health, Certified Breastfeeding Counselor, Birth Doula and Pre/Postnatal Yoga Instructor.

You can find more information about her and her practice at or on instagram @alitebite.