Crispy Roasted Chickpea Bark

 Chickpeas are a funny thing.

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They're sort of gross, let's be honest. Ever crack open a can of chickpeas and eat one? Probably not because they smell about as good as they look. 

But the weird thing about them is they're so good in so many different ways. Hummus? Amazing! Chickpea cookies? Surprisingly good. Roasted until crispy crunchy? My favorite way to eat 'em.  

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I figured they could only get better covered in chocolate, right?  

I am on a total 100% only interested in autumn things kick. I'm pinning fall things, reading fall things, listening to fall things (I listen to the Nightmare Before Christmas soundtrack regularly), and definitely DEFINITELY cooking fall things. So I spiced these generously with some autumnal seasonings.

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HEY. Why is loving fall things considered basic? Like I get it, PSL scarf boots yadda yadda but all of those things are such wonderful things. And having seasons, like distinct, fleeting changes to our surroundings, are some of the best things about life on THIS EARTH omg I'm going to deep.  

But I still think we're too hard on ourselves sometimes. Just because you like pumpkin beer and boot socks doesn't mean you have to hashtag basic or no one will ever like you again (I'm talking to myself here). 

Treat yo self to an apple cider donut (or an autumn spiced pear donut) and Instagram the hell out of it cause you love fall and are soooo not basic. 

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I like to roast the chickpeas until they are just a whisper away from burnt to a crisp. I can't handle a slightly chewy chickpea. You may be more sane in your texture preferences so roast accordingly! The end result is reminiscent of a butterfinger and I am thrilled with that. And you HAVE to put flaked sea salt on top of this and in every other recipe you ever make again.

Maldon Sea Salt Flakes, 8.5 ounce Box
$4.95
Belgravia Imports
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Autumn Spiced Pear Donuts

We have a pear problem.

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There is a giant tree on our property and it is LOADED. The problem is, 70% of the pears are out of reach. Most of the time we pick them up of the floor.

"It's called the ground when it's outside, son".  -Ron Swanson

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Did you know that you have to pick the floor pears up or else when the grass is mowed the chopped up pears will lure 4 billion sweat bees into your yard? Our old tree pears are also rock hard, like break a toof biting into one, so they have to be cooked. The best problems are the ones with solutions that I am aware of. That's an original quote by me in case you were wondering. The solution to this particular firm pear problem is to make this pear carrot sauce along with pear donuts once a week.

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Yesterday was the first day of fall coinciding with one of the most major cases of upper lip sweat this entire year thus far (it was 97 degrees). AND I decided yesterday was a good day to go to Aldi. HEAT + ALDI on a friday = terrible idea. But I'm home now and everyone is napping and we have enough food to survive the weekend, so all-in-all a good idea was made.

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I fully intend to drop spoonfuls of this batter into oil to make some real donuts someday. But that requires constant attention and probably doesn't allow for a naked two year old on a stool to help out. For now, fake baked dones (or muffins) will do. Seriously try these, they are foolproof! Check out my super easy pear-carrot sauce (parrot sauce?) while you're at it. HAPPY FALL, BABAY!

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Recipe adapted from my mom's apple cake.

Warm Autumn Spiced Pear Donuts

 

 

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