Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Make It: Split Pea Crisps

You know how some people have a sweet tooth?  Well, I was born with a salt tooth.  I am a complete junkie when it comes to salt-laden crunchy snacks like chips (especially barbecue! <3), nuts, and crackers.  I just can't control myself around them.  I'll tell myself "one more" but my hand will magically appear back in the bag for another round.  Needless to say, I try to limit the amount of salty treats that I buy and make.

But this recipe from Whole Living got my intrigue up - Split Pea Crisps.  The saltiness was present...the crunch factor was there...and yet, it was considered a healthier snack since these little nuggets were made from yellow split peas.

I was sold and immediately went out to grab some of these dry peas and flew home to make a batch.  They were easy peasy to whip up and every bit as crunchy as promised.  The only "hard" part was waiting the few hours for the peas to soak!  After the peas took their bath and dried off, they are sauteed in a little bit of olive oil and then tossed with seasoning.  A ton of flavor varieties ran through my head and you can be damn sure I'll be trying them all out!  Thus far, I have created salt & pepper and chile powder & cayenne flavors.

My parents and I crunched through the entire batch almost immediately.  (See, I told you I can't control myself around snacks!)  Thankfully, each serving is only around 55 calories so I don't feel too guilty about this.  ;)

Split Pea Crisps
makes 12 servings

Soak 1 cup yellow split peas in 3 cups of water for 4 1/2 to 5 hours.
Drain and pat dry.
Coat a large skillet with olive oil (I used maybe 2 teaspoons worth) and place on medium-high heat.
Add half of the peas; cook, stirring frequently, until golden brown and crunchy, about 6-10 minutes.
Remove from heat and place in a bowl.  Season with salt and/or other seasonings.
Repeat with other half of peas.

What flavor combination would you try?


  1. i just found this recipe and, like you, i can't wait for the split peas to finish soaking in the water! i was born with that salty snack tooth you mentioned, too, and (fortunately for me), my husband is looking for healthy snacks he can take to work. so this recipe is perfect! thanks :)

    1. Yay, always nice to find a fellow salt tooth! I hope that you both enjoy them - let me know how they turn out! :)