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Homemade Corn Nuts (Healthy Air Fryer Recipe)

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If you’ve ever had corn nuts, you know how delicious this crunchy snack is. But, deep-fried corn kernels are not something I want to be eating everyday. I set out to create my own version of this beloved snack with a healthy twist.

Homemade air fryer corn nuts

These air fryer “corn nuts” are made with chickpeas for a delicious and satisfying homemade snack. These are great as a party snack, or packed into picnic bags or lunch boxes. The best part? You don’t need a deep fryer! These utilize all the magic of an air fryer for a healthy snack that is portable as it is delicious.

Ingredients

Homemade air fryer corn nuts ingredients
  • Chickpeas – you only need one can of chickpeas for this recipe (drained), but feel free to double to even triple the recipe as you need.
  • ​Olive oil – I like using olive oil, but you can also use vegetable oil or avocado oil
  • Smoked paprika – smoked paprika is very different than regular paprika. I encourage you to look for smoked paprika as it imparts a much different flavor!
  • Chili powder – all the classic chili/bbq flavor comes from the chili powder in this recipe.
  • ​Garlic powder – garlic powder is a key ingredient in these tasty homemade corn nuts.
  • Salt & pepper – use salt and black pepper to taste after this snack is prepared.

How to make homemade corn nuts in the air fryer

Homemade air fryer corn nuts how to

Preheat air fryer to 400°F

Rinse the chickpeas in a colander and drain well. Gently blot with paper towels to absorb excess moisture.

Air fry the chickpeas for 14 minutes in an even layer, shaking the air fryer basket every 3-4 minutes. Cook time will depend on the size of your air fryer, but 14 minutes is a good amount of time to aim for.

Once the chickpeas are finished air frying, pour them into a large bowl and allow them to cool and dry for 1 hour at room temperature.

Toss in olive oil.

Mix the seasonings together in a small bowl, then pour over the chickpeas and stir well to combine.

Store for up to 1 week in an airtight  container.

Recipe Tip

Spray your air fryer basket with a thin layer of oil to prevent sticking.

Recipe notes and tips 

Homemade air fryer corn nuts
  • Cooking times will vary depending on the size of your air fryer. Check for doneness at regular intervals when shaking your air fryer basket.
  • You may need to spray your frying basket with a thin layer of oil to prevent sticking.
  • Experiment with different flavors and seasonings. You can make a sweet version with sugar and cinnamon, or a spicy version with a bit of cayenne pepper.

I hope you enjoy this healthy homemade version of the famous salty snack. I love the unique texture of air fried chickpeas and the earthy flavor of this recipe. The air fryer is one of my favorite cooking methods for crispy and crunchy snacks and meals. Let me know if you make these and what DIY seasonings you chose to flavor this recipe with!

Other healthy snack recipes

Homemade Corn Nuts (Healthy Air Fryer Recipe)

Homemade air fryer corn nuts
These healthy air fried chickpeas are a healthier version of the beloved Corn Nuts snack.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Total Time 19 minutes
Serving Size 15 oz

Ingredients

  • 15 oz chickpeas 1 can
  • ½ tsp oil (olive oil or avocado)
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • ½ tsp chili powder
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Preheat air fryer to 400°F.
  • Rinse the chickpeas in a colander and gently dry with paper towel.
  • Air fry the chickpeas for 14 minutes, shaking the basket every 4 minutes.
  • Once the chickpeas are finished cooking, pour them into a small bowl, and allow them to dry for 1 hour at room temperature.
  • Toss in olive oil.
  • Mix the seasonings together in a small bowl, then pour over the chickpeas and stir well to combine.
  • Store for up to 1 week in an airtight container.

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