​Crunchy Roasted Lentils

Possibly the most nutrient dense snack ever.  Pop them straight into your mouth or use them as a substitute for fatty croutons in your salad.  Oh, and see below for our flavor variations.


Quantity Unit Name Link Alternatives
(1 cup of dry lentils = approximately 2 cups cooked lentils)
For SALTY crunchy lentils: 2 cups cooked black, brown, or French lentils / 1 tablespoon sunflower oil / ½ teaspoon garlic granules / ½ - ¾ teaspoon salt and pepper
For SWEET crunchy lentils: 2 cups cooked black, brown, or French lentils / 4 teaspoons coconut sugar, sucanat, or pure cane sugar, 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, 1½ - 2 teaspoons cinnamon, pinch of salt


  1. Cook the lentils: Pour 1 cup uncooked lentils (black, brown, or French) on your counter or cutting board and sift through them for any debris, like small rocks. Place in a strainer and rinse, then place in a pot and cover with water by about 2 inches. Turn heat to medium-high and leave uncovered. Once boiling, reduce heat to medium and let cook for 20-25 minutes, until just tender. Stir occasionally, adding more water to the pot if necessary. Once cooked, rinse lentils well with cold water and drain.
  2. Roast the lentils: Preheat oven to 400°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the lentils on the sheet and toss to coat the other ingredients (see below for suggestions). Canned or freshly prepared lentils will both work. Roast lentils in the oven for 15 minutes, stir, then roast for another 10-15 minutes until fully crunchy. Watch closely towards the end so they don't burn. Taste, then add more seasonings if needed, then toss to coat. Let cool and eat. Store in an airtight container at room temperature once cooled.

Prep Time: 45 minutes
Serving Size: 4 servings
Sarah Yoo

Sarah Yoo is the associate director of Life & Health but wears a few dozen hats as other this-and-thats, as is the norm in non-profit work. Her favorite part about working at Life & Health is meeting the people that Life & Health content has helped. Ultimately, Sarah dreams of doing humanitarian work in a developing country with her family.

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