Consider peas for a healthy snack filled with vitamins C and A and iron that is also a good source of vegetarian protein. Dried or roasted peas are a snack parents can feel good about giving their kids. The crunchy texture and seasoned taste is something many kids and adults enjoy.
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Dry Roast Peas
Remove the peas from the pod and wash them in cold water. Place the peas in a cheesecloth and tie at the top, keeping the peas secure.
Bring a pot with a quart of water to a boil. Add 1 tsp. of salt to the water. Vinegar or lime juice are substitutes for the salt, providing citric acid to prevent darkening and help prevent bacterial growth.
Fill a bowl with ice and cold water, leaving enough room for the peas.
Drop the cheesecloth with peas in boiling water for five to 10 seconds. Move the cheesecloth bag around to make sure all peas contact the water. Remove the peas.
Submerge the cheesecloth with peas in the ice bath. As soon as the peas are cooled, remove them from the cheesecloth and dry them on paper towels.
Preheat the oven to 140 F.
Lay the peas on cookie sheet in a single layer.
Place the cookie sheet in the oven for five to 14 hours with the oven door ajar using an over-safe metal mixing bowl to promote air flow. Peas are done when they are brittle and crunchy.
Adding Roasted Peas to Snacks
Eat peas plain or lightly salted on their own.
Mix roasted peas with bran cereals, chocolate, nuts and pretzels for a homemade trail mix.
Sprinkle roasted peas on a salad for a midday snack.