Review & Giveaway: The Good Bean’s roasted chickpea snacks & bars

Have you ever fallen into a protein rut? Ever since a sports dietitian encouraged me to boost the protein quotient in my meals and snacks, I’ve been gravitating to the same handful of foods – nuts/nut butters, eggs, canned beans & dairy – to work in those intricately arranged amino acids. And they’re great, don’t get me wrong, but variety got lost somewhere along the way.

Luckily, variety got scooped up & put to work by Berkeley-based The Good Bean, who recently sent me a bunch of their roasted chickpea snacks and fruit & no-nut bars!

Good Bean products

The roasted chickpea snacks come in four flavors – Cracked Pepper, Sea Salt, Smoky Chili & Lime, and Sweet Cinnamon – that run the gamut from sweet to kick-in-the-tongue spicy. They have a light texture, a decent crunch and just a bit of softness to them. I especially like the zing of the Cracked Pepper, while our 6-year-old asked, unprompted, to try the Sweet Cinnamon & enjoyed it.

The fruit & no-nut bars mix those little beans with some fun ingredients like apricot & coconut, cranberries & pumpkin seeds, or dark chocolate & berries. They’re a not-too-big size and have a pleasing dense chewiness.

Good Bean chickpeas and bar

All their products have a lot of “no” that people can say yes to: no gluten, no nuts, no GMOs, no hexane (wait, what?).  And the best part – Good Bean’s chickpeas and bars have 5-7g of protein per serving, so my post-run muscles get a new shipment of parts to use for rebuilding.

The good folks at The Good Bean (I’ve been waiting giddily through this whole post to write that) have offered sampler packs – 3 chickpea snacks plus 2 bars – to three lucky ETW readers. Winners can choose which varieties they’d like, or The Good Bean can send you a mix of their most popular flavors. Want to meet these tasty little beans? Head past the jump for details!

To enter the giveaway, leave me a comment here about which Good Bean treat you’d most like to try: the roasted chickpea snacks or the fruit & no-nut bars. Please leave me a way to contact you (email, twitter handle, address to which I should send a carrier pigeon).

That’s the required entry, but after you’ve done that, here are several more ways to enter, if you want to increase your odds!

  • Follow The Good Bean on Twitter and tweet me about it – something like, “Hey @Eatingtheweek I’m following @thegoodbean on Twitter for a chance to win tasty little beans!”
  • Like The Good Bean on Facebook, and leave me a comment on this post to tell me you did.
  • Refer a friend to this post. They need to leave me a comment (which gets them an entry) telling me that you referred them (that gets you another entry).

The giveaway starts today, Tues. June 4, and will end on Mon. June 10 at 3 pm Eastern time. The giveaway is open to anyone with a US mailing address. Three entries will be selected at random via’s generator by 9 pm June 10 to each receive a sampler pack.

Good luck!

Disclosures: The Good Bean gave me product samples and is providing the giveaway prize at no cost to me. The opinions I’ve expressed in this post are mine and are not edited, reviewed, or influenced by The Good Bean.


  1. Jessica says:

    I’d love to try the fruit & no-nut bar!

  2. Jessica says:

    I liked your page on FB – Organicall You

  3. Jordan D says:

    I would love to try the roasted chickpea snacks!

  4. Jordan D says:

    I follow both you and the Good Bean on twitter and I tweeted:


  5. Jordan D says:

    I like the Good Bean on facebook!

  6. Portia says:

    The roasted chickpeas look amazing. I love making these but for some reason I don’t do it enough. I’d love to try them.

    • eatingtheweek says:

      Right there with you – I like to roast them w/garam masala, but rarely get around to actually doing it.

  7. Jessica LeBoeuf says:

    I am following the good bean on twitter.

    • Jessica LeBoeuf says:

      “Hey @Eatingtheweek I’m following @thegoodbean on Twitter in order to win a giveaway package, I’m crossing my fingers to win!”

  8. Jessica LeBoeuf says:

    I am following the good bean on facebook.

  9. Jessica LeBoeuf says:

    I would love love love to try the chocolate fruit and no nut bar, I am obssessed with anything chocolate :P

  10. Vee says:

    The chickpea snacks! Especially the Smokey Chili and Lime flavor

  11. Vee says:

    I like The Good Bean on Facebook, my FB name is Vicki Sh

  12. I like them on facebook as Lle Schreiber!

    livinglearningeating AT gmail DOT com

  13. I followed them on Twitter as @LiveLearnEat and tweeted you!
    livinglearningeating AT gmail DOT com

  14. Jennifer says:

    I would like to try the no-nut fruit bar. I already gobble up the Sweet Cinnamon and Smoky Chile & Lime every day.

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