Falafel, pita and hummus… three of my favorite things on a plate. Of course traditional deep fried falafel is great but definitely not healthy. Luckily I’ve finally created my own recipe for baked falafel which also happens to be vegan as well. These will freeze well too so you can always have some ready to go! Also see below for my favorite healthy store-bought falafel.
Makes 10 patties
1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
1/4 cup of diced onion
1/3 cup flat leaf parsley
1 Tbsp tahini
2 Tbsp whole wheat bread crumbs
1/2 tsp coriander
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp white pepper
1-2 Tbsp water
1 Tbsp whole wheat flour
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Mash chickpeas in a bowl with fork until it’s a crumbly mixture. Set aside.
Add garlic, onion and parsley to food processor and process until finely chopped and combined.
Next add the mashed chickpeas to food processor along with tahini, bread crumbs, coriander, cumin, salt, and pepper. Process until combined, adding the water 1-2 Tbsp of water as needed. You may need to scrape down the sides with a spatula in between processing.
Once combined, empty into large bowl. Add the flour and mix, you should be able to form into large ball. If the mixture is too dry and crumbly, add a Tbsp of water. If it’s too wet, add an additional Tbsp of flour.
Form into 10 small patties (approximately 2 inches). Place on baking sheet lightly greased with olive oil or cooking spray. Bake for 5-6 minutes on each side or until lightly browned.
PS – This a was the photo from my original post in 2011. Gasp! This is awful!