Baked falafels! Well, kind of. I’m going to a friend’s house tomorrow and I wanted to make something healthy and yummy, yet not too time-consuming to bring with me. I’m in my last semester of university and I’m crazy busy all the time….so I decided to go with Curry Chickpea Burgers, because I already had all of the ingredients at hand and they really don’t take too long. Just before I started making the mixture into patties, I thought it might have been nicer if I had made something a little more “finger foody”, so hey, falafels are primarily made out of chickpeas so I made them into small balls instead. That way, it makes more of them, and they are just easier to eat in general.
So, the recipe is basically the same, but they are baked instead of heated on a skillet.
How to Make Baked Falafels
* 1 1/2 cups cooked chickpeas (I used about 3/4 of a can of chickpeas)
* 1/2 cup whole grain oats
* 1/3 cup chick pea flour/regular flour
* 3-4 garlic cloves, minced
* 1 tsp cumin
* 1 tsp curry powder
* Cayenne & Ground Black Pepper (to your taste)
* 1/2 tsp baking soda
* 2 tbs lemon juice
* 1 tbs natural peanut butter
* handful of pepitas and sunflower seeds
* handful of thompson raisins
* Optional: 1 tbs extra virgin olive oil to coat the falafels before baking
- Get out a large bowl. Put the chickpeas in a food processor and process until fully processed. Add chickpeas to the bowl.
- Add in the rest of the ingredients (except for 1 tbs of olive oil) and mix well.
- Lay out some parchment paper or a cutting board and sprinkle a small amount of flour. Start forming small balls with the chickpea mixture and lightly flour them with Chickpea flour.
- Preheat oven to 375F. Get out a baking pan and place a sheet of parchment paper down. Lightly brush olive oil on the falafels and place them on the baking sheet.
- Bake 10-15 minutes, or until browned on all sides. You may want to rotate the falafels half-way through baking.
Allow to cool slightly and serve with tzatziki, apple sauce, vegan mayo, chutney… You can enjoy them on their own or add them into a wrap (pita or lettuce) or as a sandwich filling, or accompanied by a salad. Enjoy!