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Baked Falafel

baked falafel

Baked Falafel

Shelby Firsten, Dietitian
Falafels are a Mediterranean dish made with chickpeas and typically fried. However, baking falafels is a fantastic way to have a high protein meal without all the added fat.
Prep Time 15 mins
Course Main Course
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup green onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped parsley or cilantro
  • 3 tbsp oat/chickpea flour or unseasoned bread crumbs
  • 2 tbsp tahini (sesame seed paste)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 egg
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • pinch salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions
 

  • Pre-heat oven to 375°
  • Lightly coat a baking tray with cooking oil
  • Combine the chickpeas, green onions, parsley, flour, tahini, garlic, baking powder, cumin, egg, salt & pepper in a food processor
  • Pulse on and off until well mixed. You want a chunky mixture, not pureed
  • Use a cookie scoop with a release or about 2 tbsp of mixture and roll into a ball
  • Form into 16 balls
  • Flatten slightly with back of fork on the baking sheet
  • Bake in the oven, turning once for 15-20 minutes or until golden