Inner Peace Baked Chickpea ‘Burgers’ (Falafels).

By Jackie DeKnock  ,   

June 13, 2020

These Falafels are by far the best that I've tasted...and the healthiest (baked, not fried)! It's a perfect, meatless complete meal in itself and will satisfy any cravings for goodness!!

  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • 20 mins

    15 mins

    35 mins

  • Yields: Makes about 10 Falafels

Ingredients

2 large cans organic chickpeas (2 cups/can), rinsed & drained (or make DIY dried chickpeas from scratch)

½ large onion, finely chopped (about 1 cup)

4 tablespoons roughly chopped fresh cilantro

½ teaspoon Himalayan sea salt

¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

½ teaspoon dried red hot chilli pepper

4 cloves garlic

1 teaspoon cumin

1 teaspoon ground coriander

½ teaspoon fresh lemon juice

¼ teaspoon coconut oil

1 teaspoon baking powder

4-6 tablespoons GF flour

Coconut oil for baking

Romaine lettuce, shredded (my favourite for falafels)

A splash of love

Falafel Yogurt Dressing.

1 tomato, finely chopped

1 cup parsley, coarsely chopped

1/4 cup tahini sauce (sesame seed paste)

1/2 cup plain Organic Greek yogurt (or dairy-free alternative)

1 lemon freshly squeezed

Pinch Himalayan sea salt

Method

Baked Falafels.

Preheat oven to 400 F/205 C. Place the rinsed, drained, uncooked chickpeas and the onions into a food processor. Add the cilantro, salt/pepper, hot pepper, garlic, spices, lemon juice and coconut oil. Process until roughly blended but not pureed. Sprinkle in the baking powder and 4 tablespoons of the flour, and pulse. You want to add enough flour so that the dough forms a small ball and no longer sticks to your hands. Turn into a bowl and refrigerate, covered, for 15 minutes 15 Minutes.

Form the chickpea mixture into balls about the size of walnuts (1 ½“) and slightly flatten (should be about ½ inch thick). Tip: You can also use an ice-cream scoop to shape balls and then flatten by hand. Falafels can also be formed into patties and served like a burger.

Place onto a well-oiled baking pan. Bake for 15-20 minutes 15 Minutes on each side, until nicely browned (the part touching the pan will be nicely browned and crispy).

Falafels can be served either alone as an appetizer or as a main course as follows: Slice pita bread in half to make a ‘sandwich', add 2-3 falafels, top with lettuce and/or tomatoes, drizzle with Falafel Yogurt Dressing (recipe follows), and top with tabbouleh (find recipe for tabbouleh @ the ‘Energize Fixx Menu’).

Falafel Yogurt Dressing.

Cut tomato into small pieces, chop parsley. Add tahini, yogurt, lemon and salt into a bowl and mix well. Once smooth add tomato and parsley. Set aside for flavours to melt together and serve with falafels.

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