Green Baked Falafel

Falafel is a highly appreciated dish in the Middle East. It's typically made of chickpea or bean balls or croquettes that are fried and served with tahini sauce, hummus or pita bread. For a healthier version, this falafel is baked instead fried, and has green leafy vegetables for more nutrition.


Yields6 ServingsPrep Time10 minsCook Time30 minsDifficultyIntermediate

Ingredients

 1 ½ cups chickpeas, cooked
 4 cups green leafy vegetables (such as spinach, chard, or kale)
 3 cloves garlic, minced
 2 tbsp tahini
 2 tsp lemon juice
 ¼ tsp ground cumin
 ½ tsp salt
 1 cup whole wheat flour, or oatmeal**You can make your own oatmeal by blending oatmeal into flakes until it reaches the consistency of flour.

Instructions

1

Pre-heat the oven to 350°F.

2

In a food processor, grind the chickpeas, green leafy vegetable, garlic, tahini, cumin, juice lemon, and salt until it becomes a smooth paste.

3

Transfer to a bowl and add enough flour to make a mixture thick enough to make the balls.

4

Taste the mixture and add more salt or lemon juice if you like.

5

Roll into balls the size of a golf ball and bake until golden brown—about 30 minutes. Half way through baking, flip the falafel balls so they are evenly browned on both sides.

6

Serve with hummus, salad, pita bread, or rice if desired.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 3 falafels

Servings 6


Amount Per Serving
Calories 770
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18.8g29%
Saturated Fat 2.3g12%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 271mg12%
Total Carbohydrate 117.8g40%
Dietary Fiber 34g136%
Sugars 19.9g
Protein 38.9g78%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Ingredients

 1 ½ cups chickpeas, cooked
 4 cups green leafy vegetables (such as spinach, chard, or kale)
 3 cloves garlic, minced
 2 tbsp tahini
 2 tsp lemon juice
 ¼ tsp ground cumin
 ½ tsp salt
 1 cup whole wheat flour, or oatmeal**You can make your own oatmeal by blending oatmeal into flakes until it reaches the consistency of flour.

Directions

1

Pre-heat the oven to 350°F.

2

In a food processor, grind the chickpeas, green leafy vegetable, garlic, tahini, cumin, juice lemon, and salt until it becomes a smooth paste.

3

Transfer to a bowl and add enough flour to make a mixture thick enough to make the balls.

4

Taste the mixture and add more salt or lemon juice if you like.

5

Roll into balls the size of a golf ball and bake until golden brown—about 30 minutes. Half way through baking, flip the falafel balls so they are evenly browned on both sides.

6

Serve with hummus, salad, pita bread, or rice if desired.

Green Baked Falafel
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