A vegan, gluten free, oil free, flavourful and delicious baked falafel recipe. What more could you want?
These wee morsels are perfect lunch boxes filler or salad toppers. Bring them along as entrées to your dinner parties or chuck them in the freezer for next week’s afternoon snacks! They are packed full of protein, and contain absolutely no nasties – Give them a go, you wont be disappointed!
1 can of chickpeas
¾ cup chopped fresh parsley
1 white onion
5 tbsp spelt flour
2 tbsp sesame seeds
2 tbsp crushed garlic
2 tsp cumin
1 tsp coriander
1 tsp salt
A pinch of black pepper
1. Firstly, drain and rinse your can of chickpeas. Proceed to pat these dry with a tea towel to remove excess liquid from the outer of the bean.
2. Add chickpeas, parsley, diced onion, garlic, spices and sesame seeds to your food processor and blend. You will need to scrape down the sides of the blender in order for it to thoroughly mix. Your dough should appear crumbly – not paste like.
3. Pulse in the spelt flour, one tablespoon at a time. I used 5 tbsp until the falafel reached the desired consistency. Although it may feel soft, this consistency should be able to be moulded in your hands (see photo above).
4. Heat your oven to 160 degrees celsius. While oven is warming, place the falafel mix in the fridge for half an hour to set.
5. After your falafel mix has had time to chill in the fridge, place golf ball sized patties onto your baking sheet. It should yield about 10 falafels. It is important that you press your falafels down into patty shapes in order for them to cook through the middle.
6. Bake the falafels at 160 degrees for 35 minutes, then for a further 10 minutes at 180 degrees in order for them to slightly brown on the outside.
I served mine with a fresh lettuce salad, hummus and guacamole. Yum!
This recipe was created by Hannah Mellsop, founder of Real Rad Food. Hannah is a plant based chef who specialises in custom made raw cakes and deserts. Along with this, she has a passion for recipe developing, food styling and photography. Her goal is to encourage others to live a more mindful and conscious life that thrives off of delicious, flavourful and nourishing plant based food. Check out her Instagram account @realradfood for the lots of foodie inspo!