Crispy Baked Falafels
Falafel is another food that I had never thought I liked...until I tried them. And it turns out, I love them. Really I love anything that involves chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans). So when you combine those little beans with some delicious spices and turn them into perfectly baked savory cakes, it's a win-win. And believe me, you won't ever miss the fried versions once you have tried these babies.
I add these to salads, top them with hummus and homemade tzatziki, or just eat them plain as a snack!
2 (15-ounce) cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
6 cloves garlic, chopped or minced
4 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1 tablespoon arrowroot
4 teaspoons ground coriander
2 teaspoons ground cumin
Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
Optional: sometimes I add a handful of fresh spinach to the mixture as well for some added greens in my meal!
1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. Combine all ingredients (chickpeas, onion, garlic, parsley, arrowroot, coriander, cumin, and salt and pepper to taste) in a food processor and process, leaving a little texture to the beans.
3. Shape the mixture into balls, using a small ice cream scoop or tablespoon. Place them on the baking sheet, and bake for 25 minutes.
4. Turn the falafel balls over, and bake for 20 minutes more.