The Plant Slant Series: Clio’s Baked Falafel

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Oh yes. This is not a drill people. Finally, FINALLY, we have FALAFEL on the blog! As part of fantastic ‘Plant Slant’ series my gal Cliona (@fuelingthefitlife and creator of the Wellbeings blog) and I are collaborating on for you, today we bring the SECOND and SAVOURY chickpea-inspired recipe of our chickpea combo! You’ll remember earlier this month we shared my Chocolate Chip Chickpea Blondies. So this falafel recipe was one Cliona and I felt was a no-brainer as a savoury chickpea choice – and Cliona came up with this beauty for us! You’ll find the recipe on her blog right here, and I’ve included it in full as a guest post on mine below!
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I absolutely LOVE falafel – in fact, I might have a very slight little obsession with it. Falafel can be a bit of a faff to make, but this recipe is simple, created from easy-to-find ingredients, and even better, is a ‘baked’ falafel option, meaning you can meal prep these bad boys to your hearts content!
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Recipe (Makes 7 Falafels)
Ingredients
  • 1 can (15oz/425g) chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 small onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic (sub 1 tsp garlic powder in a pinch!)
  • 1 tbsp mixed herbs
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 1/2 tsp Himalayan sea salt (regular sea salt is fine too, I just prefer the pink!)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp oat flour (or 4 tbsp rolled oats)

Method

  1. Add everything except the oat flour to a blender or food processor and pulse until the mixture has combines but is not completely pulsed into a hummus consistency; you want some texture to remain! If using rolled oats instead of oat flour add them in at this stage too.
  2. Once you have the desired consistency, stir in the oat flour (if using).
  3. Roll into patties or balls, whatever you like! I used two heaped tablespoons to make little patties and got 7 from this recipe.
  4. Place on a lined or greased baking tray and bake in a preheated oven at 350F/175C for about 22-25 minutes. Flip the falafels halfway through so that each side is nicely browned.
  5. Serve over a salad for a light summer option as I’ve done here, serve in pita, or bring them on the go for a quick snack!

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Enjoy guys! I really hope you love this recipe as much as Cliona and I do – tag us if you try it out! Cliona is @fuelingthefitlife and I’m @theirishbalance on Instagram!

Ciara 🙂 x

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