Nomnom! Healthy falafel anyone? These falafels are bursting with flavour, easy to make, healthy & economical, using up store-cupboard basics of chickpeas, dried apricots & spices.
These Moroccan-style patties are flavoured with Middle Eastern baharat spices; ground cumin, coriander, cardamom, cayenne pepper & paprika. You can add your own spices individually, or for convenience, use a pre-mixed blend eg.
Apricots add texture, nutritional value & a little natural sweetness to contrast with the warmth of the spices & the freshness of the parsley.
You can boost the nutritional value of these falafels by using ground flaxseed, chia seeds (both of which add to the omega 3, fibre content) or protein powder (soya, pea, organic sunflower & whey protein powders from Pulsin’ work brilliantly).
These spicy falafels make a super healthy meal accompanied with salad (featured here with tomato salsa & avocado coriander dip; recipes also available), but they can be served inside a wrap too, making them convenient portable meals for packed lunch/ picnics. I keep a supply of miniature ones in the fridge for healthy snacking too!
Preparation time: 20-25 mins (mostly time taken to mould patties!). Cooking time: 6 mins if pan-frying or 20 minutes if baking in the oven
Serves: 3-4 (depending on appetite!)
8 dried apricots
1 small red onion
28g flat parsley
4 garlic cloves
1 tbsp of baharat spice blend (or 1 tbsp ground cumin, pinch of ground cardamom, 1/2 tsp ground paprika, 1 tsp ground coriander, pinch of cayenne pepper)
3/4 tsp chilli flakes (1 fresh chilli may also be used instead or 1/2 tsp chilli powder)
1 3/4 tbsp tamari or soy sauce
Squeeze of lime or lemon juice
1/4 tsp salt
Ground black pepper to taste
1 X 400g can of chickpeas (230g drained weight)
To cook: a little coconut oil
(Optional) Garnish: a handful of pomegranate seeds
In a blender or food processor add all the ingredients except the chickpeas. Whizz to chop up.
Add the chickpeas & whizz to make a green speckled thick paste.
Using your hands, shape into patties.
To pan fry: In a pan, melt a little coconut oil & fry each falafel for about 3 mins on each side until golden brown.
To oven cook: place falafels on a lined baking sheet greased with a little coconut oil & bake for 20 mins at 170ºC, flipping over half-way through. I love to garnish mine with a sprinkle of pomegranate seeds. Enjoy!
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