ChickPea Falafels (Vegan)

I came across this falafel recipe from Simple Healthy Kitchen when I was searching for plant-based meals one day. I decided to try it out because it was the most simple baked chickpea falafel recipe that I found, and although mine didn't come out NEARLY as pretty as Susan's from Simple Healthy Kitchen, they sure were pleasing to the tastebuds. Super full of flavor. If you are looking for a plant-based meal one night during the week, these falafels will be a hit! And if you are strictly vegan, just hold the cheese and dairy-based dressings and dips for these. Hummus is a perfect condiment with these chickpea falafels. 

FYI mine came out a bit crumbly, but that didn't stop me from enjoying them! 

Ingredients:

  • 2 cans garbanzo beans ( 16oz.cans) - same thing as chickpeas
  • 1 Tablespoons olive oil (more if necessary)
  • Olive oil- for brushing tops of falafels
  • ¼ cup chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Black pepper, to taste
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • ½ cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 3-4 large pita pockets, cut in half.
  • 1 cucumber, sliced
  • 1 tomato,sliced
  • 1 cup lettuce

Toppings:

  • feta cheese, crumbled (Optional, I'm not a feta fan actually. Omit if vegan)
  • Tahini, Tzatziki, Hummus, or Greek Yogurt for topping
  • Avocado salsa verde Bolthouse Farms dressing

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375° F. Grease a baking sheet with olive oil spray.
  2. Drain and Rinse the garbanzos. Combine garbanzo beans, oil, onion, garlic, cumin, coriander, cayenne, salt, pepper, lemon juice in a food processor. Pulse until everything is finely minced (but not pureed), scraping down the sides as necessary. Fold in chopped parsley.
  3. Form the mixture into 12 balls and place onto prepared cooking sheet. Flatten the balls into ½ inch thick patties. Brush the tops of the patties with olive oil spray. Bake 10-15 min on each side.
  4. Serve in pita pockets, lettuce wraps, or even just on a salad!  For a pita pocket, stuff each half of Pita pocket with 2 falafels, lettuce, tomato, and cucumber. I spread some hummus inside the pita too and drizzled on salsa verde avocado dressing.  You could also top with some crumbled feta cheese and a dollop of Tahini, Tzatziki, Hummus, or Greek yogurt or any other topping of your choice.

{Recipe adapted from Simple Healthy Kitchen}