Falafels are one of my favorite foods. They are packed with flavor and go with everything. They can be put in wraps, on top of salads, rice bowls, appetizer as a side or all on their own. The only issue that these perfect little flavor bombs. Is that they are commonly deep fried. I have tried a few different recipes that don’t require deep frying and they are never as good.
I luckily found a recipe that is delicious, packed full of healthy proteins and can be baked in the oven. It is not the traditional Falafel ingredients but you wont be disappointed. These are made from Quinoa. Quinoa is one of the few plant foods that contain all the essential amino acids. So these Falafels can easily become the protein portion of meals. These can be made plant based by replacing the egg with a flax egg.
What You Will Need.
Makes about 24 1 inch Falafels
2 Eggs or (3 TBS mixed with 1/3cup of water let sit for 10 minutes)
4 Cups of Quinoa
6 TBS of Nutritional Yeast
4 tsp miso paste
2 tsp tahini
2 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 Cup minced parsley
2 tsp miced fresh orageno
3 TBS melted coconut oil
Step 1.) Mix together the flaxseed powder and water. Set aside for at least 10 minutes until gel like.
Step 2.) Heat the oven to broil. Line pan with tin foil. Oil the foil with half the coconut oil.
Step 3.) In a bowl mix quinoa, nutritional yeast, miso paste, tahini, onion powder and garlic powder. Mix well. Add in egg or flax, parsley and oregano. Mix all together.
Step 4.) Roll a table spoon full of mixture in palms and press in your palm. Form an inch ball that is slightly flattened.
Step 5.) Place Falafels on oiled pan. Use the other half the oil and spread on top of Falafels.
Step 6.) Place in the oven for 8 minutes. After 8 minutes take them out. Carefully flip them and return for another 8 minutes.
Step 7.) They should be golden brown. If they need to be put in longer. Flip and return for 2 minutes a side until golden brown. They can burn quickly so keep an eye on them.
These are a great nutrient pack snack, meal or side. Bring them everywhere you go. You can also double up the batch and freeze some for later use. I hope you enjoyed this recipe. If there is a favorite food of yours that you want me to put a healthy twist on. Let me know.
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