Sunday, 4 January 2015

homemade baked kale falafels (vegan and gluten free)

I love falafels but the shop bought ones are often full of unnecessary additives and fat thanks to the frying. However making your own is simple and a much healthier alternative, as well as cheaper and tastier!

tasty falafels 

If you make a batch of these you can keep them in the fridge for a few days or the freezer for a while. The only down side is that after thawing they become a little crumbly but still taste great.

nutritious and healthy 

Thanks to the chickpeas they are chocablock full of protein and iron content yet a low GI so your blood levels don’t spike and crash. The kale also adds in vitamins A, C and K as well as calcium!

add more garlic and cumin for a fuller flavour 

Here is how…

1 - 2 cups of kale (remove the stalks)
1 can chickpeas
3 large cloves of garlic, crushed
2 tbsp of tahini
A squeeze of lemon juice
½ teaspoon of ground cumin
1 -2 tablespoons of gluten free flour

pulse until fine 

add as much kale as you dare! 

Pre heat the oven to 180*c

In a food processor add the chickpeas, garlic, tahini, lemon juice, cumin and seasoning. Pulse to combine and mix together
At the end, when all the ingredients are well mixed, add the kale and pulse for a few more seconds

Transfer the mixture to a large bowl and add the flour. Add a spoonful first but you may need to add a bit more to get the right consistency – you want a ‘sticky’ mixture where you can roll falafel balls but not so sticky that it gets stuck to your hands when rolling

With your hands, grab a small amount of the mixture and roll in to a ball. Pop the falafel balls on to a baking tray (make sure it is greased or line some greaseproof paper down)

Bake these in the oven for 15 minutes until slightly crispy (not burnt though!)

pop these beautys in the oven! 


It is so simple! 

I served mine on a bed of tasty salad leaves and beetroot dip!
My top tip for this recipe it that it is ok to use tahini thatis out of date! Fact.

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