Meatless Monday: Baked Falafel Balls

Falafel is a deep‑fried ball or patty made from ground garbanzo beans (chickpeas), fava beans, or both. Falafel is a traditional Middle Eastern dish, usually served in a pita pocket. Today’s Meatless Monday recipe is a healthy alternative to fried falafel.

Baked Falafel Balls
Yield: 20-21 balls

Ingredients:
1 15 ounce can garbanzo beans
1 small onion, finely chopped
2-3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
3 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 teaspoon coriander
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes
2 tablespoons gluten-free flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Drain and rinse the garbanzo beans. Put in a medium sized bowl and smash with a fork. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Form into small balls, about 1 1/2″ in diameter and slightly flatten. Place onto an oiled baking pan.20140707-094147-34907693.jpgBake for 15 minutes on each side, until nicely browned (since it’s baked, only the part actually touching the pan will be browned and crispy).

Serve with mini pita pockets, hummus, tahini sauce, tomatoes, lettuce and/or cucumber.

20140707-094244-34964373.jpgSo, if deep fried falafel is not in your diet? Try this delicious baked falafel recipe and have a marvelous & Meatless Monday!!!

Recipe inspired by Chow Vegan

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