Fabulous Falafel Balls

by Amie on February 10, 2010

Last night I decided to create a tasty, unique dinner…something I’ve never made before…falafel balls, and boy o’ boy did they turn out delicious!  With the big snow storm coming our way, I snuggled into my apartment and created a warm falafel pita overflowing with extra veggies, of course.  The combination of seeds, nuts n’ chickpeas makes this dish incredibly palate pleasing.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups canned chick peas, drained, rinsed and mashed
  • 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 2 tsp. tomato paste
  • 2 cups bran crumbs
  • 1 Tbsp. ground flax seeds
  • 1 Tbsp. sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup cashews, finely ground
  • 2 Tbsp. butter substitute
  • Egg substitute for 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • Dash of coriander
  • Dash of sea salt and pepper
  • Whole grain or gluten-free pita bread
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cucumber, finely sliced
  • 1/2 red onion, finely sliced
  • 1 cup dark leafy greens
  • Fresh lemon wedges

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine all ingredients except butter and egg substitute; mix well.
  • Slowly add eggs and melted butter substitute.
  • Shape with hands into ball forms approximately 1/2 inch in diameter.
  • Roll balls in bran crumb mixture.
  • Place balls on a cooking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes or until fully cooked.
  • Let falafel balls cool and stuff into pita bread with cucumbers, onion, greens and a dollop of Greek yogurt.
  • Drizzle with juice from lemon wedges.
  • Enjoy!
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Teri [a foodie stays fit] February 10, 2010 at 1:58 pm

I love falafel and can’t wait to try this healthy version!

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The Healthy Hostess February 10, 2010 at 2:53 pm

So excited about this recipe! I tried a box mix of falafel a few weeks ago and did not like it. I have been meaning to create my own, but now I don’t have to! Thanks so much!
Stay warm this week! :)

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Heather (Where's the Beach) February 10, 2010 at 2:58 pm

Yum. I love falafels and really like the idea of baking rather than frying. Thanks for sharing!

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catms916 February 10, 2010 at 5:44 pm

That sounds so amazing!! I love falafels, but usually leave the work to Beyoglu to make them all crispy and delicious. I will have to try this though!

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homecookedem February 10, 2010 at 9:22 pm

I want to make falafel!! Thanks for this recipe!! :)

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Megan September 19, 2012 at 1:07 pm

Falafel!!! I love falafel so much. I might have to try adding sesame seeds to my recipe next time. Yum!

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Amie September 19, 2012 at 4:47 pm

Thanks so much Megan; hope you enjoy it! Have a great week.

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