These gluten-free Falafel are a cinch to make and are a healthy source of vegan protein. Bright flavors like parsley, cumin, and coriander are mashed with chickpeas for a taste of the Middle East. They also make tasty appetizers.
MEDIUM Servings: 4 Ready In: 20 minutes
1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas, no-salt-added (or 1 1/2 cups cooked chickpeas)
1 bunch parsley
1 clove garlic
1 tsp. coriander
1 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. paprika
Dash of cayenne (optional)
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
2 tbsp. brown rice flour
2 tbsp. gluten-free breadcrumbs (for dusting the pan)
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Gather ingredients. Preheat oven to 350F.
To make Falafel: Drain and rinse the canned chickpeas.
Remove the stems of the parsley. Give the parsley a rough chop.
In a food processor, combine the chickpeas, chopped parsley, garlic clove, coriander, cumin, paprika, cayenne (if using), salt, and baking soda.
Puree until well chopped. Scrape down the sides and add brown rice flour. Puree again to combine.
The falafel mixture should hold together. If it crumbles, it is too dry -- drizzle in a tablespoon or two of water. If it's too wet, add another tablespoon or two of brown rice flour.
To shape and bake Falafel: On a non-stick baking mat, spread the gluten-free breadcrumbs. You can skip using the breadcrumbs if you're avoiding for dietary reasons.
Scoop a couple of tablespoons for each falafel. Use your hands to flatten the falafels. Place falafel on baking sheet. Flip so that the falafel have the breadcrumbs on both sides. This will help give them some crunch.
Chef's Tips: Make a double-batch of these falafel. After shaping them, store extras in an air-tight container (or wrap in foil) in your freezer. When you're hungry, pop right into a 350F oven for 10-12 minutes, until warm in the center.
Yield: 12 falafel
Serving size: 1/4 of a recipe (about 3 falafel).
Total Fat 2.04g 3%
Saturated Fat 0.21g 1%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 613.83mg 26%
Potassium 241.8mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 22.82g 8%
Fiber 5.45g 22%
Protein 6.28g 13%
Calcium 4.22mg <1%
Iron 41.09mg 228%
Vitamin A 459.52IU 9%
Vitamin C 1.59mg 3