A fresh and very green take on falafel made with frozen peas and fresh herbs! The falafel are baked and are naturally grain-free, vegan, gluten-free, and only 54 calories per big falafel patty.
One sign of a winning blog recipe?
I gobble up the results the moment I finish photographing.
For example, my Super-Green Baked Falafel.
The primary inspiration for these verdant beauties? My continued quest for convenient, portable vegetables, whether for snacking, lunches, or any on-the-go activity. These fit the bill, packing in 4 cups of vegetables (peas & spinach) in delicious, handheld form. Here are the specs:
*Baked (not fried)
*Fast & Easy to Make
Another benefit of this colorful snack? They travel well, without refrigeration. Free of eggs and dairy, they will not spoil during a day of hiking, biking, slogging through the work day, camping, and…you get the pitcture :). The magic ingredient binding them is chickpea flour, which lends a familiar, nutty flavor to these falafel while still keeping both the texture and flavor light and fresh. (It adds protein and fiber, too. And is the cheapest gluten-free flour! Well worth adding to the pantry.)
The batter/dough is looser than a typical falafel batter, so don’t bother shaping them into patties. Instead, simply scoop into greased muffin cups, smooth the tops, and slide into the oven for a quick bake. The muffin cup yields perfectly shaped falafel with crisp, golden-brown edges. The flavor? Imagine that your favorite falafel just received a springtime, spa makeover.
Preheat oven to 350F. Grease or spray all 12 cups of a standard muffin tin.
In a food processor, process the peas, spinach, cilantro, mint, water, olive oil, cumin, and salt until well-blended (mixture will not be completely smooth). Add the chickpea flour and baking powder; process until combined, stopping to scrape down sides as needed. Divide mixture evenly between prepared cups, flattening and smoothing the tops.
Bake in the preheated oven for 24 to 27 minutes or until golden brown at edges and tops feel dry to the touch. Transfer tin to a cooling rack. Cool at least 10 minutes before removing from tin. Serve warm, cooled or chilled.