Tuesday, September 18, 2012


Falafels are a type of fritter, croquette, or bean patty. You can call it whichever you like. They are a savory ball of bean goodness made from garbanzos or fava beans that's usually deep-fat fried. As usual, I'm usually on a mission to make things healthier, so have come up with a baked version instead. It might be missing some of the deep-fried flavor that generally appeals to those who like french fries, onion rings, or tater tots, but be brave and give these a try. Without the flavor of deep-fry a desirable freshness and nuttiness is evident. Placed in a whole grain pita pocked and stuffed with a fresh, green salad and ranch sauce or tahini dressing, it is a one-dish meal that you can hold in the palm of your hand! Filling, easy to pack for a picnic, and delicious --- I think you'll love it!


2 cups soaked garbanzos (cooked)
1/2 cup cold water
1 clove garlic
2 Tbsp. parsley
1/4 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. salt
1 cup savory crumbs OR 1/2 cup whole wheat bread crumbs OR gluten-free bread crumbs
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
1 Tbsp. oil
2 drops butter flavoring

Measure 1 1/3 cup chopped garbanzos and place in bowl. Measure 2/3cup garbanzos, add water, and put with chopped garbanzos. Chop garlic. Add seasoning and mix. Mix bread crumbs, yeast, oil, and butter flavoring in small bowl. Form patties and roll in bread mix. Place patties on baking pan and cover with foil. Bake at 350 degreesfor 30 minutes. Serve in pita bread (or gluten free alternative).


  1. Sounds healthful. Very healthful. Is it possible to be too healthful? Don't you love incorrigibles like me?

  2. Love the mug. I've never tried making falafals...

  3. I use to make falafel and haven't made it for a long time. Love it just the way you suggest, tucked into a pita bread with tabouli.

  4. I love falafel! That reminds me, haven't made them in awhile....Love your mug!


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