Oven-baked falafel bites recipe

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serves:

4

Skill:

easy

Cost:

cheap

Prep:

10 min

Cooking:

20 min

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If falafel is something you love but you’d like to make it even healthier, then this oven-baked recipe is a great one to try. Normally falafel is fried in oil to give it that dark, crispy coating. But these falafel bites are just brushed with a tiny amount of oil and then baked in the oven making them a healthier option. This is such a simple recipe as the chickpeas, salad leaves, onion, garlic, cumin and lemon are combined in the food processor with a beaten egg to bind them. Turn the whole thing into something different than the usual pitta pockets and sit them on a bed of couscous with a little natural yogurt.

Ingredients

  • 400g tin of chickpeas, drained
  • 1/2 bag mixed salad leaves (like rocket, watercress & spinach)
  • 1/4 red onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • Juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • 1 egg

Method

  • 1. Preheat the oven to 190°C/375°F/Gas Mark 5.Tip all of the ingredients into a food processor until everything is combined into a smooth paste.

  • Using two dessert spoons, shape the chickpea mixture into oval patties and place on a large non-stick baking tray. You should get 12 patties.

  • Brush the tops with oil and bake in the oven for 20 minutes until golden.

  • Serve warm with couscous, natural yogurt and a hot chilli sauce.

Top tip for making Oven-baked falafel bites

These falafel bites contain no salt and very little oil so they'll make great finger foods for babies.

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