A Mediterranean favorite (but plant-based)! Pair it with falafel or with your favorite fresh veggies.
1, 15oz can chickpeas (drained and rinsed), or 1½ cups cooked
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
½ cup raw, unsalted cashews
½ cup fresh parsley
½ tbsp ground cumin
½ tsp salt
3 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsps chickpea flour
Add the parsley, garlic and cashews to a food processor and blend into a smooth consistency. Add chickpeas, cumin, oil and salt and pulse a few more times. Maintain course consistency.
Transfer to mixing bowl, add in flour and mix into a dough thick enough to shape into balls. If it's still too sticky, add more flour.
Spoon out about 2 tbsps of the dough and shape into a ball, then slightly flatten. Repeat until all the dough is used.
Preheat oven to 375. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and add falafel discs.
Bake for 15-20 mins, then flip and bake for an additional 15 mins.
Serve in pita with fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce, hummus and Plant-Based Tzatziki sauce.
** To fry: Heat a large, skillet to medium heat and add cooking oil. Add the falafel discs to hot oil and fry until golden on each side.
Yields about 8 falafel balls.