Every once in a while, I surprise myself in the kitchen. This simple recipe came together easily and totally delivers in flavor, texture, and nutrition. Beans are a great source of plant-based fiber and protein, not to mention cheap! Zaatar is a traditional eastern Mediterranean spice blend that adds a great flavor to the falafel bites. If unable to find in your local market, combine dried oregano and thyme, and fresh parsley as an alternative. The sauce combines two nutritional powerhouses, tahini and miso paste. Tahini provides a source of calcium and iron. Fermented foods, such as miso paste, have beneficial effects on digestive tract health, immune system, energy metabolism, and even brain function. If you avoid soy, look for a chickpea based miso.

Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 18 bites and 1¼ cup sauce

 

INGREDIENTS

FALAFEL

  • 1 20-oz can chickpeas (2 cups)
  • ¼ cup almond flour
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice (half lemon)
  • 3 cloves garlic (1 Tbsp minced)
  • ½ shallot (2 Tbsp minced)
  • 1 Tbsp Zataar spice
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp sea salt

SAUCE

  • ½ cup tahini
  • 3 cloves garlic (1 Tbsp minced)
  • 2 Tbsp light miso paste
  • 1 lemon
  • ½ cup water

Team RESTORE recommends organic ingredients. If it’s labeled “organic,” that means the food is not genetically engineered or modified (“GMO”). If you are unable to source organic, we definitely recommend non-GMO. GMO foods are likely treated with herbicides, especially glyphosate, because they are engineered to resist it. (Glyphosate kills the weeds, but not the GMO crop.)

 

 

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Grease a baking sheet with coconut oil and set aside while you prep.
  2. Drain and rinse the chickpeas.
  3. Add all the falafel ingredients to the food processor. Pulse until the mix is minced, not pureed. Scrape down the sides and add 1 Tbsp water if the mixture looks too dry.
  4. Scoop 1½ Tbsp (a heaping tablespoon) portions and roll into balls.
  5. Place the balls onto the oiled baking sheet. Gently press with your fingertips to flatten the bites. Bake for 12 minutes.
  6. Remove from oven and flip the bites using a spatula. Bake for an additional 12 minutes. Each side should be lightly browned.
  7. While the falafel bites are baking, make the sauce. Rinse the food processor or use a highspeed blender. Combine all the sauce ingredients and blend.
  8. Serve the falafel warm with tahini sauce for dipping or enjoy chilled with a salad.

 

 

NUTRITION FACTS

Per Falafel Bite:

43 calories
<1g total fat
7g carbohydrate, 1g fiber
2g protein

 

Per 1 Tbsp Sauce:

40 calories
3g total fat, <1g saturated fat
2g carbohydrate, <1g fiber
1g protein