Baked Falafel Bowls! Meal-prep these authentic falafels and freeze for the busy workweek. Easy, delicious, authentic falafel recipe! Vegan and Gluten-free!
Falafels (makes 20 falafels)
Bowl options ( Not imperative- just to give you ideas)
Place dry chickpeas in a big bowl and cover with 4-5 inches of water and let soak on the counter 10 – 24 hours
Preheat the oven to 375F
Place chickpeas in a strainer and drain them really well. Pat them dry with a kitchen or paper towel.
Place the cilantro, onion, jalapeño and garlic in a food processor and pulse repeatedly until uniformly chopped, like 20 times, at least. Add 4 cups of well-drained, soaked garbanzo beans, oil, cumin, coriander, salt and the baking soda. Blend again, until very well combined, scraping down sides if necessary. You want it to be blended well, like a coarse paste, but not as smooth as hummus. Some texture is good!
Grease the bottom of a parchment-lined baking sheet with spray olive oil, or brush with olive oil. Form falafels into ping-pong or golfball-sized balls (a slight oval shape is nice). If it feels sticky, use wet hands. Place on the greased parchment. Once all the balls are formed, using wet palms, flatten just a little, so they are about a 1 -1 ½ inch thick. Spray or brush the tops with olive oil. Bake 15 minutes, then carefully flip using a metal spatula. Continue baking another 12-15 minutes until golden and slightly crispy.
Assemble the bowls. I usually start with quinoa, then build upward with greens, veggies, falafels, sauces, pickled things and microgreens and herbs on the top. If packing to take away with you, perhaps keep sauces separate.
Sometimes I’ll add a lemon wedge and/or hot sauce.
Make doubly sure the soaked chick peas are drained really well before blending. If they are too wet, they may not stick together. Use only 4 cups.
To freeze falafels, carefully place cooled falafels in a ziplock bag in a single layer. (Or place on a sheet pan, freeze, then zip lock) Reheat in a microwave or toaster oven. I usually wrap in foil for the first 10-15 minutes in the oven, then open the foil to let them crisp up a bit.
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