Homemade Baked Falafel
Falafel is one of my favourite foods! Whether I'm snacking on them with hummus or putting them in a wrap or salad. The only downside is falafel is usually deep-fried making it quite unhealthy and often contains flour making it unsuitable for coeliacs. I wanted to create a recipe that would taste delicious but be a healthier version of the real thing and gluten-free. After lots of trial and error, I think I've found the perfect recipe. My friend Chloe who is a fantastic chef made the same falafel recipe but cooked it using a deep fat fryer. The ingredients were the same the only difference was one version was slightly healthier than the other. We put both types of falafel to the test and they both tasted super delicious.
The baked version has a crispy texture on the outside with a soft crumbly inside. Usually, the problem with baked falafel is binding them so they don't fall apart. There are two ways in which you can do this. Either add a tbsp of gluten-free flour to the mixture to help thicken it or leave your falafel balls to chill overnight.
My baked Falafel turned out super delicious and was really easy to make. They can be stored in the fridge for up to 5 days. Being much lower in calories than the fried ones you could barely taste the difference. I made some delicious homemade hummus to go with them.
Another yummy meal I made using my baked falafel was this delicious quinoa salad bowl which makes a healthy lunch or dinner!
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