Oven baked Falafel with Dates and Pine nuts

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Weekends call for easy food, well at least Fridays’s ok? Since in our home Friday evening has always been movie night, I like to make grabbable (is that a word?) food, like Soft Baja Fish Tacos with charred Corn, Serrano ham crisps and Avocado Crema.  or maybe just a Black Bean Burger. Either way this recipe ticks all the boxes. You can make the Falafel in the morning and assemble the Pita’s in the evening when you’re ready to scoff these babies away.

These are truly “the business”, I had another one the next day for lunch when I made these last Friday and I still dream about it. Maybe I’ll even have a Falafel Pita again tonight since I put the remaining Falafels in the freezer, because yes my friends, they freeze well too.

These Falafels are extra healthy because I have baked them in the oven, so virtually fat free, and I have added some chopped dates for a little sweetness and pine nuts. Pine nuts are very healthy gluten free nuts that come from a pine cone. I use to eat them at school in Spain all the time during recess. The cones would fall to the ground and my friends and I would try to pick out the little nuts, just for fun. Really yummy.

Anyway, these pine nuts were bought in a store, because peeling your own will take for ever, believe me. I have briefly toasted them in a dry pan to bring out the flavour.

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Vegan ✔

Vegetarian  ✔

Gluten free  ✔

Ref. sugar free  ✔

 

Ingredients falafel;

3 cups cooked chickpeas

1 small red onion, peeled and chopped

2 cloves of garlic, peeled

6 dates, stone removed

3 tbsp. Buckwheat flour or oat flour

3 tbsp. Almond flour

2 tbsp. nutritional Yeast (optional)

1 1/2 tsp. Garam Masala

small handful fresh Coriander

1 tsp. Himalayan sea Salt

3 tbsp. Coconut oil

2 tsp. Orgran egg substitute

4 tbsp. Water

Dipping Sauce;

1/4 cup Aïoli

3/4 cup Plain yoghurt (soy or plain)

1/2 garlic, peeled and grated, or more if you dare

1 tbsp. pomegranate Arils

1 tsp. olive oil

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Method;

Toast pine nuts briefly for 3 minutes in a dry pan, set aside.

In a food processor add all the ingredients for the Falafel, except the chickpeas and pine nuts.

Pulse a few times and now add the chickpeas. Again pulse a few time, scrap down with a spatula, and pulse a gain. It should be mushy but with bite and a few chunks left for texture. Now mix in the pine nuts with your spatula. Transfer to a bowl.

Meanwhile heat the oven to 220° C / 428° F

Make little ping-pong ball sized balls with slightly wet hands.

Layer them out over a baking tray that has been lined with parchment paper.

Spray generously with olive oil and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, turning them over very carefully half way.

Make the sauce by stirring the ingredients together and sprinkle over the pomegranate arils, pour over  a teaspoon of good olive oil.

Toast pita bread, split open and spread some dipping sauce over it. Stuff with lettuce and some  pickled red cabbage and serve with a  Beet Salad on the side.

Enjoy!

Myra XO

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19 thoughts on “Oven baked Falafel with Dates and Pine nuts

  1. annika says:

    Nice. I always shallow fry these, I must try baking them. I love your take on the classic recipe and the extra additions here as well… you are quite the creative!

    • The Cooking spoon says:

      Thank you Annika. Shallow frying….it never occured to me but I think it’s a great idea. Gives a nice crisp without being deep fried. I’ll have to try that too. I love a little sweet with savoury, hence the dates in this recipe. And thank you for the compliment 🙂

    • The Cooking spoon says:

      Thank you so much Starr. I don’t like frying at all. It’s just too unhealthy in my opinion so I like to adapt recipes to a baked version. I hope you try it 🙂

  2. Mackenzie says:

    My hubby is doing the Daniel Plan (it’s a church fast) and this looks like it would be a perfect recipe to try out!!!!! Almost everything is approved, and it’s hard to find recipes that look THIS yummy and are in play. But I’d eat this any day any way!

    • The Cooking spoon says:

      Thank you so much Mack. Please do give it a go, you’ll love ’em. And they’re so healthy too. Let me know, ok?

  3. Sandhya says:

    Myra,
    We love ‘grabable’ foods on Fridays too and falafel is one of our favorites. I love your recipe with dates an dpine nuts and am bookmarking it !Looks so yummy, I am drooling!

  4. theburningheart says:

    Love not only your healthy recipes, but the great pictures you take, I am a fairly good amateur, and know that visuals are very important, to add to the enjoyment of taste, thank you for your great work. 🙂

  5. Tasty Eats Ronit Penso says:

    Very interesting recipe and wonderful presentation. I love the addition of dates and pine nuts. 🙂

    (Just for general information, the more known Falafel is made with uncooked chickpeas, which makes for the crunchier texture. If interested, you can find a recipe in my blog.)

    • The Cooking spoon says:

      Haha, Yes I know Ronit, that it’s made with uncooked chickpeas. I prefer making them this way though, it’s quicker and uncooked chickpeas don’t get a good texture in the oven, but thanks anyway. 🙂

    • The Cooking spoon says:

      Thank you so much Linda, Pomegranate Arils are the little red juicy seeds of a pomegranate fruit. Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by.

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