(VEGAN/VEGETARIAN RECIPES) Falafel is a Middle Eastern dish made mainly of chickpeas and spices. You can make them at home and save on the fat and calories by baking instead of frying them.

To make them even healthier, enjoy as a lettuce wrap with your favorite toppings. Bake a batch for dinner tonight! — Global Animal

Baked Falafel is a great source of protein. (VEGAN/VEGETARIAN)
These baked falafel lettuce wraps are a healthy alternative to the fried falafel pita wrap. Photo Credit: Elana Pisani (VEGAN/VEGETARIAN)

Baked Falafel Lettuce Wraps
Yield: 18 small balls

2 cups Chickpeas, soaked overnight
1/2 small Onion, chopped
2 tbsp Parsley
1 tbsp Cilantro
4 cloves Garlic
1 3/4 tsp Salt
2 tsp Cumin
1 1/2 tsp Ground Coriander
1/2 tsp Cayenne Pepper
Pinch of Ground Cardamom
1 ½ tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp Lemon Juice
2 tbsp Whole-Wheat Flour
1 tbsp Grapeseed Oil

For the Wraps
1 head of Iceberg Lettuce
Hummus to taste
Vegan Tzatziki to taste
Toppings Of Choice (ex: Tomatoes, Onions and Kalamata Olives)

Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Add the chickpeas, onion, lemon juice, and flour to a food processor and process until thoroughly chopped. Then add in the rest of the ingredients except for the grapeseed oil and the baking soda. Pulse until the mixture is well combined and there is a thick paste. (There should be a grittiness to it.) Pour into a bowl, cover, and then refrigerate for 1 hour.

After refrigeration, stir in the baking soda evenly throughout the mixture. Then form into small balls, about ½ an inch round. (If you want to make larger balls, you will need to increase the cooking time.)

Pour one tablespoon of grapeseed oil in a bowl. Lightly dip each ball in the oil on one side and then rub it over the entire ball with your finger.

Place the balls on a lined baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes.

Enjoy on a bed of lettuce with hummus and/or vegan tzatziki sauce with your choice of toppings and vegetables.

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