Oven-baked falafel in spinach-chickpea wraps

Falafel is always a hit in our house! They are really tasty and useful for so many things. We generally like to eat them in wraps, pita pockets or on bread for lunch the next day. Or even as a quick snack on the go. This batch is generally enough for two dinners for my family, or one dinner and lunches for a few days.

I used to eat store-bought falafel because I thought it was so much easier and practical. But honestly, once you have tried making your own falafel, there is no going back! It’s easy and very affordable and you can season them to your preference. I never really managed to find the perfect falafel in stores. Maybe because I like my falafel well seasoned, so I generally add a lot of cumin. But you can of course limit that if you want.

This recipe is vegan and gluten free – no need to add eggs or flour like most recipes tell you to. Enjoy!

Oven-baked falafel:

Ingredients: (Makes about 45 falafels)

About 500 grams of cooked chickpeas*

1 cup / 2 deciliters of water*

3 garlic cloves

1 onion

4 tbsp of chopped parsley

2 tbsp of cumin (or to your taste)

2 tbsp lemon juice

2 tsp psyllium husk

Salt and pepper to taste

Olive oil

Directions:

Super easy – put everything in a blender and blend until smooth. Then shape into little balls and put on a baking tray covered with parchment paper. Use a cooking brush to lightly coat the falafels with olive oil. Bake at 350 F / 175 C for about 30 minutes.

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Tip*: You can use canned chickpeas if you prefer. If you want to cook your chickpeas yourself, soak them in water overnight and then boil at low heat for about 40 minutes. If you don’t care about keeping it low fat, substitute some of the water with olive oil. You can also fry the falafels on a frying pan in a little olive oil if you have some extra time.

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Spinach-chickpea wraps:

Ingredients: (Makes 2 small or 1 large wrap)

1/2 cup / 1 deciliter of chickpea flour

1/2 cup / 1 deciliter of water

1 cube of frozen spinach (defrosted)

Olive oil for frying

Directions:

Again, real easy – just dump everything in a blender. Then fry the wrap(s) for a few minutes on each side on medium heat.

Serve with veggies of your choice.

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