[Post #10 for 365 days of Portable Power Pucks]
Who says you need to stuff falafel into a pita?
I prefer stuffing it straight into my mouth.
I have several recipes for falafel with directions that insist on using dried chickpeas. It’s traditional, it’s authentic,and it’s really good, especially when deep-fried in a vat of olive oil. But the recipes are pages long, the preparations tedious, the clean-up lengthy, and the lingering smell of frying oil lasts for days.
Moreover, despite the tastiness, deep fried, labor-intensive falafel is in no way what I want to eat whenway conducive to eating on the run, or eating before going on a run.
So I make my super-easy puck version instead.
I use canned chickpeas, cumin, lemon, tahini, and some oats that act as a great gluten-free binder.
Lots of fresh parsley (or cilantro–my preference) is key for adding fresh flavor. As you can see, it makes the dough bright green, but that changes once the pucks are cooked.
Place the puck patties in the well-oiled cups of a trusty muffin tin, and bake your way to a fantastic snack on the go. Great plain, they are also stellar with a schmear of hummus and an extra sprinkle of herbs (e.g., mint, more cilantro, or more parsley).
Go ahead and eat several. You’re hungry and you need pucking delicious fuel :).
- ⅓ cup rolled oats
- 1 cup (packed) parsley or cilantro leaves and tender stems (about 1 small bunch)
- 4 cloves garlic, peeled
- 1 15-oz can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
- 2 tablespoons tahini (or 2 tbsp olive oil)
- 1-1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
- Optional: pinch of cayenne pepper
- Preheat oven to 375F. Grease all 12 cups of a standard muffin tin.
- In a food processor, process oats, parsley and garlic until very finely chopped. Add the drained chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, cumin, salt and (optional) cayenne. Pulse until grainy/pasty but do not puree. Scrape down sides of bowl.
- Shape the mixture into 12 equal pucks (roughly 3 tablespoons per pucks); place in prepared cups.
- Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes. Remove tin and, using a butter knife, flip over each puck (it's very easy, and quick). Return tin to oven and bake for 10 minutes longer until pucks are golden brown. Let cool in tin on a wire rack for 5 to 10 minutes. then flip out onto rack. Serve warm or room temperature.
Additional Nutrition Notes:
- No cholesterol
- High in dietary fiber
- High in manganese
- High in phosphorous
- High in vitamin C