By Sally Schimko
- 2 cans of 15oz Publix chickpeas – drained and very important, keep the chickpeas with water. (Need to adjust consistency)
- 2-3 cups fresh spinach
- 2 tablespoons GreenWise olive oil
- 1 bunch of parsley
- 2-3 garlic cloves
- 1/4 cup garbanzo fava flour
- GreenWise Spices: salt, cumin, smoked paprika
- GreenWise baking spray recommended — must have parchment paper!
- Preheat the oven to 375°F.
- Add the canned chickpeas, spinach, parsley, garlic and spices to a food processor — the Israeli secret for falafel is to add lots of cumin! Be generous with the cumin and sprinkle smoked paprika and salt.
- Add 1/2 cup of chickpeas water and 1/4 cup of garbanzo flour.
- Mix until combined. The mixture should stick together enough to form patties, if it doesn’t add more chickpea flour.
- Pass the mixture into a medium size mixing bowl (you can try the mixture and adjust taste if needed.) Add more cumin and salt if necessary.
- Use an ice cream scoop or regular spoon to scoop the falafel on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Press them a bit flatter and spray them with olive oil.
- Bake them in the oven for about 30 minutes, carefully flipping them with a spatula after 20 minutes. They should be crispy on the outside and soft but not mushy on the inside. Be careful not to dry them out!
- I enjoy serving them with my curry tahini. You can find the recipe on my website along with many other types of tahini: spicy tahini, green tahini etc.
- I use chickpeas from the can because real life calls for fast recipes! if you plan to make falafel in advance, I would always recommend using real chickpeas, it will require soaking them for 12 hours in salty water with baking soda.
- You can make the mixture in advance and refrigerate for 4-6 hours. In the past, I’ve prepared it in the morning and baked them early afternoon — it was delicious!
- The mixture is easier to use if you can refrigerate for 30 min. before you scoop the falafel balls.
- The spinach is my twist, I was trying to hide it as both of my kids won’t eat spinach! They both loved it and couldn’t taste it! If you are not a spinach lover you can replace it for more parsley, dill or cilantro.
- I hope you Enjoy it as much as my family did!