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Baked Falafel Bites with Tahini Sauce

  • Total Time: 25 mins
  • Hands-on Time: 5 mins
  • Makes: 20 bites servings

These oven-baked falafel bites are light and yet full of robust, earthy flavor. They are gluten-free and full of plant-based protein from the lentils and chickpeas. Drizzle our 1-minute creamy tahini sauce on top for an easy appetizer or serve with lettuce, tomato and red onions for a healthy entree.

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Ingredients:

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. Place lentils, chickpeas, oat flour, oil, parsley, cilantro, 3/4 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon garlic in a 7-cup food processor and pulse until incorporated.
3. Using a retractable cookie scoop (1 tablespoon in size), form the dough into small balls and place on the baking sheet with about an inch of space between each. You can also use your hands and roll into small balls about 1-inch in diameter.
4. Bake the falafel bites for 15 to 18 minutes until golden brown.

5. Meanwhile, prep the tahini sauce. Add tahini, water, 1/2 teaspoon sea salt and 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder to a small mixing bowl and whisk to combine until you have a creamy, pourable sauce. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.
6. Remove falafel bites from oven and allow to cool for 5 to 10 minutes on the baking sheet to harden slightly before enjoying.
7. Serve with tahini sauce and butterhead lettuce, red onions and cherry tomatoes.

Falafel bites can be stored in an airtight container in your refrigerator for up to one week. Store tahini sauce in the refrigerator covered for up to 2 weeks. To freshen and thin after storage add more warm water 1 tablespoon at a time and whisk just before using.

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