This Vegan Falafel Recipe Uses Nut Butter For The Best Consistency

mbg Editorial Assistant By Jamie Schneider
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Jamie Schneider is the Editorial Assistant at mindbodygreen with a B.A. in Organizational Studies and English from the University of Michigan. She's previously written for Coveteur, The Chill Times, and Wyld Skincare.
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While chickpeas themselves are high in protein, this falafel recipe has a secret ingredient to add even more vegan protein to the mix: nut butter. That's right, adding a creamy nut butter (be it peanut butter, almond butter, or even tahini) to this recipe raises the protein content while keeping those original fragrant flavors and chewy consistency. Because who likes dry, crumbly falafel?

With this recipe from Sally O'Neil's The Fit Foodie Meal Prep Plan, you'll have an easy, nutritious vegan meal on your hands. Be sure to check out the three flavor combinations below to make your falafel unique and tasty.

Nut Butter Falafel

Makes about 18

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Ingredients:

  • 14 oz. (400 g) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • ½ cup chopped cooked pumpkin
  • ½ cup (50 g) almond meal or other flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 tablespoons natural peanut butter (almond butter and tahini also work—whatever you have in the cupboard is fine)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Mix all of the ingredients together in a blender or food processor until they're well combined.
  3. Add your choice of flavors to the mixture in the blender (see below for some suggestions).
  4. Roll the mixture into balls with your hands. If the dough is a little wet, add more almond meal or flour, a little at a time.
  5. Place the balls on a silicone baking sheet or a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.
  6. Store in the fridge for five days, or freeze for up to two weeks.

Here are some different combinations to spice up the flavor profile. No matter which combination you choose, you'll have a protein-packed, fragrant dish on your hands (or you could just make them all and assemble them beautifully on the plate—problem solved!).

Vegan Nut Butter Falafel

Image by Sally O'Neil / Contributor

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Traditional

  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

Moroccan

  • 2 teaspoons turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
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Green goodness

  • ½ bunch fresh basil
  • ½ bunch fresh mint
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts

Recipe excerpted from The Fit Food Meal Prep Plan by Sally O’Neil, published by Tiller Press, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. Copyright © 2019 by Sally O’Neil. All rights reserved.

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