As usual, I modified the recipe based on what sounded good to me and what ingredients I had on hand. Here is what I came up with:
Homemade Baked Falafel
1 can chickpeas
1/2 a large onion
2 big handfuls fresh parsley
1 handful fresh cilantro
2 cloves garlic
2 teaspoons cumin
2 or 3 shakes of hot sauce
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 cup white whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
salt & pepper
Preheat oven to 400 degrees, and prep a baking sheet by lining with nonstick foil. Add onion, parsley, cilantro, garlic and lemon juice to food processor, pulse until finely chopped.
In a bowl, mash chickpeas with a potato masher or fork, leaving a bit chunky. Stir in the onion mixture and the rest of the ingredients, the mixture will be a bit sticky but should hold together. Roll into balls, the mixture should make 12-16, depending on the size you like your falafel.
Spray the baking sheet with cooking spray, then place falafel balls on the sheet. Press each ball with a spoon to flatten into a disk-like shape. Spray the top with cooking spray. Bake for about 20-25 minutes, flipping once, until nice & golden brown.
The falafel was so good, I ended up dipping a few extra pieces in avocado tahini sauce and gobbling it up. Yum yum yum!