Hemp Heart Falafels

Hemp heart falafels in a teal bowl with hummus, cucumber and carrots with a spoon of hemp hearts beside it

A middle-eastern delight falafels are a fantastic food for children because they are easy to eat, full of protein, fiber and other important nutrients. They also introduce children to new flavors and a young age helping to develop their growing taste buds! This recipe can be made in the oven or air-fryer!


Age: 6M+
Serves: 20 falafel balls 
Prep Time: 30 minutes (not including soaking and refrigeration)
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

 

Ingredients 

  • 2 cups dried chickpeas (not canned or cooked!)
  • 4 cloves garlic peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 cup Tiny Sprouts Hemp Hearts Booster
  • 1/2 cup white onion chopped
  • 1 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tbsp Tiny Sprouts Milled Flaxseed Booster
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • Olive oil spray
  • Optional: 1.5 tsp salt (omit for babies under 12 months)

 

Directions

  1. DAY BEFORE PREP: Soak dried chickpeas in large bowl of water for at least 18-24 hours (water should be at least 8cm above the chickpeas).
  2. Drain chickpeas and combine with all remaining ingredients EXCEPT BAKING POWDER into a food processor.
  3. Pulse until fully combined, while occasionally scrapping the mixture down the sides of the food processor.
  4. Refrigerate falafel mixture for at least 60 minutes in the fridge (you can keep it in the food processor bowl or transfer into a new bowl).
  5. Remove mixture from fridge. Mix in 1 tsp baking powder. Using a spoon or ice-cream scooper, spoon out some of the mixture and form into 2-3 inch slightly flattened balls/patties and place on large tray. 
  6. Spray olive oil onto formed patties.
  7. AIR-FRYER: Bake in pre-heated air-fryer for 11-14 mins turning once until nicely browned.
  8. OVEN: Bake in pre-heated oven at 375 degrees for 25-30 mins turning once until nicely browned.
  9. Serve with pita, tahini, veggies, Greek-yogurt and/or hummus! Or they are even great on their own!

 

Recipe Notes

  • Falafels can be kept in fridge for up to 3 days
  • Falafels can be frozen for up to 1 month

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