These oven-baked falafels are paired with a creamy tahini-cashew sauce that perfectly compliments their flavor. Serve them with a fresh side salad and crispy sweet potato fries!

Baked Falafels With Tahini-Cashew Sauce [Vegan]

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Ingredients

For the Falafels:

  • 2 1/2 cups cooked chickpeas
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 large garlic
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro or parsley
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 3-4 tablespoons chickpea flour

For the Tahini-Cashew Sauce:

  • 4 tablespoons tahini
  • 1/3 cup soaked raw cashews
  • Water, as needed
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • Finely chopped cilantro
  • 1 garlic clove, minced

For the Salad:

  • Mixed lettuce
  • Avocado
  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumber
  • Whole grain pita bread (optional)
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Preparation

To Make the Falafels:

  1. 1. Preheat oven to 392ºF.
  2. 2. Place all ingredients in food processor, except for chickpeas. Process until everything is finely chopped and add the chickpeas until you have a smooth but chunky mixture. If it looks a little dry, add 1-2 tablespoons of water, as needed.
  3. 3. Shape the dough with your hands making small balls and bake in a pan with waxed paper or silicone mat for 20 minutes. Turn it over and continue baking 10-15 minutes, until golden.

To Make the Tahini-Cashew Sauce:

  1. 4. Mix all tahini sauce ingredients except cilantro on a high-speed blender until smooth, adding water as needed until smooth and creamy. Mix by hand with cilantro and serve.

To Serve:

  1. 5. Serve falafels over pita bread, lettuce, veggies of choice, and sweet potato fries. Top with tahini sauce.
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Nutritional Information

Total Calories: 1032 | Total Carbs: 122 g | Total Fat: 82 g | Total Protein: 40 g | Total Sodium: 142 g | Total Sugar: 9 g Calculation not including salad ingredients. Note: The information shown is based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.