Healthy comfort food is sort of an oxymoron. "It is so cold out there today! I could really go for a salad" - said no one ever. Well it is officially winter here and I was in dire need of a way to get some comfort food that wasn't loaded with cheese or made from chocolate. These aren't your traditional falafels, mainly because they are not deep fried, and do not contain any flour. But they do have chickpeas and are served with a delicious tahini sauce that is a great alternative to the greasy falafels you might be used to. You can stick 'em in a pita or enjoy them all by themselves.
Sweet Potato and Oat Falafel
2 medium sweet potatoes
1 cup chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1 cup oats
2 cloves garlic
1 handful cilantro
1/2 lemon, juiced
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon coriander
Salt and Pepper
First you need to cook your sweet potatoes. You can do this by roasting at 400 degrees for 30-40 minutes, peeling and boiling, microwaving, whatever works for you. Once they are cooked, scoop only the orange insides into a food processor.
Add all of the remaining ingredients, except for the oats and sesame seeds. Pulse until mixture is smooth.
Remove from food processor and add to a large bowl along with oats. Fold oats in until they are evenly incorporated.
On a non-stick baking sheet, place heaping spoonfuls about an inch apart and top with a few sesame seeds. Bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes until you see the tops to get a little crunchy and golden brown.
For these bite sized treats I made a lemon tahini dip! See below:
Lemon Tahini Dip
1/2 cup tahini
1/2 lemon, juiced
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tablespoons parsley
1/2 teaspoon cumin
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup water
Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and whisk until smooth .
All inspired by the awesome recipe below!