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Friday, June 14, 2024

Heart BEET Falafel Nuggets


Heart-shaped beet falafels for Valentines Day or any time your mood calls for something a little extra special! They are packed with plant protein and loads of flavors, also gluten-free! The perfect power snack or a stunning addition to any wrap or salad.

There is never a shortage of heart-shaped sweets and desserts out there, however don’t our savory meals deserve to be cute and romantic too? 😉 I wanted to create a savory heart-shaped treat that is perfect for any special occasion. These heart-beet falafels are just as delicious and nutritious as they’re pretty!

They have a crunchy crust while still moist inside. Compared to traditional falafels these have an additional subtle sweetness from the beets as well as a vibrant pink color. I also air fried them instead of deep frying for less oil.

INGREDIENTS:

1 large beetroot

1/2 red onion, about 1 cup chopped

1 15 oz can chickpea, drained and rinsed

1/2 cup chickpea flour

1/3 cup oat flour

1 teaspoon cumin

1 teaspoon coriander

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Salt to taste

Olive oil for cooking

For the Hummus Dip –

2 tablespoon hummus

1/2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

1 teaspoon dijon mustard

1 – 2 teaspoon lemon juice

TO MAKE:

– Wrap the beetroot in aluminum foil and roaste at 400°F for 55 minutes to an hour till cooked through, test with a fork, should be able to insert fairly easily;
– When the beetroot is cooled down enough to handle, peel and cut into cubes, chop the onion, and transfer onions, beets, and chickpeas to a food processor;

– Blend until coarsely smooth, well combined;

– Add beet chickpea mixture, chickpea flour, oat flour, and the spices to a mixing bowl and stir to mix well;

– Cover and refrigerate the mixture for 30 minutes;

– When ready, drizzle a little olive oil in your hands to prevent sticking, shape the mixture into your preferred shape and size, I used a cookie cutter to shape them like hearts;


– Air fry at 400°F for 10 minutes, flip them, and air fry for another 10 minutes;

– If using an oven, bake them at 400°F for 25 to 30 minutes, flip half way;

– Meanwhile mix together all the hummus dip ingredients till very smooth;

– Serve warm with the dip, enjoy!

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