Vegan Falafels with Avocado Tahini Sauce

Sure, going out with friends is great, but eating warm falafels tucked inside soft flat bread, lathered with thick, creamy sauce, is my idea of a good weekend. Throw in some board games and your most competitive/hungry friends? An even better one. This recipe is quick, simple and can easily be made gluten free. I like to make a big batch and try to enjoy them as a snack in between meals throughout the week, but they usually don't last past Tuesday in my house. I hope this warm snack brings you as much happiness as it does for me!

Ingredients for the falafels

  • 400g tinned chickpeas, drained
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tbs lemon juice
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1 tbs cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tbs ground coriander seeds
  • 2 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tbs nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 cup wholemeal flour
  • 1 cup sesame seeds
  • 2 tbs olive oil

Ingredients for the sauce

  • 1/2 an avocado
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • Squeeze lemon juice
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup water

Instructions for the falafels

  • In a large bowl, combine chickpeas, garlic, lemon juice, onions, cumin seeds, coriander seeds, basil, nutritional yeast and flour
  • Using a handheld mixer, blitz until smooth
  • Roll mixture into balls and coat with sesame seeds
  • Heat oil in a large fry pan and cook falafels until golden brown on both sides

Instructions for the sauce

  • In a medium sized bowl, combine avocado, tahini, lemon juice, oregano, salt and pepper, garlic and water
  • Mash with a fork or handheld mixer until smooth
  • Top warm falafels with sauce and serve with warm Lebanese bread!

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