Sweet Potato Falafel Recipe

Looking for an easy Sweet Potato Falafel recipe? Learn how to make Sweet Potato Falafel using healthy ingredients.


Submitted by gaat

Makes 5 servings



Cooking the sweet potatoes in the microwave is a real time saver, but feel free to bake or steam them instead. The moistness of sweet potatoes varies, so you may need to add a little more or less chickpeas to achieve the right texture.

Recipe Ingredients for Sweet Potato Falafel

1/2 tablespoon ground flax seeds
2 tbsp hot water
340 g sweet potatoes (2 medium)
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons ground coriander
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper (to taste)
1 teaspoon salt
14 g parsley, minced
1 lemon, juice of
200 g chickpeas, soaked, drained & mashed
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2 tablespoons sesame seeds (optional)

Recipe Directions for Sweet Potato Falafel

  1. Mix the flax seeds with two tablespoons hot water and set aside to thicken.

  2. Pierce sweet potatoes several times with a fork and place on paper towels in microwave. Microwave on high for 2 minutes, turn over, and then cook for another 2 minutes. Check for tenderness, and if not cooked all the way through, cook in increments of 30 seconds until tender. Set aside to cool until easy to handle; peel and place in a large bowl.

  3. Preheat oven to 205 degrees C. Mash sweet potatoes well with a masher or a fork. Add the flax mixture, seasonings (including parsley), and lemon juice and stir well. Mix the chickpeas with the baking powder and add it a little at a time to the sweet potato mixture. Stir until well-combined. Batter should be stiff; if not, add more chickpeas, a tablespoon at a time, until batter is thick. (If the batter is too stiff to blend in all the flour, add water a tablespoon at a time.)

  4. Oil a baking sheet or line it with parchment paper or silicone baking mat. Use a cookie scoop or rounded tablespoon to make about 20-22 little mounds of dough on the baking sheet (dipping the scoop in water every now and then will help prevent the dough from sticking to it). Flatten the balls to about 1/2-inch thick and 1 1/2-inches wide. Sprinkle with sesame seeds, if desired.

  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until bottoms are medium brown. Serve hot with yogurt-tahini sauce. These keep well and can be reheated briefly in the microwave.

Categories

Main Dish

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 134.3g
Amount Per Serving
Calories
259
Calories from Fat
44
% Daily Value*
Total Fat
4.9g
8%
Saturated Fat
0.6g
3%
Trans Fat
0.0g
Cholesterol
0mg
0%
Sodium
485mg
20%
Potassium
1027mg
29%
Total Carbohydrates
46.3g
15%
Dietary Fiber
10.6g
42%
Sugars
4.9g
Protein
9.9g
Vitamin A 8% Vitamin C 36%
Calcium 13% Iron 23%
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet

Nutritional details are an estimate and should only be used as a guide for approximation.
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Health Information

Nutrition Grade
96% confidence
A
  Good points
  • Low in saturated fat
  • No cholesterol
  • High in dietary fiber
  • High in manganese
  • High in potassium
  • High in vitamin C
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