Recipe: Turmeric & Sweet Potato Falafel Bakes (Vegan & Gluten-Free!)

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By Trinity Bourne

Contributing Writer for Wake Up World

Falafel is a traditional deep fried middle eastern dish. We enjoy a wonderfully healthy version by adding a few extra things like turmeric and sweet potato and bake them in the oven instead. I like to add turmeric, because it complements the other flavours so well and gives a gorgeous yellow glow to the plate.

Turmeric is an all round winner when it comes to health. It’s excellent at supporting the immune system whilst being great for skeletal, joint, skin and digestive system well-being too. Cumin and coriander are great warming spices that complement our health as well as adding delicate flavours that lend themselves perfectly to middle-eastern type cuisine.

Not only are these falafels gluten free and vegan, but they are filling, temptingly tasty and really nutritious.

Here’s the Conscious Kitchen version, which is an adapted variation of the original ‘Baked Falafel’ recipe that first appeared in my book, Trinity’s Conscious Kitchen.

Falafel serves well with hummus and salad.

Turmeric & Sweet Potato Falafel

Makes: 18 balls (approx)

Preparation: 15 minutes

Cooking: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

– 240g chickpeas (or 1 tin drained)

300g sweet potatoes

2 large cloves garlic

1 handful fresh coriander leaves

¼ teaspoon ground cardamon

1 heaped teaspoon ground turmeric (or

1 heaped tablespoon of freshly grated)

2 teaspoons heaped ground coriander

1 teaspoon heaped ground cumin

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 heaped teaspoon sea salt

2 tablespoons gram flour (chickpea flour)

Extra gram flour for rolling with

You will also need:

A blender (hand/immersion or jug type) or food processor or strong potato masher

Directions:

  1. Scrub and chop the sweet potato and boil until soft with skin still included (approximately 10 minutes). Then drain and place in a mixing bowl.
  2. Crush garlic and chop along with coriander leaves (as small as you can) with a sharp knife.
  3. Add all ingredients into blender or food processor (EXCEPT the gram flour). I find this actually works best with a hand (immersion) blender. With a hand blender, you can apply downward pressure and get in there nicely… if you use a jug blender or food processor it will work fine if you keep scraping down the sides and loosen the mixture. Alternatively you could go for the real rustic effect and use a strong potato masher to do the job instead. Blend until most of the mixture is broken down. It doesn’t need to be totally smooth; it can be quite rustic.
  4. Once blended add the gram flour and continue to mix in with a spoon. If you leave it on the side for a while (half and hour or half a day) then it will firm up a little making it slightly easier to roll. I sometimes let it stand if I have time, but that’s not essential.
  5.  Chickpea moisture varies from batch to batch. The mixture should be soft and pliable, easy to roll into a ball in your hands. Take a heaped teaspoon worth of mixture and roll a small ball (this should be smaller than a golf ball). The delightful yellowness glow of the turmeric will rub off a bit on your hands. If you’d rather now yellow-out your hands then use extra gram flour to roll with. If your mixture is too soft to roll well, then add a little extra gram flour or use gram flour to roll in.
  6. Place on a lightly oiled baking tray and bake in preheated oven at gas mark 6 or 7 (200ËšC to 220ËšC) for approximately 30 minutes or until tanned.
  7. Enjoy!

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About the author:

Trinity s Conscious KitchenTrinity is the author of ‘Trinity’s Conscious Kitchen’, a recipe book designed to inspire soul through conscious cuisine. It’s filled with simple, delicious vegan, wheat-free recipes for spiritual evolution.

Trinity’s journey into conscious eating began about twenty years ago during a profound spiritual awakening, at which point a white light surged though her whole being, dissolving everything it touched, radiating the entire field around her until there was nothing but the pure white light of unity consciousness. During this life-changing experience Trinity experienced the soul of all other sentient beings, trees, creatures, people as one pulsating energy. Transcended into a higher realm of unity and oneness, the experience imparted a divine energy that she has been sharing through spiritual work ever since.

Visit Trinity’s new website www.trinityskitchen.com for conscious cuisine or www.Openhandweb.org for a huge archive of deep insights for the spiritual journey (a website Trinity supports along with her soul-mate and husband ‘Open’).


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  • jo

    Hello lovely….this looks divine! I always enjoy your recipes!

    Just wondering is there is another option for flour instead of chickpea flour? Would coconut flour work?

    Love to you xx

  • Hi Jo,
    Thank you for the kind words.
    Chickpea flour works particularly well with this although I imagine it would work with other flours too (may yield different results, so bit of trial & error might be needed).
    In this recipe the sweet potato really helps to held together the falafels, so I am guessing coconut flour might work fine.
    Would love to know how it goes, so please do feel free to mail me 🙂
    Love to you too.
    x

    • Jo

      Beautiful! I have this recipe on my meal plan this week and ill go with coconut flour.
      Thanks so much for replying..
      Love and blessings to you and happy eclipse for you too!!
      Xxx

      • Trinity

        You are very welcome.
        Love to you too.
        x

  • jo

    Hello Trinity…These were divine!! I used the coconut flour and served them with a raita. Really lovely! Will be definitely making these little gems again. Huge love to you xxxx

    • Wonderful Jo – thanks for letting me know. I am delighted to heart that.
      with love
      x

  • donna

    Just wondering if I can substitute the chickpeas with pinto beans etc?

    • Rebecca Syma

      Then they would no longer be Falafels but Pinto beans baked w/ Sweet Potatoes and Tumeric