Falafel with hazelnuts and paprika! Yes, I am a big fan of falafel and cannot believe this is only my second recipe post – besides my Christmas themed Stuffing Falafel Balls. I am always looking for new and wonderful ways to enjoy the chickpea-based ball as the new recipes crop up every day it seems.
If you are a falafel fan like me, you have to try this version with its warming smoked paprika, crunchy hazelnut crumb. Plus, they are baked which means less washing up, no oil and lots of flavour.
I am very proud of the fact this recipe only requires 10 ingredients and about 30 minutes of your time but delivers on big flavour and satisfaction.
The base is the classic chickpea to which we add lots of flavour: garlic granules, smoked paprika, ground cumin, salt and black pepper and fresh parsley. The result is a richly coloured and falvoured falafel ball with fresh herby notes and a delicious smoky mixture. The added oats help to bind the dough into balls while the tahini adds the delicious creaminess.
The best part of this Hazelnut and Paprika Falafel is the hazelnut crumb which isn’t nearly as difficult as it sounds. I blitz up whole hazelnuts into a fine meal in my food processor and then each rolled falafel ball is coated in the crumbs to form a delicious and crunchy coating.
Serve these falafel as you would any other ball, with dips and spreads, crudités and flatbreads or as part of Buddha Bowls – my favourite way. I hope you’ll love them as much as I do, they are full of smoky flavour, tender on the inside, with a crispy nutty outside, easy to make, healthy and a real crowd-pleaser.
Flavour packed smoked paprika falafel with crunchy hazelnut crumb - deliciously vegan and gluten free, they only require 10 ingredients.
I look forward to hearing what you think of these Hazelnut and Paprika Falafel, so please do leave your comments below and tag me in your falafel creations. I’m @nourishing.amy on Instagram and use the hashtag #nourishingamy. I’m also on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest – please say hello!
With falafel love x