healthy dessert falafel

Do you ever think about how classic savory foods would taste if they were made into dessert? I do, and these sweet healthy dessert falafel are a delicious twist on the classic savory Middle Eastern baked falafel. Crispy on the outside, chunky and soft on the inside… mmhmm. Just watch out, because these are incredibly addictive! But it’s okay, because the are [mostly] healthy. 😉

You can eat them on their own, because they are sort of like chunky chickpea cookies. If you are wanting to create a more impressive dessert, dip the dessert falafel in melted chocolate or wrap them in a crepe. Omit the chocolate chips for a more traditional falafel texture. And add in some crushed walnuts and drizzle honey on top for a more baklava vibe.
Enjoy!!

step 1

Rinse one (15 oz) can chickpeas and let it drain in a strainer or on a clean kitchen towel for about 10 minutes.

step 2

Pour the chickpeas into a blender or food processor. Pulse about 10 times, until it becomes chunky.

step 3

To the blender or food processor, add ¼ cup crushed graham crackers or cookies of your choice, a pinch of sea salt, ¼ tsp ground cloves, ½ tsp nutmeg, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1 Tbsp maple syrup and 4 dates (pitted and roughly chopped).
Blend until it forms a chunky mixture, only about one minute.

step 4

Add ½ cup chocolate chips and pulse until the chocolate chips are evenly distributed in the mixture.
PRO TIP: Be careful not to blend it too much – it should be more chunky than smooth in order to have that classic falafel texture.

step 5

With your hands, form 12 balls of the falafel mixture and lay them out on a baking sheet. Flatten them with the palm of your hand a bit, so the tops and bottoms are flat like traditional falafel.
Brush 1 Tbsp melted coconut oil on the top of each falafel.
Bake at 450°F for 20 – 25 minutes, until your healthy dessert falafel are crispy and dark golden brown on the outside.

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healthy dessert falafel

A sweet version of a classic savory dish. Falafel are also great for meal prep. Make these sweet versions for snacks and dessert throughout the week!
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
Keyword chocolate, dairy free, dessert, falafel, gluten free, high protein, meal prep, middle eastern, vegan, vegetarian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 12 falafel
Author strawberryandcream

Ingredients

  • 15 oz chickpeas
  • ¼ cup crushed graham crackers or cookies
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 4 dates roughly chopped
  • ½ cup chocolate chips
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil, melted

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 450°F.
  • Rinse one can (15 oz) chickpeas and let it drain in a strainer or on a clean kitchen towel for about 10 minutes.
  • Pour the chickpeas into a blender or food processor. Pulse them about 10 times, until it becomes chunky.
  • To the blender or food processor, add ¼ cup crushed graham crackers or cookies of your choice, a pinch of salt, ¼ tsp ground clove, ½ tsp nutmeg, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1 Tbsp maple syrup and 4 dates (pitted and roughly chopped).
    Blend until it forms a chunky mixture, only about one minute.
  • Add ½ cup chocolate chips and pulse until the chocolate chips are evenly distributed in the mixture.
  • With your hands, form 12 balls of the falafel mixture and lay them out on a baking sheet. Flatten them with the palm of your hand a bit, so the tops and bottoms are flat like traditional falafel.
  • Brush 1 Tbsp melted coconut oil on the top of each falafel.
  • Bake for 20 – 25 minutes, until the falafel are crispy and dark golden brown on the outside.

Published by strawberryandcream

Hello! I am on an epic adventure to learn how to cook and bake. So far I have only given myself food poisoning twice and made myself sick about a half a dozen other times. I am notorious for making poor substitutions, being clumsy in the kitchen & getting sent to the ER, and creating food that just looks downright nasty. But alas! I will prevail and learn how to master the art of feeding myself! :)

7 thoughts on “healthy dessert falafel

    1. strawberryandcream – Hello! I am on an epic adventure to learn how to cook and bake. So far I have only given myself food poisoning twice and made myself sick about a half a dozen other times. I am notorious for making poor substitutions, being clumsy in the kitchen & getting sent to the ER, and creating food that just looks downright nasty. But alas! I will prevail and learn how to master the art of feeding myself! :)
      strawberryandcream says:

      Thank you! They were fun to make, I highly recommend!

    1. strawberryandcream – Hello! I am on an epic adventure to learn how to cook and bake. So far I have only given myself food poisoning twice and made myself sick about a half a dozen other times. I am notorious for making poor substitutions, being clumsy in the kitchen & getting sent to the ER, and creating food that just looks downright nasty. But alas! I will prevail and learn how to master the art of feeding myself! :)
      strawberryandcream says:

      Haha that’s the trick, huh!

  1. Sarah Davis – United States – I planning the next chapter of my life. I’m not exactly sure how it will be written, but I want it to include lots of yoga, paddle boarding, friends, family, dogs, travel and long trail rides on my horse.
    Sarah Davis says:

    Interesting. I love falafel but ever thought of having it sweet.

  2. strawberryandcream – Hello! I am on an epic adventure to learn how to cook and bake. So far I have only given myself food poisoning twice and made myself sick about a half a dozen other times. I am notorious for making poor substitutions, being clumsy in the kitchen & getting sent to the ER, and creating food that just looks downright nasty. But alas! I will prevail and learn how to master the art of feeding myself! :)
    strawberryandcream says:

    It might not be for everyone but if you’re like me & have a sweet tooth, you might enjoy it!

what do you think? :)