It’s not always easy to repeatedly come up with new recipe and meal ideas, day in and day out to keep your family happy – and more importantly – healthy. Try making this raw falafel, gluten-free recipe for (or better yet – with) your family for a fun, nutritious and delicious raw food meal.
Raw Food Kitchen Equipment
For this raw falafel recipe, you’ll need a food processor and a dehydrator. I use and recommend the 14-cup Cuisinart Food Processor, but if this is too big to suite your needs and you’re looking for something smaller, consider the 7-cup Cuisinart Food Processor, it’s a smaller and more affordable model. As for dehydrators, if you don’t yet have one, I recommend the 9-tray Excalibur – I’ve had mine for years and it’s still working great. Owning a good quality food processor and dehydrator are two of the top 4 raw food kitchen tools I recommend stocking your kitchen with.
For this raw falafel recipe you will need the following organic, raw and fresh ingredients:
- 2 cups sunflower seeds
- 5-6 stalks celery
- 2.5 cups chopped carrots
- 1 cup of loosely packed fresh parsley
- 3/4 cup tahini
- 2 tablespoons cumin
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon freshly chopped chives
- 3/4’s cup of ground flax
- 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
I no longer use salt in any of my raw food recipes, but you of course, are free to add whatever you like. I had no idea how salt was drastically affecting my weight and since I love about 13 pounds in the first month I stopped eating salt – I’ll never go back. Want to learn more? Get my free report on salt here.
Raw Falafel Recipe Instructions
- In a food processor, “pulse” sunflower seeds until you have a somewhat chunky consistency. “Pulsing means you don’t turn on the food processor and just let it run, you use the “pulse” option (if your food processor comes with one) to get a chunkier consistency. The trick with this recipe is that you want some of the sunflower seeds to be more ground and smoother, while still having some chunky pieces in there for texture. Place sunflower seeds in a large bowl.
- Chop up carrots and place them in the food processor until you have a similar chunky (very small chunks) consistency. Place in large bowl with sunflower seeds
- Chop up celery, place in food processor and pulse until you get the same chunky consistency so you have bits of celery. Place in bowl with sunflower seeds and carrots.
- Use a knife or the food processor to finely chop up 1 cup of loosely packed parsley. Add to bowl.
- Add the tahini, cumin, garlic powder, chopped chives and mix all ingredients in the bowl by hand.
- Then add in the flax and mix again.
- Lastly slowly add in lemon juice and thoroughly mix in. Note: start with 1/4 cup of lemon juice and if your batter is too liquid, you can either hold off on the remaining lemon or add a little more flax to absorb some of the moisture and allow you to add in more lemon. These were the ratios that worked well for me, but every recipe always varies.
- Roll into little balls in the palm of your hand, making them about 1 inch thick. Space them on a dehydrator tray about 1 inch apart and dehydrate for about 8-10 hours. I usually start my dehydrator off higher, at about 150 degrees F, and then after one hour, I turn it down to 115 for the remaining time. The time in the dehydrator always varies depending on how much moistness your recipe has, and how you would like your final raw falafel to turn out. I like it chewy and soft, so I don’t dehydrate as long. Others like it crunchy and crispier, which would require more time. Take a taste test after 6 and 8 hours to see how you like it!
Keep in mind that this is just one version of a raw falafel recipe. Get creative, add your own unique flare if you like. Instead of using wheat-based tortillas for your raw falafel, keep the meal gluten-free by wrapping your falafels in a fresh collard wrap with lettuce, sprouts, tomato and avocado. Add a fresh raw vegan tzatziki sauce for a truly special treat. This tzatziki sauce recipe is featured in my latest ebook “Your Essential Guide to Raw Vegan Dairy Alternatives” where I show you how to make wonderful dairy-free recipes like vegan cheese, nut milks, raw vegan yogurt and salad dressings like Cesar salad dressing and raw vegan mayonnaise – to name a few. Click here to buy the book and get 25% off your copy with coupon code “tzatziki”.
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