The secret ingredient is...OATMEAL!
The kids find most falafel too spicy. Sometimes we buy the Trader Joe's frozen falafel but we are out and I wanted to make something different for dinner.
But of course I also discovered I ran out of chickpeas (what?! We always have beans on hand!), and chickpeas are the ONE thing you really need to make falafel. So I had to make the best of it and I made up this recipe on a whim just to see what would happen.
It turned out great and my 3 year old and 16 month old both ate some. Success!
Anyway, here is what I did:
1 can of Cannellini Beans, drained and rinsed *or any white bean, or I would imagine chickpeas!
1 c. Oatmeal (dry)
3 TBSP Hummus
Spices of choice (I used garlic powder, salt and oregano)
Combine all except sesame seeds in a large bowl and squish up until it forms a dough and there are no visible beans (I wear latex gloves to make it less messy for me)
Refrigerate "dough" for at least an hour
Heat oven to 400
In a large frying pan, put a little olive oil (no more than 1 TBSP) and spread it around with a silicone brush or a paper towel before the pan gets hot
Roll dough into 1/2 inch balls and roll in sesame seeds, then flatten very thin in your palm
Fry on each side until golden brown (about 5 min. each side)
Finish in oven on a baking sheet to crisp them further and keep them warm 5-10 min.