Do you know how to make protein falafel?
I absolutely love falafel, so I've made it many times! Strangely enough, though, I've never made a protein-packed, fitness-friendly falafel. What a great challenge!
Traditional falafel is made from a mix of chickpeas, spices, onions, garlic, (chickpea) flour, egg, herbs, and breadcrumbs. From this batter, balls or fritters are formed and then deep-friend in oil until golden brown. Falafel is usually eaten warm inside pita bread, but it's also common to find falafel balls served alongside a lettuce and tomato salad.
Delicious! Unfortunately, falafel is traditionally fried and high in fat. For those following a healthy nutrition plan, falafel doesn't really fit.
I set out to answer a few burning questions: Is it possible to make a low-fat and lower-carb falafel? Can we keep everything that makes falafel taste great and get rid of the things that make it unhealthy? And, most importantly, can we up the protein content?
Guess what, friends? We can.