So what do you use to make a LC falafel? There are lots of other recipes out there that replace the chick peas with raw ground cauliflower, almond flour, ground kale or other greens, etc. These don't work for me for various reasons.
Not long ago, I was making WereBear's Griddle Cakes
along with some other food on the stove, and I swear I caught a whiff of falafel. A-ha moment! Why wouldn't crushed pork rinds work as a falafel base?
So I tried it, and it worked! I used other ingredients based on other recipes. I'll be tweaking it in the future to try to reduce the inflammatory ingredients.
- Makes 6 patties/2 servings
1 tsp each ground coriander and cumin
pinch of cayenne, or to taste
1 Tbsp dried parsley
1 Tbsp coconut flour
1 tsp garlic powder
1 Tbsp sesame seeds
1 Tbsp finely-chopped onion
1.5 oz ground cashews
1 egg, beaten
2 oz crushed pork rinds
water, 1-4 Tbsp
oil for frying
- Combine first 8 ingredients, then add water 1 Tbsp at a time until you can form patties.
- Heat oil in pan to 350 F. I used extra-light olive oil.
- Fry patties for 4 min, flip, then fry for a few more minutes until browned.
- Serve with tahini sauce.
For the tahini sauce, I combined tahini, a splash of lemon juice, water to thin, then a dollop of chili garlic sauce on top.
Nutrition info excluding
frying oil and tahini sauce, for half the recipe/3 patties:
- 389 cal
- 29 g fat
- 13 g total carb - 4 g fiber = 9 g net carb
- 24 g protein
- To reduce the inflammatory ingredients, I'll probably skip the sesame seeds and cashews next time. I may try baking them, too, as I've seen in other recipes.
- You could use a better oil for frying, though the flavour might be weird.
- I'd rather use fresh parsley, but I didn't have any on hand.
- I think I'd like it with more onion.
- Most recipes called for fresh garlic. I was out.
This is a solid keeper.