This post is sponsored by All-Bran Canada. Their All-Bran cereal can be added to almost any meal, like this delicious Baked Falafel Appetizer for an extra fibre boost in your diet.
Any outing to the mall isn't complete without a visit to the food court - for me at least. I mean, who doesn't get hungry walking and shopping around? Without fail, by the time the aroma from the food court hits my nose, I realize that I too could have a bite.
In my attempt to avoid unhealthy fast food, I came to love the Mediterranean food booths. For some reason it seems like all the malls in Calgary have a Lebanese stand at the food court. Before I was an adventurous eater, chicken shawarma wraps were my go-to item.
As I got more educated on delicious international foods, yummy new things like hummus and tabbouleh got added to my order. For some reason I avoided falafel for the longest time. Plainly, because I didn't know what it was.
Then Olivia started to eat solids too and someone recommended falafel as an easy baby/toddler food. That's when I learned that falafel were basically chickpea patties. What could possibly be wrong with that? So that's how Olivia and I learned to eat and love falafel at the same time.
Making falafel at home seemed daunting though, since deep-frying really isn't my specialty. And then I learned you could also bake them! Yay!
For today's homemade Baked Falafel Appetizer I used Kellogg's All-Bran in the chickpea patties to make them lighter, hold together better and to give them an extra fibre fix.
I am excited to tell you that I have partnered with All-Bran Canada this Fall to bring you delicious recipe ideas with extra fibre. Adding fibre to your diet has many well-documented health benefits like promoting regularity, contributing to healthy cholesterol levels and even helping to maintain a healthy body weight.
With All-Bran cereal it is super easy to add extra fibre to your meals to make them healthy and nutritious.
All-Bran Canada has also brought on 3 Canadian Top Chefs, Chef Craig Harding from Campagnolo (Toronto), Chef Connie DeSousa from Charcut (Calgary) and Chef Alexandre Gosselin from Chez Victoire (Montreal) to bring you even more exciting comfort food dishes that include a surprising and healthy kick of fibre.
All of their restaurant-worthy recipes can be found on All-Bran’s new Pinterest page. Be sure to check it out and pin your favorites for your Fall cooking inspiration and for some great ideas to enter the giveaway below.
And now it's your turn to create an awesome recipe including All-Bran and get a chance to win this amazing All-Bran Prize Pack ($250 value).
- a KitchenAid food processor
- a beautiful All-Bran wood cutting board
- bamboo and silicone cooking utensils
- and All-Bran Cereal product
To enter the giveaway, you can make my recipe, recreate any recipe from All-Bran's website or come up with your own unique All-Bran creation.
Snap a picture of the recipe your made and
1. share it with your friends on your favorite social media channel (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)
2. use the hashtag #AllBran
3. and be sure to tag me @leelalicious (so I don't miss your entry).
UPDATE Nov. 6: You can now also enter by following All-Bran on Pinterest and tweeting.
Open to Canadian Residents only (excluding Quebec). Giveaway ends November 26, 2015.
I can't wait to see all the delicious things you are going to come up with. Good luck to everyone!
Baked Falafel Appetizer
- 1 cup dried chickpeas soaked in saltwater (min 1 hour, max overnight)
- 3 garlic cloves
- ⅓ cup chopped red onion
- ¼ cup each parsley and cilantro leaves
- 1 teaspoons salt
- ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- ½ teaspoons cumin
- ⅛ teaspoons each cinnamon and nutmeg
- ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 4 tablespoons olive oil + extra for baking
- ⅔ cup All-Bran cereal
- ½ cup Greek yogurt
- ¼ Long English cucumber seeded and grated
- 1 garlic clove
- salt to taste
- 10 cherry tomatoes halved
- Preheat oven to 375 F. Grease a baking sheet or oven-safe pan (cast iron) with oil.
- Rinse the soaked chickpeas with cold water. Add them to a food processor with all other Falafel ingredients and pulse until combined. Form the mixture into 20 small balls and flatten.
- Place on prepared pan and bake for 15-20 minutes. Flip half-way through.
- Seed the cucumber and grate finely. Squeeze out extra liquid from the cucumber before adding to the yogurt. Grate the garlic clove and add as well.
- Season with salt to taste.
- Spoon a little Tzatziki onto the slightly cooled falafel and top with a tomato half and a cilantro leaf.
Disclosure: I received free product and compensation from All-Bran Canada. All opinions are as usual my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make Leelalicious possible.
Teresa S. Smoot
Due to an allergy in my family I need to make my recipes gluten free. Is there a GF cereal that you can recommend to use in place of the All Bran Cereal?
I've been seeing more and more recipes that use All Bran cereal. I am definitely going to try using it in my cooking.
Yes, do it 🙂 If you get around to it before the 26, don't forget to submit your creation to the giveaway/contest 🙂
Sarah @ The Chef Next Door
I love falafel! What a great twist to use bran. Can't wait to make these little appetizers!
Matt @ Plating Pixels
What a fun idea! Love the styling too.
Melissa | Persnickety Plates
I love falafel - how creative!
Sounds like a great way to get more bran. Yum!
It really is. Extra fibre and you dont even notice it
What a great idea using the all bran!
Thank you Jamie
I've never had falafel but it looks good! AND healthy. Thanks for sharing
Do try some if you get a chance. Falafel are so yummy 🙂
Jillian @ Food, Folks and Fun
These little falafel appetizers look so good!
Thanks a bunch Jillian 🙂
looks so tasty! We love falafel!!
Aren't falafel just awesome? A hit with the whole family here
This looks like a great recipe! Thanks for sharing!
Thanks so much Melanie 🙂
I love falafel and I make it all the time!! But I've never done it with bran cereal!! That's great idea!!! Looks delicious!
Thanks so much Ludmilla 🙂
MyCookingSecrets.com | Krystallia Giamouridou
I am on the healthy side too! This recipe can be made all year long and it is very refreshing as you used tzatziki as sauce. Thumbs up!
Oh yes, I love how fresh Tzatziki is.
Jamie | The Kitchenarium
What a great way to use bran. Falafel are so child friendly too. Love it!
Yes, my toddler loves falafel. Which makes me very happy
These little falafels are so cute. I would have never thought to add bran cereal...or any cereal for that matter, to them. Very creative!
Thanks so much Jenn 🙂
Sounds fun! I can't wait to make something. When does it end?
Great question, forgot to mention that you have until the end of November. Will update it above. And I can't wait to see your creation 🙂
What a great way to make Falafels even healthier. I'd never have thought of adding All Bran to savoury recipes. Thanks!
It's really so versatile for sweet and savoury recipes
we love falafal and so does our little one, thank you for another great idea on ow to make them, sadly im in Munich and cant try this exact recipe or enter the contest but ill see what i can find to improvise!
Greetings to Germany! I grew up there 🙂 Yes, falafel are so great for the littles.
Such a wonderful innovation
Using all bran is brilliant
I'm trying this.. thanks for the recipe 🙂
Awesome! Let me know how it turns out for you 🙂
Kristen @ A Mind Full Mom
What an awesome way to use ALL bran!
Thanks so much, Kristen! It really is so versatile 🙂