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.
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I can’t wait to see all the delicious things you are going to come up with. Good luck to everyone!
Baked Falafel Appetizer
This Baked Falafel Appetizer with garlicky Tzatziki provides an extra fiber boost with added All-Bran Cereal. A convenient finger food to serve your guests, that is also healthy and nutritious.
- 1 cup dried chickpeas soaked in saltwater (min 1 hour, max overnight)
- 3 garlic cloves
- 1/3 cup chopped red onion
- 1/4 cup each parsley and cilantro leaves
- 1 teaspoons salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoons cumin
- 1/8 teaspoons each cinnamon and nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 4 tablespoons olive oil + extra for baking
- 2/3 cup All-Bran cereal
- 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
- 1/4 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.