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Almond Meal Pulp and Zucchini Falafels

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I like to make my own almond milk as that way I know that there has been nothing unnatural sneaked it but it hurts me to throw away the left over almond meal.   I tried to make a cracker with it which did not work out well.   I would rather lick the conveyor belt at the supermarket then eat those again (not every recipe is a success!).  Finally,  I made a lovely savoury dish from the almond meal so it’s not gone to waste.  I am also missing a decent falafel since moving away from the Middle East, and this was a half decent substitute (you still cannot beat the real thing).  More importantly for me, it is a great low carb version of falafel.  Perfect with a cauliflower wrap and salad.  It works out to be about 3 net carbs per falafel.  Nom nom!

The added zucchini gives the falafel the moistness you normally get from the chickpeas when you are making the traditional version with chickpeas.  As ever, it’s a great way to sneak vegetables into a dish!  More importantly, a tasty way to use up the almond meal from home made almond milk!  I’m still unsure how to categorize these, a vegetarian side dish, main or a snack?   I eat them in all three categories!

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Almond Meal Pulp and Zucchini Falafels

  • Servings: 1-2
  • Time: 45mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup almond meal

20g coconut flour

1 tspn baking soda

2 cloves garlic, peeled and finely chopped

1/2 onion, peeled and finely chopped

1 cup zucchini grated

1 tblspn fresh parsley, chopped

2 tblspn fresh coriander, chopped

1 tspn ground cumin

1/2 tspn cayenne pepper

2 tspn ground coriander

1/2 tspn salt

1/2 tspn pepper

3-4 tblspn olive oil

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METHOD

  • Place all of the ingredients, except the baking soda and coconut flour in a food processor and blitz until combined.
  • Spoon the mixture into a bowl and add the baking soda and coconut.  Mix well.  Add more coconut flour if required.
  • Take about a tablespoon of the mixture, and make into balls, flattening slightly.
  • Place in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to firm.
  • Heat the olive oil on a medium heat in a frying pan.
  • Fry the falafel on both side for until golden and firm.
  • Eat and enjoy!

Makes 10-12 balls.   3 Net carbs each.

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Comments

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    jamiemid
    May 10, 2014

    Wow, what an amazing idea! I also like to make my own almond milk, and always wondered what I could do with the leftover pulp. I know that some people use it to make flour, but that involves a lot of time, and I don’t generally have enough pulp left over to do anything with it. This recipe is sheer genius. I rarely eat falafels, but I think will be eating more in the future. Thanks for a really great idea. I use a lot of zucchini, and I love coriander, so this is brilliant. I will be making this very soon.

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      Divalicious
      May 10, 2014

      Awwh! Thanks! So pleased you like this! Let me know how it goes when you make it. I agree with you on the flour, takes too much time and is easier to throw it in a blender with other ingredients. Thanks for popping by! 😉

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      Divalicious
      March 28, 2015

      Of course .. I use it to keep the carbs down but please feel free. I want my recipes to be something others can play with! Thanks for popping by 😉

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    A Home Cook
    April 23, 2015

    I love felafels, but have someone who shouldn’t really eat chickpeas. This might solve our problem.

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    BreAnna @ Crafty Coin
    April 23, 2015

    I absolutely LOVE this!! Almond pulp is one of those things I’m never quite sure how to use. I’ve never seen a recipe like this before. It looks great!

    BreAnna | Crafty Coin
    Real Food on a Real Budget

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    B Lee
    May 2, 2015

    Greetings! I tried making this recipe. The only thing I didn’t have was fresh coriander so I just added a little more ground coriander. I had a problem though. They just crumbled in my pan. Even though I formed the patties and put them in the fridge for the stated amount of time they just came apart when I tried to flip them and I was careful. What is supposed to be binding them together? I wondered if there is supposed to be an egg in the recipe? If not can you please offer me some suggestions as to what I did wrong. I followed the recipe exactly as written except for the fresh coriander which wouldn’t in anyway contribute to binding the patties together.

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      Divalicious
      May 4, 2015

      Hi! Perhaps the zucchini was a bit too wet? This helps bind the mixture together but if it’s a bit too wet it would fall apart. Make sure any excess water is squeezed from the zucchini. Hope the next batch works out! Thanks for popping by.

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    Jen
    November 25, 2015

    Hi there,

    I would like to try this recipe. But the almond meal mentioned in the ingredients list, is that the shop bought almond meal or the wet almond pulp left from making almond milk? Or is it dehydrated wet almond pulp?

    Thanks.

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      Angela Coleby
      November 25, 2015

      Hi, it’s the almond pulp left over from making almond milk. I hate throwing it away! I’ve also made brownies with it, but prefer the falafels. Hope you enjoy it!

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    Kate
    February 21, 2016

    I made these yesterday along with the cauliflower hummus because I’m Paleo and had a vegan friend coming round for lunch. They were delicious. Even our partners were impressed and came back for more. I’m so glad I trebled the recipe so I had leftovers for lunch today.

    I used just normal ground almonds that I got in the supermarket and I baked them because I was worried about them falling apart if I fried them.

    Thank you for the recipe. I’ll definitely be making this again.

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      Angela Coleby
      February 22, 2016

      Hi Kate! Glad you all enjoyed them and good choice with the cauliflower hummus too! Thanks for popping by!

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    Nancy
    March 13, 2016

    Hi there these look great, can you make it with ground almonds instead?

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      Angela Coleby
      March 14, 2016

      Hi Nancy. Although I haven’t tried it with ground almonds, I think it would work. Let me know how it turns out!

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    Jade
    April 16, 2016

    does it have to be pulp left over from making milk. I have no interest in making milk but would love to make this. Can i just use Almond Meal that I buy at the store?

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      Angela Coleby
      April 18, 2016

      Hi Jade, I don’t think that the almond meal would work as it may make it a bit too dry.

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    joy
    April 27, 2016

    I have someone who has a nut allergy..What are you thoughts on using tapioca starch or potato starch in place of the almond meal?

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      Angela Coleby
      April 27, 2016

      Ooohh, that’s a puzzling. I would guess you could, but probably reduce the quantity. Use the starch as a binder rather than a main ingredient.

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