Gluten Free Vegan Falafel Waffles Recipe
My home kitchen is fairly well equipped. I have a few sets of really good knifes, great pots and pans, a couple of heavy duty mixers, three (yes, three!) food processors, a pasta maker, an ice cream machine, an ice crusher, multiple slow cookers, a couple high speed blenders and pretty much every kitchen gadget (silly and indispensable) you can image. But until last Sunday, the one thing my kitchen lacked was a waffle maker.
Since acquiring a waffle maker, I have been imagining all sorts of ways to use it other than for simple, traditional waffles. Although I may possess an excess of kitchen gadgetry, I do firmly believe in multi-purposing my machines and gadgets.
Since I am pretty much obsessed with falafels, I decided to try my hand at this Gluten Free Vegan Falafel Waffles Recipe. May I just say, amazing? I love the way the creamy tahini sauce gets into the little nooks of the waffled falafel. And it makes for a savory waffle treat – more to my style than really sweet waffles.
A few attempts with my standard falafel mixture didn’t turn out exactly the way I planned, so I decided to start with a package of Kim’s Simple Meals Organic Waffle mix as a base and add the ingredients that make up a falafel. If I may say so myself – genius!
If you have a waffle maker – give these a try. If you don’t have a waffle maker, I suggest you get one, then give these a try!
- 1 11.4-ounce package Kim’s Simple Meals Organic Waffles
- 1 15-ounce can garbanzo beans rinsed and drained
- 4 green onions chopped
- ½ cup fresh Italian parsley leaves roughly chopped
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 2 ½ cups water
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- Vegetable oil or gluten free nonstick cooking spray – for the waffle maker
- 1 cup sesame tahini
- ¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 garlic clove minced
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ – ¾ cup water
- Shredded lettuce
- Grape tomatoes halved
- Pickled beets
- Hot sauce such as Sriracha
- Parsley leaves
In a blender or food processor, combine all the waffle ingredients and blend until very smooth. Let sit while the waffle maker heats up.
Oil the waffle maker and pour in about 2/3 cup of the falafel mixture (or use the amount your waffle maker suggests). Cook according to manufacturer's directions.
If needed, keep waffles warm in a 200-degree oven.
Place the tahini, lemon juice, garlic, ½ teaspoon salt, and ½ cup of water in a blender. Blend until smooth and thick; it should be the consistency of lightly whipped cream. Add a little more water if necessary. Taste and add more salt if needed. Transfer to a small serving bowl. Leftover tahini can be stored in a covered container in the refrigerator.
Spread each waffle with a layer of tahini. Top with garnishes of choice. Dollop with a little more tahini sauce and hot sauce, if desired.
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