There’s no stopping my Kale plants. They seem to be thriving in their little home and the more we cut them the more the flourish.
We’re eating kale every single day! Honestly, do yourself a favour, get down to your local nursery and buy a punnet of kale. They just doesn’t stop giving.
When I made my Kale Tabouli last month I started to look think of other recipes that I could substitute kale with. I figure if kale could easily replace parsley then why not falafels?
I decided to bake them instead of frying to keep things healthy. Hot out of the oven, they looked good and I teamed them up with a tahini sauce and simple garden salad for the photo, however when it came to the taste test I wasn’t sure If I liked them. They tasted quite ‘grassy’ however teamed up with my Lebanese turnip pickles, cos lettuce leaves, sliced tomatoes, a garlicky tahini sauce and a dash of chilli all wrapped up on Lebanese bread, they made quite a tasty meal and I forgot these falafels were even kale.
Crunchie Baked Kale Falafels.
• 4 cups kale leaves (stems removed)
• 1 400g can chickpeas, rinsed
• 2 garlic cloves
• 2 Tablespoons tahini
• 4 table spoons lemon juice
• 1/2 teaspoon cumin
• 4-5 tablespoons flour
• Salt and pepper to taste
• Small bunch of fresh mint leaves.
Pulse the kale, chickpeas, garlic, tahini, lemon juice and cumin in a food processor until it forms a thick paste. Transfer to a bowl and stir through the flour. I added 4 spoons of flour, but if your mix is still wet and not solid enough to form small balls, add more flour.
Form them into ball like shapes and squish them down a bit to flatten
Pop them into a preheated oven and bake until golden brown
Best eaten hot and crunchy.
I have so much Kale too, thank you so much for posting this, I’m desperate for ideas of how to use it! I love falafels:)
You’re welcome Alex!! Hope you enjoy them 🙂
These look very good. I so wish I had a backyard where I could grow kale! It sounds like it thrives wherever it’s planted. It’s great that you’re coming up with so many ways to use your harvest. I think these would be excellent with that yoghurt drizzled over them xx
Thanks so much Charlie! Kale is so hardy, they’d do superbly in container pots too 🙂 Give growing them a try! x
I’m a little bit addicted to kale although I get baby leaves here so maybe they are more palatable? I shove them into smoothies, salads and pesto. You’re first photo looks so vibrant – I bet they are great and I like that you baked them.
I much prefer the younger leaves too Nancy, they’re not as bitter or grassy as the larger ones. I do love the kale boost in a smoothie 🙂
Definitely I can buy more kale now. Thanks for the good recipe!
Most welcome!! Have a great weekend 🙂
Ooo scrumptious. Your kale falafels look divine! Think I should take your advice and add it to my list of nursery items to buy.
Have a super day Lisa.
🙂 Mandy xo
You definitely should Mandy!! I never imagined I’d get so much kale from a couple of punnets! They just keep growing and growing and giving and giving!
Hi Lisa, will it be tomato falafels next?
LOL Glenda, I think I love you.
Tomato Falafels, hey you’re onto something there 😉
Have a great weekend
I adore falafels! Thanks for this recipe Lisa, I’ve never made my own with any degree of success!
Me too Celia, If I was going to be completely honest, I have to say regular falafels are much better, but since I have so much kale, I was able to make a lovely substitute meal and use them up (not that it really made a dent in the veg patch). I’d probably substitute half the kale for parsley next time so it won’t be too ‘kale -ey’
Hehe is kale hardy? Because I kind of kill plants! :S Not intentionally of course 🙂
Incredibly hardy Lorraine! Like mint. Seriously, the thing thrives on neglect!
One of the best veges for your too! Love falafels!
Very true Julie!! Thanks so much and have a lovely weekend x
these look and sound amazing. i must give these a try!
Thanks so much Tina! x
Nothing beats Falafel Lisa! Especially how good and healthy it is for you! I’ve never tried it with kale though and now, thanks to your innovative, splendid ideas- I SHALL! I always add some chilli, & a splash of white wine with my Falafel. Perhaps that would add more flavour than ‘grassy?” Just a bit of input….:) God bless! xx
I think that’s a very good idea Lina! A bit of wine in the falafel mix and a glass (or two) for me!! xx have a lovely weekend
I looked at the photo and wondered if they would taste like eating the lawn. I’m glad to know they were yummy because I love falafel!
These look great Lisa! I’m going to get myself some Kale soon and start cooking your recipes. Except no one has heard of kale here 😦 Looks like next trip- can you please make me some???
I’m sure the kale revolution will sweep India soon Amelia, but of course I will make some for you next time you’re down under xx
These look awesome. Great photos, too!
Thank you so much Shanna, you’re too kind! x
🙂 Take care!
Like I said, I’m personally waiting for the kale baklava, but in the meantime I could munch on these falafel. They look so good and I guess if you put enough tahini sauce, you can’t taste the grassiness. I love falafel and I love kale, so I shouldn’t have a problem. Love that they’re baked too.
LOL Nazneen, one day, just for you 🙂 Extra tahini is probably a great idea, when I make them again, I’ll probably substitute half the kale for regular parsley too, to give it a more traditional flavour 🙂
This is brilliantly timed for my own current kale glut! Thanks for giving me another idea too 🙂
Most welcome Kari!! It seems it’s only you and me that have this kale glut ‘problem’, everyone else’s plants have been destroyed by worms, cabbage moths, possums or rats. We should thank our lucky stars to have such thriving plants!!
I really hope I can find some kale this spring!
Has South Africa not embraced Kale yet Tandy?
I love falafel, too, Lisa, and have a favorite falafel shop. Being a fan of kale, too, I can see where these falafel of yours would be fantastic. What a great idea! I have to give these a try. If they’re as good as I know they will be, I bet that falafel shop will send out a search party for me. 🙂
LOL John, my local falafel shop came knocking on my door just yesterday. Poor things 😛
What a genius idea Lisa! Love kale!
Thanks so much Ohlidia!! xx
These look wonderful, I love falafel and these have a great twist on the original recipe. GG
Thanks so much GG! Have a lovely weekend 🙂
Ok this is tooo good, never thought about kale falafel… and they look great too!
Thanks so much Thang, I’d never had thought about it either but my beast kale plants in the garden just keep giving and I had to use them up somehow!!
what a lovely veggies patties!!!
since it baked version, i guess i’m not feeeling guilty about it!
i want that on my lunch box today…..
Thank you Dedy! Yes, baked is much better for you and of course this means you can eat more, guilt free! 😉
This is certainly a healthy flavoursome twist on the good ol’ falafel. A few of which I munched for breakkie today!
I love this. Looking forward to giving it a go soon 🙂
I might have some falafel for brekkie tomorrow morning, I have the cravings now!! xx
What a great idea Lisa . Your falafels look amazing
Thanks so much Tania! Have a lovely weekend x
You are so clever with your kale. Those falafels sure look delicious and such a healthy meal.
Thanks so much Norma, I have to be, the beast produces more than we consume and I’m always looking for new ways of using it up!
Hi Lisa ,
Got tons of ‘Cavolo Nero’ kale variety in the garden. Will they be good for this recipe?
Looks really good and my kale is reaching industrial levels….