Falafels and I have a long history together. Who was there for me when I was stumbling out of a bar on the Lower East Side? Falafels. What do you buy when you only have a few dollars in your pocket and only ten minutes to chow down before your class/seminar? Falafels (from Mamoun’s).
It’s been a long time since I’ve made falafels but this time, I wanted to try something new and slightly less traditional. I found an interesting falafel recipe with oat flour (!) and collard greens (!) from The Minimalist Baker that I felt I should try. It’s gluten-free and vegan too! Instead of using collard greens though, I used Swiss chard because I couldn’t find collards anywhere. Or maybe my local grocery store just kind of sucks. Who knows.
I like the earthiness of the Swiss chard leaves anyways. Feeling brave, I made a few more alterations.
I added chopped parsley and some chopped cilantro to brighten up the falafels and enhance the flavors of the spices.
Look at these adorable balls of flavor!