Crispy Chickpea Bites In The Oven

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The other night, Eric and I were cruising the aisles of Home Depot. Also known as, my Favourite Place On Earth.

Or my Least Favourite Place on Earth but I really can’t complain. I do drag Eric to Michaels (his Favourite Place on Earth) so it is only fair that he drags me to Home Depot.

Anyways, we were looking to purchase new plug plates outlets for our bedroom. Or whatever one would call those things.

I was helping Eric search for a specific kind of outlet among a sea of outlets and he said, ‘I think we should get the baby proof outlets, don’t you?’

I stopped and thought about it for a moment.

Finally, I said, ‘Are you pregnant!?’

Eric paused for a moment, rubbing his belly. He looked at me with a straight face and said, ‘I surely hope not, I haven’t been taking my Folic Acid lately!’

And then I almost peed myself.

I think it was the one and only occasion that I have ever had a smile on my face in Home Depot.

[And for the record….no, I’m not pregnant. But Eric might be…]

So while I don’t have any buns in the oven, I do have something delicious in the oven to show you tonight!

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Crispy Chickpea Bites

Despite not being fried, these bites are crispy and have a soft, creamy interior with lots of flavour. I hesitate to call the bites ‘Falafel’ because they aren’t like traditional Falafel, but are perhaps a hybrid between Falafel and a chickpea burger! Did I mention they are super quick and easy to make?

Adapted from Foodista.

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 cups cooked chickpeas
  • 2 tbsp chopped red onion
  • 2 large garlic cloves, chopped
  • 3-4 tbsp flour, to thicken mixture for shaping
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp coriander
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • Roll in breadcrumbs before baking (optional, but I liked it)

 

Directions: Preheat oven to 400F. Line a baking sheet with parchment. Combine the chickpeas,onion, garlic, flour, spices, oil, and salt, and pulse in a food processor until the mixture is well combined and smooth. Form the mixture into 8 small balls or patties with wet hands. Roll each bite in breadcrumbs if preferred. Bake in oven for approx 30-35 minutes or until crispy and golden. Serve in a pita or wrap with hummus, veggies, tahini sauce, etc. or on top of a salad.

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These took me by surprise! I was not expecting much from them, but they were quite addicting. The exterior really crisps up, but the interior stays soft with a texture similar to hummus. They were great on their own, but I really enjoyed them in this tortilla wrap with spinach, tomato, back pepper, and hummus.

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Basically, they are just another vehicle for more hummus. And I’m ok with that.

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Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine October 28, 2010

Vehicles for hummus are a-okay with me, especially when they look that good! I must say, I’m seriously impressed by your witty comeback to the baby-proof plug thing. But I guess it wouldn’t be a bad idea- you don’t want to have to go to Home Depot for new ones whenever you decide to have kids!

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Kristina @ spabettie October 28, 2010

Eric is HILARIOUS… I love it !!

these look fabulous, as always… and that tomato looks tasty too!

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Allie (Live Laugh Eat) October 28, 2010

Ohhhhhhh Eric!

I’ve had the most gigantic craving for falafel the last couple of weeks…ahh perfect! And for the record, I am not pregnant either :).

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Jessica @ How Sweet It Is October 28, 2010

I had my first falafel when I was at Ashley’s (edibleperspec) house last month. I FELL IN LOVE. I know you say these aren’t technically falafel but they look kinda close so I must try.

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Leann October 28, 2010

I am pregnant and had a huge craving for pita bread, hummus, and falafel on my way home from work. And I mean intense craving. Then I sat down at home (after changing into sweat pants, of course) and saw your post. Showed the hubby and he promptly agreed that this looks amazing!

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Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) October 28, 2010

That’s hilarious! And that dinner: yum! You really can’t go wrong with chickpeas. :D

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Lisa (bakebikeblog) October 28, 2010

hehehe aww Eric! He is too funny!

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suki @ [Super Duper Fantastic] October 28, 2010

these seem easy enough! :) i might give ‘em a go in my new food processor. home depot was nice for awhile, but then after a bazillion trips there picking out kitchen tiles/cabinets/counters/etc, i was SOOO sick of it.

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chelsey @ clean eating chelsey October 28, 2010

Yum! THose look delicious! So, was that Eric’s manly way of telling you he wants to have a baby or what?

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Janae Jacobs October 28, 2010

I love chickpeas! What better way to eat them then as chickpea bites! Too bad we can’t just drink hummus through a straw:)

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Jamie October 28, 2010

Yum! and so easy! Going to make this for dinner tmrw night :O)

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Jennifer@ knackfornutrition October 28, 2010

This recipe is added to my ever expanding list. Gah, someone get me a kitchen asap. 7 more weeks until I am cooking up a storm.

P.S. I feel your pain. I loathe The Home Depot. :)

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LC October 28, 2010

Looks SO GOOD! And easy! I made homemade falafel once and while they were scrumptious, it was prohibitively time consuming. I bet I could just throw a little chickpea flour in …

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Meg @ MegGoesNomNom October 28, 2010

Oh my, I just about died reading your Home Depot anecdote. :D Hysterical!

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Liz @ Tip Top Shape October 28, 2010

Oh my goodness, plug plates! haha I am going to call them that from now on!!

Those chickpea bits looks DELICIOUS :D

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Erin October 28, 2010

hahaha you and Eric seem extremely CUTE! My husband’s “Favorite Place on Earth” (sadly) is the grocery store… especially when I’M there…
I actually LOVE Home Depot :):)
I love the recipe – I’ve been wanting to make falafel for a few weeks now, but these look like they’ll definitely kick the craving in HALF the time!! yum!

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Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary) October 28, 2010

These sound really good Ange! I bet they’d freeze well… which I LOVE

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Hope October 28, 2010

Oh Eric, now he gets to eat for TWO!
Yum, these look so good! Aarrgh I really need to buy a new food processor!!

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Lisa October 28, 2010

I keep seeing fallafal looks so good, never tried it though! =)

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Faith @ lovelyascharged October 28, 2010

Hehe, I made something that looks almost exactly like these…on accident…when I messed up the directions on a box of falafal! Mine tasted kinda gross, though, but yours seem to have turned out right if they’re crispy on the outside and hummus-y on the inside! I had to disguise the bleh texture of mine with…you guessed it…hummus!

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Maria @ Oh Healthy Day October 28, 2010

Saw your tweet on being sad about nighttime photos – seriously would NEVER have guessed these were at night! They look great and make me hungry – so mission accomplished, I say :)

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat October 28, 2010

hahahahahhaha Eric is hilarious!! i just laughed so hard – and told my roommate about your home depot story. love it!! :D

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Alina @ Duty Free Foodie October 28, 2010

I don’t mind Home Depot … it’s an opportunity to smell the pine and look at paint swatches and plants. Your pregnancy conversation is too funny!

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Lauren October 28, 2010

They kind of remind me of Falafel. Whatever they resemble, they sound incredible!!

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stacey-healthylife October 28, 2010

Those look pretty tasty.

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Krystina (Organically Me) October 28, 2010

You and Eric are adorable. :D

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Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg October 28, 2010

Yum! These do look like distant, delicious cousins of falafels and chickpea burgers! :-)

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Balanced Healthy Life October 28, 2010

So is Eric itching for a baby? : )
The chickpea bites look delish!

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Jenny October 28, 2010

This post just kept me on my toes the whole time! haha, love it! : )

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Melissa @ I Never Imagined October 28, 2010

I love how Eric chose the most magical and romantic place in the world (Home Depot) to reveal his baby plans! Hehehe :)

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Rebecca October 28, 2010

Those burgers look great. Last night shopping I found Garlic Hummus, I think it is ok that I stood in the kitchen eating it with a spoon.

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Jillian @ Reshape Your Life October 28, 2010

I’m still laughing at the pregnancy conversation.

You and Eric are such a cute and fun couple!

And I actually don’t mind Home Depot, all the paint, plants, cabinets and BATHTUBS!! I like to pick out everything I would put in my dream house… Then go home empty handed and consider staying overnight at a bed and breakfast in town just so I can have a bath in a REAL tub.

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Shannon, Tropical Eats October 28, 2010

hahah oh baby proof outlets :)

these look delish!

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Erika @ Health and Happiness in LA October 28, 2010

Hahaha cooking and baking are all about finding more vehicles for hummus and peanut butter.

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Holly @ couchpotatoathlete October 28, 2010

I’m sure you have a food baby after those chickpea bites :)

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Wei-Wei October 28, 2010

That sounds like crispy baked hummus bites :D

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Erica October 28, 2010

Hehe, you’re Home Depot story cracked me up.

I’m a complete & total falafel & hummus fan. I’m thinking I’ll have to try that recipe!

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Savannah P October 28, 2010

You and Eric literally just had me laughing out loud. You are so cute together! Double date in order the next time you’re in Florida ;)
Quick question -> do canned chickpea’s count as “cooked”?
Thanks Ange!

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Charlie October 28, 2010

Those look really good! I would make them bigger to make falafel burger patties ;).

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Meaghen October 28, 2010

Eric’s comment is so funny! I love that he even knows that women need to take folic acid! So cute!

I just find Home Depot too confusing. Too many aisles that are way too tall with so many things that all look the same!

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