Crispy Chickpea Bites In The Oven

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on October 28, 2010

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 at 6:26 pm

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 at 6:27 pm

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 at 6:27 pm

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 at 6:33 pm

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 at 6:37 pm

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 at 6:37 pm

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 at 6:40 pm

hehehe aww Eric! He is too funny!

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suki @ [Super Duper Fantastic] October 28, 2010 at 6:40 pm

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 at 6:41 pm

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 at 6:43 pm

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 at 6:44 pm

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

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[email protected] knackfornutrition October 28, 2010 at 6:50 pm

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 at 6:52 pm

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 at 7:02 pm

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

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Liz @ Tip Top Shape October 28, 2010 at 7:05 pm

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 at 7:05 pm

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 at 7:10 pm

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

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Hope October 28, 2010 at 7:10 pm

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 at 7:14 pm

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

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Faith @ lovelyascharged October 28, 2010 at 7:27 pm

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 at 7:30 pm

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 at 7:32 pm

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 at 7:36 pm

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 at 7:37 pm

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

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stacey-healthylife October 28, 2010 at 7:49 pm

Those look pretty tasty.

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Krystina (Organically Me) October 28, 2010 at 7:49 pm

You and Eric are adorable. :D

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Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg October 28, 2010 at 7:49 pm

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

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Balanced Healthy Life October 28, 2010 at 7:56 pm

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

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Jenny October 28, 2010 at 7:56 pm

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 at 8:20 pm

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 at 8:25 pm

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 at 8:26 pm

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 at 8:28 pm

hahah oh baby proof outlets :)

these look delish!

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Erika @ Health and Happiness in LA October 28, 2010 at 8:44 pm

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

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Holly @ couchpotatoathlete October 28, 2010 at 8:52 pm

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

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Wei-Wei October 28, 2010 at 9:05 pm

That sounds like crispy baked hummus bites :D

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Erica October 28, 2010 at 9:19 pm

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 at 9:22 pm

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 at 9:43 pm

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

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Meaghen October 28, 2010 at 9:48 pm

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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Chelsea @ Strawberry Sweat October 28, 2010 at 9:58 pm

I LITERALLY laughed out loud about the Home Depot story :) Oh Eric!

These chickpea bits look delicious. And I do love vehicles for hummus :)

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Meg in NZ October 28, 2010 at 10:01 pm

Yummo!! You do make delicious food and beautiful photographs.

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Cara Craves... October 28, 2010 at 10:02 pm

Fun idea!
I am super impressed that Eric has the knowledge to connect folic acid with pregnancy!
Good man! I would be super surprised if my husband cracked out that line :)

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Ashley October 28, 2010 at 10:04 pm

Ohhhhhhhh these look wonderful!!! Thank youuuu :) The huz + I will both love these. No buns in the oven over here either…hehe

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Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) October 28, 2010 at 10:14 pm

Lol to the whole first part. Good stuff :)

My husband wouldnt know that i dutifully took folic acid, let alone able to come up with a one liner like that…props to Eric. LOL

Home Depot..NOT my idea of a good time. At all. Big box store. Construction oriented. Not my retail therapy of choice!

:)

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Katie October 28, 2010 at 10:21 pm

Creamy hummus in a crispy shell? That’s my kind of food…falafel or not.

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Allie (Nutty FlexitALLIEan) October 28, 2010 at 10:35 pm

Haha Home Depot is my least favorite store in the world too!
And I will be making those chickpea cakes stat–they look delish :)

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Amy K. @ Onehealthypeanut October 28, 2010 at 10:55 pm

Those look delicious! Anything with chickpeas gets my vote!!

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Camille October 28, 2010 at 11:38 pm

Oh my goodness. If you were pregnant, I would you wouldn’t wait until baby-proofing stage to tell us!

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Marina October 29, 2010 at 12:25 am

Does eric have some weird cravings lately? :D
Anyways, those chickpea bites are amazing.
I love every dish with chickpeas, I just can’t get enough of them!

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Leah @ Simply Fabulous October 29, 2010 at 2:28 am

So did you get the baby proof ones in the end? ;)

And for the record I call them plug plates too.

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Casey Thomas October 29, 2010 at 4:09 am

Love the Home Depot story. Nothing like some controversy to make a dull time fun :)

I lived on falafel when I was living in London and even when travelling. There is a chain of vegetarian falafel and salad pitta joints around Europe called Maoz. Man, they were my cheap backpacker buy every day and it was love!!

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Emma (Sweet Tooth Runner) October 29, 2010 at 4:45 am

Right, now I know what I’m having for lunch! I love falafel, and chickpea burgers (and just chickpeas generally!) so these look perfect for me! Only my food processor is broken…hmmm…I guess I’ll try it in my blender then! :)
Hahaha Eric is so funny!! This made me laugh!! :D

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JL goes Vegan October 29, 2010 at 5:27 am

I have a feeling these chickpea treats will become a winter staple!

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Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin October 29, 2010 at 6:11 am

Haha Eric is too funny! I hope he isn’t hit too hard by morning sickness. ;)

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Claire (Low Impact Fashionista) October 29, 2010 at 7:44 am

Haha Home Depot is one of my favorite places on earth too ;)
Those burger/falafel look amazing by the way!

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Heather (Heather's Dish) October 29, 2010 at 7:47 am

even though hummus isn’t my comfort food i still think we could all use a little more hummus in our lives. and the vehicles for that the better :)

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Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes October 29, 2010 at 7:52 am

I love hummous in any shape or form. And those burgers look amaaaaaaaaazing!

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jenna October 29, 2010 at 8:07 am

you and eric crack me up! i feel like you two should have a reality series. these bites look wonderful.

i recently tried your in a jiffy burgers and they were amazing!!! they kept me full hours too! perfect lunch!

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Robyn @ Frugal 'n' Fit! October 29, 2010 at 8:08 am

I remember a couple of years ago when my husband suggested we get a four-door car because of impending parenthood (the first time he had ever hinted at it) and it was, like, The Greatest Thing He Had Ever Said To Me. Now I am 9 months pregnant, so Ang, watch out! Lolz

What the world needs now is more vehicles for hummus-consumption. I mean, seriously.

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faith @ gracefulfitness October 29, 2010 at 8:41 am

Ugh, Lowe’s is worse than Home Depot and my husband says about once a week, “do you want to go to Lowe’s this afternoon?”. Let’s just say it’s a rhetorical question and the only thing that makes it bearable is the garden department, which I sneak off to asap!
That convo between you and Eric is hilarious! You are both rather quick with the comebacks!

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Amanda October 29, 2010 at 8:49 am

Eric’s another planner huh? ;)

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Allison @ Food for Healing October 29, 2010 at 8:55 am

LOL i like that, especially Eric’s comment back.

Those look absolutely tasty, i want to try making something like that one day.

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Jen @ keepitsimplefoods October 29, 2010 at 8:59 am

These look delish! They are very similar to the veggie burgers I make and remind me a lot of falafel. I will have to try using the oven or toaster oven for crispiness. Thanks for sharing!

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K October 29, 2010 at 9:04 am

Bahaha, you and Eric crack me up! I definitely need to give this recipe a try when I get back home and into my own kitchen.
-K

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Lana October 29, 2010 at 9:16 am

HAHAHA, that is halarious!!! What would he do without you ;) Loving the chickpea patties. I always eat chickpeas (usually just throw them on salad or with a sweet potato, etc. when I’m in a rush) and am needing a new way to make them exciting and fast! Thanks!

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Leanne @ Simplicitlee October 29, 2010 at 9:24 am

So why did he want baby safe outlet plugs? :p

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Gena October 29, 2010 at 9:42 am

I am always OK with hummus vehicles. The more the better.

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[email protected] October 29, 2010 at 10:02 am

I think I’ll be making falafels very very soon!

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Amber K October 29, 2010 at 10:12 am

Those look really good!

I hope Eric has an easy pregnancy. ;)

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Kristina October 29, 2010 at 10:13 am

I LOVE IT! The dinner look amazing!

I too, am a Home Depot hater. In fact, I have been banned by my husband from entering HD anymore because I always seem to get into “it” with the so called employees there. I’m only allowed to go to Lowes now ;)

VIVA LOWES!!

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Michelle @ Turning Over a New Leaf October 29, 2010 at 10:18 am

PAAHHAHAHA! Health nerd humor. I love it!!

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Ashley October 29, 2010 at 10:28 am

Oh, how I loathe Home Depot! Why do guys love it so much?! And why do they make us go there with them? Life’s unanswered questions…;)

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Katy @ A Healthy Shot October 29, 2010 at 10:38 am

Um, hello lunch! The more ways to eat hummus, the better!

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UncorkedLove October 29, 2010 at 10:45 am

These look amazing!!! I can’t wait to make them this weekend! I love hummus, but I will admit that I sometimes get a bit bored with it. I love that you can buy all types/flavours of it, but it is still in the end hummus. I think this is a great way to get the goodness of hummus in a new, exciting and yummy way! Thanks for this recipe – I’m passing it along to all my vegan friends :)

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Nichole October 29, 2010 at 11:39 am

I think my meat eating boyfriend would enjoy these as well!!!

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k8 October 29, 2010 at 12:22 pm

I totally just experimented with this same thing last Monday night!!!! After I tasted the first one, I was kind of disappointed, so I added some chopped, roasted red peppers. Made a huge, yummy difference!

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carri z. October 29, 2010 at 12:56 pm

YUMMMMMMMM!!

ps. i call home depot my nemesis.

the husband LOVES
but
there is nothing
FOR ME there!!

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Mimi (Gingersnaps) October 29, 2010 at 1:18 pm

This makes me sad because I have NO tahini! But lovely recipe!

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kate October 29, 2010 at 1:59 pm

That is so funny! I love when couples can be ridiculous together :)

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Tracey October 29, 2010 at 2:00 pm

I made “falafel” for dinner last night too! Mine didn’t turn out that well. They were still decent, but I can’t get that traditional falafel taste to come through. Yours look great though!

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Kris | iheartwellness.com October 29, 2010 at 2:06 pm

Hahahaha! I loved this Friday Laugh! Too cute!

This sounds like something Ryan would have said to me….Its funny how our men Do pick up on what we talk about ;)

These crispy chickpeas look wonderful :) Thanks for another great recipe!

xxoo

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[email protected] October 29, 2010 at 2:08 pm

Those look SO yummy and easy to make! They would be delicious in a big ol’ greek salad with feta – YUM :)

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Stacey October 29, 2010 at 2:38 pm

Another amazing recipe. I just can’t wait to try them all, just as soon as I can make it to the store again to resupply.

Love, love, the Home Depot story. I’m thinking the baby proof “plug plates” weren’t such a bad idea though. Do you have friends or family that might ever come over?

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Melissa October 29, 2010 at 3:09 pm

Can I be the first to say CONGRATULATIONS ON WINNING FB CHALLENGE 6!!
WINNER’S CHOICE AGAIN?!? I’M SO HAPPY FOR YOU!

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Jennifer October 29, 2010 at 3:35 pm

Congrats, Angela, on advancing in the challenge and for getting Winner’s Choice again!! I have to say how utterly impressed I am with your blog, how you present your food and walk through the preparation of your recipes. Your hard work, and commitment to what you do, shines through in every post.

I cannot wait to see what you come up with for the next challenge. I think your entries have been ones that everyone can enjoy, vegan or not. Good luck to you on the next challenge! I have no doubt you’ll do well.

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[email protected] October 29, 2010 at 3:46 pm

Wait.. so why DID he want to get the baby proof outlets!?

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simpledaisy October 29, 2010 at 4:01 pm

Hi there…
Just wanted to tell you….I made your fantasitc chickpea bites for lunch today….YUM!
i also included a link to them in my blog post today:):):)

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Laura @ Backstage Pass October 29, 2010 at 5:57 pm

Eric is too funny! The chickpea bites look great.

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Laura @ Starloz October 29, 2010 at 7:03 pm

YES, YES, YES!

these are perfect

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Silvia October 29, 2010 at 8:54 pm

Hey — congrats on winning the FoodBuzz food challenge “road trip”! the vegan pralines really look divine, very professional!

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Menden October 30, 2010 at 8:23 am

Hilarious! Eric sounds like he’s got a great sense of humor :)

I also adore Home Depot..not! When we were remodeling our house, we were going to “Homey D’s” on a daily basis…ugh. I avoid that place like the plague!

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janetha g @ meals & moves October 30, 2010 at 11:43 am

Home Depot, the bane of my existence! We recently replaced all the outlets, switches & plates in our house (last Sunday).. I let the boys take care of it and I baked :)

These bites look awesome! Must make.

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CathyQ October 30, 2010 at 2:31 pm

I made these this afternoon and had to test one fresh out of the oven. Very yummy! I’m not sure how I’ll serve them, but they will all be eagerly eaten up!

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Pure2raw twins October 30, 2010 at 5:40 pm

oh the great stories that come out of home depot ; ) too funny

and i must make these chickpea bites!!!

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Cara Craves... November 1, 2010 at 5:39 am

Saw the link on “That’s Fit”!
I think I commented when you originally did this post,
but I just thought it was cool that you were featured!
Congrats :)

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GlowingBIL November 1, 2010 at 7:59 am

Lol Eric

Babyproof now and I’ll send over the baby’s to test anytime :)

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Sheree November 1, 2010 at 1:47 pm

I love Isa’s chickpea burgers, but have always fried them :o( I will have to try your baked hybrids. lol… Hummus goes with almost everything. hehehe

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mary November 2, 2010 at 6:57 pm

I’m making these right away and i read and re-read the recipe – where/when does the oil go in?

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JL goes Vegan November 8, 2010 at 5:36 am

I made these last weekend and then yesterday made them with azuki beans. Both = yum! I linked to your site on my blog today. Thanks for the great recipe!

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Kelan November 14, 2010 at 1:21 pm

I made these and thought they were great! But didn’t quite catch where the olive oil was supposed to fall in the recipe. Decided to just make it without and they turned out fine- not crispy though. Did you brush yours with olive oil?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) November 14, 2010 at 1:35 pm

I mixed the olive oil into the entire mixture- Ive updated the recipe with more info!

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Susanne August 13, 2012 at 9:13 pm

Really, really good! Thank you so much for such a great recipe. I modified it just a teensy bit by using gluten free flour. I also fried the patties instead of baking them, just because it was a little faster and, well, fried chickpeas taste good. :-) Delicious. Very satisfying combination of flavors.

Description and poor photos of my attempt here:
http://stationaryrunner.blogspot.com/2012/08/chickpea-patties-with-roasted-veggies.html

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Ella November 4, 2013 at 11:49 pm

Made these for dinner and they were super good! I hate falafel, my mom loves it, we all adored these patties! Put them in whole wheat pitas with Trader Joe’s Mediterranean Hummus + kale, lettuce, carrot dimes and bell pepper. Gonna become a staple for sure as it came together so quickly with easy-to-keep-around ingredients. Thanks for another great recipe, Angela!

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Corrin Radd September 6, 2014 at 2:12 pm

I used your idea to make “chicken” flavored nuggets instead of falafel and we dipped them in bbq sauce. Great texture for a bean nugget.

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Alison July 12, 2015 at 12:09 am

Hi Angela,
I have your cookbook and want to make the oil-free baked falafel bites. I am wondering if there is any part of this recipe that I can make a head of time?

Thanks

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