I LOVE Greek food. It’s hugely underrated. I first tried filafal a few years ago in Louisville, KY and fell in love. I mean..how do you take something as weird and gross as a chick pea and turn it into total heaven? The answer is filafal. SO– how does someone who is GF (gluten free) enjoy such a delicacy? The answer is oats. That’s right. Ground oatmeal (I used Quakers Quick Oats) . What the what?? I’ve found that I can substitute ground oats for many dishes that call for flour. Right?!
Gluten Free Filafal
1 can of chick peas (drained)
1 cup of oats
t tbsp pressed garlic
2 tbsp cumin
Red onion (I used leeks which are IBS and GERD friendly)
To taste: salt, pepper, coriander and thyme
1.Place oats, chickpeas, diced onion, some lemon zest and lemon juice into the blender just to break up the oats and let all the flavors meet.
2. Use your hands to form the mixture into meatball shaped balls. I made several small and a couple palm sized just to see which I preferred.
3. Place the balls into the fridge for 30 minutes. (You can use this time to make the homemade lactose friendly tzaziki sauce! Recipe is below.
4. Cook in the air fryer for 10 minutes at 360 degrees farenheit.
Nutrition: This recipe makes 4 servings.
This tzaziki will have your dipping skills in overdrive! Use it to dip your filafal, veggies, pita bread, whatever floats your boat!
Plain greek yogurt– I used a cup for myself and it was plenty.
1 tbsp pressed garlic
1 tbsp olive oil
Mix together and serve!