Bloody Falafel Fingers are a healthy Halloween treat alternative originally conceived by Richa Hingle of Vegan Richa. It is vegan, and is corn-, dairy-, egg-, gluten-, grain-, soy-, sugar-, and yeast-free. It can be made nut-free with the omission of the almonds, as well.
It has a prep time of only 2 hours, a cook time of 30 minutes, and makes 7-8 fingers.
To make these delicious October treats, you will need the following ingredients and supplies:
- Food processor or blender
- ½ cup dry chickpeas
- ½ cup dry split yellow peas
- 1/3 cup chopped red onion
- 4 cloves of garlic
- 1/4 packed cup cilantro
- 1/4 packed cup parsley
- 1 teaspoon salt or to taste
- ½ teaspoon cumin powder
- ½ teaspoon whole coriander seeds or coriander powder
- ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper / or black pepper or to taste
- ½ serrano chili pepper (optional)
- 2 teaspoons oil (optional)
- 1-2 tablespoons chickpea flour
- Wash and soak your chickpeas and split peas for a minimum of 2 hours, though soaking overnight will produce the best results.
- An hour before preparation is to occur, soak raw almonds. Once time is up, peel and slice them in half lengthwise. Set almonds aside.
- Drain water from peas and add to food processor or blender. Add in all other ingredients except for chickpea flour. Pulse until mixture is of a coarse consistency. If using a blender, make sure to blend only half of your total mixture at a time to keep from clogging your blender.
- Transfer coarse mixture to bowl and add in chickpea flour if your mixture is too mushy and doesn't stick together easily. Form long finger shapes.
- With fingers shaped, press an almond half onto each finger using chickpea flour and water paste (created by placing a few water droplets into the chickpea flour) as a glue.
- Preheat oven to 375°F. Place fingers into over to bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown on the outside. Turn tray after 15 minutes to bake through evenly.
- Remove from oven and serve hot with ketchup or sriracha to represent blood, or in a sandwich with tahini, onions, greens and drizzled sriracha or ketchup. Optionally, you may replace bread with cauliflower bread or other substitute if serving as sandwich.