No Foolin’

Did anyone play a joke today?  Or fall for someone else’s April Fools?  I was forwarded this by a few people (who know of my love for the ‘Bucks), and I definitely fell for it at first.  HA! 


Anyways, I don’t feel like posting today, so I’ll just give you my breakfast and the recipe from the falafel I made the other day.


I toasted a plain H&H bagel then added a mountain of Earth Balance (the green one that’s soy free) and carob chips.  Decadent for so early in the day, huh?  What can I say, I’m living it up!!


Now that’s some melty perfection.  Yup.  Me likey.  Now onto the chickpea lovin’


Lazy hippie’s baked falafel

  • chickpeas
  • wheat flour
  • matzo meal (or just omit and add more wheat flour)
  • dried onion powder
  • parsley flakes
  • garlic powder
  • coriander
  • cayenne pepper
  • cumin
  • celery seed
  • white pepper

*I measured ABSOLUTELY none of it, so I apologize for the lack of recipe


Here’s a little somethin’ somethin’ I learned: DON’T add hot, freshly cooked garbanzos into a bullet and then close the lid.  The dang thing nearly blew up in my face!  So scary.  As I was unwinding the top after I was done pulsing, I could feel the pressure and got really nervous.  I lost at least 1/4th of the chickpea mash on the table and wall. 


Mix it all together and scoop/shape into balls. 


Then bake at 350 degrees x 30 minutes (or, if you live in New York, until you set off your smoke alarm).


Pre-oven above, post-oven below.


I know they aren’t true falafel (since they aren’t fried), but I definitely don’t trust myself with a bubbly vat of oil…pretty sure that’s how you lose your rent deposit.  So let’s just pretend that my baked version is in the name of health. 



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Comments (24)

  1. welshsarah

    Yum, those falafel look delicious! It’ll be interesting to see how mine turn out when I get my butt into gear and make them 🙂

  2. Brittany

    There’s no need for fryin, falafels are SO good you can barely tell the difference. Plus I barely trust myself with the oven..

  3. The Foodie Diaries

    yo quiero yo ballZ. that’s todo.

  4. Adam

    Baked exploding falafel? Haha. This sounds like such a good recipe. And isn’t that the worst/best feeling in the world when you know something is going to explode as your opening it. I just have to laugh when that happens, but i don’t think i have opened a kombucha that hasn’t done that! I am SO with you on not measuring to. If i didn’t post some of my recipes, they would have never been measured!

  5. Marina

    Exploding falafel?
    Sounds like something that would happen to me, I have the worst luck with kitchen appliances. Or all appliances for that matter.
    Thanks for the recipe, I once tried making falafel, and I really like it!

  6. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga)

    re the lady gaga post
    combo of what gabriela of une v. said, fame and publicity = losing weight, i.e. rachel ray, kelly ripa, juliana of bill and juliana on E, etc happens. Plus, a little whirlwind travel schedule and maybe some party favors of the white variety and there ya have it. Not rocket science.

    Ok this post, love that life is taking over blogging. amen. and that carob chips look great on the buttered bread. yum!


  7. Ftiness4Looks

    Although some things are better fried – these look amazing baked…I have never had a falafel – will have to try soon! Thanks for sharing!

  8. samantha

    that bagel. in my face. now.

    i like baked falafel more – the fried really hurts my stomach!

  9. Angharad

    Ok. Bagel + butter (in my world) + chocolate chips (again, my world) = I am drooling on my keyboard. Legit.

    I can barely remember anything else I might have had to say. I need chocolate chips melting on buttery bread in my mouth right now. Thanks for sidelining me, Elise…

  10. feetinmotion

    I love bagels so much! Especially when they involve chocolate chips.

  11. Jenny

    im loving the morning indulgence!

  12. Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine

    I love that Starbucks joke!! Wish I’d known about it yesterday, I know a few people who would have found it hilarious! Yummm, falafel!

  13. Naomi (onefitfoodie)

    passover friend falafels!! my dad would LOVE THESE!! he is israeli and cuold live off falafel 🙂 thanks for the recipe, Elise 🙂

  14. Naomi (onefitfoodie)

    oh and I meant passover FRIENDLY, not passover “friend” haha

  15. Lara (Thinspired)

    Elise! H&H Bagels, eh? Never heard of them…going to check them out after this.

    Thanks so much for the support on my new blog 🙂 You’re just the best. HAPPY WEEKEND!

  16. Amanda

    Mmm, falafel! I’ve pan-seared them before, but they tend to fall apart that way… I’ll try baking!

    I love your breakfast, by the way! I haven’t heard of H&H either. I should hunt those down.

    Happy Easter weekend! 😉

  17. cmb0096

    I have never played an april fools joke on anyone, but I did get tricked by a friend last year. That was the first time anyone has tried to pull anything on me, though.

    Did you like your falafel recipe? If you are interested, I have a really delish baked falafel recipe that I love and I would be happy to share! Yours looks yummy, though 🙂


  18. BroccoliHut

    Genius way to “make your own” chocolate chip bagel. Sounds delish.

  19. Tara

    That bagel looks delicious. That Starbucks thing is hilarious. Hopefully things don’t actually go that way.

  20. Justine

    Who knew that falafels were so easy? I guess I have just never taken the time to look at a recipe closely. I have a feeling my oven will be busy with some of those soon. Thank you 🙂

  21. Kristina T.

    Have you tried Tal Bagels they have locations on the upper-west and upper-east sides, they are amazing! The falafel looks great, gotta try that :]

  22. Hope Has A Place

    Mmm, falafel! I’ve pan-seared them before, but they tend to fall apart that way… I’ll try baking!

    I love your breakfast, by the way! I haven’t heard of H&H either. I should hunt those down.

    Happy Easter weekend!

  23. Michal

    MMM I love falafel I have been on the biggest falafel kick lately. 🙂 Happy easter!

  24. glidingcalm

    bagels and falafels? I be set.

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