Butternut Squash Falafel with Maple Tahini Sauce

Butternut Squash Falafel with Maple Tahini Sauce- a fall-inspired falafel that’s baked instead of fried. Perfect for prepping ahead for healthy lunches or dinner! (vegan + gluten-free)

Butternut Squash Falafel with Maple Tahini Sauce- a fall inspired falafel that's baked instead of fried. Perfect for prepping ahead for healthy lunches or dinner! #vegan #glutenfree #plantbased #healthymeals #fallrecipes

During our recent trip to Dublin I had what was easily some of the best falafel of my life. We were only there for a week but I went back to the same falafel place twice because it was so dang good.

As I slowly devoured every bite of the falafel wrap I asked myself, what made this falafel so much better than any other kind I’ve had?

First off, it was super fresh and cooked to order. Second, it was served with a creamy tahini sauce, tangy pickles, and plenty of fresh herbs to give it a ton of texture and flavor. 

With that in mind, I decided to create a fall-inspired version with just as many textures and flavors using roasted butternut squash and pecans topped with a maple tahini sauce.

Butternut Squash Falafel with Maple Tahini Sauce- a fall inspired falafel that's baked instead of fried. Perfect for prepping ahead for healthy lunches or dinner! #vegan #glutenfree #plantbased #healthymeals #fallrecipes

Butternut Squash Falafel with Maple Tahini Sauce- a fall inspired falafel that's baked instead of fried. Perfect for prepping ahead for healthy lunches or dinner! #vegan #glutenfree #plantbased #healthymeals #fallrecipes

Butternut Squash Falafel with Maple Tahini Sauce- a fall inspired falafel that's baked instead of fried. Perfect for prepping ahead for healthy lunches or dinner! #vegan #glutenfree #plantbased #healthymeals #fallrecipes

Butternut Squash Falafel with Maple Tahini Sauce- a fall inspired falafel that's baked instead of fried. Perfect for prepping ahead for healthy lunches or dinner! #vegan #glutenfree #plantbased #healthymeals #fallrecipes

Butternut Squash Falafel with Maple Tahini Sauce- a fall inspired falafel that's baked instead of fried. Perfect for prepping ahead for healthy lunches or dinner! #vegan #glutenfree #plantbased #healthymeals #fallrecipes

What’s great about homemade falafel is that you can prep the mixture in advance and then cook them when you’re ready to eat. Or you can cook them all at once and reheat. Whatever suits you best.

For dinner they’re great as a main served with a side of salad or your favorite roasted vegetables. I made them with mustard roasted cabbage from Laura’s cookbook and it made for a seriously delicious meal.

You can also serve them for lunch in a wrap with plenty of fresh herbs, tahini sauce and pickled cabbage if you’re in the mood for something special. Either way they’re sure to be a hit. Enjoy!

Butternut Squash Falafel with Maple Tahini Sauce- a fall inspired falafel that's baked instead of fried. Perfect for prepping ahead for healthy lunches or dinner! #vegan #glutenfree #plantbased #healthymeals #fallrecipes

Butternut Squash Falafel with Maple Tahini Sauce

Yield: 28 falafels

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

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Ingredients:

For the Butternut Squash Falafel

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 1 small red onion, diced
  • 1 cup cooked butternut squash*
  • 1 (15-ounce) can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup parsley leaves, stemmed
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt

For the Maple Tahini Sauce

  • 1/2 cup tahini
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice (from 2 lemons)
  • water to thin, as needed
  • salt, to taste

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400°F the line two baking sheets with parchment paper or a silicone mat.

In a food processor, add the oats and blend until a flour forms. Add the pecans, garlic and onion then continue to blend until finely chopped. Transfer to a large bowl along with the butternut squash.

Add the garbanzo beans and parsley and blend until finely chopped, for about 15 seconds. The beans should hold together when pressed between your fingers. Transfer to the bowl with the squash then add the lemon juice, coriander, cumin, and salt. Stir together until well combined.

Scoop out about 1-2 tablespoons at a time onto the line baking sheet. Gently press down and shape with your fingers into small circular patties. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes.

Meanwhile make the tahini sauce by combining the ingredients in a small bowl. Add water a tablespoon at a time until the sauce is thin enough to drizzle. Add salt to taste.

Serve cooked falafel warm with tahini sauce and enjoy!

*Time does not include roasting butternut squash. You’ll need 1 small squash. Cut off stem, slice in half then use a spoon to scoop out the seeds. Rub flesh with high heat oil then place face down on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake at 400°F for about 30 minutes or until golden brown and soft. Allow to cool then scrape out cooked flesh. Measure out 1 cup for recipe.

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