As a busy mom of three kids, or really any busy person, having a simple but healthy go-to meal is a must. Especially important is one that won’t invoke tantrums or food being thrown. So when I set out to find a recipe in this beautiful new book, “Cut The Sugar” by Ella Leche, of the blog Pure Ella, to share with you all, I searched for something my whole family would love. There are so many amazing looking recipes in this book, but when I came across her simple vegan gluten free falafel recipe I was sold. I figured that at least 4 of us would eat it, the 4 year old is a ticking time bomb so we pretty much accept the nightly dinner tantrum, so the odds were good enough for me. Vegan falafel it was! And that tahini sauce…
Ella’s “Cut The Sugar” book is filled with over 100 sugar-free or low sugar recipes, all whole food based, easy and mouthwatering! It is a practical, real-life approach to reducing sugar the healthy way so you don’t feel deprived, because we all need those treats. This is not a sugar-detox book but instead will help you change your relationship with the foods you love and solve your cravings the healthy way. There are recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, and even dessert! I had a hard time choosing which recipe to showcase, but the vegan falafel was just calling my name.
Naturally, it’s easy to make gluten free falafel by subbing the flours. But I loved that this one used one of my favorites, tapioca starch, to help get the right texture. I also loved that this vegan gluten free falafel was made the traditional way, with soaked dried chickpeas instead of canned. I grew up in a house where we soaked our beans, and I actually have been working on a recipe using this soaked chickpea strategy (it’s not falafel but something I wanted to have a similar texture), so as soon as I saw her recipe I knew I had to try it.
The one surprise that I had: EVERY SINGLE PERSON IN MY FAMILY DEVOURED IT. Yes friends. The normal nightly dinner tantrum by said four year old did not happen. I literally sat there mouth hung open when I heard ” Mommy, these nuggets are SO good.” Ummm, okay. He ate 5. And even though I was kinda mad that the leftovers I had planned for the next night were gone, I was so happy to have found something he liked, I just kept giving him falafel. And he kept eating it. Let’s just say that these will be a weekly dinner, so thank goodness they are SO easy to make!
Some other recipes you may love:
- Banana-Sweetened Blueberry Protein Pancakes
- Creamy Avocado-Cucumber Rolls
- Chocolate-Dipped Almond & Cacao Nib Biscotti
- Pure Goddess Salad
- Brussels Sprout, Pea & Fresh Dill Soup
- Raw Berry Swirl Raw Cheesecake
- Simply Divine Raw Chocolate Truffles
If you’re looking for a beautiful book and especially if you are trying to cut your sugar, this one is fabulous! Give this easy vegan gluten free falafel a try, and you’ll see just how easy they are. Perhaps you have a dinner hater you can woo?? Leave me a comment here and let me know, who’s most likely to throw food in your family? You can also find me on Facebook and on Instagram, tag me at veggiesdontbite AND #veggiesdontbite so I don’t miss it. I love hearing from you all everywhere!