Traditionally falafel contains deep-fried veggies combined with chickpeas. While delicious, falafel is not the healthiest of side dishes. Breaking away from the fried tradition, this falafel recipe bakes falafel pieces, making them vitamin-packed and heart-healthy.
Wash and prick the sweet potatoes and wrap them in tinfoil. Bake them at 400 degrees for 1 hour. Leave to cool and peel.
Combine in a large bowl the sweet potatoes, cumin, garlic, coriander, cilantro, lemon juice and flour. Season with salt and pepper to taste and mash until completely smooth.
Place the bowl in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
Coat a cookie sheet in 1 tbsp. olive oil and place teaspoon-size balls of sweet potato dough onto the sheet.
Sprinkle the balls with sesame seeds and bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes, or until the bases are golden brown.
Remove and serve hot.