These wonderfully tasty Butternut Squash Falafel are zero SmartPoints on Weight Watchers Freestyle plan.
Serve warm or cold in a Pitta bread stuffed with fresh salad leaves and drizzled with Zero Point Tzatziki for a filling & delicious lunch.
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As I have said before, chickpeas are one of my favourite zero hero foods!
As well as being tasty, they are a rich source of protein and are packed full of dietary fibre.
I have been cooking with them quite a lot recently.
I use them as a crunchy addition in this Couscous Salad.
And if ever the craving for a salty, crunchy treat takes hold, I snack on these Spiced Chickpeas!
So if you love chickpeas, you’ll love falafel.
And if you love falafel (and really, who doesn’t) you will love these butternut squash ones!
They are delightfully tasty, with a soft, slightly spicy inside and a crispy outer shell!
Traditionally, Falafel are deep fried which gives them the distinctive crunchy outer layer.
But of course, on the Weight Watchers plan it is best to steer away from the deep fried foods!
So these falafel are baked! But they still maintain a crispy outer crust, with a soft inside.
Result, I think!
Tips for making Butternut Squash Falafel
- Chop the butternut squash into cubes approx 2cm square.
- I use fresh butternut squash but you could use frozen chopped butternut squash if you prefer!
- The squash needs to be cooked until it is soft. Just be aware that it may take less time for frozen butternut squash to cook than I have specified in the recipe instructions.
- Although the ingredients are all put into a processor and blitzed, it’s still a good idea to roughly chop the onions, garlic and coriander before adding to the processor.
What I used to make these Butternut Squash Falafel
Information about other types and models of Air Fryers can be found here.
- Serve these tasty zero point falafel with some Zero Point Tzatziki for a zero point lunch or snack!
- Place two or three of the falafels in a warmed pitta bread with a little salad and a dollop of tzatziki for a filling and delicious low SmartPoint meal.
Other Chickpea recipes you may like!
If, like me, you love chickpeas then how about trying these Shawarma Chickpeas or these Honey Roasted Chickpeas. Or check out this Chickpea Lentil Curry for 4 SmartPoints per portion (& that includes rice!).
Butternut Squash Falafel
- 300 g butternut squash cubed
- calorie controlled cooking spray I used Frylight
- 1/2 onion chopped
- 1 clove garlic large
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp ground coriander
- 1 pinch cayenne pepper
- 1 can chickpeas 400g can - drained & rinsed
- 3 tbsp fresh coriander / fresh cilantro chopped
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
To cook in traditional oven
- Preheat the oven to 220oC / 200oC Fan / 425oF
- Peel and de-seed the butternut squash and chop into cubes (approx 2cm square). Place in a roasting tin and spray with a thin coating of calorie controlled cooking oil (approx 10 spray). Roast for 30 - 40 minutes or until the squash is soft.
- Remove the butternut squash from the oven and tip into the bowl of your food processor along with the rest of the ingredients. Blitz until the mixture is combined, still has some texture but holds together.
- Shape the mixture into 10 balls and place on a non stick baking tray. Spray with a little more calorie controlled spray oil and bake in the oven for 15 - 20 minutes or until they have turned golden brown.
To cook in an Air Fryer
- Peel and de-seed the butternut squash and chop into cubes (approx 2cm square). Mist with calorie controlled cooking spray and place in the air fryer. Cook for 10 - 15 minutes or until the squash is soft (NB. timings are dependant on the model of air fryer that you are using - check manufacturers instructions).
- Once the butternut squash has cooked, remove from the air fryer and tip into the bowl of your food processor along with the rest of the ingredients. Blitz until the mixture is combined, still has some texture but holds together.
- Shape the mixture into 10 balls and mist with calorie controlled cooking oil. Place into the air fryer and cook for 10 - 15 minutes or until the falafel have turned golden brown.