Festive Vegan Falafel With Cranberry Pear Dip #Christmas #Vegan #Pear

Do you guys already know what food you’re having for Christmas? I got tons of recipes for vegan festive desserts and can’t really decide which one I like best, but probably I’ll go for the gingerbread avocado chocolate mousse because it’s super easy to make. For the main course, we’ll have the lentil walnut loaf with vegan gravy I posted a couple of weeks ago for Thanksgiving. But instead of pumpkin and sweet potato mash, we’ll have it together with mushrooms and pasta. So that’s all covered! But I also wanted to have something little to start with like a vegan appetizer sort of thing. I mean salad is great, but I wanted something else for a change, so I came up with these festive vegan falafel with cranberry pear dip. Who knew falafel could be this festive?!

For The Falafel:

  • 3 cups canned chickpeas
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 handfull fresh parsley (blended together with the chickpeas)
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped (added later on)
  • 1/2 heaped cup walnuts, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons spelt or whole wheat flour
  • salt, to taste
  • black pepper, to taste

For The Cranberry Pear Dip:

  • 1 cup cranberries
  • 2 pears, cut into medium-sized pieces
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar or coconut sugar
  • 3/4 cup water


  1. Put the chickpeas together with the garlic, the cumin, cilantro, and one handful of fresh parsley in a food processor and blend until you got a smooth mixture.
  2. Put it in a bowl and stir in the chopped parsley, the walnuts, and the flour and season it with salt and black pepper. Stir with a wooden spoon until well combined.
  3. Form about 15 balls and set aside.
  4. Then make the cranberry pear dip. Put all ingredients into a small sauce pan and cook for about 15 minutes. The sauce is supposed to thicken to a jam-like consistency. Once it's ready, pour it into a blender and process until smooth.
  5. While the cranberry sauce is cooking, heat some olive oil in a large frying pan. Make sure to use enough oil, so the falafel get crispy on the outside. Pan-fry them for about 5 minutes, flipping them over several times.
  6. Serve the falafel together with the cranberry dip.

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