Morrisons has really impressed me lately with their big focus on stocking more freefrom items - it's great to see some more dairy free, gluten free and vegetariain offerings there as they were really trailing behind Tesco, Sainsburys and Waitrose.
My store now has a whole chilled cabinet dedicated to freefrom products, which is where I found these baked carrot falafel by Great Food. Falafel are always delicious so I was interested to see what carrot would bring to the mix/ These are gluten free, dairy free and suitable for vegetarians so pretty much anyone can eat them. It's also great to see such a clean ingredient list and there is no added sugar to it either.
Opening the pack they looked like regular falafel which was reassuring as it means they were nice compact, solid pieces that weren't flaking or falling apart. Like normal falafel, they primarily consistent of chickpeas, a great source of fibre and vegetarian protein, but 34% of the product is carrot.
The carrot is extremely subtle and if someone didn't know they contained carrot, they would unlikely identify it. However, that is not to say these aren't delicious because they are and were very tasty, high quality falafel.
I ate them both cold from the packet and warm and found both equally delicious. The texture holds together when cooking them but they are crumbly and melting in the mouth with a nice aromatic hint from the coriander, cumin and parsley.
Chickpeas dominate the flavour with their nutty, savoury bite and they are extremely moreish. If I take one cold from the packet, it is very difficult not to consume another one straightaway. Warm is my preferred option. Heat brings out the flavour even more and it's nice for them to crisp up a bit in the oven but even microwaving for half a minute so intensifies the aroma.
These will definitely become a regular purchase for me as we enter the summer months. It's a nice, convenient and quick addition to meals, would go great with salads or stuffed in pitta in houmous and are delicious as a snack by themself.
It's great to see genuinely healthier packaged food becoming more and more mainstream and I would be interested in trying out the rest of the Great Food range.
Bought at: Morrisons
Nutrition per 3 falafel: 132 calories, 6.4g fat, 0.6g sat fat, 0.9g salt, 1.7g sugars