Thanks to our friends at the organic and natural food store As Natured Intended, we are sharing with you a series of plant-based recipes covering all courses from a pre-dinner snack, through to main courses and desserts. We are starting with the pre-dinner snack...!


Serves 2-4 as a pre-dinner snack


  • 1 x 190g Themptation Hemp hummus (we are using Spiced Carrot & Turmeric but you can use your favourite one)
  • 120g chick peas (half a can)
  • 50g wholemeal/spelt flour (gluten free also works)
  • 20g parsley rough chopped
  • 1 quarter lemon zest
  • Salt & pepper
  • Optional – 1/5 TSP bicarb, lemon juice or wedge for garnish
  • Dressing (optional) 1 x 150g Basil hemp pesto, 50ml extra virgin oil.


  1. Start by mixing the hemp hummus with the other ingredients inc roughly chopped parsley in a large mixing bowl – the whole chickpeas will add a little texture and bite but you can squash them a little. Once mixed, place the bowl in the fridge for 20 mins to chill – this will make it easier to shape the falafel balls. You can add a quarter of a teaspoon of bicarb to the mix, this will help keep them juicy inside, but it’s not necessary.
  2. In the meantime, pre-heat your oven to 190c or 180c if a fan oven. Next lay a sheet of greaseproof paper in a baking tray and drizzle olive oil over it– this will help the falafel crisp up and colour.
  3. Once the oven is up to temperature, take out your falafel mix, dust your hands with flour and take a small handful of the mix. Roll between your hands until a firm ball is made, then place onto the baking tray. Repeat until all the mix is used – depending on size, you should expect approx 8-10 falafel.
  4. Place the baking tray into the fridge or freezer for 5 mins – this will help the falafel retain their shape, then straight into the oven for 25-30 mins, turn the falafel over halfway through.

For the Hemp pesto dressing – simply spoon a few dollops of Themptation fresh basil Hemp Pesto in a glass, add a few glugs of extra virgin oil, and stir vigorously until combined – you can drizzle this over the falafel or put in a dish for dipping. You can, of course, use any pesto, or even make vegan tzatziki for dipping.


Originally published at https://www.asnatureintended.uk.com/ on March 2, 2019, republished with permission