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Homemade Falafel with British Grown Fava Beans

Homemade falafel with fava beans.

Healthy and delicious homemade falafel with a crisp outside and a succulent herby inside. They’re made with British grown fava beans from Hodmedod’s and cooked in an air-fryer, though you could bake them instead. Served with a zingy flavoursome chopped salad. Read on for the recipes and to find out why Hodmedod’s is such an exciting company.

September is my second favourite month of the year. I love the cooler nights but there’s still a fair amount of heat left in the sun to enjoy. Bright flowers are still abundant and the autumn leaves are only just beginning to turn. And there’s masses of late summer / early autumn produce to be had. We’re overflowing with tomatoes at the moment, but we also have lots of peppers and we’ve harvested the first winter squash. It’s also Sourdough September and Organic September and I like to celebrate both of these.

I’ve sort of got over my rye sourdough disaster, though I’m still a bit upset at the loss of my starter. But thanks to Monica, from Smarter Fitter, I have a new one. Bang on time to create at least one sourdough loaf for #SourdoughSeptember. As for #OrganicSeptember, I like to mention it in at least one September post. This one seems like a good fit as the split fava beans I’ve used in my homemade falafel recipe are not only organic, but certified by the Soil Association. The Soil Association are one of my hero organisations.

As part of the #OrganicSeptember celebrations, I’m giving my UK readers the chance to win a feasty bundle of mostly organic products from Hodmedod’s. Scroll down to the bottom of this post for your chance to enter.


Hodmedod’s sell British grown pulses and grains and they’re a rising star. If you haven’t heard of them yet, do check them out. Three intrepid bean pioneers from Suffolk launched the business in 2012 with the express intention of promoting and selling British fava beans. They now sell all sorts of exciting products, including lentils, puffed quinoa and tinned haricot beans – all grown in Britain. And their range is expanding fast. One of the things I really like is that the packs tell you where the products are grown, some even name the farmer that produced them. It’s always good to know where your food comes from. Most, but not all, of their products are organic.

Hodmedod's Product Bundle & Giveaway Prize.

The name Hodmedod is an interesting one. It’s an East Anglian word for anything round or curled up, but do head to their website for a more thorough explanation.

Ferments, Smoked Quinoa & Roasties

I’ve been a fan of Hodmedod’s for a while, but I got super excited a few weeks ago when I saw they’d created their own umami ferments. I couldn’t wait to try them. I’ve been using the fermented barley ferment in all sorts of things recently. It’s full of savoury flavour but also surprisingly sweet. My favourite way to use it is in the Middle Eastern chopped salad recipe that I serve with the homemade falafel. You’ll find the recipe further down this post.

Fermented wholegrain barley.

Along with both the barley and the umami ferments, I was the happy recipient of a Hodmedod’s feast bundle of their products to try. I was so intrigued by the smoked quinoa, that I cooked some of it up the very day I received it. Wow, it packs a punch and is the perfect accompaniment to Mexican style dishes.

Hodmedod's Roasted Peas and Beans.

We can’t stop snacking on these salt & pepper roasted peas & beans. They are crunchy, delicious and way too moreish. Someone take them away from me please. Roasted fava beans are a common snack in Spain, and it now looks like they might be here too. Both the bean mix and the roasted yellow peas are limited editions, so you’d better get your order in quick. The peas are flavoured with salt & vinegar.

Hodmedod's whole grain muesli base ready for toasting.

I’ve also made up a fantastic batch of muesli with Hodmedod’s four grain muesli base. The varied flakes and especially the malted wheat flakes gave it more substance and a lot more flavour than when I make it with only oats. Here’s my recipe for homemade muesli with more photos if you’re interested. And latterly I made a gorgeous red pepper & pea stew with the carlin peas.


Hodmedod’s have some lovely recipes on their website, including one for Egyptian falafel. Their’s is a bit different from mine and the ta’meya are deep-fried. The recipes are also available in the form of physical recipe cards. I’m intrigued by the gluten-free recipe for frangipane plum tart. The pastry is made with yellow pea flour and it looks beautiful indeed. I’ve heard it on good authority that the carlin pea brownies are particularly good too. They’re on my list to try.

Hodmedod’s Feasty Bundle

These are the products I received from Hodmedod’s. Ideal for autumnal comfort eating. This very same bundle is also being offered as a spectacular prize for one lucky Tin and Thyme reader. Scroll to the end of the post to find out how to enter.

  • Fava bean umami paste – 190g jar
  • Fermented naked barley – 190g jar
  • Split fava beans (organic) – 500g
  • Carlin beans (organic) – 500g
  • Smoked quinoa – 300g
  • Quinoa flour (organic) – 500g
  • Four grain muesli base (organic) – 500g
  • Malted wheat flakes (organic) – 500g
  • Roasted bean & pea mix – 300g
  • Roasted yellow peas – 300g
  • Set of 12 Hodmedod’s recipe cards

Where to Buy?

You can find Hodmedod’s products in independent whole food shops across the UK. There’s a postcode finder on the website. But if you’re unable to source them locally, you can purchase via the Hodmedod’s website.


Falafel are a much loved food across the Middle East. They’re mostly eaten for breakfast in some sort of flatbread with salad and tahini sauce. When I lived in Alexandria, they were sold on pretty much every street corner from early morning to midday.

If you think falafel have to be made from chickpeas, think again. Egyptian falafel, otherwise knowns as Ta’meya, are made only from fava beans. In fact they have the reputation for being the best falafel in the world. I’ve eaten a fair few in my time and I can attest that they’re jolly good.

Egyptian fave bean falafel with chopped salad.

The fava beans aren’t cooked first, but they are soaked. This bit is essential. My homemade falafel recipe uses mostly traditional ingredients, but has a healthier take. They’re air-fried rather than deep-fried. They can also be baked.

I’ve got two falafel recipes on Tin and Thyme already, but they’re both very different. My air-fryer carrot falafel are made with cooked chickpeas, but contain some hodmedod’s fava bean flour. As for my chocolate falafel, the clue’s in the name. These also contain cooked chickpeas but they’re made in quite a different way and contain egg. This fava bean falafel recipe is vegan.

Fava Beans

Did you know that Egyptian fava beans are pretty much the same thing as British broad beans? So not only do they grow really well here in the UK, but they’ve been grown here for millennia. They are actually known more commonly here as field beans, Vicia faba and are grown for drying rather than eating fresh. Hodmedods have been on a quest to bring the humble fava bean back to favour. They’re doing a good job.

Dried and Soaked Fava Beans

Fava beans are incredibly nutritious. They’re a good source of lean protein and contain fibre, folate, vitamin K, vitamin B6, zinc, copper, iron, magnesium and more. Bees love them too. CT used to make the most fantastic tempeh from fava beans, but he’s sadly not made any for years. I’m hoping he’ll get back into it again now we have a bit more space.

Homemade Falafel – The Egyptian Way

Falafel are a lot easier to make than you might think. The key is in the preparation. You need to soak the beans for several hours as they’re not cooked prior to “frying”. You also need to give them a bit of time to drain, so the falafel mixture isn’t too wet.

I dry fry the cumin seeds for extra flavour. Plus the wonderful aroma scents the whole house. You don’t have to do this bit though if you don’t want to. As for the rest, your food processor does all the work.

Traditional recipes don’t include any fat as the falafel are deep fried. But I find I can’t get the mixture to stick together without it, so I add just one tablespoon of olive oil. This seems to do the trick.

Homemade fava bean falafel patties prior to cooking.

You’ll need to form the mixture into balls with your hands. Once this is done, flatten them slightly. Egyptian ta’meya aren’t generally round. The mixture is quite fragile, so go carefully. Once the falafel are cooked, however, they hold together well.

Falafel cook really well in an air fryer. My Optimum Healthy Fry* is just brilliant for this and lots of other things too. It gives them a really crispy edge, yet the insides, whilst cooked, remain soft and succulent. You can, however, bake them in an oven or even deep-fry.

Once cooked, your homemade falafel is ready to be eaten. Serve them with a zingy chopped salad, yoghurt tahini sauce and pitta breads.

Air-fryer homemade falafel with chopped salad.

Can you Freeze Homemade Falafel?

The answer is yes you can. Don’t worry if you’ve made too many homemade falafel, because they freeze very well. This recipe makes 22 after all. Allow them to cool, then place in a freezer bag or tub. Pop them into your freezer and they will keep for three months. When you’re ready to eat them, allow to defrost. You can have them cold, but they’re much nicer if you heat them for a few minutes in an air-fryer or oven.

Yoghurt Tahini Sauce

You just can’t have falafel without tahini sauce. It’s just not right. For my ta’meya, I decided I’d make a yoghurt tahini sauce for a change. It’s also incredibly easy and you can make it whilst the falafel are cooking. If you’re wanting a vegan meal, just make sure you use a plant-based yoghurt instead of a dairy one. Alternatively you could try my tahini sauce with clementines, smoked paprika and pizazz or even the tahini sauce I used for my carrot falafel.

Yoghurt Tahini Sauce.

Middle Eastern Chopped Salad

Much like falafel, chopped salads are ubiquitous all across the Middle East. The salad ingredients are all chopped up into small pieces so that the flavours mingle. They usually contain plenty of herbs too. The dressing is usually very simple, just lemon juice and olive oil. I’ve used lime instead of lemon to make it extra zingy. The salad really sings and complements the falafel beautifully. Lately, I’ve been adding Hodmedod’s fermented barley to make one of the best dressings ever.

Chopped Middle Eastern Salad.

The main thing to remember with this salad, is not to add the tomatoes until you’re close to serving. Otherwise, they release their juice and you end up with a pool of liquid with some vegetables floating around in it.

Pitta Sandwich

We like to eat our homemade falafel stuffed into pitta breads. First warm the bread up in a toaster or under the grill, then split it open at the top so it forms a pocket. Spoon some of the chopped salad into the bottom. Then, depending on the size of your pittas, push in two or three hot falafel. Add a little more salad if you have room. Finally drizzle in some of the yoghurt tahini sauce.

Homemade falafel in a pitta bread sandwich.

If you’re feeling adventurous, you could even try making these spelt cocoa pitta breads. I reckon they would work a treat.

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Fava Bean Falafel (Ta'meya)

Healthy and delicious Egyptian style falafel with a crisp outside and a creamy herby inside. They're made with British grown fava beans from Hodmedod's and cooked in an air-fryer, though you could bake them instead.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time17 mins
Soaking Time8 hrs
Total Time8 hrs 47 mins
Course: Dips, Spreads & Sauces, Lunch, Supper
Cuisine: Egyptian, Middle Eastern
Keyword: falafel, fava beans, salad, tahini, vegan, yoghurt
Servings: 5 people
Calories: 314kcal




  • 250 g dried split fava beans
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 cloves garlic - peeled and chopped
  • 1 onion - peeled and chopped
  • 30 g fresh coriander leaves - roughly chopped
  • 30 g fresh parsley - roughly chopped
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ½ tsp fine sea salt
  • good grinding of black pepper
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Yoghurt Tahini Sauce

  • 2 tbsp tahini
  • ½ lime - juiced
  • 1 clove garlic - finely chopped
  • 175 ml plain yoghurt (use plant based yoghurt if vegan)
  • 2 tbsp fresh mint - finely chopped

Chopped Salad

  • 2 spring onions - thinly sliced
  • ½ lime - juiced
  • ¼ cucumber
  • 2 red bell peppers
  • 200 g flavoursome tomatoes
  • 20 g fresh coriander leaves
  • 20 g fresh parsley leaves
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp fermented barley (can substitute tamari or ¼ tsp miso paste)



  • Soak the fava beans in cold water overnight or for at least 8 hours. Drain, rinse well and leave to drain in a sieve or colander for half an hour or so.
  • Dry fry the cumin seeds in a hot pan for 30 seconds or until they're golden and fragrant. Leave to cool a little.
  • Place all of the ingredients, except for the olive oil into a food processor and blitz until everything is finely ground. You may need to scrape the sides down once or twice. Add the olive oil and pulse for a couple of seconds.
  • Take large teaspoonfuls of the mixture and roll between your hands into ping pong ball size rounds. Place on a large plate or tray and flatten slightly. The mixture is quite fragile, so go gently.
  • Heat your air-fryer and set it to 180℃. My Optimum Healthy Fry is just brilliant for this and lots of other things too. Alternatively pre-heat your oven to 190℃ (375℉, Gas 5).
  • Place as many falafel as will fit on the bottom of the air-fryer basket. I got twelve in mine. "Fry" for 17 minutes. Alternativley, place on a lined baking tray and bake in the oven for 20 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, make the yoghurt sauce and chopped salad. Don't forget to warm your pitta breads up too.

Yoghurt Tahini Sauce

  • Mix the lime juice and tahini together in a bowl. Stir in the garlic, followed by the yoghurt, followed by the mint.
  • Thin with a little water if too thick.

Chopped Salad

  • Start by squeezing the lime juice into a bowl. Add the spring onions and leave them to cure a little whilst you get on with preparing the cucumber.
  • Half the cucumber. Scoop out the seeds with a teaspoon, then dice into 1 cm (ish) pieces. Add to the onions.
  • Split the red peppers in half. Take out the seeds and top, then dice into 1 cm (ish) pieces. Add to the bowl.
  • Chop the tomatoes into 1 cm (ish) pieces. Add to the bowl.
  • Finely chop the herbs and add to the bowl.
  • Stir in the olive oil and fermented barley.


Serving size really depends on what sort of meal you're planning to use these falafel for. They are quite substantial. I've allowed four per person, with a couple left over for extras. If it's part of a mezze style meal, these would go a lot further than five people.
If you don't have an air-fryer, you can bake these in the oven at 190℃ (375℉, Gas 5) for twenty minutes.
Don't leave the chopped salad to sit too long, or the juice from the tomatoes will create a swimming pool.
The yoghurt tahini sauce can be made a little in advance.
Once cooked the falafel freeze very well.
Please note: calories and other nutritional information are per serving. They're approximate and will depend on serving size and exact ingredients used.


Calories: 314kcal | Carbohydrates: 53.5g | Protein: 8.5g | Fat: 9.9g | Saturated Fat: 1.5g | Sodium: 1427mg | Potassium: 408mg | Fiber: 4.7g | Sugar: 37.7g | Calcium: 170mg | Iron: 3mg


I’m sharing my homemade falafel with Easy Peasy Foodie for #CookBlogShare.

Hodmedod’s Giveaway

Hodmedod’s is offering one Tin and Thyme reader a bundle of their products worth around £30. To be in with a chance of winning, please fill in the Gleam widget below. You will need to leave a comment on this post, answering the question, which then gives you additional chances to enter if you so wish. Gleam will pick a winner at random from the entries received. If you are commenting anonymously, please give me some way of identifying you as I will be verifying the validity of entries. Any automated entries will be disqualified.

Hodmedod's Product Bundle & Giveaway Prize.

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  1. Anne Perry

    24th September 2019 at 2:10 pm

    I would love make a soup with the Roasted Peas and Bean Mix.

    • Lyn Geddes

      20th October 2019 at 1:52 pm

      I’d like to try the fava beans as I’ve never had falafel made with them before

  2. angiesrecipes

    24th September 2019 at 3:13 pm

    I adore falafel and these look so inviting! A great giveaway too, Choclette.

    • Choclette

      24th September 2019 at 3:55 pm

      Thanks Angie. Unless you’re in the Middle East somewhere, it’s hard to get good falafel. So homemade is the way to go. Hodmedod’s are a very exciting company and I’m really pleased to be working with them.

  3. Andrea Upton

    24th September 2019 at 3:29 pm

    I would love to try the roasted yellow peas first. I would use these sprinkled on to a salad

    • Choclette

      25th September 2019 at 1:21 pm

      Ooh, nice idea. Those peas would add a lovely crunch as well as flavour.

  4. Kim M

    24th September 2019 at 5:32 pm

    Have a recipe for some Quinoa flour pancakes I’ve always wanted to try x

    • Choclette

      25th September 2019 at 1:20 pm

      I’ve baked with quinoa flour plenty of times, but I’ve not had quinoa pancakes. Lovely idea.

  5. Maxine G

    24th September 2019 at 7:13 pm

    The smoked quinoa looks like it could be a great base to a salad with smoked tofu, veggies and a tomato salsa

    • Choclette

      25th September 2019 at 1:19 pm

      Yes please Maxine, that sounds really good. Can I come round for dinner?

  6. Danielle

    24th September 2019 at 10:39 pm

    That “herby inside” won me over! 🙂 Love how awesome this falafel looks – just the way I would imagine it. And great to know that you can freeze it – I love having that option when I cook.

    • Choclette

      25th September 2019 at 1:19 pm

      I find these green falafels are very appealing too. The particularly good thing about freezing falafel, is that you can take out just as many as you need, keeping the rest for another day.

  7. Leslie

    25th September 2019 at 2:49 am

    Loving your healthy take on this recipe. Even better that this can be done in the air fryer! So perfect!!

    • Choclette

      25th September 2019 at 1:17 pm

      Air fryers are good for lots of things, but they make particularly good falafel.

  8. Donna Loxton

    25th September 2019 at 9:32 am

    There are some lovely ingredients in this bundle but I would most like to try the smoky Quinoa. I would put it in a jazzed up salad!

    • Choclette

      25th September 2019 at 1:17 pm

      That smoked quinoa is something else Donna. I like the idea of your jazzed up salad.

  9. Jane Willis

    25th September 2019 at 11:40 am

    I would use the Carlin Peas to make a bowl of good old fashioned Lancashire style black peas.

    • Choclette

      25th September 2019 at 1:16 pm

      Oh yes, fabulous idea Jane. I expect you already know this, but carlin peas are also known as black badgers.

  10. Jacqui Bellefontaine

    25th September 2019 at 12:04 pm

    I met the guys from Hodmedod when I did the guild of food writers tour in Suffolk. so inspirational and passionate about what they do. Great produce I will try making your falafel with fava beans.

    • Choclette

      25th September 2019 at 1:14 pm

      Oh that sounds a wonderful food tour Jacqui. I’ve only been to Suffolk once and that was many years ago. Would love to know how you get on with fava bean falafel.

    • Alba

      24th October 2019 at 8:49 pm

      Love it! Neef an air fryet though 🙂

  11. Byron Thomas

    25th September 2019 at 1:47 pm

    These were possibly the best falafels I’ve ever eaten! My partner is a vegetarian and he treats himself to a falafel sandwich every Tuesday night on his way home from work. Yesterday, I told him not to pick one up on his way home, because I wanted to try making this one. We absolutely loved it! There’s not a thing I would change about it. Thank you!!!!

    • Choclette

      25th September 2019 at 2:34 pm

      A falafel sandwich every week sounds brilliant. But this makes your testament even more meaningful. Thank you Byron.

  12. Alison Johnson

    25th September 2019 at 4:32 pm

    I’d love to make the Falafels detailed in your recipe. I had them at a restaurant once & loved them, but have had many terrible ones purchased from supermarkets, so would love to try making my own.

    • Choclette

      25th September 2019 at 5:52 pm

      Give them a go Alison. As long as you have a food processor or blender, they really aren’t difficult to make.

  13. Corina Blum

    26th September 2019 at 11:28 am

    Your falafels look delicious! I would love to try the smoked quinoa first but everything looks quite tempting to me!

    • Choclette

      26th September 2019 at 6:15 pm

      Thanks Corina. I was so intrigued by the smoked quinoa, it was the very first thing I tried.

  14. Margaret Gallagher

    28th September 2019 at 1:53 pm

    Smoked quinoa sounds devine – the whole range does – falafels will take on a new taste ! Might just win the rest of the family around to a winnong taste

  15. felicity

    28th September 2019 at 5:48 pm

    the falafels look delicious and the pack has some interesting products – not all of which I have tried so it would be exciting to try some new yet healthy products

    • Choclette

      28th September 2019 at 8:46 pm

      It’s a really exciting bundle of healthy goodies Felicity. And thank you.

  16. Elaine Savage

    28th September 2019 at 6:06 pm

    I’d love to try the Smoked Quinoa. I’d make Quinoa Kedgeree

  17. Sheena Batey

    28th September 2019 at 6:47 pm

    I would make a pease pudding using the organic carlins. Too good to only have on Carlin Sunday

    • Choclette

      28th September 2019 at 8:45 pm

      Excellent idea Sheena. My mum used to make pease pudding and I loved it. Never had it with carlin peas though.

  18. Solange

    28th September 2019 at 6:47 pm

    I would love to try the organic quinoa flour first and I would make pancakes.

    • Choclette

      28th September 2019 at 8:44 pm

      Oh yes, lovely idea. Quinoa pancakes have got to be tried.

  19. Priscilla Stubbs

    28th September 2019 at 6:49 pm

    I would love to make the falafels.My husband says he doesn’t like them but I think I could change his mind with these

  20. pete c

    28th September 2019 at 7:08 pm

    the Roasted Yellow Pies and I`d use them in a soup to startw ith

  21. Sophie Hudson

    28th September 2019 at 10:23 pm

    Smoked quinoa. I’d make a salad.

  22. Fiona jk42

    28th September 2019 at 10:48 pm

    I’d like to try the 4 grain muesli base as I love muesli but usually just make it with oats.

    • Choclette

      29th September 2019 at 6:49 pm

      It’s really nice. I made up a batch with it and we’ve been enjoying it for breakfast for the last few mornings. Definitely a cut above your average.

  23. Ritchie Dee

    28th September 2019 at 11:16 pm

    I think I would use the smoked quinoa first to make a salad with black beans and roasted sweet potatoes

    • Choclette

      29th September 2019 at 6:50 pm

      Yes please, I reckon that would be a lovely combination. I’d be very happy to share a plate of that.

  24. Natalie Burgess

    29th September 2019 at 7:47 am

    Pease pudding with carlin peas xx

  25. Margaret Clarkson

    29th September 2019 at 10:30 am

    I would try the Carlins first. In the North East we celebrate “Carlin Sunday” each year. My West Indian relatives call them “Pigeon Peas” so the first thing I would make is West Indian Rice and peas.

    • Choclette

      29th September 2019 at 6:53 pm

      Ah, you’re the second person to mention Carlin Sunday. I hadn’t realised it was a thing. Apparently, they’re also called black badgers. West Indian rice and peas sounds delicious.

    • Samantha Fell

      23rd October 2019 at 11:23 am

      I would make a really fruity, nutty muesli with the muesli base mix x

  26. betsy ferguson

    29th September 2019 at 12:29 pm

    I love soups for luch when the weather gets cooler, so I would use the beans and peas to make a healthy, whole some soup

  27. Dale Dow

    29th September 2019 at 1:49 pm

    I’d use the smoked quinoa to make a very healthy sutumn salad

  28. Ani Costa

    29th September 2019 at 6:13 pm

    I would LOVE to make a range of dips starting with the split fava for an authentic greek dip similar to a yellow split pea puree!

    • Choclette

      29th September 2019 at 7:00 pm

      A fava bean dip is on my list too Ani. It sounds delicious.

  29. Sharon

    29th September 2019 at 6:30 pm

    Your fava bean falafel look amazing Choclette!! And what an amazing bundle of goodies you’re giving away! I’m really intrigued by the sound of the Fava Bean Umamai Paste. I’d definitely like to give this a try first… perhaps in a Winter casserole or chunky vegetable and bean soup.

    • Choclette

      29th September 2019 at 7:02 pm

      I’m loving all these Hodmedod’s products. I used the umami paste to make a miso kind of soup today. It was so good.

  30. Lewis King

    29th September 2019 at 6:39 pm

    Fava Bean Falafel – sounds delicious.

  31. Caroline

    29th September 2019 at 9:15 pm

    I’m very interested in the umami fava paste. Thinking it might be good to add to a veggie pate.

    • Choclette

      30th September 2019 at 8:47 am

      Oh, what a good idea Caroline. That paste would be excellent added to a veggie pate. I think I might add some to my mushroom pate next time I make it.

  32. Julia

    29th September 2019 at 9:17 pm

    The falafel
    The falafel recipe sounds worth a try & could use the split peas in soup to make it more tasty.

    • Choclette

      30th September 2019 at 8:48 am

      Ah, thank you. They are very good falafel. Do let me know how you get on if you ever do make the recipe.

  33. Ruth Harwood

    30th September 2019 at 9:02 am

    would love to try the fava bean falafel – sounds intriguing and unique xx

  34. Cathy @ Planet Veggie

    30th September 2019 at 2:16 pm

    I haven’t made falafel for ages. I bet they’re fab in the HealthyFry, too 🙂

    • Choclette

      30th September 2019 at 5:37 pm

      The falafel are delicious Cathy and the HealthyFry is fabulous.

  35. msedollyp

    30th September 2019 at 2:22 pm

    warm salad with quinoa and the roasted pea and bean mix

  36. Jessica Powell

    30th September 2019 at 11:03 pm

    I’d have to try out the quinoa flour and make some bread. 🙂

  37. Melissa Lee

    1st October 2019 at 8:39 am

    I would love to make something with the quinoa flour. I’ve never used it before in baking. Perhaps a nice homemade quinoa flour pizza crust would be first!

    • Choclette

      1st October 2019 at 4:05 pm

      Well I have to say, I’ve not tried it in yeast baking, so would love to know how you get on. I often use it in a mix for cake baking, but never on it’s own – not yet anyway.

  38. Janice P

    1st October 2019 at 11:04 am

    Beautiful looking falafel, they are one of my favourite lunches served in pita bread.

    • Choclette

      1st October 2019 at 4:04 pm

      Yes me too. We often buy them, but I have to confess, homemade ones are much nicer.

  39. Victoria Prince

    1st October 2019 at 7:32 pm

    I’d most love to try the four grain muesli base and I would actually try making it into porridge first – I’ve experimented with using muesli to make a porridge before and it adds an interesting twist – it doesn’t necessarily come out exactly like porridge, but it’s nice!

    • Choclette

      1st October 2019 at 7:45 pm

      Oh yes, I think the muesli base would make a lovely chewy sort of porridge. I’m almost wishing I’d used it for that now rather than muesli.

  40. Jennifer Toal

    1st October 2019 at 8:08 pm

    My daughter is vegetarian so these would help us to try some recipes we can all enjoy as a family

  41. Hayley Lynch

    3rd October 2019 at 6:59 pm

    I would use the Roasted bean & pea mix to make a spicy soup

  42. Lynn Neal

    3rd October 2019 at 8:09 pm

    These look really tasty, would love to try them!

  43. Maria P

    4th October 2019 at 3:13 pm

    I would really want to try this falafel recipe – although it requires some time for soaking, it seems to be fairly quick meal

    • Choclette

      4th October 2019 at 7:55 pm

      The actual hands on time isn’t too bad at all Maria and any effort is really worth it.

  44. David

    4th October 2019 at 7:16 pm

    Hello! If I was lucky enough to win then I would make sourdough bread with the quinoa flour as I think it would be really tasty.

    • Choclette

      4th October 2019 at 7:56 pm

      Quinoa sourdough sounds really interesting David. Do let me know how you get on if you ever make it.

  45. Sacha stacey

    5th October 2019 at 8:50 am

    Would love to try and make the Falafels

  46. Chloe Finnie

    6th October 2019 at 1:11 am

    The Peas and beans would make a lovely healthy soup or curry.

  47. Chloe R

    7th October 2019 at 12:23 am

    I think I’d like to try the malted wheat flakes – I bet they’d make a great muesli bar! I’m always looking for new snacks to take to uni with me! They all look fab xx

    • Choclette

      7th October 2019 at 9:17 am

      That sounds like a grand idea. I think you’re absolutely right.

  48. TinaH

    7th October 2019 at 12:40 pm

    I would definitely love to try the fava bean falafel. Sounds so good.

    • Choclette

      8th October 2019 at 8:41 am

      Thank you. They are really good and not at all difficult to make.

  49. Sarah P

    7th October 2019 at 2:34 pm

    The Smoked Quinoa sounds really interesting and I’m pleased to see it is grown in the UK too. Not sure what I would make with it as usually just add quinoa to various stews/soups etc.

    • Choclette

      8th October 2019 at 8:41 am

      This quinoa would give a lovely smoky taste to stews, so would work well with something like a veggie chilli I reckon.

  50. Mary D

    8th October 2019 at 9:54 am

    The fava bean umami paste sounds wonderful and I think I’d add it to my vegetarian curries and thai dishes to get a deeper flavor.

  51. Julia Kerr

    10th October 2019 at 2:52 pm

    I’d use the yellow peas first for a delicious homemade soup

  52. A.E. ADKINS

    11th October 2019 at 9:36 pm

    It would have to be the falafel with yoghurt tahini sauce – they sound delicious

  53. Maya Russell

    12th October 2019 at 9:12 am

    I’d like to make Fava Bean Falafel because it’s so healthy and I’m sure is very delicious.

  54. Lindsey Jones

    12th October 2019 at 8:09 pm

    The smoked quinoa with pumpkin and butternut squash

  55. Carole Nott

    12th October 2019 at 9:37 pm

    This is a great selection of products and all would be very useful – the quinoa flour could be used for all sorts of bases for dishes.

  56. Patricia Avery

    12th October 2019 at 10:09 pm

    I think I’d like to try the four grain muesli base and add my own extras to give variety to hubby’s breakfast.

  57. Ben Audsley

    15th October 2019 at 6:22 pm

    i would try and replicate a good falafel and salad and pitta bread – i love trying new receipes

  58. Gill Benner

    16th October 2019 at 6:51 am

    Going to have to try lots of these, best of all it’s a British company. I’ve never had fermented grains and the Roasted peas and beans sound like an ideal snack to give my diabetic hubby. Some good recipe ideas, always on the lookout to try new things.

    • Choclette

      16th October 2019 at 7:41 am

      They have some wonderful products and their range is increasing all the time. The fermented grains have become a firm favourite with us.

  59. natalie s

    17th October 2019 at 5:23 pm

    The falafel for sure!

  60. J Hann

    18th October 2019 at 10:01 am

    This would really give me some new recipes to try out in the kitchen.

  61. Rai

    19th October 2019 at 9:27 pm

    The fava beans. I’ve always loved beans, and Broad beans go really well in a tomatoey pasta sauce as they soak up the sweetness of the tomatoes but still keep their texture.

  62. Zoe Graham

    20th October 2019 at 10:23 am

    id actually love to try to make your fava bean falafel

  63. Nadia Josephine

    21st October 2019 at 10:30 am

    I would love to try the roasted peas and beans mix! I love falafel so would definitely make some if I was the lucky winner

  64. Emma Seaman

    21st October 2019 at 10:34 am

    I’d love to try the quinoa flour – I’ve never used it before so perhaps some easy gingerbread biscuits to start me off

  65. Julia Linsley

    21st October 2019 at 2:06 pm

    We would love to try the roasted yellow peas I’d sprinkle them on salads and have a go at that Middle Eastern salad with some of these other accompaniments

  66. Chris Johnson-Smith

    21st October 2019 at 3:28 pm

    We love falafel but are always disappointed by the extra rubbish when bought from the shop. This looks like the way to go, making from scratch with good, pure ingredients.

  67. James Travis

    21st October 2019 at 4:20 pm

    I would like to try the roast peas first and probably make a nice curry with it.

  68. Julie Wilson

    21st October 2019 at 5:33 pm

    What a great selection of food. I enjoy muesli so the first thing I’d sample is the Four grain muesli base with lots of my favourite extras.

    • Choclette

      21st October 2019 at 5:49 pm

      I can highly recommend the muesli base Julie. I did just as you suggested and it’s delicious.

  69. Troy Easton

    21st October 2019 at 7:58 pm

    It would be Pitta Sandwich and I would have to make some veggie Sandwiches that are tasty.

  70. louise lumsden

    21st October 2019 at 9:34 pm

    I’d try the roasted yellow peas first, they’d go into soup with parsnips smoked paprika and roasted garlic

  71. Kevin Matthews

    22nd October 2019 at 11:47 am

    All looks really tasty 🙂
    But a pitta sandwich is a nice, quick and easy, snack to enjoy. So I’d go for those first.

  72. jo liddement

    22nd October 2019 at 1:20 pm

    I would make my own muesli first with the four grain muesli base and i would add lots of dried fruit and nuts and eat it for breakfast with oat milk….yummy! my favourite

    • Choclette

      22nd October 2019 at 1:26 pm

      This I have done and it is delicious Jo.

  73. Anthea Holloway

    22nd October 2019 at 2:15 pm

    I would try the Roasted Pea and Bean mix in a tasty chilli dish.

  74. Amanda Greensmith

    22nd October 2019 at 2:29 pm

    smoked quinoa would be lovely

  75. Summer Rowley

    22nd October 2019 at 3:54 pm

    I’d love the roasted bean and pea mix into an alternative vegetable chilli!


    22nd October 2019 at 11:30 pm

    I always see falafel mentioned but have never tried it. So they would be my first choice.

  77. astrid c

    23rd October 2019 at 6:28 am

    i would make alternatives for all my favorite foods x

  78. Tina H

    23rd October 2019 at 11:30 am

    I’ve baked with quinoa flour plenty of times, but I’ve not had quinoa pancakes. I’d love to start there. Wonderful prize.

  79. Craig Rogers

    23rd October 2019 at 3:05 pm

    Smoked quinoa sounds really interesting. I’d add it to a tomato and chilli soup – I think the flavours would really work.

    • Choclette

      23rd October 2019 at 4:18 pm

      That’s a fabulous idea Craig. I reckon it would work really well too.

  80. Angela Kelly

    23rd October 2019 at 4:04 pm

    I’d like to try the smoked Quinoa with some chicken dishes.

  81. Averil Lea

    23rd October 2019 at 4:06 pm

    Would love to make the Falafel using the organic split fave beans. They look delicious and the ones in the supermarket are tasteless.

  82. Darren Bourne

    23rd October 2019 at 4:07 pm

    My girlfriend would love to try the roasted pea and beans mix but I think we would use the fava beans first to try the falafel recipe.

    • Choclette

      23rd October 2019 at 4:17 pm

      Hahaha Darren, correct answer. Though I must say the roasted pea and bean mix is really good.

  83. Anneka Davies

    23rd October 2019 at 5:21 pm

    The smokey quinoa sounds incredible I eat quite a lot of quinoa but never heard of the smoked variety. I thing it would ho wonderfully in a burrito with pan fried veggies cooked in bbq sauce

    • Choclette

      23rd October 2019 at 7:25 pm

      That sounds so delicious Anneka. I might just have to try that.

  84. Joanna Nichol

    23rd October 2019 at 5:36 pm

    I would love to try the smoked Quinoa, it sounds simple delicious

  85. Sarah Whittington

    23rd October 2019 at 7:03 pm

    The smoked quinoa on a bed of lettuce with a salsa & tofu ooh we love Falafel with any beans or pulses,healthy & delicious

  86. Meryl Thomas

    23rd October 2019 at 7:28 pm

    I love falafel and I would like to try that first. I would put it in pita bread with lots of yummy salad and Greek yoghurt

  87. Fiona Johnstone

    23rd October 2019 at 7:35 pm

    I would love to try the Smoked Quinoa. Maybe make some Salmon fishcakes.

  88. Adrian Bold

    23rd October 2019 at 8:56 pm

    I would like to try the smoky Quinoa, which would be great in a mixture of different salads.

  89. Helena Gilbert

    23rd October 2019 at 9:28 pm

    I love quinoa’s so versatile and great for a variety of dishes .

    Not tried the smoked quinoa but would use this in home made minestrone soup .

  90. Sallyanne Rose

    23rd October 2019 at 9:39 pm

    There are some lovely ingredients in this bundle but I would most like to try the smoky Quinoa, I would put it in a warm salad

  91. champaklal Lad

    23rd October 2019 at 10:33 pm

    soup with the Roasted Peas and Bean Mix

  92. Mary Carter

    24th October 2019 at 12:13 am

    Some amazing recipes

  93. Diane Duggan

    24th October 2019 at 12:14 am

    I’d like to try the Carlin beans because I’ve never heard of them before now. I’d use them to make some bean burgers.

  94. Nikki Easton

    24th October 2019 at 2:24 am

    Love to try the fava beans and make the falafel. I bet it’s amazing with the tahini .

  95. Sheila Reeves

    24th October 2019 at 6:44 am

    I think I’d make a salad with the smoked quinoa (sounds so good!) with chopped tomatoes, spring onions and some mint and definitely make some falafel to go with it

    • Choclette

      24th October 2019 at 7:48 am

      That sounds delicious Sheila and really refreshing too with the smoky notes to a bit of interest.

  96. Richard Eldred Hawes

    24th October 2019 at 8:52 am

    I would make some Falefals and the Pitta Bread to put them in

  97. Cara-Jane Hunter

    24th October 2019 at 9:57 am

    I would make a vegetable soup with the Roasted Peas and Bean Mix, oooh, just like the Seventies!

  98. Jackie L

    24th October 2019 at 10:23 am

    I’d make falafel with the split fava beans. This article has really inspired me to try these – sound delicious and nutritious ☺

  99. Alicia Fourie

    24th October 2019 at 10:37 am

    I have bought the Hodmedods split fava beans for falafel in the past (I always make Claudia Roden’s recipe, which holds together well in the fryer) but I am intrigued by the fermented stuff!

    • Choclette

      25th October 2019 at 8:56 am

      The fermented stuff is fabulous. I’ve been adding the fermented barley grains to salads and stir fries and the umami paste is really miso by any other name. As for Claudia Rodin’s recipe, I really ought to get my hands on it.

  100. Nikki Hunter-Pike

    24th October 2019 at 11:51 am

    I’d have a go at some quinoa veggie nuggets for me and the kids!

  101. Lucy D

    24th October 2019 at 12:46 pm

    The fermented barley looks interesting – I often add barley to my stews, so I’d like to try this to see what it’s like.

  102. Rebecca Townsend

    24th October 2019 at 1:27 pm

    I’d use the fava beans first as it’s my daughters favourite food but I have never had a go at making my own.

  103. Sophie Williams

    24th October 2019 at 1:37 pm

    i’d love to make falafel, I buy pre-packed all the time, I bake a lot too so I’d like to try out the quinoa flour!

  104. Sare Davies

    24th October 2019 at 6:27 pm

    I’d love to try making the falafel along with a quinoa salad. (I doubt there would be any chance of some of the falafels making it to the freezer!)

  105. Sharon Lou Johnson

    24th October 2019 at 6:54 pm

    The smoked quiona I bet is delish ty guys x

  106. Jay

    24th October 2019 at 7:53 pm

    Smoked quinoa sounds yummy, great for adding to healthy salads

  107. laura stewart

    24th October 2019 at 7:54 pm

    fingers crossed its a lovely giveaway xx

  108. Tammy Neal

    24th October 2019 at 9:31 pm

    Some amazing recipes

  109. Kyomi Johnson

    24th October 2019 at 9:50 pm

    The smoked quinoa definitely would are into a lovely fresh salads or some wraps for all the family to enjoy

  110. AndiG

    24th October 2019 at 10:34 pm

    I love the sound of the smoked quinoa, it sounds a bit different, love a change

  111. Tom Morrison

    24th October 2019 at 11:18 pm

    I’d use the four grain organic muesli base with chopped nuts, mixed fruit and yoghurt

  112. Sue Clarke

    24th October 2019 at 11:23 pm

    Lots of things here I’m yet to try. It is all growing on me.

  113. sherry

    19th November 2019 at 11:23 am

    i love pearl barley but i can’t say i’ve ever had or heard of fermented naked barley. how interesting!

    • Choclette

      19th November 2019 at 5:18 pm

      It’s very interesting and I’ve been using it a lot. It’s great for perking up salads.


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