Bloody Falafel Fingers

Photo by Richa Hingle of Vegan Richa.

Bloody Falafel Fingers are a healthy Halloween treat alternative originally conceived by Richa Hingle of Vegan Richa. It is vegan, and is corn-, dairy-, egg-, gluten-, grain-, soy-, sugar-, and yeast-free. It can be made nut-free with the omission of the almonds, as well.

It has a prep time of only 2 hours, a cook time of 30 minutes, and makes 7-8 fingers.


To make these delicious October treats, you will need the following ingredients and supplies:

  • Food processor or blender
  • ½ cup dry chickpeas
  • ½ cup dry split yellow peas
  • 1/3 cup chopped red onion
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 1/4 packed cup cilantro
  • 1/4 packed cup parsley
  • 1 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • ½ teaspoon cumin powder
  • ½ teaspoon whole coriander seeds or coriander powder
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper / or black pepper or to taste
    • ½ serrano chili pepper (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons oil (optional)
  • 1-2 tablespoons chickpea flour

Cooking instructions

Bloody Falafel Fingers Sandwich

A unique take on the term "finger sandwiches." Photo by Richa Hingle of Vegan Richa.

  1. Wash and soak your chickpeas and split peas for a minimum of 2 hours, though soaking overnight will produce the best results.
  2. An hour before preparation is to occur, soak raw almonds. Once time is up, peel and slice them in half lengthwise. Set almonds aside.
  3. Drain water from peas and add to food processor or blender. Add in all other ingredients except for chickpea flour. Pulse until mixture is of a coarse consistency. If using a blender, make sure to blend only half of your total mixture at a time to keep from clogging your blender.
  4. Transfer coarse mixture to bowl and add in chickpea flour if your mixture is too mushy and doesn't stick together easily. Form long finger shapes.
  5. With fingers shaped, press an almond half onto each finger using chickpea flour and water paste (created by placing a few water droplets into the chickpea flour) as a glue.
  6. Preheat oven to 375°F. Place fingers into over to bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown on the outside. Turn tray after 15 minutes to bake through evenly.
  7. Remove from oven and serve hot with ketchup or sriracha to represent blood, or in a sandwich with tahini, onions, greens and drizzled sriracha or ketchup. Optionally, you may replace bread with cauliflower bread or other substitute if serving as sandwich.
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