Baked Vegan Falafels

January 24, 2017

It was my birthday recently and I decided to have a picnic in the park with friends and family.  I decided to make the meal and set out to find the ultimate chickpea falafel.  After 4 attempts at different “world’s tastiest falafel” I think I finally found the best combination of all of them.  So while this might not count as the best, it certainly worked easiest for me and everyone loved them (at least, that’s what they said).

They take a bit of time cause you do need to use dried chickpeas (I know, I hear you saying – but surely tinned is just easier and better – but no, this is an integral step in getting the texture you need – plus, it’s literally soaking overnight, not too hard) and they come together so nicely and are a real crowd pleaser AND are vegan AND can be gluten free AND an a really affordable tasty meal.  So you win all round.  If you do make them and want to show  me your creation – just tag me on Instagram @Julie_the_dietitian and I promise to check them out!

I served mine with hummus (with roast garlic – winner!), wraps, homemade sprouts, tomatoes, lettuce, coleslaw mix and cucumber – DELISH!

A delicious homemade falafel recipe that will be a huge hit at a lunch picnic or to feed a crowd
Recipe type: Lunch
Cuisine: Vegan or Vegetarian
Serves: 20
  • 1 cup dried chickpeas, soaked overnight (min 24 hours)
  • ½ white onion
  • ½ tin chickpeas
  • ½ cup parsley, packed
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons flour (regular or gluten free (ideally chickpea))
  1. Using a food processor - blend the tinned chickpeas and onion together till almost smooth.
  2. Then add the soaked chickpeas, parlsey, garlic, cumin and salt together till a crumbly texture - not a paste (else you're making hummus!).
  3. Then add the baking powder, lemon juice, olive oil and flour and pulse to blend.
  4. The mixture should stick together nicely and not be too sticky that it sticks too much to your hands when you try fashion a falafel.
  5. Bake them in an oven at 180 degrees C on a baking tray sprayed with non-stick spray for 15 minutes on one side then turn over and bake for a further 5 minutes.
  6. Serve inside a pita pocket or a wrap filled with hummus and veggies
Make this Gluten free by using gluten free flour - I tried with chickpea flour and it worked perfectly. Not sure about others but am certain they will work too.






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