Inspired by our trip to Israel, I created a easy baked falafel recipe that is just as easy as it is tasty! It’s made with canned chickpeas so there’s no soaking necessary. These protein-packed patties are great for topping bowls and salads, plus they’re vegan and gluten-free.

Polka dot plate with homemade vegan falafel

Ever since our trip to Israel last November, I’ve been hooked on Israeli food. Not only does it take me back to that time and place, but it’s just so fresh and the flavors used in their cooking are incredible. I don’t think I’ll ever get sick of Middle Eastern food. I just stumbled across this article by Food52 that says “the U.S. appetite for goods and products from (Middle Eastern countries) is on the rise.” Apparently I’m on trend… totally not mad about it.

Polka dot plate with homemade falafel

Rather than just daydreaming about these flavors or depending on a local restaurant, I decided I needed to create my own recipe for baked falafel.

Small falafel patty held in a woman's hand

The main reason these falafel are so easy is that I used canned chickpeas. Traditionally, falafel is made using dried chickpeas that have been soaked overnight. No, soaking is not hard, but sometimes I forget to start the process the night before and when mama wants falafel, mama wants falafel. 😉 I typically like to keep my pantry stocked with a variety of spices, so I usually have most of the ingredients for this recipe on hand. Score!

Stack of seven small falafel patties

If you’ve never tried falafel before, you’re in for a treat. I like to eat these on their own, with a sauce or dip (can’t go wrong with hummus or tahini), or as a vegetarian protein option for pita sandwiches, salads and bowls.

Are you a falafel fan? Have you ever tried making your own?

Falafel patties on a baking sheet

If you make this easy baked falafel recipe please be sure to leave a comment and star rating below. We love getting your feedback and it helps other EBF readers who are thinking of trying the recipe! 

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Polka dot plate with homemade vegan falafel.

Easy Baked Falafel


  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 24 minutes
  • Total Time: 34 minutes
  • Yield: 15 patties

Description

Inspired by our trip to Israel, I created a baked falafel recipe that is just as easy as it is tasty! It’s made with canned chickpeas so there’s no soaking necessary. These protein-packed patties are great for topping bowls and salads, plus they’re vegan and gluten-free.


Ingredients

  • 1 15 oz can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 3 cloves fresh garlic
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley
  • 1 Tablespoon olive or avocado oil
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • pinch of cayenne
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 Tablespoons oat flour
  • olive or avocado oil cooking spray

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Spray a baking sheet with oil.
  2. Add chickpeas, onion, garlic, oil, parsley, lemon juice, cumin, coriander, salt and cayenne into a food processor and pulse until just combined. You don’t want to over-process the mixture or you’ll end up with hummus. Plus, having a few chunks of chickpeas gives the falafel a nice texture. Stir in baking soda and oat flour. At this point your mixture should be holding together quite well.
  3. Scoop spoonfuls of mixture out and form into small patties; you should get about 15. Place on prepped baking sheet.
  4. Bake 10-12 minutes, flip patties and bake for another 10-12 minutes or until falafel are golden and cooked through.
  • Category: Lunch/Dinner
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: Middle Eastern

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 3 falafel
  • Calories: 143
  • Sugar: 1g
  • Sodium: 648mg
  • Fat: 5g
  • Carbohydrates: 24g
  • Fiber: 6g
  • Protein: 6g

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    121 comments
    1. Katie S
      April 11, 2021 AT 6:24 pm

      So yum! 2nd time making these. Love to meal prep them for lunches during the week.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 12, 2021 AT 12:23 pm

        Yay! So glad you are loving these falafels, Katie! Thanks for making them and coming back to leave a review. It means the world to me.

    2. Juli K Maher
      March 28, 2021 AT 8:51 pm

      Flattened like pancakes and very salty. Not a usable result. Any tips appreciated

      1. Brittany Mullins
        March 28, 2021 AT 10:18 pm

        Oh no! So sorry to hear that this recipe didn’t turn out for you, Juli. Did you change anything about the recipe?

    3. Derrick
      March 22, 2021 AT 5:42 pm

      OMG!!!!…I just wanted a simple easy to follow recipe without exotic ingredients. This is it! I had everything on hand (except oat flour). My wife had powdered oatmeal she uses in her bath…I “borrowed” three tablespoons and off I went. They turned out prefect!!! I ate the first one just out of the oven…made hummus while these were baking…put the two together…*heaven*😃😃😃anyone can make this…awesome

      1. Brittany Mullins
        March 23, 2021 AT 1:59 pm

        So glad this recipe was a hit!! Thanks for making it and for coming back to leave a review, Derrick. I so appreciate it. 🙂

    4. Molly
      March 6, 2021 AT 11:46 am

      Made this the other day (added in 1/4 cup cilantro as well because I had some that was going bad) and ate it with the EBF garlicy kale salad – what a combo!!! Highly recommend trying both recipes together.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        March 7, 2021 AT 11:24 pm

        So glad you loved this recipe, Molly! Thanks for the review. I really appreciate it!

    5. Ann
      March 1, 2021 AT 7:04 pm

      Delicious baked falafel recipe!!! I added some dried dill weed and chopped up green olives

      1. Brittany Mullins
        March 1, 2021 AT 8:33 pm

        So glad you loved this recipe, Ann!! Thanks for the review. I so appreciate it!

    6. Stephanie
      February 20, 2021 AT 8:20 pm

      I made these falafels for dinner tonight and they were absolutely incredible!! So easy to put together and packed with so much flavor. My husband and I also made the EBF pickled onions & Israeli salad to construct falafel bowls, and everything was SO delicious together! Highly recommend. Thank you so much!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 20, 2021 AT 8:23 pm

        So glad you loved these falafels, Stephanie!! Thanks for making them and for coming back to leave a review. I so appreciate it!

    7. Nina
      February 15, 2021 AT 4:21 pm

      My go to falafel recipe, so easy and delicious! Thank you!!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 15, 2021 AT 7:23 pm

        Woo!! So glad you loved this recipe, Nina. Thanks for the review. I so appreciate it!

    8. Tiffany
      February 15, 2021 AT 10:21 am

      I recently made these and they were delicious! I subbed cilantro for parsley because it’s what I had. Overall super easy recipe and so flavorful. I highly recommend making these!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 15, 2021 AT 2:59 pm

        So glad you loved this recipe, Tiffany. Thanks for the review. I so appreciate it!

    9. Emma Pearcy
      February 12, 2021 AT 3:58 pm

      I made these last weekend and they turned out fab! Swapped the oat flour for normal flour, and also cooked them in my George foreman grill rather than the oven! Making them again this weekend!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 12, 2021 AT 6:42 pm

        So glad they turned out for you, Emma!! Thanks for making these and for coming back to share the subs you made and to leave a review! I so appreciate it!

    10. Patricia Rodriguez Tillman
      February 11, 2021 AT 9:43 pm

      I haven’t made these yet but looking forward to trying them soon. I was wondering, can I use dried parsley instead of fresh parsley or omit it completely? Thank you 🙂

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 11, 2021 AT 11:33 pm

        You can use dried parsley! Let me know what you think once you make them!

    11. Leslie
      February 11, 2021 AT 1:55 pm

      love this – it has become a staple

    12. Trish Cina
      January 18, 2021 AT 7:05 pm

      I made this and it was amazing! I substituted chick pea flour for the oat flour due to dietary needs of my household. I served it with the Tahini Dressing that was linked below. Yummy!!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 20, 2021 AT 12:18 pm

        So glad these falafels turned out for you, Trish. Thanks for coming back to leave a review. I really appreciate it!

    13. Leslie
      January 18, 2021 AT 1:25 pm

      fantastic -easy, tasty and healthy – made with israeli salad and tahini

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 18, 2021 AT 2:09 pm

        Ahh yay!! So glad you enjoyed this recipe. Thanks for the review. I appreciate it, Leslie.

    14. Dena
      January 14, 2021 AT 1:04 pm

      These didn’t stick together. Any idea what could have went wrong? They were a bit wet even though I used a paper towel to wipe off the excess.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 14, 2021 AT 10:29 pm

        Oh no! So sorry to hear that. Did you change anything about the recipe?

    15. Holly
      January 6, 2021 AT 9:14 pm

      I LOVE how quick and easy this recipe is!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 7, 2021 AT 4:14 pm

        So glad you love this recipe, Holly. Thanks for coming back to leave a review.

    16. Melissa
      January 6, 2021 AT 8:14 pm

      Made this tonight and cooked it in my air fryer. My husband who despises garbanzo beans ate it and loved it. Absolutely delicious!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 7, 2021 AT 4:14 pm

        Ahh yay, that makes me so happy to hear!!

    17. Chris
      January 5, 2021 AT 2:56 am

      Wow!!

    18. Lilly
      December 30, 2020 AT 3:22 pm

      I loved the flavor and texture of these falafels! I have tried many recipes but this is the first one I really liked.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 31, 2020 AT 1:35 pm

        Ahh yay, that makes me so happy to hear. I’m so glad you loved these falafels. Thanks for giving my recipe a try and for coming back to leave a review. I so appreciate it!

    19. Nicole
      December 13, 2020 AT 7:13 pm

      These are amazing! My one year old mops them up. We do use all purpose flour though. Very easy to make.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 13, 2020 AT 9:27 pm

        So glad these were a hit!! Thanks for coming back to leave a review. I so appreciate it!

    20. Rita
      November 1, 2020 AT 9:10 pm

      Okay to be completely honest I used all purpose flour so they weren’t GF & I added a few mushrooms so I had to add a little more flour. However, the rest was according to the recipe and they turned out GREAT, SO DELICIOUS!! I LOVE that they are baked, not fried. They are perfectly crispy on the outside and soft enough on the inside. My toddler enjoyed them too. They’re delicious and super easy to make, totally worth making!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 1, 2020 AT 11:59 pm

        Ahh yay! So glad this recipe turned out for you, Rita. Thanks for making it and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I really appreciate it. <3

    21. Charu Gupta
      October 29, 2020 AT 8:41 am

      Hi! I am planning to make these falafel for the Halloween party I am going to, in some spooky shape. Do you think it will be too dry?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 29, 2020 AT 1:44 pm

        Ohh I bet it would work! You could always add a bit of water to help you form them into the shape you’re looking for. Keep me posted how they turn out. 🙂

    22. Marzia
      October 14, 2020 AT 7:10 am

      I have soaked my beans. Shall I cook the chickpeas before?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 14, 2020 AT 4:26 pm

        Hey Marzia – if you’re using chickpeas that aren’t from the can then yes, you’ll need to cook them before.

    23. Victoria
      October 6, 2020 AT 1:45 pm

      I’ve made these loads of times and every time they’ve been amazing. I used to deep fry falafel, which was really unhealthy and a huge faff. These ones taste just as good and are so easy to make. Thank you!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 7, 2020 AT 9:58 pm

        You’re so welcome, Victoria. I’m so glad this recipe was a hit! Thanks for making it and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it. 🙂

    24. KeAnn
      October 2, 2020 AT 6:06 pm

      I love trying new recipes so I find myself hardly doing any repeats (obviously I’ve had lots of time during the pandemic!), but I have made this 3 times now?! So good!! I would definitely give it a try. I love that these are baked rather than fried. I do have to say I find myself baking them for a bit longer than the instructed time, could be a personal preference too! I would definitely give these a try!

    25. Kym
      October 1, 2020 AT 6:10 am

      I was surprised by how delicious these are. Mine were very crumbly and fell apart so I’m wondering what I did wrong? I was worried about making hommous so maybe I didn’t mix it enough?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 1, 2020 AT 6:16 pm

        Oh no, sorry to hear that! Did you change anything about the recipe? I’m thinking maybe adding a little bit of water to the dough before forming could have helped if it seemed to dry.

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