Easy Baked Falafel

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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

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Easy Baked Falafel

4 from 144 votes
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.
Polka dot plate with homemade vegan falafel.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 24 minutes
Servings 15 patties

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
 

  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Spray a baking sheet with oil.
  • 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.
  • Scoop spoonfuls of mixture out and form into small patties; you should get about 15. Place on prepped baking sheet.
  • Bake 10-12 minutes, flip patties and bake for another 10-12 minutes or until falafel are golden and cooked through.

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Nutrition

Serving: 3falafel Calories: 143kcal Carbohydrates: 24g Protein: 6g Fat: 5g Sodium: 648mg Fiber: 6g Sugar: 1g
Course: Lunch/Dinner
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Keyword: baked falafel, easy baked falafel

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    170 comments
    1. Dan
      September 8, 2022 AT 6:36 pm

      4 stars
      Easy baked falafel- followed recipe exactly, formed well but, “baked” falafel‘s did not hold together, crumbling. What is wrong? What should I do next try?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 9, 2022 AT 4:34 pm

        Oh no!! Sounds like the mixture was a little dry and maybe needed a splash of water or liquid to help it hold together more. I’ll make a note about that in the blog post.

    2. Jordan
      August 13, 2022 AT 11:34 am

      5 stars
      Just made these for the second time. They are quickly becoming a family favorite at our house. We love them as toppings in a build-your-own rice bowl meal. Thank you!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 15, 2022 AT 1:18 pm

        YUM! I love that you and your family are enjoying this recipe, Jordan. Thank you for your review + star rating, I so appreciate it!

    3. Anne keatley
      May 13, 2022 AT 2:56 pm

      5 stars
      thank u so much for the recipe was so simple and delicious I’m making it again looking forward to your other recipes thanks again

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 14, 2022 AT 8:57 am

        Woo! Love that you’re enjoying this recipe, Anne! Thanks for sharing your review, I appreciate it so much.

    4. Jackie
      May 10, 2022 AT 8:14 am

      5 stars
      I have always wanted to try to make homemade falafel but I was scared off by the soaking etc. of other recipes. This recipe using the canned chickpeas was definitely more accessible for me and my level of commitment in the kitchen. I followed the recipe exactly but doubled it, and it turned out fantastic. I did not quite get 30 out of it, I got about 20 but I was a little more generous on the sizing of each falafel. I will definitely be making this recipe again, I am looking forward to having these on hand (I am freezing them) to pull out and add to salads or put in a quick wrap for lunches during the work week.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 11, 2022 AT 7:42 am

        It makes me so happy to read this! I’m glad the falafel was a success for you, Jackie. Thank you so much for trying the recipe and leaving a review, it means so much to me!

    5. Mitchell
      April 18, 2022 AT 4:50 pm

      Can I use fresh cilantro instead of parsley or would that ruin the flavor?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 18, 2022 AT 6:08 pm

        Fresh cilantro should work just fine! Let me know how it turns out for you!

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