Best Baked Falafel

Falafel is one of my favourite uses of chickpeas! Those delicious crispy patties are not just bursting with flavour, they are also packed with fibre and protein. A simple and perfect addition to any salad, sandwich or wrap. However, traditionally falafel is deep fried which makes it a little less desirable. I set out to create a baked version that could taste just as good as the real deal. The texture of this falafel is a little different than that of it's deep fried counterpart, but still crisp and full of flavour. Please enjoy my Best Baked Falafel, a delicious alternative to deep fried and so easy to make at home!

Photos courtesy of Miaou Photography

Best Baked Falafel

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cooked or sprouted chick peas
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing
  • 1/2 cup fresh chopped parsley
  • 3 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp coriander
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 pinch cayenne (optional)

method

  1. preheat oven to 375°
  2. Add all ingredients to a high speed blender or a food processor and blend until a fine meal is formed, and transfer to a bowl.
  3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and with damp hands, begin forming the dough into 1-1.5 inch balls or patties. The dough will fall apart easily so press firmly and be patient.
  4. Placed formed balls on the cookie sheet and brush with a small amount of olive oil.
  5. Bake for 12-15 minutes, remove from oven and gently flip. Brush with a small amount of oil and return to the oven for an additional 12-15 minutes until golden brown.
Falafel bowl featuring: Baby spinach, cucumber, red onion, cherry tomatoes, quinoa, Best Baked Falafel and drizzled with Creamy Garlic Dressing. Photo courtesy of Miaou Photography. 

Falafel bowl featuring: Baby spinach, cucumber, red onion, cherry tomatoes, quinoa, Best Baked Falafel and drizzled with Creamy Garlic Dressing. Photo courtesy of Miaou Photography. 

*These falafels freeze very well, making this a perfect meal prep recipe!

*Serve with your favourite veggies or salad.

*Makes 12-14 felafel. 2-3 falafel = a serving.