Like with any food you prepare from home, this will always be thousands of times better than any factory-made version. Not only can you ensure the good quality of ingredients, you can have the flexibility of making your own flavor combinations and customize them to your dietary needs. Another bonus is that by baking them, you’re not getting all the oil that automatically gets absorbed when you fry them in oil. Here is a basic recipe, but play with it and try adding some beetroot or sweet potato!

Baked Falafel (Vegan)Baked Falafel (Vegan) |


2 cups prepared chickpeas/garbanzo beans
1 small onion, peeled and roughly chopped
3 cloves of garlic
3 Tbsp fresh cilantro
3 Tbsp fresh parsley
3 Tbsp oat or rice flour
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes, optional
2 Tbsp olive oil, to brush onto the patties
1 fresh lemon, to serve


• In a food processor, process everything except the chickpeas, oil and lemon.
• Add the chickpeas and process until coarsely chopped (don’t puree). Pulse a few more times until it looks like it’s about to form into a ball. Add more flour if it’s looking too sticky, or a little water, if it looks too dry.
• Cover the mixture with cling film and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
• Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).
• Gently form into even golf-ball sized balls, then flatten into thick patties. Place on lined baking sheet, brush each side with oil and bake for 20 minutes, flipping them over once, until heated through. (frozen patties will take longer). Broil or toast them for a minute or two on each side to crisp them up.



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