Yummy Baked Falafel

Written by NPN Guest on January 9th, 2011

Edited by Beth at Beth's Mess.

General, Healthy Eating, Healthy Living, Recipes

Falafel are basically little fried balls or patties made from spiced chickpeas or sometimes fava beans. People typically eat them in pita bread, or wrapped in flatbread, but they can be eaten by themselves as a snack or as the Arabic or Jewish version of the Spanish tapas (snacks/appetizers). They’re also pretty common as street vendor food.


  • 1(15oz) can chickpeas/garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1-2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1tsp lemon juice
  • 2 green onions, sliced (white and green)
  • 1 generous tsp cumin
  • 1 pinch allspice
  • 1/4tsp paprika
  • 1 Tbsp bread crumbs
  • 1 Tbsp corn meal


Preheat oven to 425.
In a blender or food processor, pulse beans, garlic, olive oil, onion, cumin, allspice, and paprika 10 seconds. Scrape down sides, and pulse again 10 seconds. The mixture should still be somewhat lumpy–some of it will be well blended, but there will still be some whole or half chickpeas in there. Pour into a bowl. Combine bread crumbs and corn meal on a small plate.

Using a tablespoon, scoop level tablespoonfuls of the falafel mixture. Lightly drop each ball into the crumb mixture and flip over once, to get crumbs on the top and bottom. Place on a sprayed baking sheet and gently flatten with fingers. Repeat with remaining mixture (this should make 16 small patties).

Bake at 425 for 15-18 minutes, flipping falafel over halfway through.

For a meal, serve in a salad or in pita pockets with lettuce, tomato, and cucumber. For tapas, eat plain or serve with a dip of tahini thinned with lemon juice and water.

Makes 16 falafels (or 4 servings)

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Many thanks to Emily for sharing!  She is the primary author of One Lovely Life, a cook, and photographer, hopeless romantic, list-maker extraordinaire and soon to be mother.  In another life, she worked as a lifestyle counselor, helping people with their health and fitness goals. Recipe originally posted here at One Lovely Life.

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