Super easy vegan baked falafel recipe! Below I talk about how I made this recipe quicker and healthier. You can add these vegan baked falafel to any meal, like sandwiches and bowls!
If you don’t feel confident about making your own falafel, check out the video below where I show you step by step how to make falafel from scratch!
THE Trick for a easy vegan baked falafel recipe
When I started researching how to make vegan falafel, I noticed that so many recipes required to soak chickpeas. If you’re human like me, then you probably have as much difficulty as I do to remember to the soak chickpeas overnight (to each their strengths 😆💁).
I absolutely wanted to find a way to make an easy vegan falafel recipe using canned chickpeas, so I can skip the step of soaking the chickpeas.
Basic equipment needed
No food processor is required, I wanted to show you can make some with basic kitchen equipment. So all you need you need for this recipe is a blender & a bowl.
The more the merrier saying does not apply to dishes 😂
Healthy version: baked falafels
Traditional falafel recipes are usually fried in oil, as a result you get that crispy exterior. Let’s be honest, IT’S SO GOOD. However if you want to incorporate falafels weekly, I recommend opting for a healthy baked vegan falafel recipe.
A falafel recipe baked in the oven requires less A LOT less oil. Oil isn’t bad, we don’t want to label food as “good or bad” here because that can lead to an unhealthy relationship with food.
In short, if you incorporate falafel balls in your weekly meal prep, you do need to know that oil is high in calories and there might be a lighter and tasty alternative to the ‘drenched in oil and fried’ falafel balls.
In short, this is a healthy baked vegan falafel recipe and I hope you enjoy it!
Easy vegan baked falafel recipe – with canned chickpeas
- 1/4 Large white onion, roughly chopped Or 1 small white onion
- 3 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
- 1 can 19 oz (540 ml) chickpeas, canned, drained and rinsed
- 3 tbsp all purpose flour
- 1 cup parsley
- 1 tsp cumin, ground
- 1/2 tsp coriander, ground
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp canola oil
- Preheat the oven at 350 F.
- Roughly chop the white onion & garlic. Blend 30 seconds until finely chopped.
- Add the rest of the ingredients in the blender. Blend until you get a chunky texture.
- On a pan, spread canola oil. With a tablespoon, scoop mixture out of the blender and create small falafel balls. Aim to create 16 balls. Once all on the pan, flatten all the balls. See the recipe video above to visually see this step.
- Place the pan in the oven, bake for 15 minutes. Flip the falafels and bake for another 15 minutes.
Alyssa Fontaine, Registered Dietitian, specialized in plant-based diets, weight loss and relationship with food. I make videos & do 1-1 consultations to help people change their eating habits & reach their goals!