Easy Baked Falafel (Gluten-Free!)
This recipe has been a long time coming. Because it turns out that creating a baked falafel recipe that’s actually EASY, crispy, gluten-free, and tastes good is more difficult than it sounds (I learned the hard way). After many a #falafelfail as I call them on Instagram, I finally landed on a recipe I’m obsessed with.
These baked falafel do not require any overnight soaking (since I personally can never remember to soak chickpeas ahead of time;). Made with canned chickpeas, lots of herbs, and almond flour these baked falafel are full of flavor and have a great texture. Because they are baked at a high heat (450 degrees!) they get perfectly crispy on the outside but remain tender on the inside (… so say goodbye to dry, crumbly falafel forever).
Pair with your favorite vegetables, this green tahini sauce, and enjoy!
Easy Baked Falafel
3 garlic cloves
1 small onion, chopped
2 large handfuls cilantro leaves or a cilantro/parsley mix (about 2 cups total)
1 1/2 teaspoons cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 (15-oz) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
2 tablespoons tahini paste
1/4 cup almond flour or meal (see notes)
Preheat to 450 degrees F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper and brush or spray with a little oil.
In a food processor, pulse the garlic cloves until finely chopped. Then add the cilantro, onion, , cumin, salt, and pepper until finely chopped. Add the chickpeas and tahini and pulse until everything is well incorporated. Scrape the mixture into a bowl and stir in the almond flour or meal.
Form the mixture into twelve small patties, about 1 heaping tablespoon each (note: the mixture will seem a little wet, but should still be shapeable). Arrange the patties on the lined baking sheet. Bake, flipping the patties and rotating the pan halfway through, until golden brown and crispy on the outside, 20 to 25 minutes.
Serve the falafel with veggies of choice and this green tahini sauce, if desired.
Both almond flour and almond meal work here. You can either buy almond flour or make your own almond meal by simply blending 1/4 cup raw, unsalted almonds in a high-speed blender until a fine flour is made.
These falafel keep well in the refrigerator for up to 4 days or in the freezer for several months. To enjoy leftovers from the fridge, heat some oil in a skillet, add the falafel, and cook until heated through. To reheat after freezing, thaw in the refrigerator and then bake at 350 degrees F for 15-20 minutes or until crispy.