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Inauthentic Vegan Falafel

I researched a lot of falafel recipes. Many of them said things like “you must use chickpea flour” or “canned chickpeas WILL NOT work”. That’s a bit dramatic. I enjoy authentic falafel; but when I make it at home, I am not going to go out of my way to make a glorified veggie patty. So if you are wondering why “inauthentic” is in the title, it’s because this is a more Americanized and forgiving recipe. Nonetheless, it is delicious and healthy.

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Vegan Falafel

On to what you came here for, the recipe…

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Medium Difficulty

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cans of garbanzo beans.
  • 1/4 – 1/2 red or yellow onion.
  • 1/4 bunch of fresh parsley (about a small handful).
  • 1/4 bunch of fresh cilantro (about a small handful).
  • 4 teaspoons of minced garlic.
  • 1 teaspoon salt.
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne.
  • 1 teaspoon cumin.
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder (or Mediterranean seasoning blend).
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder.
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice (optional).
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour.
  • 1/4 cup vegan friendly bread crumbs (or sub more flour).
  • 1-2 tablespoons oil (olive, avocado, vegetable, etc).

DIRECTIONS:

  • Roughly chop the onion and fresh herbs. Drain the chickpeas and dry them with a towel.
  • Transfer the chickpeas, herbs, onion, lemon juice, and spices into a food processor or blender and pulse until everything is well mixed.
  • Transfer the mixture into a bowl and add the baking powder, flour, and bread crumbs. Mix until everything is well-incorporated. The mixture shouldn’t be sticky, but it also shouldn’t be crumbly.
  • Form into 12 disks or balls and if you have time, chill them for about 30 minutes.
  • While they are chilling, preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Place patties onto a greased/parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes on each side or until browned. Or you can pan fry the patties over medium heat, using a few tablespoons of a neutral cooking oil.

ADDITIONAL NOTES:

  • I served this in a pita with tahini, lettuce, and onions.
  • Chickpeas and garbanzo beans are interchangeable terms. You can use fava beans if you have them and fava beans would also make it more authentic.
  • To make this gluten-free, sub all-purpose flour for a non-wheat flour.
  • I haven’t made this using dried herbs, so I can’t recommend substituting dried cilantro or parsley.
  • For a low-fat option – bake the patties in the oven, like instructed above. I think they taste about the same either way. Even if you pan-fried them, I would still consider this a healthy recipe.

vegan falafel

This post was inspired by Budget Bytes. I hope you enjoy this almost comical recipe. I personally like this just as much as the authentic falafel. The best part is you won’t have to go out of your way to track down the ingredients. Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

*Just so you know: all photos taken by me (unless stated otherwise), if you want to use them please credit me. Thanks for visiting my blog! This post is NOT sponsored, however I am affiliated with iHerb and Amazon and I do earn a small commission if you decide to use my links.

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26 Comments

  • Reply
    wiseassvegan
    November 14, 2018 at 3:55 am

    Looks great- thanks for the recipe!

    • Reply
      Kaley
      November 14, 2018 at 12:24 pm

      You’re welcome and thank you for reading!

  • Reply
    the #1 Itinerary
    November 14, 2018 at 9:06 am

    Great post 😁

    • Reply
      Kaley
      November 21, 2018 at 6:40 pm

      Thank you!

  • Reply
    Milca
    November 14, 2018 at 9:49 am

    I LOVE Falafels! They are seriously the best so thank you for this recipe can’t wait to try it!!:)

    • Reply
      Kaley
      November 14, 2018 at 12:24 pm

      This makes me so happy! Let me know if you like the recipe!

  • Reply
    cindysanzc
    November 14, 2018 at 10:19 am

    I looooooooveeeee falafel, this one looks really yummy! Can’t wait to try it! Thanks for the recipe 💛🌱

    • Reply
      Kaley
      November 14, 2018 at 12:23 pm

      It’s my pleasure. Thanks for reading and let me know if you make it!

  • Reply
    Rita
    November 14, 2018 at 10:21 am

    Very much tempting 👌

    • Reply
      Kaley
      November 14, 2018 at 12:23 pm

      That’s nice to hear!

  • Reply
    ktk80
    November 15, 2018 at 12:27 am

    Ooh that looks nice, gonna try that!

  • Reply
    inhiscare753
    November 15, 2018 at 1:25 pm

    Yum….You are on point with this recipe and making me hungry 😋

    • Reply
      Kaley
      November 15, 2018 at 2:09 pm

      Thank you, hope you try it!

      • Reply
        inhiscare753
        November 15, 2018 at 2:30 pm

        Yes, I will. I did try a few of dishes and they have been a hit. 💜😊

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          Kaley
          November 15, 2018 at 2:30 pm

          That’s so good to hear 😊

  • Reply
    With love, Caroline
    November 17, 2018 at 11:56 am

    It looks so good!! 😋

    • Reply
      Kaley
      November 17, 2018 at 12:36 pm

      Thank you 😊

  • Reply
    Graham Stephen
    November 17, 2018 at 1:50 pm

    Those look good, Kaley!

    • Reply
      Kaley
      November 17, 2018 at 1:59 pm

      Thank you!

  • Reply
    thecurlymousse
    November 22, 2018 at 1:49 pm

    This looks amazing! Thanks for sharing 😊

    • Reply
      Kaley
      November 22, 2018 at 2:04 pm

      Thank you!!

  • Reply
    Catherine Bloy
    November 25, 2018 at 3:26 am

    So excited to try these!

    • Reply
      Kaley
      November 25, 2018 at 9:02 am

      I am so glad!

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    Meaghan
    February 7, 2019 at 3:17 am

    This looks so freakin good, my mouth is already watering!! 🙂

    • Reply
      Kaley
      February 7, 2019 at 5:01 am

      Thank you 😋

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