Main Dishes,  Veganism

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.


Vegan Falafel

On to what you came here for, the recipe…

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Medium Difficulty



  • 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).


  • 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.


  • 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!

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Looks great- thanks for the recipe!

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Great post 😁


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


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


Very much tempting 👌


Ooh that looks nice, gonna try that!


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

With love, Caroline

It looks so good!! 😋

Graham Stephen

Those look good, Kaley!


This looks amazing! Thanks for sharing 😊

Catherine Bloy

So excited to try these!

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