How to Make Healthy Baked Falafel

We tend to think of falafel as a dish reserved for dining out, but canned chickpeas – and our how-to video – make this a simple enough dish to prepare at home.

  • By Jackie Sun
  • June 11, 2016

Similar to saving certain things to use for special occasions, saving specific foods for dine-out or takeout is pretty common. Sushi, pizza, summer rolls, potstickers, and falafel all fall into the list of eat-out-only foods.

While all of these foods can be made in your kitchen, just the idea of them already seems like too much effort. Luckily, we already covered how to make pizza by using store-bought pizza dough, summer rolls, and potstickers (we haven’t gotten to sushi yet, but never say never!). They’re so easy to make at home, you’ll never have to rely on restaurants again.

Plus, the feeling you get when you make something you never thought you’d make is priceless.

Today we’re going to show you how to make another restaurant favorite at home – falafels! Falafels are a Middle Eastern food that is made from chickpeas, formed into a ball or patty, and then deep-fried. They’re a deliciously crispy, vegetarian dish that can be topped on salads or stuffed in pita bread and drizzled with tzatziki or tahini sauces.

To keep it healthy and simple, we bake our falafel in the oven. No messy oil splatters and you can feel good about eating more! Watch our video below to see how easy it is to make falafels at home:


How to Make Healthy Baked Falafel

See how simple it is to make our healthy, homemade version of falafel. We used canned beans and the oven to put these together in no time.

Once you’ve learned how to make falafel, get our recipe for Falafel Stuffed Pitas, which was featured in our meal plan service last month. Served with tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce, feta cheese, and homemade tzatziki, this #meatless meal is a customizable dinner that the whole family will love.

Prepping Smarts

  • Peel garlic and roughly chop onions and parsley so that they can fit into the food processor.

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Equipment Smarts

  • Food processor – pulses all the ingredients together quickly and efficiently
  • Sheet pan – makes it easy to take falafels out of the oven all at once, and very quick clean-up!

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