Easy Falafel Recipe Gluten Free

Easy Falafel Recipe (Gluten Free)

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This Falafel recipe is easy, gluten-free, and naturally vegan! It’s packed with fresh herbs and flavor and you can prepare it in the oven, on the stovetop, or with an air fryer!

Ingredients

  • 16 oz dried Chickpeas/Garbanzo Beans, soaked*
  • 1 small Yellow Onion, sliced
  • 2 cloves of Garlic
  • 1/2 bunch fresh Parsley, chopped
  • 1/4 bunch fresh Cilantro, chopped
  • 1 tbsp Cumin
  • 1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • Black Pepper, to taste
  • 1 1/2 tsp Salt
  • Juice of 1/2 Lemon
  • 1/4 cup Chickpea Flour*
  • 2 tbsp Tahini
  • Optional Serving Suggestions: Hummus, Tahini Sauce, Pickled Onions, Tomato, Parsley, Pita

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 400F, if you are using it. Place the Soaked Chickpeas, roughly chopped Onion, and Garlic into a large Food Processor. Process until the mixture is finely chopped, but not mush.
  2. Next, add in the fresh Herbs, dried Spices, and Lemon Juice. Process again until well incorporated — the mixture should turn a bright green color.
  3. Finally, add the Chickpea Flour and Tahini to the Food Processor, and pulse until well combined.
  4. Transfer the Falafel mixture to a large bowl, and use your hands to form round balls using ~2 tbsp of the mixture.
  5. To bake…
    1. In the Oven: Bake at 400F for 18 minutes, flip, then bake for another 15-18 minutes.
    2. In the Air Fryer: (recommended) Bake at 350F for 20 minutes. For extra crispy Falafel, spray the balls with some oil or a nonstick cooking spray before baking.
    3. On the Stovetop: add 1 tbsp of heat-safe oil to the pan for every 5 Falafel balls. Pan-fry over medium heat, rotating the balls every 2 or so minutes, to brown all sides. This process took about 20 minutes for me.
  6. Serve as desired. The Falafel will dry out slightly in the fridge, but will keep well in a sealed container for up to 5 days.


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