Homemade Baked Falafel

by Erin

These homemade baked falafel are as easy as can be to make and full of flavor. Serve them with your favorite hummus or in a warm pita with all the toppings.

Homemade Baked Falafel #thespiffycookie

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Remember how I said I don’t attempt to make food items that are served at restaurants which I adore? This post might turn me into a liar. Because I make falafel at home instead of going to Casa Grill like a good girl. But these are baked, not fried, so they are different enough, right?

Homemade Baked Falafel in Food Processor

I have seen so many falafel recipes floating around I had to try it for myself. But it was difficult deciding which to make. I ended up picking two – one for the ingredients, the other for the directions. Paired together they resulted in falafel with wonderful color and texture.  And I never knew making my own falafel could be so easy!

This recipe may have 14 ingredients, but these falafel honestly couldn’t be easier to make, especially if you have the right tools.

Tools you may need:

Uncooked Falafel

If you don’t have a food processor you can definitely use a blender instead. If you don’t have that either? Time to break out the knives and a big butter board and get to work. It will take longer, but you can definitely mince everything up small enough with some patience. But this is why I own a food processor ;-).

Easy Homemade Baked Falafel

With food processor in hand (or on counter?) all you have to do is blend all the ingredients in a food processor, form into flattened balls, and bake for 20 minutes. Then you’re ready to eat them straight up, dipped in homemade hummus, inside of a warm homemade pita, or get wild and crazy with a falafel pizza.

Vegan Homemade Baked Falafel

Homemade Baked Falafel #thespiffycookie


Yield: 18 falafel balls Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat


  • 8 sprigs fresh parsley, stems removed
  • 8 sprigs fresh cilantro, stems removed
  • 1/2 cup shelled pistachios
  • 1 (15 oz.) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp dried red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat, set aside.
  2. Place the herbs in a food processor and blend for about 30 seconds. Add pistachios and pulse until well combined. Add the rest of the ingredients and pulse for about a minute, scraping down the sides occasionally.
  3. Using a spoon or medium cookie scoop, make 18 balls and place on prepared baking sheet about 1 inch apart. Flatten slightly.
  4. Bake for 10 minutes, flip, and bake for another 10 minutes or until golden. Serve as an appetizer alone, with hummus, or in a pita with your favorite toppings.
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Source: Adapted from Chow Vegan and Green Kitchen Stories.

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Post updated 6/12/21, photo above is the original.

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Kita September 21, 2011 - 8:15 am

I loooove falafel! It’s one of my favorites.

Aimee@Clevermuffin September 20, 2011 - 5:21 am

Lovely – I often shy away from falafels because they’re deep fried (being hungover being the exception to this rule), but this is just the type of solution I’d like. They look delicious!

Lauren September 19, 2011 - 3:43 pm

How healthy are these! Yum!

Michelle September 19, 2011 - 9:46 am

I love falafel! Especially when I don’t have to feel bad about them being deep fried!

Miriam @ Overtime Cook September 19, 2011 - 9:06 am

Yum! I want some of these! I love falafel, and am constantly lookin for a healthy version!


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