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Lettuce, tomato, and falafel salad with simple tahini sauce. Extra falafel balls on the side with pita bread.

Easy Falafel (Gluten-Free)

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: ~ 20 Falafels
  • Category: Mains
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean


This gluten-free falafel is packed with herbs and spices, plant-protein, and tons of fiber. Bake it in the oven for a healthier option, or fry it for extra crispiness!




  • 2 (15oz) cans of Chickpeas, drained
  • 6 tablespoons Chickpea Flour (sub All Purpose Flour if not gluten-free)
  • 1/2 medium Onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh Parsley
  • 1/4 cup fresh Cilantro (sub with more Parsley if you hate Cilantro)
  • Juice of 1 small Lemon (~3 tbsp)
  • 1 tbsp Tahini  
  • 2 tsp Cumin
  • 2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Chili Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • Black pepper to taste

Tahini Sauce (optional, for serving)
Stir together 2 tbsp Tahini, juice of 1/2 small Lemon (1.5 tbsp), 2 tbsp Water, and Salt to taste. Add more water for a thinner consistency. Yields 1-2 servings. 


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F (205 °C). Drain and rinse your Chickpeas very well with cold water.
  2. Prepare your dough. In a food processor or blender*, add Chickpeas, chopped Onion, all Herbs + Spices, Lemon juice, Tahini, Baking Powder, and Flour. Pulse a few times, scraping down the sides of your appliance as necessary. Your dough should be crumbly and chunky, but should still hold together well. Transfer dough to a bowl.
  3. Roll out falafel balls or patties using about 2 tbsp of dough. If your dough is a bit too wet and sticky, add more flour a tablespoon at a time until it reaches the desired consistency.
  4. Cook your falafels.
    1. To Bake… Line a baking sheet with a nonstick silicone mat or parchment paper. Bake falafels for 18 minutes. Flip over. Bake another 12-15 minutes until crispy and golden. 
    2. To Fry… Add about 2 tablespoons of oil to a large pan. Over medium heat, fry falafels about 3-4 minutes on each side until crispy. Add oil as needed with each batch.
  5. Serve as desired. Falafels can instantly jazz up any sandwich or salad, or can be eaten on their own! I personally like them solo and totally dreeenched in ketchup (but I’m working on that). If I can resist my ketchup addiction, I’ll throw a few of these on a salad drizzled with a simple tahini sauce. 


I recommend using a food processor, but I only have a blender and find it helpful to blend the dough in 2 parts. I blend the first half of the ingredients and transfer to a bowl before blending the second half. Then mix everything together with a spoon before forming your falafels.

Keywords: Falafel, Gluten-Free, Easy, Quick, Mediterranean