Crispy Chickpea Falafel

Crispy Chickpea Falafel

Serves 4 30 minute prep time

These chickpea falafels are just right for lunch or dinner, solo or with a hot date. Bright and full of zing, the aroma of cilantro and parsley will leave you feeling energized while the spicy cumin warms from the inside out. With a crisp outer shell, drizzled with savory tahini dip, falafel will become a new favorite whenever hunger strikes.


  • For the falafel:
  • 2 cups cooked/canned chickpeas
  • 1 small onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 bunch cilantro, chopped
  • 1 bunch parsley, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 Tbsp gluten-free flour (quinoa, brown rice, millet)
  • 1 Tbsp cumin
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • Pinch of ground cardamon
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil
  • For the sauce:
  • ½ cup tahini
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • To make a wrap:
  • Wrap of your choice (butter lettuce, kale, pita bread, or a gluten-free wrap)
  • 2 lemons, juiced
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro, chopped
  • Sea salt, to taste


  • Preheat the oven to 400 F.

  • Drain and rinse the chickpeas well. Combine all ingredients including the chickpeas, onion, parsley, garlic, flour, salt, cumin, coriander, cayenne pepper, cardamom, and coconut oil in a bowl.

  • Add ¼ of the mix to a food processor and blend until very smooth. Remove and set aside in a medium bowl.

  • Add the remaining ¾ of the ingredient mix to the food processor. Pulse until a rough, coarse meal forms. The mixture should be coarse and granular, yet easy to shape without crumbling. Combine with smooth mixture from step 3 to help bind them together.

  • Form into even size balls. Using a tablespoon, form about 2 tablespoons of mixture per falafel. If mixture seems to loose and falls apart, stir in a little bit of flour into the mixture.

  • Once all falafel balls are formed, place on a lined baking sheet tray, and bake until crisp to the touch, approximately 20-30 minutes.

  • To make the tahini sauce: Place all ingredients in a food processor, and blend until fully combined.

  • To serve the falafel, place in wrap of your choice with vegetables such as chopped cucumber, tomato, parsley, and onions. Finally drizzle with creamy tahini sauce.