If you’ve never had Baked Falafels – you’re really missing out on a treat. Crispy, crunchy, little patties of Spicy Chickpeas smothered in a tangy Cucumber Sauce. Ah….street food never tasted so good!
Yep, Falafels are a popular Middle Eastern street food.
While we have Hot Dogs, Tacos, and Pizza…..they have Falafels.
And Falafels are definitely the better choice……much better.
Not just because they’re Vegan (which they are), but because if you bake them at home…they are virtually oil free. Better for your waistline and MUCH better for your heart.
All you need is some Chickpeas, some Pitas to wrap them in, and some fresh Veggies and you can easily make these tasty little treats at home.
Yum….move over Hummus – Falafels are here!
If this recipe looks ridiculously easy – that’s because IT IS. All you need is basically a Blender and a Food Processor. The sauce literally comes together in minutes, and there’s hardly any prep for the Falafels.
The most work you’ll do making this meal is chopping your salad veggies for the filling.
First let’s make our Tzatziki sauce…..
Cut a 14oz block of Firm Tofu into cubes and add them to your blender.
Add Lemon Juice, Red Wine Vinegar, Salt, Garlic, Fresh Dill, and a seeded English Cucumber. Finally, add a 6oz container of Non-Dairy Yogurt. (Almond Breeze)
Blend on high until it’s smooth and creamy – adjust seasoning to your taste.
Now The Falafels
Drain and rinse a 15oz can of Chickpeas and add them to your Food Processor.
Add all the remaining ingredients and pulse until a course meal is formed. Using your hands, form the mixture into 6 to 8 round balls and slightly flatten them into patties.
Place on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 25 min at 400º F. To get a nice crispy coating – broil for an additional 10 minutes (5 minutes for each side).
Simply stuff your pitas with 1-2 Falafels each, your choice of salad fixings. I recommend Leaf Lettuce, sliced Cucumber, Tomato, and sliced Red Onion. Yum it’s like a Salad Sandwich !
Drizzle with your Homemade Tzatziki sauce and enjoy!
- 14 oz Firm Tofu
- 3 Tbs Lemon Juice
- 1 Tbs Red Wine Vinegar
- 3-4 cloves Garlic
- 1 English Cucumber (seeded)
- 1 Tbs Fresh Dill
- 6 oz Non Dairy Yogurt
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- 3 to 4 Pitas (cut in half)
- 1 can Chickpeas - drained & rinsed (15oz can)
- 3 cloves Garlic
- 1/4 med White Onion
- 1 cip Chopped Spinach (packed)
- 1/4 cup Dried Parsley
- 3 Tbs Tahini
- 1 Tbs Lemon Juice
- 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- 1/2 tsp Ground Cumin
- Add all ingredients to blender and mix until smooth and creamy
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Add all ingredients to Food Processor and pulse until a course meal is formed
- Using your hands, form 6-8 Falafel Balls and slightly flatten
- Place on parchment lined cooking sheet and bake 25 minutes
- Broil for an additional 5 minutes
- Flip patties and broil for an additional 5 minutes
Simply stuff 1 or 2 Falafels in a Pita and serve with your favorite Salad Fixings (Lettuce, Onion, Cucumber, Tomato). Don't forget the Sauce!
Tips are always appreciated!