Can I make these ahead of time?Yes! Just make & cook the falafels, let them cool down, transfer to a freezer safe container or baggy, and stick them in the freezer. When you’re ready to cook them, just pop them in the oven for 20-25 minutes.
What’s the best flour to use?You can use any gluten free flour you prefer, but I personally LOVE using chickpea flour for this recipe. It adds a little bit more flavor to the falafel and adds a lot more depth, plus I feel that it helps hold the mixture together a lot better than regular flour.
Keep it healthy with healthy spreads/sauces.For me, falafels is ALWAYS good with hummus & Tzatziki sauce. The combination was AMAZING!!!
I used my homemade vegan Tzatziki sauce recipe for these falafels. I love this sauce, it goes well with pretty much everything and it’s so flavorful.
(Hummus recipe down below):
Homemade Vegan Tzatziki Sauce
NO FRY Vegan Falafel w/ Oil Free Creamy Hummus
- For the hummus :
- 1 can UNDRAINED chickpeas
- 1/3 cup tahini
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp ground cumin
- 3 cloves garlic
- Water as needed
- For the falafel :
- 1 can DRAINED chickpeas
- 4-6 cloves garlic
- 1 white onion - quartered
- 1/4 cup chopped parsley
- 1 flax egg (1 tbsp flax meal + 1 tbsp water)
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp cumin
- 1 tbsp coriander
- 1 tsp red chili
- 1/4 cup chickpea flour
- Cherry Tomatoes
- Red onions
- GF Pita bread
- Homemade VEGAN Tzatziki sauce
Start by making the hummus - in a medium saucepan add the UNDRAINED chickpeas and garlic and bring to boil. Simmer for 5 minutes
Add the boiled chickpea, garlic, tahini, lemon juice, salt, and cumin to a high speed blender (I used my amazing Vitamix) - blend until smooth. Add water as needed to make sure the hummus is smooth and creamy
Transfer to a bowl and chill in the fridge
For the falafel - Preheat the oven to 400º
in a food processor, add the chickpeas, onions, garlic, and parsley - turn on high until smooth. Transfer to a bowl
To the chickpea onion mixture add the remaining falafel ingredients and mix well until everything is well combined.
Let the mixture chill for 30-35 minutes so it firms up and becomes easier to handle
Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes
Serve with hummus and homemade tzatziki sauce