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Baked Falafels with Tahini Sauce

Jan 11, 2017 BY Joy McCarthy

One of the many reasons I love instagram is all the food photos and recipe ideas. Admittedly, I’m not the greatest at following a recipe to a “T” because I like to be creative in the kitchen. But I do love looking at food photos for inspiration. 

This is what happened with these baked falafels — I was inspired by @Organicfoodforkids on instagram. She posted this recipe and she has instant cred with me because she always has such healthy and tasty ideas! These days with Vienna eating solids I’m always looking for ideas that work for Walker and I, plus Vienna. 

These baked falafels were loved by all!

If you’d like to see a recent FACEBOOK LIVE I did while I was reviewing top detox superfoods plus how to make the tahini sauce, you can see it here.

Mains + Sides
  • 1.5 cups sliced mushrooms (crimini or button)
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil or extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 x 398 ml can organic BPA-free chickpeas, drained and washed
  • 1 cup chickpea flour (brown rice or quinoa flour will work too)
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • Juice from half a lemon
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley (I added in an extra handful)
  • Sea salt and black pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 375F degrees. Grease a cookie sheet or line it with parchment paper.
  2. Saute onions and mushrooms in oil until tender.
  3. Using your food processor, add chickpeas, chickpea flour, cumin, chili powder, garlic, lemon juice, parsley, sea salt and black pepper. Blitz until well blended.
  4. Add mushrooms and onions, blitz again until blended.
  5. Take 1 1/2 tbsp of mix and form into balls. Don't worry if they are sticky and don't form into perfect balls. Mine didn't :)
  6. Bake for 30 minutes. At 15 minutes flip them. I used a spatula and flattened them a bit so they weren't such a wonky shape.


They freeze well and refrigerate for up to a week.
Serves 4

I whipped up a super quick tahini sauce that we drizzled all over them and dipped them in too. It was basically tahini, lemon juice and a bit of water to thin out the consistency. We enjoyed it with a beet carrot apple slaw. 

I hope you try these and love them just as much as we do. I also have a Falafel Burger that I posted a while ago — excuse the terrible photography. 

Have a joyous week!


Jan 11, 2017 BY Joy McCarthy
Jennifer (Living Botanic)   •   January 28, 2017

These look delicious - especially with the beet carrot slaw!

Rachel Molenda   •   February 1, 2017

Hey Jennifer! Thanks so much! The Beet Carrot Slaw is definitely a goodie. It compliments the Baked Falafels so nicely :) Let us know what you think if you try it! Rachel - Joyous Health Team

Lisa   •   February 12, 2017

How do you make the tahini sauce?

Rachel   •   February 13, 2017

Hey Lisa! You can find tahini at your local health food store. It comes in a jar similar to how nut butter comes (you can usually find it in the same section). Rachel - Joyous Health Team

Courtney   •   March 10, 2017

I don't like mushrooms, so I was wondering if there was something I could substitute it for?

Rachel Molenda   •   March 13, 2017

Hey Courtney! They aren't really the star of the show in this recipe so you could actually just omit them if you don't like them. You might just have a few less falafels in the end :) Rachel - Joyous Health Team

Brooke   •   February 16, 2018

Love this recipe idea! Anyway I could substitute oat flour for the chickpea flour?

Rachel Molenda   •   February 16, 2018

Hey Brooke, It should be okay, although we haven't tried it so we wouldn't be able to guarantee results. If you end up trying it, let us know how it turns out! Rachel - Joyous Health Team

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