Baked Falafels

I made falafels!! I’ve been trying out some Mediterranean dishes lately and had to give these crispy little chickpea wafers a try. They are super easy with just a little prep.

I started off by soaking the chickpeas overnight (about 16 hours), then drained them.

I picked off the leaves of parsley and cilantro stems, roughly chopped part of a red onion and peeled a few garlic cloves. For seasoning I used: salt, pepper, cumin and cinnamon. I also added some extra virgin olive oil, which helps meld everything together.

I tossed everything in the food processor and blended away! About 1-2 minutes, with some stoppage and scraping down the sides.

I used a tablespoon to scoop out giant heaping spoonfuls into my hand, rolled them gently, then pressed them down on a baking sheet that I lined with olive oil.

Into the 375 degree F preheated oven they went! I baked them for 25 minutes, flipping them half way through.

I put them on top of spring lettuce, with green peppers, cherry tomatoes, red onion, cucumber, kalmata olives and feta cheese.

Baked Falafels

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Crunchy little baked chickpea wafers bursting with flavor!


  • 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup dry (raw) chickpeas (rinsed, picked over, and soaked overnight for 12-24 hours)
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley (mainly leaves)
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro (mostly leaves)
  • 4-6 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  1. Preheat over to 375 degrees F. Pour 1/4 cup olive oil on to a rimmed baking sheet and turn to evenly coat the sheet.
  2. Combine the drained chickpeas, red onion, parsley, cilantro, garlic, salt, pepper, cumin, cinnamon and 1 tablespoon olive oil into a food processor. Blend until smooth, about 1-2 minutes, stopping as needed to scrap ingredients down that have risen up the side.
  3. Use a tablespoon to scoop out heaping spoonfuls of the mixture, gently roll into a ball, then press down onto oiled baking sheet.
  4. Bake in oven for 25 minutes, flipping halfway through. They should be a nice deep golden color. Enjoy 🙂

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