Boy, do I have a treat for all of you today! I cannot get over how easy this recipe is…and how delicious it tastes! And unlike most traditional/restaurant falafel, these tasty spherical patties are baked not fried. Over the past few years, falafel has become a poster child for vegetarian eating, mainly due to the growth of the Maoz Vegetarian restaurant chain, popping up on street corners in almost every major city. As a satisfied beneficiary of this falafel boom, I was inspired to try out a recipe of my own. And so today’s post was born…
Baked Lemon Mint Falafel
- 1 15.5 oz can chickpeas - drained
- ¼-1/2 small-medium red onion
- 2-3 garlic cloves
- 1 tablespoon fresh parsley
- 2 tablespoon fresh mint
- 1 lemon - juiced
- 1 teaspoon coriander
- ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- Ground black pepper to taste
- 2-3 tablespoon flour - of your choicee
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Combine chickpeas, red onion, and garlic in a food processor and process until a thick, well-mixed paste forms. Add parsley, mint, lemon juice and zest, coriander, and red pepper flakes. Pulse until everything is combined.
- Transfer to a small bowl and mix in the flour and baking powder.
- Form into small ping-pong shaped balls and place about 1 inch apart on a greased baking sheet (you should be able to make around 15 balls).
- Bake for 20-23 minutes, flipping over at the halfway mark. Remove from oven and enjoy warm or cool!
This falafel would be delicious dipped in hummus as an afternoon snack or eaten in a pita sandwich with red onion and tomato. I’d love to hear what you come up with! 🙂
Im definitely going to try these out. Do you have any suggestions other than chickpeas? While I LOVE them, my husband does not. I may try to sneak them by him but if there is an easy replacement you can think of, I’d love to hear. Thanks!
Hi Ashley! So sorry for my late response. I must have missed this comment in my emails. I think white beans would work just as well as chickpeas! Does your husband like those? They have a pretty neutral flavor. I even like them better than chickpeas sometimes :). Let me know if you try this out! Thanks for stopping by! – Lizzie
Oh, BRILLIANT, Lizzie ! – I have made felafel before, but found that I don’t really like frying food. This is everything I need !!! You are clever; and I am duly grateful for it ! 😀
Thank you!! I hope you enjoyed it!! And thanks for stopping by this post – Lizzie
Nice, looks like they have a lovely crumbly texture x
Thanks for stopping by Deena! – Lizzie