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baked falafel arranged on a white plate.

Baked Falafel

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Made with garbanzo beans, tahini, garlic, cilantro, and more, Baked Falafel are a satisfying vegetarian dish that can be served in all kinds of delicious ways.
Course: Appetizer/Main
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Servings: 4
Calories: 253


For the Falafel

  • 1 can (15 ounces) garbanzo beans, well rinsed and drained
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 cups cilantro leaves, packed

For the Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • salt and fresh ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup pork rind crumbs, or you can use regular panko crumbs
  • ¼ cup tahini
  • ¼ cup warm water
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

For Serving

  • Pita Bread, for serving
  • cucumber slices, for serving
  • tomatoes, for serving


  • Place a baking sheet in the oven and preheat the oven to 450˚F with the baking sheet inside.
  • Meanwhile, in a food processor combine garbanzo beans, chopped onion, garlic cloves, cilantro leaves, tahini, cumin, cayenne, salt, and pepper; process until finely chopped and the mixture holds together.
  • Scrape the mixture into a mixing bowl.
  • Stir in the pork rind crumbs.
  • Pinch off from the mixture to make 12 balls or patties.
  • Using oven mitts, remove the baking sheet from the oven and grease the baking sheet with cooking spray.
  • Arrange the patties on the baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes.
  • Flip over the patties and continue to bake for 10 more minutes, or until golden and crisp.
  • In the meantime, prepare the Tahini Sauce by combining tahini, warm water, and lemon juice in a bowl; whisk until creamy.
  • Season with salt and pepper; taste and adjust with more salt, if needed. If it’s too thick, add a little more warm water until you reach desired consistency.
  • Remove falafel from oven and transfer to a serving plate.
  • Serve the falafel with warm pita bread, cucumber slices, and tahini sauce.
Nutrition Facts
Baked Falafel
Amount Per Serving (3 falafel)
Calories 253 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Polyunsaturated Fat 6g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Cholesterol 2mg1%
Sodium 342mg14%
Potassium 356mg10%
Carbohydrates 23g8%
Fiber 6g24%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 11g22%
Vitamin A 631IU13%
Vitamin C 10mg12%
Calcium 89mg9%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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