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falafel in a plate

Easy Vegan Falafel Recipe (Baked or Air-fried)

  • Author: avocadocentric
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 12 falafel 1x
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean
  • Diet: Vegan


This is an easy vegan falafel recipe because it is made out of canned chickpeas, baked or air-fried and healthy. In addition, it is gluten-free and perfect for falafel bowls or falafel sandwiches!


  • 1 can chickpeas (garbanzo beans) (rinsed, drained and patted dry)
  • 1/4 cup parsley (or cilantro)
  • 1 onion (yellow or white) (diced)
  • 4-5 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 tbsp walnuts (or other nuts)
  • 1/4 cup garbanzo bean flour (or sub for all-purpose)
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp salt (more to taste )
  • 2 tbsp avocado oil (or sub for another high-smoke point oil) 


  1. Add all the ingredients except oil into a food processor or blender.
  2. Mix/pulse until it resembles a moist dough (not wet or dry, see photo in the post).

Instructions for baking in the oven

  1. Optional: Place the dough in the fridge for at least 1 hour to chill for firmer texture.
  2. Using a cookie scoop or hands, shaped the dough into 1 tbs size of balls. Press them down gently to flatten.
  3. Heat a large iron skillet or a pan over medium heat. Heat 2 tbsp of avocado oil (or other high smoke point oil).
  4. Cook the falafel 2 minutes on each side. Place them in the oven to bake for 10 minutes at 425 F.

Instructions for air-frying (recommended)

  1. Using a cookie scoop or hands, shape the dough into 1 tbsp size of balls.
  2. Cook them at 350F for 20 minutes. Enjoy!


Cooking time may vary depending on the air-fryer model.

For extra crispy falafel, spray the balls with oil or a nonstick cooking spray before baking.


  • Serving Size: 12
  • Calories: 77
  • Sugar: 0.8g
  • Sodium: 203.6mg
  • Fat: 4.1g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 8.1g
  • Fiber: 2.3g
  • Protein: 2.7g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

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