A simple Baked Gluten Free Falafel Bites Recipe makes the perfect plant based meal for any night of the week. Best served with a sweet tahini sauce and hummus on top.
Falafels are one of my favourite things and I couldn’t resist making a super healthy, super simple version at home.
These chickpea patties are loaded with tons of those delicious middle-eastern flavours – warm spices, fresh herbs and ALL the tahini.
These gluten free and vegan friendly bites are best served over a boldly dressed salad, with lots of the more traditional toppings – more tahini, garlicky hummus and just a drop or two of spice. Good for dinner tonight or as part of your lunch all week long.
I think making healthier versions of my favourite take-out food at home is the best weekend activity! As Rachel Ray would say, it’s a take-out fake-out. And I swear I could eat take-out fake-out every night of the week. And especially these super simple (and super healthy!) baked gluten free falafel bites!Super Simple Baked Gluten Free Falafel Bites are definitely what's for dinner tonight! Click To Tweet
MORE ABOUT THESE BAKED GLUTEN FREE FALAFEL BITES – TIPS AND TRICKS
It took me many times to get this recipe just about perfect. To get that great balance between herby flavour and strong spice; between texture and not too crumbly; between can be eaten hot or cold with ALL the toppings or nothing at all.
The trick to these GF Falafel Bites is starting with the herbs – a solid cup of either cilantro or parsley or both. Pulse the herbs in the food processor until evenly chopped in small bits and pieces. This is key – I found when adding the herbs in a later step gave really leafy falafels that fell apart more easily.
I use canned chickpeas that were drained, rinsed and patted dry. Very dry. Why dry? Any extra moisture in the chickpeas made the falafels too mushy and crumbly. Mushy and too crumbly do not make for good falafels. I pat my chickpea with some paper towel and even give them a spin in the salad spinner just to be sure.
The dried chickpeas are added to the food processor with lots of spices – cumin, coriander, garlic, cayenne, salt and pepper – and the processed until a just about the consistency of dough. You want to go for a delicate crumb for just a little bit of extra texture.
Then bake in the oven for about 30 minutes until just golden brown and firm. I definitely prefer the taste and texture of a baked falafel bite to a pan-fried bite. The pan-fried bite are much more soft in the middle and don’t quite hold together as well.
These baked gluten free falafel bites are best served with ALL the toppings over some leafy greens. My toppings of choice are a sweet honey tahini sauce, a couple drops of hot sauce and lots of garlicky hummus.
Because chickpeas on chickpeas is the best.
These bites are good in the fridge for up to 3 days – I reheat in a frying pan with just a spray of oil. Heating these in the microwave makes them too soft but they stay nice and crispy when heated in the pan. So crispy = so delicious!!