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Super Simple Baked Gluten Free Falafel Bites

  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 12-14 falafel bites 1x


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.



For the Falafel Bites:

  • 1 cup (packed) fresh herbs (I used parsley and cilantro)
  • 2 cups canned chickpeas, drained, rinse and patted really dry (from 1 19 oz can)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • Fresh ground pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne (optional but recommended)
  • 2 tablespoons runny tahini
  • 12 tablespoons oat flour

For the Sweet Tahini Sauce:

  • 3 tablespoons runny tahini
  • 1 tablespoon honey (or use maple syrup)
  • Big pinch of salt
  • 46 tablespoons warm water
  • Hot sauce or chili sauce (like sriracha) to taste


For the Falafel Bites:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper of a baking mat.
  2. To the food processor, add the herbs and pulse, scraping the sides of the food processor often, until the herbs are evenly chopped.
  3. Add the chickpeas, spices and tahini and pulse, scraping the sides of the bowl well, until a doughy consistency is reached. You want a little bit of texture in your falafel so have some fine chickpea crumbs is ok. If the mixture is too dry and crumbly you can add an extra tablespoon of tahini.
  4. Transfer the chickpea mixture to a large mixing bowl and fold in the oat flour. Start with tablespoon and add the second if the chickpea mixture is still too wet.
  5. Take about 2 tablespoons of the mixture and roll into a tightly formed ball then press into a flat disk shape. Smooth the edges and place falafel onto the baking sheet. Continue until chickpea mixture is used up.
  6. Spray each side of the falafels with oil (I use my Misto for this – or use cooking spray) and bake for 20 minutes then flip and continue cooking for 10-15 minutes.
  7. Serve immediately with sweet tahini sauce, garlicky hummus and a little dash of hot sauce or keep in the fridge and use as a salad topper for lunch all week long.

For the Sweet Tahini Sauce:

  1. While the falafel bites are baking, add the tahini, honey and salt to a small mixing bowl. Whisk to combine.
  2. Whisk in 4-6 tablespoons of warm water to thin the tahini sauce until desired consistency is reached. Add a couple drops of your favourite hot sauce if you’d like.
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes