Easy Vegan Falafel Recipe

It was a fairly low-key weekend over here and I actually didn’t spend much time in the kitchen. Alex and I went to Mezzanine for dinner on Friday night, spent Saturday evening eating Chinese food with my brother & sister in law (you can read all about them here) and spent Sunday evening having dinner with friends at church. So I didn’t cook much but I did make this falafel recipe on Sunday afternoon.

homemade falafel easy

Sometimes good recipes leave behind a trail of failed attempts. Such is the case with falafel. I’ve tried making it a few times before and I’ve always been disappointed with the results. I’ve tried it with chickpea flour. I’ve tried baking it. Frying it. It all turned out sort of… meh. And life is too short to eat things that aren’t delicious. Luckily, my craving for falafel overshadowed my failures and I decided to try again. This time, it worked.

While we were stuffing our faces with this homemade falafel Alex said “I feel like I should feel guilty for eating this because it’s so good.” (But don’t worry- it’s filled with healthy ingredients!) 

Yeah, it’s good. And it’s also super easy, requiring just a few ingredients that you probably have sitting in your pantry. I didn’t try this with any gluten free flour substitutes but I think this would work just fine with a gluten free flour.

Now go make some falafel.

vegan falafel

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Easy Falafel Recipe
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Serves: 2
  • 1 15-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 3 large cloves garlic
  • 1 large lemon (2 tbsp juice)
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • ¼ cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • ½ tsp sea salt & pepper
  • 3 tbsp olive oil (for frying)
  1. Roughly chop the garlic cloves.
  2. In a blender or food processor, toss in the chickpeas, chopped garlic, and lemon juice.
  3. Pulse until chunky.
  4. Remove from the blender and put it into a bowl with enough room to stir.
  5. Stir in the cumin, flour, and parsley.
  6. Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a large skillet.
  7. Shape into patties and drop into the olive oil.
  8. Cook for a few minutes on each side until brown.
  9. Remove from pan and place on a paper towel to cool slightly.
  10. If you want to keep it vegan, serve with hummus. If you don't mind dairy, it's fantastic with tzatziki!

homemade falafel recipeIf you’re vegan, serve with hummus or enjoy it as-is! If you do dairy, I’ll try to get the tzatziki recipe up soon because I think it’s so good with tzatziki sauce. (Plus, a sauce made of Greek yogurt is actually good for you!)

Looking for more vegan recipes?

vegan cauliflower tacos

Try these vegan cauliflower tacos for a savory dinner. Craving something sweet? Try this vegan single serving banana bread.

single serving banana bread

Don’t forget to pin it to make it later!

This easy vegan falafel recipe can be made in the food processor! You only need a few pantry staples to have this vegetarian and gluten free dinner on the table!

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  1. I have ALLLLWAAAYYYSS wanted to know how to make falafel, and now i do! Thanks for the recipe, sounds delicious! Will you please add it to meatless monday? I am sure our readers would love to see it 🙂

  2. Greek food is always a favorite of mine! I can’t wait for the tzatziki recipe because I can totally put that stuff on everything.

  3. I am all about the homemade falafel. I cook mine in the oven and although it doesn’t get as crispy, it is still pretty good.

  4. Yum! I like eating falafel, but I’ve never made it myself. I’ve been conquering the juicer lately. Sometimes it conquers me, but mostly I’ve made some really good juices!

  5. Mmmm, sounds good to me! Chickpeas are good in almost anything.

  6. These look so good! I have been obsessed with Greek and Mediterranean food lately so I will definitely add this to my list of recipes to try. I’ll keep an eye out for the tzatziki recipe!

  7. Yum! I have been searching for an easy peasy recipe for falafel!

  8. I’ve never made or even eaten falafel, but I like all of the ingredients, so I bet I’d like it! I do love tzatziki sauce, though 🙂

  9. Looks soo good! I definitely want to try this .. I think I’m overdue to pick up a food processor, for sure. I buy falafel from Trader Joe’s freezer section, but I’d love to make my own. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Ooo I’m so excited to make this. I really love falafel but never make it at home. I’d probably add a little tahini sauce too.
    I’ve definitely been there with failed recipe attempts but it certainly makes the success that much sweeter

  11. I loooove falafel and can no longer find the box mix I used to use (yes, I’m that lazy!) so I’ll have to give this a go!

  12. I haven’t had falafel in so long, you have just reminded me that I need to make some asap!

  13. Oh man I loveeeeee falafel!! I’ve made it once at home, but I actually found it to be flavorless!! I’m most definitely going to try yours out!

  14. Falafel is one of my favorite things ever!!! I order it everywhere I can find it and used to only make it at home when I used to box mix. I recently started experimenting with making it myself and it can be so dangerous to have all that delicious falafel around! Your version looks so good!

  15. I tried making falafel once, (a long time ago when I was still stuffing my face with meat) and it totally tasted like shoe soles, so I let go of the idea. But this is a totally different recipe, so I think I will give it another try. Especially since it’s vegan too. Thank you for sharing!

    • Trust me- I know what you mean! I’ve had some less than stellar falafel recipes come through my kitchen!

  16. This sounds SO GOOD. I’m definitely adding this to my “to try” recipe list!

  17. I LOVE FALAFEL! Fun story…the first time I ever saw the word, I completely butchered the pronunciation of it. Think I said something like “full-a-fell”…hard to describe via a blog comment, but I swear it was so far from the right way of saying it. Anyway, this looks delicious! I’m glad you persevered and figured out how to make it as I sure didn’t before. Have a great day!

  18. Falafels are my favorite! I could easily eat a million as long as there’s enough hummus and baba ganoush around!

  19. YUM. I have store-bought falafel in my fridge right now but this recipe is so simple, I must try it!!

  20. Ahh, falafel is one of my favorites, but I’ve never been brave enough to try it!! Pinned this for future cooking 🙂

  21. Yum! I love falafel and haven’t had it much since moving back to the Midwest from NYC last summer. I cannot wait to try making it on my own! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  22. You’re so good at creating wholesome recipes with simple ingredients! I have everything I need to make these in my pantry right now so these have to happen! Thanks for the inspiration, girly!

  23. Excellent and easy!

  24. I actually tried this recipe and it was not good at all. The patties were so mushy they basically dissolved into the oil. Ended up mixing the patties that weren’t totally ruined into a new batch using a different recipe and baking them.


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