Falafel Waffles with Yogurt-Tahini Sauce


Get your falafel fix with this fun twist on a classic falafel. We use a waffle maker to crisp up chickpeas with lemon and herbs. A tangy sauce, made with zippy za'atar and served on the side, adds a creamy note.

Prep Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
4 servings


  • 1 cup dried chickpeas, soaked overnight (see Tip)

  • ½ cup packed flat-leaf parsley

  • ¼ cup chopped onion

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice, divided

  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin

  • ½ teaspoon salt plus 1/8 teaspoon, divided

  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 tablespoon water, as needed

  • cup plain low-fat yogurt

  • 2 tablespoons tahini

  • ¾ teaspoon za'atar

  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder


  1. Drain chickpeas and transfer to a food processor. Add parsley, onion, garlic, oil, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, cumin, 1/2 teaspoon salt and baking soda; process, adding water as needed, until the mixture is finely ground and just holds together. Set aside.

  2. Whisk yogurt, tahini, the remaining 1 tablespoon lemon juice, za'atar, garlic powder and the remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt together in a small bowl. Set aside.

  3. Place a baking sheet in the oven and preheat to 200 degrees F.

  4. Coat both sides of an electric waffle maker with cooking spray. Heat on medium-high until hot. Place about 1/3 cup loosely packed chickpea mixture in the center of the waffle maker, patting it out with your fingers into a 2-inch patty. Cook until browned and crisp around the edges, about 3 minutes. Transfer to the baking sheet in the oven to keep warm. Repeat with the remaining mixture. Serve with the sauce.


Equipment: Waffle maker

Tip: To quick-soak chickpeas, rinse and pick over the chickpeas, then place them in a large pot and cover with 2 inches of cold water. Bring to a boil. Boil for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and let stand, covered, for 1 hour; drain.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

300 Calories
14g Fat
34g Carbs
13g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 2 waffles
Calories 300
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 34g 12%
Dietary Fiber 9g 31%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 13g 26%
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 2mg 1%
Vitamin A 731IU 15%
Vitamin C 18mg 19%
Folate 204mcg 51%
Sodium 464mg 20%
Calcium 103mg 8%
Iron 4mg 23%
Magnesium 65mg 16%
Potassium 440mg 9%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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