Baked Falafel

These crispy baked falafel are packed with flavor from garlic, shallot and plenty of fresh herbs. Serve them with hummus or tzatziki, or slip them into a pita with sliced tomato, cucumber and tahini sauce for a tasty vegetarian sandwich.

a recipe photo of the Baked Falafel served with fresh vegetables
Photo: Photogrpaher: Morgan Hunt Glaze, Prop Stylist: Shell Royster, Food Stylist: Chelsea Zimmer
Active Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
13 hrs 50 mins


  • 1 pound dried chickpeas

  • 2 cups packed fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves and/or cilantro leaves

  • 6 large cloves garlic, peeled

  • 1 medium shallot, peeled and quartered

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin

  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander

  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt

  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • Cooking spray


  1. Place chickpeas in a large bowl and add water to cover. Let stand at room temperature, uncovered, for at least 12 hours or up to 24 hours.

  2. Drain the chickpeas (discard soaking liquid); transfer to a large food processor. Add parsley (and/or cilantro), garlic, shallot, oil, cumin, coriander, salt and cayenne. Process until combined, 1 to 2 minutes, stopping to scrape down sides as needed. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate until the mixture holds together easily, about 1 hour.

  3. Preheat oven to 400°F. Lightly coat a large rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray. Shape the chickpea mixture into 36 balls (2 tablespoons each). Place the balls on the prepared baking sheet and coat lightly with cooking spray. Bake until golden brown on the outside, about 25 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

268 Calories
9g Fat
37g Carbs
12g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Serving Size about 4 falafel
Calories 268
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 37g 13%
Dietary Fiber 11g 39%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 12g 24%
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Vitamin A 817IU 16%
Vitamin C 15mg 17%
Vitamin E 1mg 4%
Folate 15mcg 4%
Vitamin K 129mcg 108%
Sodium 456mg 20%
Calcium 76mg 6%
Iron 4mg 22%
Magnesium 6mg 1%
Potassium 573mg 12%

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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