Easy Vegan Falafel, Soy & Gluten free (easily oil free also!)

The other day I was going through what I had in the fridge that needed to be used. I’d made a large pot of garbanzo beans over the weekend and used some for curry and some more for chili, but there were still almost 2 jars left. I thought about freezing them, but I really needed to make something easy to eat for the next couple of days. (Caring for an infant and trying to work part time from home makes it hard to find time to cook for every meal!) I thought about what would be easy to eat, and decided to make falafel.

I checked out a few recipes on line, but most of them used ingredients I didn’t have on hand, started with the dry garbanzos, or used ingredients I’m avoiding. Most of them are also pan fried in oil. I realized that it was really just a matter of mixing cooked garbanzos with spices, a binder, and cooking them. This is what I ended up with, and they came out quite good if I do say so myself. (Hubby agrees!)

Easy Vegan Falafel


  • 3 cans garbanzo beans (chickpeas) drained and rinsed (or about 6 cups of cooked dry garbanzo beans.)
  • 1/2 cup + 1 T tahini
  • 6T ground flax seed
  • 1 7/8 t baking powder (just under 2 t)
  • 3/8 cup dehydrated onion flakes (fresh diced onion would probably work too, but might require a bit more flour later)
  • 3/8 cup dried cilantro (again, if using fresh you might need more flour later.)
  • 3t cumin
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped (about 3t)
  • 3t coriander
  • 3t chili powder
  • 3/4t salt
  • 3t lemon juice
  • 6 drops doTERRA lemon essential oil (or 6T lemon zest, but again…you may need more flour later.)
  • 3/4 cup gluten free flour (I used Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Baking Mix because I had some that I had no plans for, but any type should work.) (You may need slightly more or slightly less depending on the moisture of your ingredients and how humid it is.)
  • Olive oil (for greasing the pan and brushing on top.)


  • Preheat the oven to 450*F
  • Place all of the ingredients, except for the flour and oil, into your vitamix with the garbanzos on the bottom. (If you don’t have a vitamix, a food processor or stick blender would probably do an adequate job.)
  • Blend or process the ingredients until they’re combined and a bit pasty. You don’t want a puree, so make sure you leave some chunks! Scrape down the sides or use your tamper often.
  • Scrape the mixture into a mixing bowl
  • Add the flour a little bit at a time until the mixture is somewhat dry (when you make a ball and flatten it the edges should crack a little bit.) If your mixture was already quite dry you may not need all of this. (I only needed 1/2 cup when using all of the drier ingredient options.)
You can see that it's pretty dry.

You can see that it’s pretty dry.

  • Form patties from the dough. I didn’t measure each patty, but I’d say each used about 2-3T of dough…a small handful. Roll each portion into a ball and flatten slightly to make a thick patty.
  • Liberally oil a baking sheet (this could be skipped if you are avoiding oil, but make sure to use parchment paper or another method of avoiding food sticking to the pan.)
  • Place the patties on the baking sheet, making sure they aren’t touching.
  • Brush a little bit of oil over the tops of the patties.
Falafel patties ready to be baked. (This is a toaster oven pan...they aren't huge!)

Falafel patties ready to be baked. (This is a toaster oven pan…they aren’t huge!)

  • Bake for 25 minutes, flipping over halfway through
  • Serve on its own, over a salad, or in a wrap (I prefer over a salad with the sauce/dressing I’ve shared below.)
  • Makes 5 servings of 6 patties each
The ones to the back/left were pan fried (hubby though he'd prefer them that way, but he didn't!)

The ones to the back/left were pan fried (hubby though he’d prefer them that way, but he didn’t!)


Vegan Falafel Sauce  


  • 1 cup soy free veganaise
  • 3/4 cup relish
  • 3t lemon juice
  • 1 1/2t chopped garlic
  • 3/8t black pepper
  • 3/8t celery seed


  • Stir all ingredients together in a bowl with a fork.
  • Serve over Falafel.


Yummy! (Ignore the shriveled tomatoes...I told you I was cleaning out the fridge!)

Yummy! (Ignore the shriveled tomatoes…I told you I was cleaning out the fridge!)

These were yummy fresh from the oven, and cold the next day as well. If you want them warm as leftovers, I recommend waiting to bake them until the day you want to eat them. Being heated twice dries them out a bit (but they’re still yummy!) This was a quick nutritious meal I could eat one handed while holding the baby, and beyond the intial (pretty fast) prep, doesn’t take much time to get ready to eat.


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11 Responses to “Easy Vegan Falafel, Soy & Gluten free (easily oil free also!)”

  1. PRAMUDIYA Says:

    nice recipe, love falafel but i think most recipes are vegan?

    • AmyKathryn Says:

      Thank you. Some that I found were vegan, others had egg in them. A lot of them used wheat flour as well, and the sauces usually use yogurt or tofu. In any case, it’s a recipe that fits my dietary requirements including allergies.

  2. Juliette Sasek Says:

    Looks yummy! I may have to try this soon.

    • AmyKathryn Says:

      Let me know what you think if you do! I’m thinking of making a bigger batch (like with a full batch of garbanzo beans) and freezing some of the formed but unbaked patties for easy meals. Could also be a good potluck or picnic dish since it’s good fresh baked or refrigerated, or anywhere in between!

  3. Annemarie Says:

    I’ll try this — I have a pound of dried chickpeas to use anyhow. Love falafel.

    • AmyKathryn Says:

      🙂 I find that a pound of dried chickpeas makes about 2 quarts cooked, so it’ll make a little bit more than the recipe uses. Let me know how you like it.

  4. Annemarie Says:

    This was really good, and I liked that they were baked rather than fried. I made the sauce for the first time, then just ate them without, as snacks, today. Several snacks. Like, between every meal. Plus some. They’re addictive.

    Putting the garbanzos in the blender first stopped up my blender, so for the second go-round I put the liquid in first and the tahini, then the beans. (I have a Vitamix too but maybe not as powerful…)

    I roasted the surplus chickpeas and that was also good. I have perhaps had too many beans over the last couple days. But it’s worth it.

    Do you use this technique to make bean patties out of some-other-kind-of-bean? Or I guess I could just go look it up.

  5. Annemarie Says:

    “I put the liquid in first” should read “I put the tahini in first.” No, I don’t know where the liquid came from either.

    • AmyKathryn Says:

      I suppose that could help…I did the garbanzos first so that I’d be able to tell when everything was combined (by seeing the spices at the bottom.) It took a lot of tamping even in my vitamix, but I’m glad you got it to work and that you enjoyed them. As for other beans, it would absolutely work. We used to make our own bean burgers similarly (though since I was found allergic to most beans, we don’t do it anymore.)

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