Herb + Hemp Seed Falafels

Herb + Hemp Seed Falafels

These little falafels are baked instead of fried, and full of fresh ingredients, making them a healthier alternative to the deep fried versions! These homemade falafels are great for kids too, but be warned that they can get a little messy. Baked instead of deep fried also means they are a more crumbly than your typical falafel. I love serving these with some hummus or baba ganoush. Try my homemade creamy hummus or my baba ganoush for more healthy inspiration.

Herb + Hemp Seed Falafels

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Herb + Hemp Seed Falafels
Recipe type: Main
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Serves: 20 small falafels
  • 1 can chickpeas
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • pinch black pepper
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • ½ red onion, finely chopped
  • small handful fresh parsley
  • small handful fresh coriander
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsp hemp seeds (optional - they will work just fine without)
  • 2 tbsp buckwheat flour (or spelt/oat flour)
  • 2 tbsp water (or more if mixture is too dry)
  • 1 tbsp tahini
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  1. Preheat oven to 160°C (320 F).
  2. Place chickpeas, onion, garlic, parsley, coriander, hemp seeds and tahini in a food processor with an S-blade and process for about 10 seconds until all the ingredients are well combined and the chickpeas are broken up. (this may take longer or shorter depending on the kitchen equipment you use. You can also do this by hand and make sure your onion, garlic and herbs are really finely chopped beforehand).
  3. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl and add flour, seasonings, oil and water. Combine well using a spoon until you get a mixture that will easily stick together. (if the mixture is too dry, add 1 tbsp extra water).
  4. Scoop a tbsp of the falafel mixture into your hand (wet hands make it easier!) and form a small ball. Place each falafel on a non-stick baking paper (parchment paper) and repeat with the rest of the mixture.
  5. Bake the falafels in the preheated oven for 15-20 mins (baking time will depend on your oven so keep an eye out during the last 5 mins) until browned and firm on the outside.
  6. Remove from oven and leave to cool for a few minutes before serving.
  7. Serve with fresh vegetables, hummus, tahini dressing or wraps

Herb + Hemp Seed Falafels

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10 Responses to Herb + Hemp Seed Falafels

  1. Margaret says:

    This is a great recipe, very tasty and quick to make. Thank you! Perhaps you meant baking soda rather than baking powder? I’ve made these a few times, never needed to add water.

  2. Vinnie says:

    Such a wonderful vegan alternative to meatballs! Thank you.

  3. Natalia says:

    Hey! Lovely recipe, but I was wondering if the tahini can be skipped? xx

    • Regina says:

      I haven’t tried, but my guess would be yes as its only 1 tbsp. If you find the mixture needs a little more moisture and isn’t sticking together well enough, I’d add 1/2-1 tbsp extra olive oil. But I don’t think it’ll alter the consistency too much to leave it out. Good luck – hope they turn out great

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