the best ever falafels

Jessica Penner, RDDinner, Meatless, Recipes11 Comments

Best Ever Falafels

I have a special love for falafels but any of my at-home attempts have been complete failures. I tried a complete made from scratch recipe that completely fell apart and tasted like cardboard. I’ve tried the powdered box stuff, which was just completely gross. I’ve also brought pre-made frozen falafels, which were okay but nothing like what you get a falafel house.

But it had been a few years since I had tried falafels at home so I decided it was time to give it another go. I am so happy I revisited the falafel. These really are the. best. falafels. ever. EVER!

I think the lesson I learned from this reflection is that cooking takes practice. So for any of you out there who are just new to cooking, it’s okay to fail. Expect to have some disasters. But keep at it. The more you practice, the better you get at it!

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I served these on a bed of lettuce, cucumbers, and red onions. Then I topped the whole thing off with freshly chopped parsley and a tzatziki dressing. The combination was so tasty! The zippy dressing really offsets the fresh greens and crunchy falafels.  

These falafels are best when served fresh. If you have leftovers, pop them in the oven to crisp them up again. The microwave will only give you soggy falafels. Avoid soggy falafels at all cost! The microwave is a surefire way to ruin a good falafel!

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Why It’s A Smart Choice

These falafels are filling! I ate them at lunch but when supper time rolled around, I had zero appetite! The combination of the fibre and protein in the chickpeas, the fat from frying, and the voluminous salad I ate them with kept me full for hours upon hours! 

If you give this recipe a go, let me know! Leave a comment, rate it, or snap a photo and tag it with #smartnutritionrecipes on Instagram!  I’d love to see your creations! Knowing someone has enjoyed one of my recipes always makes my day brighter.  


Best Ever Falafels

  • Author: Jessica Penner, RD


The tastiest falafels you’ll ever eat. Ever.


  • 1 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 8 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 cups chickpeas
  • 1 tbsp tahini (or sesame seeds)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1.5 tsp coriander
  • 1tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp chilli flakes
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • 1/3 cup flour (I used a GF all purpose mix but wheat flour would work as well)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • canola oil, for frying


  1. In a medium-sized pan, heat the canola oil over medium heat.
  2. Add in the onions. Once the onions are soft and just starting to turn a golden brown, add in the minced garlic and cook for one extra minute. Remove from heat.
  3. In a high powered blender or food processor, place the onions, garlic, chickpeas, tahini, olive oil, eggs, salt, coriander, cumin, black pepper, and chili flakes. Pulse or blend on medium-low until well mashed.
  4. Dump blender/food processor contents into a large bowl. Stir in the chopped parsley, flour, and baking powder.
  5. Pour enough oil to cover the bottom of a frying pan. Heat to medium-high.
  6. Using a small cookie scoop, scoop the falafel mix into little balls in the pan. Flatten the tops slightly with a fork.
  7. Cook until the edges just start to turn brown. Flip and cook until the bottom just starts to turn brown.
  8. Remove to a paper-towel lined plate.
  9. Repeat with remaining mixture.


  • Calorie information based on 1 tbsp of oil absorbed per serving.


  • Serving Size: 6
Calories: 359 | Fat: 21.5g | Carbs: 33g | Fibre: 5g | Sugar: 5g | Protein: 11g

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11 Comments on “the best ever falafels”

  1. Froze them and it works! I just reheat in the oven. Also a great addition is pickled beets!

  2. These look yummy!
    Just one question…is the caloric information for one falafel or for a serving, and if it’s a serving how many constitute that?
    Thank you!

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