Easy Homemade Falafel

  • Author: She Likes Food
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: About 14 balls 1x
  • Category: Dinner, Vegan
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: Middle Eastern


This Easy Homemade Falafel is baked in the oven and so flavorful!  It’s perfect to enjoy in a warm pita or on a salad.


  • 2 (15-ounce) cans garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 tablespoons chopped white onion
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 3 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Cayenne pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons flour, gluten free if necessary
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • Olive oil
  • Additional ingredients for serving, if desired: gluten-free pita bread, lettuce, tomato, onion, cucumber


  • ½ cup tahini
  • Juice of ½ large lemon
  • 57 tablespoons water, depending on how thick you want sauce
  • Salt, to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 375° F. Place the parsley, cilantro, garlic and onion in the food processor and blend until chopped.  Next, place all the remaining ingredients, except for flour, baking powder and olive oil, into a food processor and blend until everything is broken down but not pureed. Next, sprinkle in the flour and baking powder and blend again until mixture forms a ball. You may have to stop and scrape the sides down a few times.
  2. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Use your hands to form the mixture into balls. You can make them as big or as small as you would like. I used about 1 tablespoon of mixture for each one. Place falafels on baking sheet and brush the top of each with olive oil. Bake until golden brown, 25-30 minutes, flipping once.
  3. Make the sauce while the falafel is baking. Add all ingredients to a small bowl and whisk until combined and a creamy sauce is formed.
  4. If desired, serve falafels in a pita with vegetables and tahini sauce.