The Best Crispy Vegan Falafel made with only 6 delicious ingredients
And not just any falafel. This is the best damn crispy vegan falafel you have ever had. A pretty bold statement coming from the girl who has never made falafel before. But that doesn’t mean I don’t consider myself a falafel professional. I absolutely love me some falafel. I used to convince myself that all falafel was healthy since it is made from chickpeas, HA! Then I found out it is deep fried and that fantasy quickly ended.
Full disclosure here that this falafel is NOT as crispy as one that is deep fried, but this falafel is not soft like truly baked falafel either. It is the best of both worlds in my opinion.
I contemplated making cauliflower falafel for this recipe but Jord quickly reminded me that I have had a few too many cauliflower recipes this month, oopsies. These Baked Buffalo Cauliflower Burgers and Roasted Cauliflower Tacos got me on a cauliflower binge but the cauli falafel will have to wait until next month or so 🙂
So I don’t even know where to begin with The Best Crispy Vegan Falafel right now. It is made with SIX ingredients my friends. Yup, on six easy peasy delicious ingredients and it is vegan and gluten free-friendly. Also this falafel is flourless and we use oat flour!
Another one of my favorite additions to this recipe is the oil we use in the falafels AND to “fry” them on the pan. I use AVOCADO OIL! Heck YES babes. Avocado oil is my new go-to for everything cooking-related. I have been using it in salad dressings, making veggies, everything. Basically anything I was using olive oil for actually. I was recently introduced to Primal Kitchen’s Extra Virgin Avocado Oil and I don’t think there is any turning back now because it is PERFECTION. It also just came out! It is brand new to their product line up.
Basically anything Primal Kitchen makes I love but their newest Extra Virgin Avocado Oil takes the cake right now. In case you aren’t familiar with Primal Kitchen, it is clean-eating food brand founded by Mark Sisson. Mark is a former endurance athlete and is on a mission to empower more people to take responsibility for their health and enjoy good quality food. He founded Primal Kitchen so it can provide high quality, nutrient dense sauces, dressings and various other products to people everywhere. Primal Kitchen does not have any synthetic vegetable and seed oils, no artificial anything and no fillers! They make everything from clean mayos to salad dressings to protein bars to oils, etc.
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So no need to feel bad when you are eating The Best Crispy Vegan Falafel later because there is nothing better than fueling our bodies with good-for-you food that actually tastes amazing.
The Best Crispy Vegan Falafel
Yield: About 14 small falafels 1x
- 2.5 cups of organic chickpeas no salt added, rinsed and strained (from a can)
- 1/2 cup white onion chopped
- 1/2 cup oat flour (gluten-free or all purpose should work too, see notes**)
- 1/4 cup chopped scallions
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin avocado oil (I used Primal Kitchen) + more for frying
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- Optional parings: pita bread, greens, hummus, etc.
- First add all ingredients to food processor
- Pulse/blend until completely combined, it should form dough of sorts
- Place the falafel dough in fridge for 30-60 minutes, I left mine in the food processor container but feel free to use what you prefer
- After the falafel dough cools, begin forming them into small patties using your hand (about 1.5-2 tablespoons or so)
- Heat a medium skillet on medium-high heat with avocado oil so entire pan is coated with a thin layer
- Gently place the falafels onto the pan (I did this in two batches due to size of my pan)
- Cook on medium heat for about 3-5 minutes on each side or until crispy
- Once cooked, place onto a plate lined with paper towel to absorb some of the oil
- Enjoy with your favorite pita bread or on salad
- *Will stay good for 5 days in fridge or a month or so in freezer, if you reheat these I recommend oven for best results*
- **to make oat flour simply blend together oatmeal in a blender or nutribullet for a few seconds and it will make flour
- Category: gluten-free, vegan
- Cuisine: lunch, dinner
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Ahhhh these sound sooo delicious and I love how easy they seem!! 🙂 Falafel with tzatziki sauce is my JAM. Thanks for sharing Rach! xo
These falafel look amazing and I’m sure they taste just as great. I love anything tasty and easy to make. Please tell what is this white sauce on top? I love white sauce. Thanks for the recipe. PS I’m a new subby, found you on Instagram love your pics ❤️
It is a few of Cava Grill’s yummy spreads!!:-)
YES! No more sacrificing flavor for health; I’ve heard of Primal Kitchen from Blissful Bites Podcast. We love avocado oil around here for cooking too. These falafel sound SO GOOD! 🙂 I love crispy + soft.
Thank you so much, Emily!!
oat flour? is it like porridge quaker oat I have? I never see oat flour in England UK. but can rem all.purpose flour in shop.
I would grind up the oats into as fine a flour you as you can in a food processor or blender. I’m not sure how much oats weigh but my gluten-free flour mix weighs 124 grams per cup. maybe it’s similar. Try a little less and feel the texture, and add more if need be.
sorry what’s weight in gram for all cup? I use weight scale in UK.
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Looks delicious! Would adding spinach work to this in the dough? Thanks!
not sure ! feel free to try ! xx
Hi! I have made these a few times and LOVE them!! =) Thank you so much for a great recipe! I was wondering if these would freeze well (either before or after cooking)? Thank you!
Absolutely! Freeze in a bag or tupperware!! xx
Do you think it’s best frozen before or after cooking? Thank you! =)
after – otherwise you’d be freezing dough.. 😉
Great! Thank you so much! =)
Have you tried baking these? Would they turn out just as crispy?
yes they won’t be as crispy but will work!
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This is the second time I do your falafels recipe and I just love how simple it is. I did 3x the recipe and I froze the half! Thank you so much 🙂
* I used grape seed oil instead of avocado oil.
yayyy so happy to hear!!
Hi i tried making these they taste good but they did not stay togeather when i was making the patties the dough was very sticky and when i pan fried them they just kept smooshingnor crumbaling what am i doing wrong?
sorry to hear that! i haven’t hear this happening ever so i would recommend following the instructions exactly and no subs for the ingredients. it shouldn’t be like that!
Do you use the liquid in the chickpea can?
no strain it always!
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Just to be sure, is the 1 T avocado oil part of the dough mixture or is it for frying the patties?
Do you think I could make up the “dough” and put it in the refrigerator for 24 hours? I’m wondering if it would go bad. Just trying to make this recipe work for a weeknight meal. Thanks!
it should work but you can also just make them ahead of time and save for the week
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I only have a Ninja blender – can I use this instead of a food processor?
it may work, i haven’t tried! let me know 🙂
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Do you think I can use an immersion blender instead of a food processor?
i haven’t tried !! LMK if you do!
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