Vegan, Gluten-Free Baked Falafel

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These Vegan, Gluten-Free Baked Falafel recipe is full of flavor and easy to make with chickpeas, spinach, parsley, cilantro onion, garlic, cumin, paprika and gluten-free flour. No dairy, not deep fried, served with a creamy Tahini sauce.

Vegan, Gluten-Free Baked Falafel

Vegan, Gluten-Free Falafel Recipe

What Is a Falafel?

Falafel is a deep-fried ball or patty made from chickpeas, fava beans, or a mixture of both. It originated from Egypt before spreading to the Middle East. It became a popular street food there, then spread worldwide because of its versatility, and is now very popular as a substitute for other unhealthy street and fast food.

Mine is easy to make, delicious and baked not deep fried like my Broccoli Fritters and my Cauliflower Hash Brown recipe. I added spinach to boost their nutritional value. Baked falafel is so tasty you won’t miss the fried version.

Healthy Vegan Gluten-Free Falafel

When we lived in Virginia, there were a few places in Fredericksburg that sold the best falafel ever, one, in particular, Smyrna Meditteranean Cafe, the owner used the olive oil that was imported from his family farm back in Greece. The local hospital would send their cardiac patients to his restaurant. I bought his olive oil and it was so fruity and delicious, none like I had tasted before.

At the time time, I never thought about making my own but as time moved on I wanted to recreate the same flavorful falafel and I believe that this recipe is amazing. The only difference, I used can chickpeas, gluten-free flour and I added spinach.

How To Make Falafel

Making your own vegan, gluten-free falafel at home is very easy. To make falafel, I used canned chickpeas, they hold up well when baked. Place chickpeas, onion, garlic, parsley, cilantro, spinach, cumin, paprika, cayenne and salt in a food processor. Pulse until well blended. Add gluten-free flour and pulse.

For the flour, any gluten-free flour can be used or substitute all-purpose flour. Take pieces and shape into balls and then flatten to 1/2 inch thickness.  Place patties on baking sheet, brush with oil and bake.



(Per portion)
  • Energy: 289 kcal / 1208 kJ
  • Fat: 11 g
  • Protein: 12 g
  • Carbs: 38 g

Cooking Time

  • Preparation: 10 min
  • Cooking: 30 min
  • Ready in: 40 min
For: 8 falafels


Tahini Sauce


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Line baking sheet with parchment paper, grease or spray with oil, and set aside.
  3. Place chickpeas, onion, garlic, parsley, cilantro, spinach, cumin, paprika, cayenne and salt in a food processor.
  4. Pulse until well blended. Add gluten-free flour and pulse.
  5. Transfer mixture to a large bowl and form into a large ball.
  6. Take pieces and shape into balls and then flatten to 1/2 inch thickness.
  7. Place patties on baking sheet, brush with oil.
  8. Bake for 25-30 minutes, turning halfway or until golden brown.
  9. Delicious served with tahini sauce, recipe below!
  10. Combine tahini, lemon juice, garlic, water, allspice and salt in a bowl, stirring to form a thick creamy sauce. Refrigerate until ready to serve.


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Michelle Blackwood, RN

Hi, I’m Michelle, I’m the voice, content creator and photographer behind Healthier Steps. I share vegan and gluten-free recipes because of past health issues. My goal is to help you make healthier choices and show you how healthy eating is easy and delicious.

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  1. Quesa Jones
    January 29, 2019

    Michelle I was able to make these quickly and they were so delicious. The bonus is they are chocked full of healthy ingredients, and I lose a pound or two as I dance around while eating them :)

    The healthier steps you take are also yummier steps, and I am in constant awe of your flavorful recipes. Please keep them coming! Thanks for once again allowing me to wow my hubby with ingredients I keep at home.

    I come straight to your site when i want to make something. If I do not find exactly what I intended to make, I make some other gem I find here.

    Thanks again!

    • Michelle Blackwood
      January 29, 2019

      Quesa I’m so happy you enjoyed them and even lose weight doing a happy dance. Thank you Quesa for your kind words and they really encourage me. Your encouragement and support keep me going.

  2. Karyn
    August 30, 2018

    This recipe was so easy and taste great