Easy Falafel Balls

Easy Falafel Balls

Easy Falafel Balls These easy pan fried falafel balls are made with simple ingredients, lots...

Easy Falafel Balls

These easy pan fried falafel balls are made with simple ingredients, lots of flavor, and are a vegetarian, gluten-free friendly way to pack nutrients into a meal! Served with pita and hummus, they’re an easy meal to prep.

On the weekends, we tend to go out to restaurants a lot with Luca. It’s a nice break for me from cooking and cleaning all week, but also a great way to expose Luca to restaurants and being out to eat. We want him to be comfortable with eating at restaurants, because we love dining out and want him to be involved!

One of his favorite places to go to is CAVA, which is a quick service restaurant that serves up Mediterranean style “bowls.” He’s obsessed with their falafel and pita. Of course, the falafel is amazing because it’s crispy and probably deep fried (yum!), and I don’t know what the ingredients are, so, since he already likes falafel flavors, I figured I’d make my own version at home!

Easy Falafel Balls

These falafel balls aren’t as crispy as the restaurant version, but they get the job done – and Luca gobbled a couple up! They’re soft on the inside but firm enough so they won’t turn to mush when your little one bites into it. They also have a nice crusty exterior, thanks to cooking in a pan with oil. You could also oven bake them, but they wouldn’t have that crispiness that we want!

These freeze well and reheat easily – they’re truly a meal prep friendly recipe! I like to serve them with pita, a veggie, and hummus (although Luca still hasn’t caught on to hummus, but we keep offering it.)

What are some of your favorite restaurant meals for your little ones that you’d like me to recreate so you can make it at home?

 

Easy Falafel Balls

Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 35 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 cup canned chickpeas drained and rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons oat flour
  • ½ small red onion chopped
  • 1.5 tablespoons freshly chopped parsley
  • 1 tablespoon freshly chopped cilantro
  • 3 garlic cloves roughly chopped
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon ground coriander
  • pepper and salt

Instructions

  • In a food processor, combined the chickpeas, flour, onion, parsley, cilantro, garlic, cumin, coriander, and season with pepper and desired amount of salt.
  • Scoop out about 2 tablespoons of the mixture with your hands and form into balls. Set aside on a parchment paper lined baking sheet or similar surface while you form all the balls.
  • Once done forming the falafel balls, set a large skillet over medium-high heat and add in the grapeseed or avocado oil. Once oil is shimmering, drop in the falafel balls and cook 2 minutes per side until all sides are browned and the falafel balls are crispy. I like to shake the pan every 2 minutes instead of flipping them onto sides, to ensure a rounder shape.
  • Let cool before serving.

Easy Falafel Balls

 

with love, Ali

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  • I just want to say thank you for all that you do! I love being able to come to your site and find healthy recipes that the entire family will enjoy. I've especially been loving the kids section of your blog and recipes like this one.
  • Can lentils be substituted for chickpeas? I've seen lentil falafels but baked. Thank you in advance!
    • Hi Candace! We haven't tried this, but give it a try and let us know how it turns out!
  • What temperature and how long would you bake for? Have you tried the air fryer on these?
    • A typical falafel usually bakes for 25-30 minutes at 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Just keep an eye on them since we haven't tried that method with this particular recipe. Let us know how it comes out!
  • Can we use regular flour in place of "oat flour" - that is not something I have in the pantry!
    • Although we haven't tried that method, give it a shot and let us know how it goes!
  • Jen - Oat flour is just blitzed up oats- so if you have a blender or food processor you can just blitz dry oats until they become like the texture of flour.