Classic Vegan Falafel (GF)

Classic Vegan Falafel (GF)

How many falafel recipes can one person have on their blog?

Five. The answer is five. Proof: 1 – 2 – 3 – 4.

Either I’ve lost my mind or I’m getting really good at making falafel. Fingers crossed it’s the latter.

PERFECT 10-ingredient Classic Falafels! Crispy, tender, SO flavorful! #vegan #glutenfree #falafel #recipe

We’ve been exploring our new Portland neighborhood for about a month now, and we’re getting to know our favorite food spots (very important on our list of priorities).

One place I’m loving is Wolf and Bear, which serves up vegetarian and vegan Middle Eastern food with lots of gluten free options. My go-to has been the gomasio salad with falafel. You can add two but I ask for three, because, obviously.

Now that I’ve had this falafel a few times I’ve studied its flavors and texture and was convinced it was time to up my falafel game. I think you know where this is going.

PERFECT 10-ingredient Classic Falafels! Crispy, tender, SO flavorful! #vegan #glutenfree #falafel #recipe #healthy

This recipe requires just 10 ingredients and is expedited with the help of a quick soak chickpea method I borrowed from The Kitchn.

The primary differences between this recipe and my previous attempts are that I start with dry chickpeas, and instead of baking, they’re pan-fried – two improvements I believe make all the difference.

PERFECT 10-ingredient Classic Falafels! Crispy, tender, SO flavorful! #vegan #glutenfree #falafel #recipe #dinner

The ingredients are so simple, and the flavors are complex and wonderful.

Soaked chickpeas are blended with onion, garlic, parsley, cumin, cardamom, coriander and sea salt. A little oat flour keeps these gluten free while also helping them bind/form into a dough. After letting the mixture chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour, simply form into balls or discs and pan fry. Look at the crispy, golden perfection. Swoon! Find my selection of go-to sauces in the instructions.

We hope you love these falafel. If you try them, let us know what you think! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag a picture #minimalistbaker on Instagram! We’d love to see what you come up with. Cheers, friends!

PERFECT 10-ingredient Classic Falafels! Crispy, tender, SO flavorful! #vegan #glutenfree #falafel #dinner #recipe

Classic Vegan Falafel (GF)

Prep time

10-ingredient, classic falafels kept vegan and gluten free and pan fried to perfection! A faster, easy way to make falafel the traditional way!

Author: Minimalist Baker

Recipe type: Entrée, Side

Cuisine: Vegan, Gluten Free, Mediterranean

Serves: 24 falafel


  • 1 1/2 cups (300 g) dry chickpeas
  • 1/2 cup (30 g) chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 cup (80 g) chopped white onion
  • 7 cloves garlic (~21 g)
  • 2 Tbsp (12 g) gluten free oat flour (or gluten free flour blend)
  • 1 1/2 tsp sea salt, plus more to taste
  • 1 Tbsp (7 g) ground cumin
  • Pinch ground cardamom
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • optional: Pinch cayenne pepper
  • Grape seed (or other high smoke point) oil for pan frying


  1. Rinse (uncooked) chickpeas in a fine mesh strainer and add to a large pot. Cover with 2 inches water and bring to a boil over high heat. Boil for 1 minute, then cover, remove from heat, and let set for 1 hour. Then drain and lightly rinse and dry thoroughly (method from the Kitchn).
  2. In the meantime, add parsley, onion and garlic to a food processor. Mix until well processed. Set aside.
  3. Once the chickpeas are slightly cooled and dried, add to the food processor, along with gluten free oat flour, salt, cumin, cardamom, coriander, and cayenne (optional). Mix to combine thoroughly, scraping down sides as needed. This may take up to 4-5 minutes to fully incorporate all of the spices and herbs. You’re looking for a near paste with only very small bits of chickpeas and herbs.
  4. Sample a small bit and adjust spices/salt/herbs as needed. Then cover and set in the refrigerator for 1 hour to allow the flavors to meld and the texture to become more firm.
  5. Once cooled, remove from refrigerator and scoop out 1 1/2 Tbsp amounts (using this scoop or a Tablespoon) and gently form into small discs using your hands. If the falafel isn’t sticking together the mixture may need to be blended more thoroughly, or dusted with a bit more oat flour if too wet.
  6. Once your falafels are formed (~24 total), heat a large metal or cast iron skillet over medium/ medium-high heat. Once hot, add enough oil to create a thin layer on the bottom of the pan and wait 1-2 minutes for the oil to heat up. Then place only as many falafel as will fit comfortably in the pan and cook 2-3 minutes on each side. Once the bottom side is browned, flip gently as they can be fragile. Continue until all falafel are cooked. Adjust heat as needed if they’re browning too quickly, or aren’t cooking quickly enough.
  7. These falafel are delicious on their own with hummus, garlic dill sauce, or tahini sauce (recipe in the notes). I also love garnishing them with chili garlic sauce for heat. Serve over greens, in pita, or enjoy as is!
  8. To freeze, pan-fry falafel, let cool, then add to a freezer safe container and freeze up to 1 month. Reheat in a 375 degree F (190 C) oven until warmed through.


*Tahini Sauce: 1/3 cup roasted or raw tahini (ground sesame seeds) + 1/4 tsp garlic powder + healthy pinch sea salt. Whisk to combine. Then stream in water until a pourable sauce is created. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate for 1 of 24 falafel cooked in a total of 1/3 cup (80 ml) grape seed oil.
*Recipe adapted from the talented Tori Avey.

Nutrition Information

Serving size: 1 falafel (of 24) Calories: 78 Fat: 4 g Saturated fat: 0.5 g Carbohydrates: 8.7 g Sugar: 1.5 g Sodium: 150 mg Fiber: 2.4 g Protein: 2.7 g