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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 8
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 99.7
  • Total Fat: 4.7 g
  • Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
  • Sodium: 147.0 mg
  • Total Carbs: 15.2 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 4.6 g
  • Protein: 4.3 g

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Baked Falafel

Submitted by: STEPFANIER
Baked Falafel

Introduction

Use all chickpeas if you don't have fava beans. If you use canned beans, the sodium levels will be higher so omit the salt. Use all chickpeas if you don't have fava beans. If you use canned beans, the sodium levels will be higher so omit the salt.
Number of Servings: 8

Ingredients

    1 cup cooked fava beans
    1 cup cooked chickpeas
    3 cloves garlic
    1/2 medium onion, chopped (about 1/2 cup)
    handful fresh parsley, chopped (optional)
    1 lemon, juiced and zested
    1 t baking powder
    2 T ground cumin
    1 T ground coriander
    1 t black pepper
    1/4 t salt
    1/4 cup whole wheat flour
    2 T olive oil

Tips

Serving size is one ball/patty, but feel free to eat more than one!

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Directions

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.

Place the beans in a food processor and pulse until they are crumbled but not mushy. Add the garlic, onions, lemon juice and zest, spices, parsley, baking powder, salt and pepper. Pulse until just combined. Transfer to a bowl and add flour as needed. The mixture should stick together but not be dry. Depending on the texture of your beans, you might need to add more or less flour.

Drizzle olive oil on a baking sheet. Form mixture into balls or patties, each slightly larger than a golf ball (just less than 1/4 cup each).

Bake 20 minutes, flip and bake another 15 minutes, until falafel are browned on both sides and crispy on the outside.

Serve with lemon-tahini dressing.









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  • Very Good
    29 of 29 people found this review helpful
    It is much easier if you change the order of the ingredients. Put the garlic in the food processor first and chop, then put in the onions until chopped then add the beans. This makes the recipe much easier...AVOID CHOPPING! - 4/11/13

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  • Good
    29 of 37 people found this review helpful
    Why do SP chefs routinely use confusing stock images instead of photos of the actual recipe? The depicted falafel are clearly random deep-fried ones, and look nothing like what the recipe outcome is. How hard can it be?
    Come on... - 2/12/13

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  • Good
    22 of 33 people found this review helpful
    There is mention in the directions that a serving is one ball, but to feel free to eat more than one. One is 66 calories. 4 is still only 264, still easily within what a meal should be. People who are saying the is misleading are just too lazy to pay attention.

    Yummy recipe. Don't skip the parsle - 9/6/12

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  • Very Good
    22 of 23 people found this review helpful
    Very good and very easy. I would add more lemon and parsley to make it a little more zesty. I used canned chick peas (no fava beans). Who knew falafel could be so easy and low-calorie? - 2/20/12

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  • Very Good
    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
    I made these with all chickpeas, no favas. It looked like an awful lot of coriander and cumin when I was putting this together, but it turned out to be just fine. I did add a bit of cayenne, but no lem zest. The parsley was key and I used a lot! All in all, pretty tasty served with cuke and tomato. - 7/15/12

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  • Very Good
    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
    I was out of onions (of all things!) so used a carrot to add some heft back into the mix. I didn't use the oil at all but just sprayed my pan so they didn't look as crunchy as the picture. Yum! Served over salad w/lemon tahini sauce (lightened version). Will make again! - 3/20/12

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  • 9 of 9 people found this review helpful
    For better and more authentic textured falafel, don't cook the chickpeas, just soak them overnight in water and then use them without cooking. - 4/11/13

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  • 9 of 9 people found this review helpful
    Amazingly delicious - threw everything into the food processor, used gluten free flour and some Cayenne and curry - took like 15 mins from 2 cans of chick peas to awesome patties...thanks!
    - 5/21/12

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  • 7 of 8 people found this review helpful
    I tried this recipe recently, and found it delicious, and easy. I am trying to have two vegetarian days each week, and this recipe will be on the menu often. - 10/1/12

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  • Incredible!
    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
    So tasty. I didn't find the herbs were overpowering, I actually added extra. I also used only chickpeas (canned) and it was so quick and easy to make. My husband loved them too. - 1/10/13

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  • O.K.
    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
    My son said it was "ok" (though he didn't want to eat any more than the 1 ball I made him try at lunch), my husband didn't like them at all. I thought the seasonings were overpowering. :( It was nice to try something new though. - 2/18/12

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  • Incredible!
    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
    Do you use dried (and cooked) fava beans or do you use fresh favas? - 5/26/11

    Reply from STEPFANIER (1/24/12)
    I used dried because fresh were out of season. You could use either.


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  • 3 of 5 people found this review helpful
    ok, where I work I make lunch for 20 or so people on fridays. what a knockout these were. the comments were worth making them. - 2/2/13

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  • 3 of 4 people found this review helpful
    in some other countries the fava bean is called broad bean. This may help some who have never heard of it. - 1/20/13

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  • Very Good
    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
    Just tried this with tzatziki sauce and I think it's a winner. - 10/1/12

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  • Incredible!
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    Delicious! I skipped the lemon zest (still tangy with just the juice) and added cayenne. I used Gluten-free AP flour - a bit more than 1/4 cup. Used dried/cooked chickpeas only. Next time, I will make 2 batches and freeze. I had no idea that falafel were so easy to make myself! - 1/6/13

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  • 2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    After reading the comments below I decided to try adding a carrot to the mix - and it was fab! I added just under a tablespoon of oil to the mix but didn't coat them with any extra when I baked them. They still came out fine but a little dry. Would serve with a sauce anyway. It's a keeper! - 12/9/12

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  • Good
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    The batter for the falafels tasted pretty great, but following these directions, I ended up with very gooey insides. I know now that I needed to add a bit more flour. - 9/8/12

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  • 2 of 7 people found this review helpful
    I've made falafel before but never with fava beans. Never seen fava beans in the store. Do you get these at a regular grocery or at a specialty store? - 2/20/12

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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Made these, didn't have fresh lemon but always have my own preserved lemons - tasted great! Fresh and bright. The boys loved it too! I had no idea these would be so easy to make! Thank you for sharing the recipe. - 4/30/13

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Used a 15 oz. can of chickpeas rinsed and drained and no favas. Pressed into "burgers." Delicious. Will become a staple in our house. - 4/13/13

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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I made this for lunch today and it was a hit with my husband. He said you can make this again whenever you want. It is so easy and tasty. I was able to get 26 servings out of one recipe. Three fit into one half pita. I also made the lemon tahini dressing all was very good. - 4/12/13

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I cut back on the cumin a little and it was YUMMY! I had to bake them less, because my oven is small. Served it with a cup of basmati rice and a tahini-lemon sauce, to which I added dill. Good thing I made two batches of batter and kept the 2nd refrigerated to bake tommorow! - 3/5/13

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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I enjoyed this recipe, never had falafels before. Tried to make my own sauce,no tahini or seeds...may try a taziki next time. - 10/5/12

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  • 1 of 7 people found this review helpful
    This is sooo delicious! I can't believe all the negative comments about the recipe photos. They are just photos to enhance the look of the finished product...not necessarily serving as ize. People complain about the dumbest things! - 9/20/12

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  • O.K.
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    These did not turn out as "balls" I ended up just using them as crunchiness for my salad. They tasted good though. - 9/17/12

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I used all chick peas and it came out great! It was much better than I thought it would be! Definitely will be making again. - 4/23/12

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
    Really good! Thanks! - 2/28/12

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  • 1 of 8 people found this review helpful
    wheres the lemon tahini dressing?
    - 2/21/12

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  • These are the best homemade falafels I've ever made ! Easy, tasteful, a big hit in my family - 10/1/14

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  • Very labor intensive without a food processor....... - 9/27/14

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  • These were good, but I used more oil in my pan (I used a jelly roll pan & 2 Tablespoons wasn't going to cover it), & flattened them out so that I could flip them easier. I also used just the cumin, as I had no coriander, & half as much, at that. Next I time will use just chickpeas. Easier to find! - 8/8/14

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  • My husband called me Masterchef after serving these with the suggested Lemon Tahini dressing! Thanks - 7/24/14

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  • Hubby & I huge fans of falafel.... this fit the bill!We loved it! The extra lemon was faboo, and the spices were perfect. Used all chick peas in ours, and I mashed them into patties to ensure even cooking. Served with tzatziki. Delish! Thank you! - 6/12/14

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  • Incredible!
    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Love it. Made a double batch withall the leaves from a store bunch of parsley. Cut back the lemon and only had cumin! As Janesa suggested I soaked garbanzo beans in water overnight and ground them, then added the rest. Looked/tasted like what I had in Israel recently. Added gluten free flour. - 8/3/13

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  • Bad
    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Are people really using the 2 Tablespoons of cumin and a Tablespoon of coriander in this recipe?? I found that to be totally overpowering. :( - 7/11/13

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  • 0 of 3 people found this review helpful
    Don't like this. - 7/9/13

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  • Incredible!
    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Deeelish! And the lemon tahini dressing is yummy too! - 7/9/13

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  • These are fantastic! We added crushed red pepper, about 1 tsp because we like them a little on the spicy side. We also use only chick peas, no fava beans. I love that these are baked and not fried but they still come out crispy and browned. We had these with Nancy's Easy Tzatziki sauce, also great! - 4/17/13

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  • 0 of 6 people found this review helpful
    I will try this recipe. - 4/11/13

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  • Incredible!
    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
    I love this! - 3/1/13

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  • Bad
    0 of 13 people found this review helpful
    Better not to cooked the bean. 24 hours in water.
    You can find fresh bean at Asian markets Fava is more rare and try it with trash.
    I'm going to buy today and create my recipe by tomorrow. - 11/20/12

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  • 0 of 5 people found this review helpful
    would I be able to make a sort of patty out of it instead of the golf balls? or will it not turn out the same?
    - 10/19/12

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  • very good. served with tzatziki, tomato, pita, lettuce, and feta. next time i'll make a few adjustments-a little less cumin and garlic, more parsley. love the lemon flavor in these. also, the temp and cook times don't work for my oven, so adjust according to your settings. oil isn't necessary. - 8/23/12

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  • 0 of 3 people found this review helpful
    Can't wait to give this recipe a try..Thank you.. for another tempting dish.. :) - 8/12/12

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  • 0 of 3 people found this review helpful
    for those who have never seen "flava" beans. If you go to the supermarket - Wal-mart, Giant Food, Safeway, Shoppers, Wegmans go to the packed bean or canned bean section and you'll find it. Also the latino section also has it. - 7/15/12

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  • 0 of 4 people found this review helpful
    This sounds delicious-will have to adapt it to be gluten free, but that's not hard to do. - 7/4/12

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  • 0 of 4 people found this review helpful
    I have food allergies and wondered if I could use red and black beans for this recipe. - 6/5/12

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  • Incredible!
    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Superb falafel - best I have had! - 6/1/12

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  • 0 of 4 people found this review helpful
    Where do you get fava beans? I have never seen them in my local market. Are they canned? - 5/2/12

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  • Best falafel recipe I've ever tried. Usually they are so dry and tasteless. Not these! We had the burger version, and they were fabulous with avocado and tomato. This recipe is destined to appear regularly on the family menu! BTW, we used dried (and cooked) fava and garbanzo beans. - 4/26/12

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  • Incredible!
    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    This is really tasty! - 4/18/12

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  • Very Good
    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Very tastey recipe! Will definitely make this again! - 4/15/12

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  • Very Good
    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
    Mmmm! - 4/15/12

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  • Incredible!
    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Very good! I had it in a pita with lettuce and tzatziki sauce...Yum! - 4/13/12

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  • Good
    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Quite good--first time Ive made these- - 4/11/12

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  • Very Good
    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Very good. I had never had Fava Beans before. - 4/11/12

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  • Incredible!
    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
    I LOVE Mediterranean food ! - 4/11/12

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  • 0 of 4 people found this review helpful
    Love falafel!!! - 4/11/12

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  • Good
    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
    What if you don't have a food processor? How can you get the same results?
    - 4/11/12

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  • 0 of 3 people found this review helpful
    can use just the chick peas! - 4/11/12

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  • 0 of 3 people found this review helpful
    great for a change of pace meal family favortite . - 4/10/12

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  • Incredible!
    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Decided last minute to make a double batch and was low on garbanzos (had no favas). Used 1/2 Garbanzos and 1/2 Great Northern Beans. I think I processed mine too long, but they were Really Good! Made them with Nancy's Easy Tzatziki http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-deta
    il.asp?recipe=809319 - 4/1/12

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  • Made this tonight and it was delicious. All chickpeas, lots of cilantro instead of parsley, and served on my homemade pita bread (uploaded to sparkrecipes). Love it! will make this again, but maybe add jalapenos next time? - 3/28/12

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  • 0 of 5 people found this review helpful
    Iteresting. I am going to try this with combinations of other beans, black beans and garbanzos as well as tofu. Thanks for the ideas. - 3/18/12

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  • Finally! A falafel recipe that works! Enjoyed it, will spice it up a bit more next time -but all in all easy to make and very tasty! - 3/18/12

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I make falafal sandwichs just for me ,hubby doesn't like mid eastern food of any kind.I love falafels but make mine with white flour tortillas or whole wheat and make small patties with the falafal mix,I cook mine in a little olive oil instead of baking them,so much flavor and much faster. - 2/27/12

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  • By far and away the best falafel I have every had!!! Didn't have any coriander, so subbed in cilantro and served it on Flatout bread. Will for sure make again. - 2/23/12

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  • 0 of 4 people found this review helpful
    Can't wait to try. Should be good, flavorful, easy-on-the-calorie-level, filling meal. - 2/20/12

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    This is SO delicious, and nutritious !
    Thanks ! - 2/17/12

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  • 0 of 6 people found this review helpful
    I'd like to try this. - 2/5/12

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  • Good
    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
    good 1
    - 2/5/12

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  • Incredible!
    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I really liked these a lot! - 6/18/11

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    These were really great! Fantastic flavor, just crispy enough to make them good without being fried. Great with the dressing too. Used all chickpeas, no fava beans. - 3/28/12

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