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Baked falafel bites recipe

Baked falafel bites recipe

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In partnership with Diabetes UK

Hosting a Christmas party this year? Make these baked falafel bites for a gluten-free and vegan canapé - simply blitz in a food processor and bake until irresistibly crisp and golden. See method

  • Makes 18
  • 10 mins to prepare and 30 mins to cook
  • 44 calories / serving
  • Healthy
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Gluten-free
  • Dairy-free


  • 1 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for brushing
  • 1 red onion, peeled and diced
  • 100g gluten-free oats
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 x 400g tin chickpeas
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled
  • 30g flat leaf parsley, roughly chopped
  • 30g coriander, leaves picked and roughly chopped
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • free-from yoghurt and lemon wedges, to serve (optional)
If you don't have red onions, try using white, brown or spring onions

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    1g 2%
  • Saturates

    0g 1%
  • Sugars

    1g 1%
  • Salt

    0.1g 2%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 6.3g Protein 1.8g Fibre 1.3g


  1. Preheat the oven to gas 6, 200°C, fan 180deg;C. Heat the oil in a small saucepan, add the red onion and cook over a gentle heat for 10 mins until softened.
  2. In a food processor, blitz the oats to a fine crumb. Add the cooked red onion and all remaining ingredients. Season with pepper and blitz to a thick paste.
  3. Line a baking sheet with nonstick baking paper. Scoop 2 tbsp portions of the mixture and shape into balls with damp hands. The mix should make about 18-20 balls.
  4. Brush with oil, then bake for 20 mins until set and a little golden. Serve with lemon wedges and free-from yogurt, if using.

Tip: Try serving with lentils and salad for a delicious light meal.

See more Canapé recipes

Please note that reference intakes are per serving, which is equivalent to one falafel bite.

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