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Gluten-Free Baked Pistachio Falafel

Gluten-Free Baked Pistachio Falafel

This Gluten-Free Baked Pistachio Falafel recipe is absolutely delicious and remarkably crispy! Be sure to allow 4 hours soaking time for the chickpeas, preferably overnight. Then, the falafel mixture is super easy to make in a food processor. Recipe yields 12 to 13 falafels.

I love, love falafel. I have mentioned this a couple of times, but falafel used to be a big regular staple in my diet when I first went vegan. I have calmed down now a bit, especially since I found other delicious vegan recipes to make and eat.

The problem with falafel is, that it’s the most common vegan alternative in most cafes/restaurants. So I can understand why it may seem a bit boring now from a vegan perspective.

That is why I made things a bit more interesting, and added pistachios to these falafels, and it really is a game changer.

How To Make This Delicious Falafel:

The chickpeas are soaked in water overnight ideally, or for at least several hours. This is essential.
Then, the ingredients are added to a food processor, and blitzed until a rough dough. Doesn’t have  to be smooth. In fact, I would leave it chunky.

Shape into balls, and bake. Job done! I love serving this falafel with the classic stuff, pita bread (pita bread is vegan, in case you were wondering), hummus, veggies and etc. You get the picture.

Gluten-Free Baked Pistachio Falafel

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Gluten-Free Baked Pistachio Falafel

Gluten-Free Baked Pistachio Falafel

This recipe for the falafel is so easy to make! The addition of falafels adds more crunch and a delightfully nutty flavor. You'll find it hard to resist these new fresh out of the oven. 
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Main Course, Salad
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 12
Calories 114 kcal


  • 1 cup/200g dried soaked overnight chickpeas
  • 3 tablespoons pistachios
  • 1 tsp ground cilantro powder
  • 4 cloves chopped garlic
  • 1 small white onion diced
  • 1 handful of fresh parsley or herbs of choice
  • 3 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of salt
  • 3 tablespoons of gram flour aka chickpea flour


  • Soak chickpeas in water overnight or up to 24 hours in the refrigerator. Or for a minimum of 2 hours in hot water if you are in a rush.
  • The next day, drain and rinse chickpeas.
  • Preheat the oven to 390°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a food processor, add all of the ingredients and process until you have a chunky paste.
  • Using a tablespoon, take a spoonful of the mixture and roll into a ball using your hands. Place each ball on the baking tray and push them down slightly. Repeat this until you have used up your entire mixture.
  • Brush the falafels with extra oilive oil if you like.
  • Pop in the oven for 30 minutes, or until golden brown. Flip them halfway through.
  • Once cooked, allow to cool down slightly before serving.


Calories: 114kcal
Keyword chickpeas, falafel, glutenfree, healthy, pistachio, vegan
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