Air Fryer Falafel – WFPB Oil-free Gluten-free

air fryer falafel in a gyro with red pepper coulis

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Have you ever craved falafel, but want to avoid the oil and flour typically used with this popular Mediterranean and Middle Eastern street food? I have! Chickpeas are an amazing food – high in plant protein and fiber as well as numerous other nutrients and benefits. Unfortunately, with oil and refined flour, a lot of this benefit is masked with the detriment of added fat and quick-release carbohydrate with little nutritional benefit. My version of air fryer falafel will make both your body and your taste buds happy!

This air fryer falafel is pictured with a Red Pepper Coulis that I made as well, which is a superb flavor enhancer to this falafel. 😄

Want to know more about the amazing benefits of chickpeas? Here is an article for you! Dried Chickpeas vs Canned Chickpeas: main differences and nutritional benefits

air fryer falafel nestled in a bed of salad in a gyro

Air Fryer Falafel – Gluten-free Whole Food Plant-based

This air fryer falafel is gluten-free, oil-free, delicious and super healthy! Serve it solo, on a Greek salad, or gyro! Pair with my Red Pepper Coulis for added flavor.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Refrigerate Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 403 kcal

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • Add the quartered shallot, garlic cloves, parsley, ground cumin, salt, and ground red pepper to a food processor fitted with a steel blade.
  • Process about a minute or until blended, then add the chickpeas and pulse 6 to 10 times until just blended, but not pureed. Stop to push ingredients down with a silicone spatula when they get stuck at the top and sides.
  • Sprinkle in the baking powder and the garbanzo flour, and pulse 2 to 3 times.
  • Remove the processor and blade. Give it a few manual stirs to make sure the flour and baking powder is well incorporated.
  • Transfer to a bowl and refrigerate, covered, at least 30 minutes.
  • Form the falafel mixture into 12 balls, if they are sticky add some flour to your hands and your work surface.
  • Preheat the air fryer 350F.
  • Cook 14 minutes, until golden brown, turning halfway.

Notes

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Air Fryer Falafel – Gluten-free Whole Food Plant-based
Serving Size
 
3 balls
Amount per Serving
Calories
403
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
6.7
g
10
%
Saturated Fat
 
0.7
g
4
%
Sodium
 
323
mg
14
%
Potassium
 
1072
mg
31
%
Carbohydrates
 
67.7
g
23
%
Fiber
 
19.1
g
80
%
Sugar
 
10.8
g
12
%
Protein
 
21.3
g
43
%
Calcium
 
180
mg
18
%
Iron
 
7
mg
39
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keyword Air fryer, Gluten-free, Healthy, Healthy food, Kid-friendly, Low Sugar, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Plant based, Savory, Vegan, Vegetarian
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