air fryer falafel in a gyro with red pepper coulis

Air Fryer Falafel – WFPB Oil-free Gluten-free

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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. 😄

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

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

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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 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Refrigerate Time 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course Appetizer, Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine Mediterranean, Middle East
Servings 4 people
Calories 403 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 1 can (15oz) Chickpeas
  • 1 whole Shallot quartered
  • 3 cloves Garlic
  • 1/2 cup Parsley
  • 1 tsp Ground Cumin
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Ground red pepper
  • 1 tsp Baking powder
  • 4 tbsp Garbanzo flour

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

Serving: 3ballsCalories: 403kcalCarbohydrates: 67.7gProtein: 21.3gFat: 6.7gSaturated Fat: 0.7gSodium: 323mgPotassium: 1072mgFiber: 19.1gSugar: 10.8gCalcium: 180mgIron: 7mg
Keyword Air fryer, Gluten-free, Healthy, Healthy food, Kid-friendly, Low Sugar, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Plant based, Savory, Vegan, Vegetarian
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