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. 😄

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

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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

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




  • 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.



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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