Protein Packed Falafel

In 6 of these falafel, there are 40 g of protein! Since these are baked instead of fried, they are healthier…perfect for a fun weeknight meal!

DSC_0138.JPGRecipe inspired by Protein Ninja by Terry Hope Romero .

Makes about 24 falafel ballz.

Step-by-step instructions:

Duration: 1 hour plus 8-10 hours to soak chickpeas


  • 1 cup dried chickpeas
  • 1 cup loosely packed chopped parsley
  • 4 kale leaves, stems removed
  • 3-5 cloves of garlic
  • 1 white onion, chopped
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp crushed red pepper
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ cup sesame seeds
  • ½ cup pea protein powder
  • Olive oil


To soak the chickpeas:

  • Cover them with water and soak for 8-10 hours. I recommend starting the soaking in the morning so you can have falafel for dinner.

To make the Falafel:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees Farenheight.
  • In a food processor or blender, combine chickpeas, pasrlsy, kale, onion, garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, coriander, cumin, red pepper flakes, salt, and baking soda.
  • Blend together until smoothish.
  • Add sesame seeds and pea protein powder and blend until everything is mixed together into a thick paste.
  • Oil a baking sheet or line it with parchment paper.
  • Using your hands, a spoon, a cookie scooper, or a falafel scoop, make small balls (about 2 tbsp) and plop them onto the pan.
  • Brush a little olive oil on the top of each falafel ball.
  • Bake the falafel for 20-24 minutes.
  • Serve with hummus, pita, cucumbers, tomatoes, and any other toppings or side dishes.


  1. How close is the texture to fried falafel from a Middle Eastern restaurant? I might try them this week but would have to buy all the ingredients first.

    I saw your post on reddit!


    • These falafel are a bit different from traditional fried ones…these are less crispy, but taste super fresh and go great with baked french fries. Thanks for checking out the recipe! Let me know if you end up making them 🙂


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