This recipe was inspired by my experience at a local agriculture fair a few years ago. It was the first time I had ever tried falafel and I couldn’t get over how good it was! With that being said, it was most definitely deep fried. And when I say deep fried I mean DEEP FRIED. This thing was dripping with oil! But, it was so good I ate it anyways! I mean let’s be honest, what doesn’t taste good deep fried?
I wanted to see if I would be able to get the same great flavor without all the grease by making it at home and to my surprise, I did!
I don’t know about you, but when I’m craving something I want it immediately! Traditional falafel recipes will have you soak dry chickpeas and go through that whole process, but I just can’t wait for all that! When I want falafel, I want it in that moment and not a second later! It’s something I crave all the time now, and when I want it you better know I’m whipping it up in a jiffy! That’s why I use canned chickpeas over dry ones. Because honestly, who has time for all that?!
Just talking about falafel has me craving it… let’s get to the recipe already!
Easy Air-Fried Spinach Falafel
- 15 oz can unsalted chickpeas
- 1/3 cup diced yellow or red onion
- 1/2 cup spinach
- 2 cloves minced garlic
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1/3 cup fresh parsley
- 1 tsp coriander
- 1/2 tsp pink salt
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 1/2 lemon juice
- 4 tbsp gluten-free oat flour
How to make…
Step 1: In a food processor add the chickpeas, onion, spinach, garlic, olive oil, parsley, coriander, salt, cumin, and lemon juice.
Step 2: Coarse blend (there might be chunks of chickpeas, that’s what we want).
Step 3: Stir in the oat flour with a spoon, you don’t want to over process the mixture.
Step 4: Form the mixture into balls and place in the air fryer. (The mixture is going to be a little wet and that’s okay.)
Step 5: Bake in the air fryer at 400 degrees for 8-10 minutes (or until golden) and then flip the falafel over and bake again in the air fryer for another 8-10 minutes.
- Try pairing this falafel with my ‘Dairy-Free Tzatziki Sauce’.
- Eat in a pita, a salad, on their own, the possibilities are endless!
- I keep mine in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 7 days.