Easy Air-Fried Spinach Falafel (V+ DF + GF)

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

Ingredients:

  • 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.

Notes:

  • 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.

Enjoy!!

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Dairy-Free Tzatziki Sauce

Creamy, cool, refreshing, and a hint of garlic.
This ‘Dairy-Free Tzatziki’ is the perfect addition to any summer meal!

A few weeks back I decided to try Dairy-Free Tzatziki from one of my all time favorite brands, and sadly, I was VERY disappointed.

I didn’t know if it was tzatziki I didn’t care for, or just the way they happened to make it.

So, I decided to give it another try and made it myself.

And boy oh boy am I glad I did!

I’ve been putting this tzatziki sauce on everythingggg!

Literally, EVERYTHING.

Let me explain, when it starts to get warmer out all I want to do is NOT cook.

It just feels like such a hassle in the summer, ya know?

This is the perfect addition to so many non cooked meals.

Sooo, I’ve been putting it on all of them.

Pitas, salads, sandwiches, the list goes on!

Just be sure that when you make tzatziki that the cucumber has been squeezed dry and drained of it’s water.

If you don’t it will be too runny and you don’t want that.

Let’s get to the recipe so you can put it on everything too!

Dairy-Free Tzatziki Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup finely grated cucumber (strained + dried)
  • 10.5 oz unsweetened plain coconut yogurt
  • 2 tbsp fresh dill
  • 1 1/2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 3 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp pink salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper

How to make…

Step 1: In a medium size bowl combine all your ingredients, stir until everything is completely combined. *

Step 2: Cover the bowl and let sit for 1-2 hours in the fridge allowing the flavors to soak in.

Step 3: Put in an airtight container and store in the fridge.

Enjoy!!

Notes:

  • I store mine in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 7 days.