Meatless Monday: Baked Falafel with Roasted Red Pepper Tahini Sauce {Gluten Free, Vegan}


Baked Falafel with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce. Gluten Free, Vegan, Meatless Monday

I have been dying to make falafels for Meatless Monday for weeks now and finally this weekend I had some time to spend in the kitchen and just play around with some recipes.  I was actually quite productive.  Not only did I come up with this scrumptious number but I also made apple-cinnamon popcorn, chocolate peanut butter banana ice cream, and maple banana granola.  BOOM! Talk about getting it done.  All those recipe will actually be posted tomorrow with a fun giveaway- so make sure to check back :) 

Back to the falafels.  I took the traditionally fried falafel and gave it a healthy make over by baking them, rolling them in sesame seeds for added crunch then drizzling a delicious roasted red pepper tahini sauce on top to take it up a notch! What I love most about these is you can make a bunch and then reheat them the next day or freeze and serve later.  You just simple wrap them in foil then reheat in the oven on 350 degrees which makes them perfect little party appetizers! 

I also love them because they are super versatile.  You can eat them tapas style or enjoy in a sandwich with some lettuce, tomato and of course the roasted red pepper tahini or even on a salad, yum! The roasted red pepper tahini would be great for a lot of other dishes too…I’m seeing a stir fry recipe with it in the future. 

Baked Falafel with Roasted Red Pepper TahiniBaked Falafel with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce. Gluten Free, Vegan, Meatless Monday

Baked Falafel
Yields 12
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
50 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
50 min
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. In a large food processor, pulse chickpeas with olive oil and lemon juice until pureed then add onion and garlic and pulse until minced. You may have to scrape down the sides as you go and add a splash more lemon juice or water if needed.
  3. Add in parsley, spice and tahini and pulse until combined.
  4. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  5. Roll mixture into tablespoon size balls, roll in sesame seeds then flatten into thick patties.
  6. Bake in the oven for approximately 25 minutes, flipping halfway through. Falafels will be done when golden brown.
  7. Remove from the oven and serve while still warm.
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Roasted Red Pepper Tahini Sauce

Roasted Red Pepper Tahini
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup tahini
  2. 3/4 cup roasted red peppers
  3. 1 tbsp lemon juice
  4. sea salt
  5. paprika
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in food processor and blend until smooth. Add more lemon juice or water if you want mixture to be thinner.
  2. Drizzle on top of baked falafels or any way you can imagine.
  3. Enjoy!
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40 Comments

Linz @ Itz Linz
Reply November 3, 2014

looks delicious!
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Lindsay
Reply November 3, 2014

i love that this is gluten free! YAY!

    aelicatese
    Reply November 3, 2014

    Thank you! It was easy enough to leave out any gluten! :)

Beth @ Running with the Sunrise
Reply November 3, 2014

LOVE the idea of baking the falafel and adding sesame seeds! I can't wait to try making these--they sound amazing and I'm a sucker for an awesome vegan recipe!
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    aelicatese
    Reply November 3, 2014

    Thank you! I hope you enjoy it, let me know what you think :)

Susie @ SuzLyfe
Reply November 3, 2014

Love that this is a double whammy of a recipe. I should try to make these for Alex (I love chickpeas but they don't love me in large amounts.). But that would also require effort....
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    aelicatese
    Reply November 3, 2014

    Haha, effort is so overrated :P These do take a bit of time though so if you do make them make sure you're feeling productive :)

Julie @ Running in a Skirt
Reply November 3, 2014

Such a great picture and recipe! I want to try this!!!
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    aelicatese
    Reply November 3, 2014

    Thank you! Let me know what you think if you make it :)

Jennifer F
Reply November 3, 2014

oooh, looks so good -- I would use that red pepper sauce on everything!
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    aelicatese
    Reply November 3, 2014

    I made more than I needed and you better believe I will be putting it on every bite I eat til it's gone...SO GOOD :P

Renee @ Bendiful Blog
Reply November 3, 2014

I don't like falafel does this make me a weirdo? I might try this with fish though? I love tahini sauce on everything. You're always making such different dishes, I love it I'm always in a rut especially with meatless.
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    aelicatese
    Reply November 3, 2014

    Haha, I don't think that makes you a weirdo! It would take good with fish for sure :) The tahini would taste pretty amazing with just about anything :P

Pragati @ Simple Medicine
Reply November 3, 2014

I LOVEEEE falafel. Can't wait to try this recipe out. YUM.
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Farrah
Reply November 3, 2014

Yum! <3 Seriously, someday a blogger foodfest needs to happen. *-* I've never made falafel but this looks so good, I'm definitely gonna have to try. :O
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    aelicatese
    Reply November 3, 2014

    We definitely need a food fest for sure! It is delish, I think you'd like it :)

Ashley Pitt @ A Lady Goes West
Reply November 3, 2014

Looks soooo yummy! I've actually never tried to partake in Meatless Monday, but it's a great idea. Your photos look excellent too:)
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    aelicatese
    Reply November 3, 2014

    Aw, thank you! I enjoy the challenge of coming up with something meatless and delicious plus it's fun to link up with others :)

Rachel
Reply November 3, 2014

Your red pepper tahini looks amazing. Will definitely try -- falafel is on our menu this week!

Tina Muir
Reply November 3, 2014

Ooooh good idea! I have always wanted to try making falafel! Never knew how...now I do! Thanks for linking up with our meatless monday linkup, I always look forward to seeing what you bring! Please check out the other bloggers on there, thank you!
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    aelicatese
    Reply November 3, 2014

    Thank you, I hope you enjoy it :) I always love to see what you and Deborah come up with too- thanks for hosting!

fitmamalove
Reply November 3, 2014

This sounds so good! I love falafels--I think I'll definitely be giving this a try even though we have a great falafel place I can just walk to. These sound healthier!

    aelicatese
    Reply November 3, 2014

    I wish there was a falafel place near me!!! These are much healthier though, hopefully they are just as tasty as the ones you like to enjoy :)

Nicole @ Fitful Focus
Reply November 3, 2014

Come on over and make me some? Cool, great, thanks!
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Deborah@ Confessions of a Mother Runner
Reply November 3, 2014

I've been so wanting to make falafel too. These look great!!
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    aelicatese
    Reply November 3, 2014

    Thank you! It was a bit of a process but fun to make :)

Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
Reply November 3, 2014

I love Falafal! These look so good and I love the red pepper tahini sauce! I am on a tahini kick and have been putting it on EVERYTHING!
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    aelicatese
    Reply November 3, 2014

    Thank you! Tahini is my new jam too...SO GOOD! :)

Nicole @ Waterloo, with Love
Reply November 3, 2014

This looks absolutely divine! Falafel is what got me through my university cafeteria food days. This is like a million step upgrade haha :)
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    aelicatese
    Reply November 4, 2014

    Thank you! I wish they served falafels where I went to college, haha! I was stuck with gross pizza and chicken!

Sam @ PancakeWarriors
Reply November 4, 2014

Falafel was one of the first vegetarian dishes that my dad and I were both over the moon about! Needless to say I'm quite fond of the little fried babies. However, I've changed my eating habits since then so these baked versions are now much more my style! Love the red pepper tahini sauce as well, I bet that would be amazing in a wrap!
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    aelicatese
    Reply November 4, 2014

    Oooh yes, it would be delicious in a wrap too! I haven't eaten fried food in a very long time so I try to find ways to make those kind of dishes healthy while still keeping the flavor. I bet your dad's falafels where amazing though!!!

Liz @ I Heart Vegetables
Reply November 5, 2014

Holy yum, that sounds SO good! I love falafel but I haven't had a ton of success making it myself. I'll definitely have to give this a try!
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Chaitali
Reply November 6, 2014

Wow, this sounds amazing! I love falafel but hate frying things (I'm the klutz who always gets burned with hot oil) so I never make it at home. This sounds like a great alternative.
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    aelicatese
    Reply November 6, 2014

    Believe it or not I am TERRIBLE at frying things too! Beside trying to make it a healthy recipe that is one of the reasons these are baked, haha!

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