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Baked Quinoa Falafel Sandwiches
Baked Quinoa Falafel Sandwiches
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
50 mins
Total Time
1 hr
 
A healthier (but no less delicious) take on falafel! This quinoa falafel is baked instead of fried, and stuffed into pita loaves with creamy hummus and your favorite veggies!
Course: Sandwich
Cuisine: American, Middle Eastern
Keyword: baked falafel, healthy falafel, quinoa
Servings: 4 sandwiches
Calories: 324 kcal
Author: Alissa
Ingredients
For the Falafel
  • 1/3 cup quinoa
  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth
  • 2/3 cup cooked or canned chickpeas, drained
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, plus a little extra for brushing
  • Salt and pepper to taste
For Serving
  • 2 pitas, cut in half
  • Hummus and/or tahini
  • Greens, tomato, cucumber, and/or onion slices
Instructions
  1. Rinse the quinoa well under cold water, then place it in a small saucepan, along with the broth. Place over high heat and bring the liquid to a simmer. Cover, lower heat and allow to simmer for about 15 minutes, or until all of the liquid is absorbed.

  2. Remove the pot from heat and allow it to sit for another five minutes.

  3. Preheat the oven to 350° and lightly oil or line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  4. Place 2/3 cup cooked quinoa (you should have at least this much and probably a little more) and all other falafel ingredients except for the salt and pepper into food processor bowl. Pulse until well blended, taste test, and season with salt and pepper to taste.

  5. Remove the falafel mixture from food processor and roll as much as you want to use into 1-inch balls (about 12-16 of them). Arrange on the prepared baking sheet or in the skillet, then lightly brush with oil.

  6. Bake for about 35 minutes, flipping every ten minutes or so to get browning on all sides.
  7. Stuff into pita halves, and dress with hummus and veggies.

Recipe Notes

Nutrition information includes 2 tablespoons of hummus per serving. 1 serving = 1 sandwich, or 1/2 pita with 3-4 falafels.

The video above shows me making a double batch!

Nutrition Facts
Baked Quinoa Falafel Sandwiches
Amount Per Serving (1 sandwich (1 pita half + 3 or 4 falafels))
Calories 324 Calories from Fat 96
% Daily Value*
Fat 10.7g16%
Saturated Fat 1.5g8%
Sodium 560mg23%
Potassium 387mg11%
Carbohydrates 46.9g16%
Fiber 6.8g27%
Sugar 1.4g2%
Protein 11.4g23%
Calcium 70mg7%
Iron 4.1mg23%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.