Healthy, oil-free, baked falafel balls are so easy to make with minimal ingredients. They're delicious in a pita, on top of a salad or just by themselves dipped in hummus or another dip you prefer. Falafels are great for parties since they can be an easy finger food too. They'll also fill you up with nourishing plant protein. I've made them in the oven and air fryer and both are super simple. I explain both below.
Falafels are usually deep fried in oil and, while those are good, I try to keep the fried food to a minimum around here as it's not the best for our health. Plus, I find that things are so much easier to make when you bake them. For this recipe all you have to do is combine everything in a food processor, ball up the dough, and bake! It's pretty simple, and if you need more than 6-8 falafels the recipe can easily be doubled.
If you have an air fryer it takes even less time than the oven. For the air fryer – place the balls in at 350 for about 5-10 minutes. Then, open the fryer, turn them over and cook for another 5-10 minutes.
I love making these often because it is another way to eat beans. I'm a big advocate of eating beans every day since studies have shown they can expand your longevity. Beans also help the body detox by moving things out, if you know what I mean! :)
They're also great for helping to reduce inflammation and diabetes. This is a great recipe to try on bean haters because most people won't have any idea what they're eating. I highly suggest trying either this hummus or this one to dip them in. Falafels are meant to be somewhat dry so dipping sauce is essential.