Air Fryer Falafel

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A real simple Air Fryer Falafel recipe! Falafel is a delicious Middle-Eastern vegetarian dish made with chickpeas, a mix of onions and different herbs and spices. This easy Falafel recipe is made quicker and healthier in the air fryer with canned chickpeas – no deep frying!

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Air Fryer Falafel are delicious balls of chickpea and herb goodness that you find in Middle Eastern cooking. Naturally vegan and vegetarian, falafel are great in wraps, pitas, sandwiches and salads. Packed with herbs & spices, this crispy baked air fryer falafel recipe is bursting with delicious flavor. Stuff it into pitas, top it with your favorite fixings & enjoy!

Traditional falafel is a great vegan source of protein for people who have cut meat out of their diet. It’s relatively low in fat and has no cholesterol if you fry it in a heart-healthy, cholesterol-free oil. And if you top it with veggies in a pita, it becomes a filling and nourishing meal!

Chickpeas help control blood sugar. Canned and dried chickpeas have a low glycemic index. This means your body absorbs and digests them slowly. Also, they have a type of starch that digests slowly, called amylose. Both of these things help keep your blood sugar and insulin from going up too fast. This is good for people with diabetes.

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Air Fryer Falafel

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Air Fryer Falafel – Falafel is a delicious Middle-Eastern vegetarian dish made with chickpeas, a mix of onions and different herbs and spices.

  • Author: Skinny Taste
  • Prep Time: 1:35
  • Cook Time: :30
  • Total Time: 2:05
  • Yield: 4-6 1x
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Fried
  • Cuisine: Middle Eastern
  • Diet: Vegan

Ingredients

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  • 1 (15.5 ounce) can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 small yellow onion, quartered
  • 3 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 1/3 cup roughly chopped parsley
  • 1/3 cup roughly chopped cilantro
  • 1/3 cup chopped scallions
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 4 tablespoons all purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • olive oil spray
  • Optional for serving:
  • hummus, sliced tomatoes, sliced cucumber, thinly sliced red onion, pita, tahini, etc

Instructions

  1. Dry the chickpeas on paper towels.
  2. Place the onions and garlic in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade. Add the parsley, scallions, cilantro, cumin, salt, and red pepper flakes.
  3. Process until blended 30 to 60 seconds, then add the chickpeas and pulse 2 to 3 times until just blended, but not pureed.
  4. Sprinkle in the baking powder and the flour, scape the sides of the bowl down with a spatula and pulse 2 to 3 times.
  5. Transfer to a bowl and refrigerate, covered, 2 to 3 hours.
  6. Form the falafel mixture into 12 balls, if it’s too sticky add some flour to your hands and your work surface.
  7. Preheat the air fryer 350F.
  8. Spray the falafel with oil. Cook 14 minutes, in batches until golden brown, turning halfway.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 4

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