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Vegan Collard Green Falafel topped with hummus and paprika
4.43 from 116 votes

Better-Than-Restaurant Falafel (Vegan & Gluten-Free)

Falafel that can rival any restaurant, although it remains vegan, gluten-free, and pan-cooked, not fried.
Author: Minimalist Baker
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings: 11 (falafel)
Category: Entree
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Mediterranean-Inspired, Vegan
Freezer Friendly 1 month
Does it keep? 4-5 Days

Ingredients

  • 4 cups stemmed and torn collard greens (one bunch // or swiss chard)
  • 1 15-ounce can chickpeas (rinsed and drained)
  • 3 large cloves garlic (chopped)
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp tahini
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1 pinch each sea salt and black pepper
  • 3-4 Tbsp oat flour (ground from gluten-free oats)
  • ~4 Tbsp avocado or olive oil (for cooking)

Instructions

  1. Add collard greens, chickpeas, garlic, tahini, lemon juice, cumin, and a healthy pinch each salt and pepper to a food processor and mix to combine (see photo).
  2. Once well incorporated, transfer to a mixing bowl and stir in oat flour 1 Tbsp at a time until the mixture is thick enough to handle – about 3-4 Tbsp (as original recipe is written).

  3. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed. I added more salt, pepper, and lemon juice, and a touch more tahini.
  4. Heat a large skillet over medium to medium-high heat and add 2 Tbsp oil at a time. Swirl to coat pan.
  5. Add 4 falafel (or however many will fit very comfortably) to the pan at a time.
  6. Check at the 1-2 minute mark to ensure they’re not browning too quickly. If they are, slightly reduce heat. Flip once deep golden brown – about 3-4 minutes.
  7. Cook until the underside is golden brown as well.
  8. Serve immediately with hummus and paprika or inside a pita with garlic sauce or hummus.
  9. Will store in the fridge, layered with parchment paper in an airtight container for 4-5 days. Freeze up to 1 month.

Notes

*Nutrition is a rough estimate calculated with cooking oil.
*Adapted from Real Simple.

Nutrition Per Serving (1 of 11 falafels)