Baked Mini Falafel with Yogurt Tahini Sauce

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Mini Falafel Bites with Yogurt Tahini Sauce

I have been wanting to make falafel’s for years and just haven’t gotten around to it so when I saw this recipe in the Best Recipes & Reviews 2013 by America’s Test Kitchen, I knew it had to be made.

Baked Mini Falafel

I was so surprised at how easy these were to make. Literally, just soak the chickpeas overnight and process with a few ingredients. Bake, flip, bake and enjoy!

Baked Mini Falafel with Yogurt Tahini Sauce



  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp tahini
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp cilantro, minced
  • 1 tsp parsley, minced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 cup dried chickpeas, soaked overnight
  • 6 Tbsp olive oil (separated, 1/4 cup and 2 Tbsp)
  • 5 scallions
  • handful of parsley
  • handful of cilantro
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • Cherry Tomatoes, sliced thin for garnish


  1. SAUCE
  2. Whisk all ingredients together and refrigerate for at least one hour prior to serving.
  4. Soak chickpeas overnight in a salty water solution. Use at least 1 Tbsp sea salt. After soaking, drain and rinse well.
  5. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  6. Coat a large baking sheet with 1/4 cup olive oil.
  7. Toss all other items into the food processor (2 Tbsp olive oil + others from ingredient list) and process until smooth, about 1-2 minutes.
  8. Scoop mixture by Tablespoon, press into patties & place onto baking sheet. For me, it dropped the mixture onto the baking sheet and then pressed and shaped.
  9. Bake mini falafel's until golden brown, about 25 minutes (flip patties over halfway through baking time).
  10. Serve with sliced cherry tomatoes and a dollop of yogurt tahini sauce.

Recipe adapted from "Best Recipes & Reviews 2013" by America's Test Kitchen.


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Mini Baked Falafel with Yogurt Tahini Sauce

I have been eating vegan, as of late, but I haven’t found a substitute for Greek yogurt so this one has the real thing. Honestly, you could probably make one with tofu but I was too excited to try the recipe and couldn’t wait … This recipe’s a keeper :-)

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  1. What delicious little bites! I love falafel sandwiches, but these are even better because yu don’t have to deal with the pita. YUM!
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  2. What a wonderful finger food idea! By trying to eat less meat at the moment, these would be grat to take to a party!
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  3. These look great. I love stacked food whether for nibbles with wine like these or bigger stacks for a main course.
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  4. i am a huge fan of mediterranean cuisine and learnt how to make falafels last year. it was probably the best day of my life…hahhaha.
    i like your idea of baking instead of frying coz it’s healthier :)

  5. I LOVE falafel! The fried ones are a treat when we go out for them but at home I always bake them in the oven. The yogurt in the tahini sauce is a new one one me, though. I make my tahini (love it on cucumbers!) with sesame paste, water, lemon juice, garlic, salt and pepper. Now you’ve got me curious about adding the yogurt… ;)
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  6. I LOVE Baked Falafel and have yet to find one that I love. These sound good – are they crispy on the outside or more like falalel patties?
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  7. I have such a weakness for these falafel :D

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  8. CJ – This looks so darn good! I love this stuff and yours look so wonderful. I really wants to try this soon!
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  9. Oh wow, these look SO good. I love falafel + adore this appetizer-version of them!
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  10. I never realized either how easy falafels were to make! I’m just going to have to try it now.
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  11. Those look so delicious! Perfect for a Super Bowl treat!
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  12. I have yet to try making falafel on my own but this looks delicious and I love that they are mini! These would be great as an appetizer at a party or get together. Great recipe!

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