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Air Fryer Falafel

For a healthy meal prep option, try Air Fryer Falafel. It's crunchy, tasty and easy to make with canned chickpeas instead of dried chickpeas.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mediterranean
Keyword air fried falafel, air fry falafel, air fryer falafel, air fryer falafel recipe, falafel air fryer, falafel air fryer recipe, falafel recipe air fryer, healthy falafel recipe
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Resting Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 32 minutes
Servings 5
Calories 171kcal


  • 1 Air Fryer


  • 15.5 oz Chickpeas
  • 2 tbsp Parsley
  • 2 tbsp Cilantro
  • 1 tbsp Garlic minced
  • 2 tbsp Red Onion
  • 2 tbsp Sesame Seeds toasted
  • 1 tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 1 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp Cumin
  • 1/2 tsp Coriander
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 tbsp Chickpea Water use more if needed
  • 2 tbsp Flour
  • 2 tbsp Panko Bread Crumbs
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder


  • Drain the can of chickpeas, but reserve about two tablespoons of the water.
  • Into a food processor, add the drained chickpeas, parsley, cilantro, garlic, red onion, sesame seeds, lemon juice, olive oil, cumin, coriander, salt, pepper and cayenne.
  • Cover and begin to pulse the mixture on low. Add one tablespoon of the chickpea water and switch to high power for about 20 seconds. Scrape down the sides of the food processor bowl, using a spatula.
  • Blend again for about 20 seconds. Add one more tablespoon of the chickpea water if necessary. Scrape down the sides of the food processor container again and blend the chickpea mixture until smooth.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, Panko breadcrumbs and baking powder. Transfer the blended chickpea mixture to a clean bowl. Add the flour mixture and stir with a spatula, until you have a smooth, cohesive dough. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and chill for 30 - 60 minutes.
  • Remove the dough from the refrigerator. Use a small cookie scoop to help form the dough into 10 balls. Gently flatten them with your hands until they are a smooth patty shape. (see pictures above, in the post)
  • Place the falafel in a single layer in the air fryer basket. Brush them lightly with olive oil. Fry them at 375 degrees F for about 12 minutes, or until they are puffed and lightly browned. It is not necessary to flip them.


Calories: 171kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 590mg | Potassium: 235mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 197IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 102mg | Iron: 1mg