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June 14, 2021

Oil-Free Beet Falafel

Oil-Free Beet Falafel is a colorful falafel made from beets! This oil-free, gluten-free dish is a delicious Mediterranean style treat.

Oil-Free Beet Falafel

Ever since I made my Oil-Free Authentic Falafel recipe, I've been so excited about how easy it is to make delicious falafel at home. It's really not that hard, and it tastes incredible!

This beet falafel is the same basic recipe as my authentic falafel recipe, just with some beets added in! The beets create a beautiful red color for this falafel. Perfect for a stunning appetizer.

Oh, and I served this falafel with a cucumber dill yogurt sauce. It's such a refreshing dipping sauce, and pairs so well with falafel. There are some great plant-based yogurts with minimal ingredients, that taste just like 'regular' yogurt. You'll never know it's dairy free!

I don't know about you, but I'm excited! Let's dive in!

Oil-Free Beet Falafel

Recipe Features

  • Dietary needs — this Oil-Free Beet Falafel is dairy-free, plant-based, oil-free, gluten-free, and refined sugar-free
  • Perfect main dish or appetizer— falafel makes a great main dish, serve alongside some grilled veggies or on a salad; you can also eat a few balls as a fun appetizer
  • Twist on a classic — with the addition of beets, this falafel is beautifully colorful and a fun twist on a traditional falafel recipe

Oil-Free Beet Falafel

Ingredients

  • Dry Chickpeas: Dry chickpeas are a must for this recipe, they make the falafel stick together so much better than canned chickpeas.
  • Baking Soda: We’ll soak the chickpeas in water with a bit of baking soda.
  • Raw Beets: Be sure to use raw beets. Canned beets would add too much moisture. Beets create a beautiful color for this falafel.
  • Herbs: Parsley, cilantro, freeze dried dill. These are the classic herbs found in falafel. I used freeze dried dill, because that’s what I had on hand, but you can use fresh dill – you may need another tablespoon or two of oat flour.
  • Red Onion: For that umami tang.
  • Garlic: Also for that umami tang.
  • Spices: Kosher Salt, pepper, cumin coriander, cayenne. Besides the dried chickpeas, these spices are what makes the falafel super flavorful. A pinch of cayenne adds that extra edge to the flavor profile. If you absolutely hate spice, you can leave it out.
  • Baking Powder: To aid in the baking process.
  • Oat Flour: The mixture will be quite wet when it’s first mixed – we’ll use oat flour to thicken up the falafel mixture so it can be easily rolled into balls. You can adjust the exact quantity of oat flour you used based on how wet your mixture is.

Oil-Free Beet Falafel

How to make Oil-Free Beet Falafel

Step 1. The day before you want to make falafel, soak the chickpeas and baking soda in lukewarm water. The beans will expand as they soak, so make sure to cover them in several inches of water.

Step 2. Add the chickpeas, beets, onion, parsley, cilantro, dill, garlic, and spices to a food processor. Blend until mostly smooth. Don't over mix.

Step 3. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and refrigerate for an hour or so.

Step 4. Preheat the oven to 400. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Step 5. Remove the falafel mixture from the fridge. Stir in the baking powder and oat flour.

Step 6. Use a tablespoon measure to scoop 2-tablespoon sized balls. Roll into spheres or flatten into patties.

Step 7. Bake for 15-20 minutes. If you made patties, flip the patties halfway through.

Step 8. Meanwhile, mix the cucumber dill yogurt ingredients in a small bowl.

Step 9. Serve with pita and tahini and plant-based cucumber dill yogurt. Enjoy!

Preparation and Storage

Preparation: You’ll need to soak the chickpeas ahead of time for this recipe. Make sure you get them ready 24 hours before you’d like to have your falafel.

Storage: Store these falafel in the fridge. If you wish to reheat them, place them in the oven at 350 until they are warmed. Avoid the microwave – this will create soggy falafel.

Oil-Free Beet Falafel

Recipe Prayer

Thank you God for this tasty falafel. We're grateful for your abundance. Amen.

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Oil-Free Beet Falafel

Oil-Free Beet Falafel is a colorful falafel made from beets! This oil-free, gluten-free dish is a delicious Mediterranean style treat.

Author:

Elizabeth

Serves:

22

Prep:

20

min

cook:

20

min

total:

40

min

Ingredients

  • 1 Pound Dry Chickpeas
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 2 Medium Raw Beets, quartered
  • 1 Small Red Onion, quartered
  • 1 Cup Fresh Parsley
  • 1 Cup Fresh Cilantro
  • 2 Tablespoons Freeze Dried Dill
  • 8 Cloves Garlic
  • 1-2 Tablespoons Kosher Salt
  • 1 Tablespoon Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon Cumin
  • 1 Tablespoon Coriander
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Cayenne
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 3/4 Cup Oat Flour

Cucumber Dill Yogurt

  • 1/2 Cup Coconut Yogurt
  • 1/2 Cucumber, minced
  • 2 Tablespoons Dill
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt

Instructions

  1. The day before you want to make falafel, soak the chickpeas and baking soda in lukewarm water. The beans will expand as they soak, so make sure to cover them in several inches of water.
  2. Add the chickpeas, beets, onion, parsley, cilantro, dill, garlic, and spices to a food processor. Blend until mostly smooth. Don't over mix.
  3. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and refrigerate for an hour or so.
  4. Preheat the oven to 400. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  5. Remove the falafel mixture from the fridge. Stir in the baking powder and oat flour.
  6. Use a tablespoon measure to scoop 2-tablespoon sized balls. Roll into spheres or flatten into patties.
  7. Bake for 15-20 minutes. If you made patties, flip the patties halfway through.
  8. Meanwhile, mix the cucumber dill yogurt ingredients in a small bowl.
  9. Serve with pita and tahini and plant-based cucumber dill yogurt. Enjoy!

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September 23, 2021
Tracy Henry
Hi Elizabeth, LOVE you recipes. Please keep them coming. :)I was wondering, can you share what is the vegan chocolate bar you used in this recipe?
August 28, 2021
Henry (Hank) Mader
thank you for the oil free recipe. I'm getting introduced to wild Bolete mushrooms here in Colorado, and everyone sautes Bolete's in butter or olive oil. I'm on a veggie, oil free regimen for heart health reasons. and your recipe suggestion may fill the bill. I can't wait to give it a try.
August 13, 2021
Lindsey Kuhn
This is so fun! Loving your creamy photography :)
August 13, 2021
Lindsey Kuhn
This looks incredible! So yummy and pretty photography