{Healthy} Falafel Pita Bites Print Recipe Print Recipe

If it’s not fried or in the shape of a ball, is it still considered a falafel? Let me know if I need to rename the recipe.

I’m not a fan of fried balls. There, I said it.

This whole time I thought falafel’s had dairy in them. No? Just me? Figured.

No dairy. No soy. No gluten (lettuce vs. pita). No upset stomach! Bingo!!

I played around with this recipe to make it adaptable depending on what your allergies may be. I did try frying them, the patties, not balls and it was too greasy for me so I ended up baking them. Baking gives them a different texture, almost like a veggies burger, which I personally like. Ok, I really liked. So much that I somehow ended up eating every patty within 24 hours. I feel better now that I got that out of the way. Thanks for listening.

{gluten-free} Instead of the pita, I used a piece of {butter} lettuce that I wrapped around the patties, topped with sliced tomatoes, sprinkled with salt +pepper. I ate about 4 of them and called it lunch. Ok, then 2 more and called it a snack. And before I knew it, they were gone.

Healthy Falafel Pita Bites

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{adapted from Chocolate & Carrots}


  • 15 oz can garbanzo beans {aka chickpeas}
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 peeled carrot
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp garlic powder – I also added 2 garlic cloves
  • dash of cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup flour – I use Pamela’s gluten-free flour
  • Canola oil for frying – optional
  • Pita bread – I used mini pitas from Trader Joes


Using a food processor, Combine first 9 ingredients and process until blended, but not pureed.

Add in the baking powder and flour, and pulse.  If the dough doesn’t form into a ball, add more flour. Cover the bowl and refrigerate between 1-3 hours.

Form the chickpea mixture into balls or patties – I made mine into patties. You can also use an ice cream scoop to measure. Set formed mixture on a plate or baking sheet.

For frying: Cover a plate with a few paper towels and set aside. Using a pan, heat a layer of oil – medium to high heat. If the balls/patties fall apart, add more flour. Fry about 4-6 balls (depending on the size of your pan) at once for a few minutes on each side, or until golden brown. Transfer to the plate with paper towel to drain excess oil.

For Baking: Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Bake for 15-20 minutes until nicely browned

Cut pitas in half if they aren’t already. Stuff them with lettuce, sliced tomatoes, bell peppers and falafel balls/patties. Drizzle Tzatziki if you prefer (I don’t) and Enjoy!

Tzatziki Recipe {healthy – mock – version}


  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp dill
  • salt + pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder


In a medium bowl, combine all the ingredients. That’s it.

{Created/Photographed by With Style and Grace}

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  • http://gourmandeinthekitchen.com Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen

    Baked falafel sounds good to me, I hate how greasy regular falafel can be.

  • http://likespacecake.blogspot.com Gina

    These look yummy. Baked not fried sounds delicious to me.

  • http://www.twitter.com/Rowaida Rowaida Flayhan

    this looks delicious love your recipe so healthy and yummy.
    Wish you a wonderful weekend. Following you on twitter love your tweets.

  • http://twigandthistle.com Kathleen at Twig and Thistle

    Wow, these look so tastey! Can’t wait to try them, thank you!

    PS: You’re images look stunning!!!! Lighting + styling = yum! Great job

  • http://www.eatdrinkpretty.com Eat Drink Pretty

    Wow, your photos are really great! And that falafel looks incredible. I am definitely going to try this recipe.

  • http://www.twopeasandtheirpod.com Maria

    Wish I was eating this for lunch!

  • http://facebook Marcia Goldman

    No cucumber in the sauce? I think traditional tz. does,but can be wateryso I cut or shred them with peel on into strainer and lightly salt.15 min. later an amazing amount of water will have drained off.Then add to yogurt. Great pics,girly!

  • http://keepingupwiththechorazys.blogspot.com jennifer

    looks delicious! can’t wait to try it!

  • http://www.pizzazzerie.com Courtney @ Pizzazzerie

    Your images look FANTASTIC!

  • http://youmakemeswoon.wordpress.com Sally

    I love falafel, this looks yum loving your commitment to healthy eating!

  • http://www.withstyle.me With Style and Grace

    Thanks, Courtney!

  • http://ecofriendlyhomemaking.com Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking

    Oh this looks awesome! I am so excited to try this. Thanks so much for the recipe. I am new to your blog and I am so glad that I found it!

  • http://stephmodo.com Stephanie

    Love falafels and love butter lettuce. Great combo Lisa!


  • OUMZ

    how far in advance can i make this mix before i bake it?

  • http://www.withstyle.me With Style and Grace

    I’d recommend making them the same day, but if you need (or want) you can make them the night before that would be the longest I would wait.

  • http://www.thecookingvent.blogspot.com Rebekah Jackson

    I made these tonight for dinner, and they were so good!!! I didn’t have any tomatoes, but they were still great. I topped them with a lemon/cilantro hummus from Fresh and Easy, which was such a good combo!!! Thanks for the awesome recipe

  • Mary

    Made these tonight, so tasty!