Caramelised Onion Falafels

Today I’m coming at you with a recipe which you can try out whilst self isolating! These caramelised onion falafels are both vegan and gluten free. They can be eaten on their own, in a salad, wrap, sandwich or pitta. However you choose to eat them I would definitely recommend having some vegan mayonnaise alongside them.

This recipe makes 12 falafels which can be baked or fried. The total cooking time is around 40 minutes.


  • 2 red onions
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 tin of drained chickpeas
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast (this can be substituted for plain flour)
  • 1/2 tbsp cumin powder
  • 1/2 tbsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C (fan).
  2. Peel and slice the red onion.
  3. Peel and crush the garlic cloves.
  4. Add the onion and garlic into a baking tray with half a tablespoon of oil, salt and pepper.
  5. Roast for 20 minutes, stirring halfway through.
  6. Once cooled, add the roasted onion and garlic to a food processor along with the drained chickpeas and spices.
  7. Blitz the mixture until fairly smooth, leaving the mixture slightly chunky will add an element of texture to the finalised product.
  8. Taste the mixture and adjust to taste by adding more salt, pepper or spices.
  9. Roll the mixture into 12 balls and flatten them into miniature patties.
  10. Either, pop the falafels into the preheated oven for 20 minutes, turning them half way through.
    Or, add a tablespoon of oil in a frying pan and fry the falafels for a round 5 minutes on each side.
  11. Enjoy!

Let me know if you try this recipe out!

Until next time, Susan.


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