Waffle Falafels

KristineDinner in a Dash, Gluten Free, Recipes, Vegetarian2 Comments


These waffle falafels totally won meatless monday the other night! The girls loved them, and were filling their pitas with everything they liked. Great alternative to taco night, so I’ll definitely be doing it more often. These came out so much better than baked falafels. Much more crispy thanks to the waffle iron, they browned up really nicely. I highly recommend doing them this way instead of baking them in the oven.


This recipe did 3 batches in my waffle iron, so about 12 waffles. The number will depend on the waffle iron you have. Mine is a regular waffle maker, not a belgian waffle maker, so I can’t attest to how they would turn out as thicker waffles. If any of you try them with a belgian waffle maker, please leave a comment and let me know how they turned out!

Something I do recommend, is letting them cook as long as possible so they get a dark golden brown color. The darker they get the more crispy they will be. So closer to the end of cooking, you’ll want to keep an eye on them to get them perfect.  While the others were cooking, I put the ones that were done and put them on a baking sheet and put them in the oven at around 200 degrees to keep them warm.



For toppings, there are so many options. I put out some classic toppings, but feel free to get creative. Bell peppers, olives, different types of lettuce and fresh herbs would all go great.  I did a quick homemade tzatziki (like in this recipe) to go with them as well.

Hope you enjoy your next Mediterranean taco night!

Waffle Falafels
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Falafels made in the waffle iron instead of being baked in the oven. Crispy on the outside and soft inside.
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Yield: 4 servings
For the Waffles
  • 1 15 oz can no-salt added chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • ¼ cup egg whites (or 2 egg whites)
  • ¼ cup oil
  • 2 Tbsp gluten-free flour (or all-purpose flour)
  • ½ tsp coriander
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley
Topping Ideas
  • whole wheat pitas
  • shredded lettuce
  • sliced red onion
  • tomato
  • pickles
  • tzatziki
  • hummus
  1. Heat your waffle iron. A regular waffle iron will work better than a belgian waffle maker.
  2. In a blender or food processor, mix together all the waffle ingredients EXCEPT the fresh cilantro and parsley.
  3. Blend until smooth. It will be the consistency similar to hummus.
  4. Lastly, add in the fresh parsley and cilantro and pulse a couple times until combined. If you blend too much the batter will be green.
  5. Mist your waffle iron with oil, and dollop spoonfuls of batter onto the waffle iron.
  6. Cook until the crust is very golden brown.
  7. You can keep the waffles in a 200 degree oven to keep them warm.
  8. This batch made 3 batches of waffles. Amount of waffles will depend on the waffle iron you have.
Nutrition does not include any of the toppings
Serving size: ¼ of recipe Calories: 234 Fat: 15 g Saturated fat: 2.1 g Carbs: 17.8 g Sugar: 0.5 g Sodium: 438 mg Fiber: 3.5 g Protein: 7 g Cholesterol: 0 mg