Inside scoop: You’re going to love this healthy twist on the classic falafel. These grain-free Baked Sweet Potato Falafel Balls are also made with only 5 ingredients!
With Mediterranean roots over here, there’s no denying a good falafel.
Traditionally, falafels are made and fried like fritters with chickpeas or fava beans. Herbs and spices are added to the dough, and they’re often served in pita, wrapped like a sandwich and served with condiments such as pickled vegetables, hot sauce or a garlic tahini.
Now, we absolutely love a classic falafel, even the fried version, and you’ll find us hitting the streets to find the best falafel restaurants out there. HOWEVER, we also like to take those classic dishes and offer up a bit of a healthier twist. Plus, we just love the idea of adding sweet potato to falafels, hence the reason for these baked sweet potato falafels!
BAKED SWEET POTATO FALAFEL BALLS WITH ONLY 5 INGREDIENTS
No need to add a bunch of herbs and spices here, or overly complicate these baked sweet potato falafel balls with a food processor, nope, just mashed sweet potatoes, some chickpea flour, garlic, lemon and cumin mashed together and rolled into balls and then baked to perfection.
PS, if you really like that cilantro taste in your falafels, we’ve added an option at the bottom of the recipe for this as well.
This baked sweet potato falafel recipe is:
- completely vegan
- made without grains
- contains whole foods
- baked instead of fried, with less oil
- perfect alternative for anyone who is trying to avoid gluten
They also make a great fritter, so if you’re feeling a bit spicy and want to add them to a hot pan with a good amount of oil, you can prepare these in more of a traditional way with hot oil.
Whatever the case being, our point is, they are simple, healthy and taste really amazing.
Add to pita, salad, rice bowls, breakfast or wherever else you feel falafelling is necessary
Yes, we are owning the word ‘falafelling’!
While the traditional approach of adding falafels to pita in the form of a sandwich is incredibly delicious and exactly what you see in our photos, they are still great as a salad topper, to add to buddha or rice bowls, as a base for breakfast, or just as a side to your main dinner dish.
But if you want to go the pita route, we love the idea of adding these baked sweet potato falafels to bread with some tzatziki, cucumber, tomato, hot sauce, our smoky eggplant dip and arugula for a nice healthy lunch that is filling and really simple to put together.
And if you’re looking for other healthy grain-free recipes like this one, check out this recipe for our 5-ingredient Garlic and Herb Flatbread.
What do you think? Are you down for falafelling with sweet potatoes?
Sweet Potato Falafel Balls in Veggie Loaded Pita
You’re going to love this healthy twist on the classic falafel. These grain-free Baked Sweet Potato Falafel Balls are also made with only 5 ingredients!
- 1 large sweet potato steamed or baked then mashed
- 1/2 cup chickpea flour
- 3 cloves garlic pressed or 1.5 tsp garlic powder
- 1.5 tsp cumin
- 2 Tbsp lemon juice about 1 lemon
- Salt and pepper to season
- Optional: 2 Tbsp finely chopped and packed cilantro or parsley we prefer cilantro. You can also roll the falafels in sesame seeds or drizzle with olive oil before cooking.
- Preheat oven to 400F.
- Mix all ingredients together and roll into 1 Tbsp balls. Flatten a bit on a parchment line baking sheet. Bake for 25 minutes flipping half way.