An easy keto falafel recipe made without chickpeas is a delicious snack or appetizer. But it’s also a perfect addition to a low carb salad or a paleo wrap for lunch.
Recently, I was passing by a restaurant with a large sign on the window about falafels. Because I had never heard of them before, I had to look up what they are.
Falafels are small pieces of dough made with hummus or ground chickpeas that are deep fried. Since I’ve never tried them myself, I had to ask around and it sounds like they are a lot like hush puppies which are just deep fried dough balls made from a cornmeal batter.
Is Falafel Keto Friendly?
Unfortunately, a tablespoon of chickpeas has about 43 grams of net carbs per cup according to verywellfit. Therefore, standard recipes aren’t low carb so you shouldn’t eat them on keto.
After hearing about them, I just had to create an easy falafel recipe to try them out. And, I got a couple taste testers to make sure they did indeed taste like they should.
My recipe uses simple ingredients that are all paleo friendly.
- Eggs are used to bind everything together. And since coconut flour needs a little extra egg to prevent dryness, I’ve upped the eggs from one to two.
- Seasonings include cumin and coriander along with lemon juice and garlic. Salt and pepper are added to taste.
- A blend of low carb flowers are used because the combination provides a better taste and texture than using only one type.
- Kale adds in bulk and nutrition. For those that don’t like this keto friendly vegetable, cauliflower or broccoli can be used instead.
Making Keto Falafel
Since I like to keep things as simple as possible, my recipe is super easy to make. And I decided to make them in an air fryer so it’s less messy as well. But if you don’t have an air fryer, you can just bake them in the oven instead.
- Mix all the ingredients together in a food processor until a dough is formed. A blender should work too, but some blenders don’t combine the ingredients as evenly as a food processor does.
- Once the dough is formed, simply divide it into 9 equal pieces and roll each one into a patty or ball. Then put them in the air fryer to cook for 20 minutes or bake them in the oven for 30 minutes.
How to serve them
They are also great additions to the following:
Since falafel balls are so similar to hush puppies, you can serve them the same way too. That means they are perfect for serving with seafood like my tilapia salad.
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- Place all ingredients into a food processor. Process until a dough is formed.
- Roll dough into 10 pieces (about 2 tablespoons each) to form into balls or patties. Then place into lightly oiled air fryer basket or lined cookie sheet. Air fry at 370°F for 18-20 minutes or bake in a preheated 400°F oven for 18-20 minutes until golden.
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