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Wicked Awesome Healthy Baked Kale Falafel (Vegan, Gluten Free)

This Baked Kale Falafel recipe is vegan, gluten free, high in protein, and WICKED AWESOME. Easy to make from my Kale Hummus and quick to prepare for last minute dinners! Then check out my Friday Catch All!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Or, if you are reading this any other day of the year… Happy Day!

Today, I am bringing you this Baked Kale Falafel recipe, the promised follow up to my Kale Hummus recipe from last week. And yes, the Friday Catch up is at the end of the post!

Baked Kale Falafel (Vegan, Gluten Free)

This healthy baked Kale Falafel recipe is vegan, gluten free, high in protein, and amazingly delicious! A fun twist on a traditional Mediterranean favorite baked to perfection and great for meal prep. @suzlyfe

Which came first, the hummus or the falafel? Well, in this case, the idea for the falafel started everything, but the hummus came first! Can’t decide which to make? Just make them both by using have the hummus recipe for the falafel recipe (and scale accordingly, obviously).

This healthy baked Kale Falafel recipe is vegan, gluten free, high in protein, and amazingly delicious! A fun twist on a traditional Mediterranean favorite baked to perfection and great for meal prep. @suzlyfe

This baked falafel recipe gives you everything you want in a falafel, and more, in my opinion. You get scads of nutrition in the fiber, protein, healthy fats, and vitamins from the chickpeas, chickpea flour, and kale without much filler or nonsense. You also don’t have to play with the mess of frying anything, though you could easily pan saute them if you desire. But why would you? Baking the falafel yields such a great result without the excess oils that can be difficult on tummies (like mine). 

Texture-wise, I like my falafel smoother (so I processed the batter a bit more), and Alex likes his chunkier, so next time I’ll oblige him, lol. The kale and the apple cider vinegar gives such an herbaceous zip that perfectly compliments a garlicy tahini sauce like a vegan green goddess sauce. And the spices give you the warmth and pop that you love and expect from Mediterranean dishes. 

This healthy baked Kale Falafel recipe is vegan, gluten free, high in protein, and amazingly delicious! A fun twist on a traditional Mediterranean favorite baked to perfection and great for meal prep. @suzlyfe

I love falafel, but rarely can I have it at restaurants. Now that I know how easy it is to make at home, I can have it all the time! I hope you try my baked kale falafel recipe and let me know what you think!

Healthy Baked Kale Falafel (Vegan, Gluten Free)

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This healthy baked Kale Falafel recipe is vegan, gluten free, high in protein, and amazingly delicious! A fun twist on a traditional Mediterranean favorite baked to perfection and great for meal prep.

You'll Need...

  • 6 cups (6 oz) Fresh Kale
  • 1 can (15.3 oz) Garbanzo Beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1/4 cup (30 g) Chickpea Flour
  • 1 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1-2 Tbsp Garlic Powder OR 1-3 cloves Garlic (to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 Tbsp dried Parsley or 2 Tbsp fresh Parsley
  • 1/2 Tbsp dried Cilantro or 2 Tbsp fresh Cilantro
  • dash of Cayenne Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Paprika and Cumin
  • Olive Oil, Water, or Vegetable Broth until smooth or desired texture is achieved


  1. Preheat oven to 400*F.
  2. Add ingredients to food processor and process to desired texture.
  3. Scoop 2 Tbsp of batter onto foil lined and greased baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 10 minutes, flip falafels and press down with wide spatula. Finish baking additional 10-15 minutes.

Additional Notes

Serve with tahini or other garlic sauce (or, if you want to break all the rules, BBQ sauce!)

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Friday Catch All

1) What a week it has been. I’ve been in rollercoaster-of-emotions-land (it is a real place), and that isn’t likely to change this weekend. I find out if the embryo transfer took on Sunday. Even if the blood test shows that my body accepted the transfer, it doesn’t necessarily mean that I am pregnant, though it is obviously better than a negative. OH and Alex won’t be here. Fun. Honestly, it is probably for the best because we would just be waiting for a phone call and feeding off each other. I am busy with things Friday and Saturday and then NOTHING on Sunday, so I’m going to clean the apartment. And try not to **** my pants. 

2) Cherry salsa is delicious. My boss gave me some as a give at Christmas, and I might have saved it for a while, but Alex and I are making up for it by MOWING through it. I am putting it on everything. And the chicken tacos I made with it were so good that Alex asked for them twice in one week! I’d say it is a hit! And yes, there will be a copycat recipe!

3) I get to see Tiffy tonight for a girl date. We can’t go for sushi and beers, so it is going to be a little bit of a change for us, but as long as I get to cuddle her so hard, all will be well. I need someone to take my mind off of things! 

4) It is kind of my plan to lock up my sugar consumption after the stress of the weekend. Until them, I’m just giving myself the grace to be ok with it. That said, I have 3/4 of a bag of mini semi-sweet chocolate chips, 2 large tubes of M&M’s minis, 1/2 a bag of chocolate covered cocoa nibs… and a few other things already in the apartment. Last week I could have also claimed to have had 3 boxes of Pocky and a carton of mini Robin’s Eggs (by Whoppers). But they have gone. So basically, I need to lock it up a bit. Case in point: We may have gone to dinner at a favorite restaurant and then to Yogurtland and then I still came home and finished off the carton of Robin’s Eggs. Whatever.

5) I discovered this week that my snow boots are not, in fact, waterproof or made for snow. I think I knew that previously, but after a mild winter last year, I didn’t get a rude reminder. Well, I figured it out about 10 minutes into my walk downtown for the doctor on Tuesday, and by the time I got down there, my socks were soaking (as in, able to get water out). If you saw my IG stories, you know what my footwear of choice was while I was at the doctors instead of my boots…

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Now, here is the big questions for the weekend!

What should I make this weekend? I have 2 bananas that are ripe… and don’t say “banana bread.” Get creative!

Falafels: What are your thoughts?

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Linking up with Foodie Friday (Farrah, Annmarie, Esther, and Jess), Meatless Monday (Sarah and Deborah) and another Meatless Monday (Annmarie and Dixya), Food and Fitness Sunday (Ilka and Angela)

Thank you to Dole for providing the Dole ORGANICS Kale Greens Blend for this recipe! Ideas and opinions are my own.

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  • Reply jennifer

    Vert’s Grill keeps trying to get me to come in to try their falafel . . .and I’m like WHAT IS FALAFEL. She emailed back it wasn’t their healthiest option (I guess it’s fried) . . . so I like where you’re going with this baked version
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    March 17, 2017 at 5:56 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Yeah it really isn’t great for you when you get it from places. Making your own is way better.

      March 17, 2017 at 8:16 am
  • Reply Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious

    I just had a kale falafel recipe up a few weeks ago. The kale with the seasonings is so delicious!
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    March 17, 2017 at 6:08 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Maybe that was in the back of my mind!

      March 17, 2017 at 8:15 am
  • Reply Ellen @ My Uncommon Everyday

    Yum falafel yum. Post birthday week(end) I could definitely do with a sugar cutback. Maybe I had Twizzlers and dark chocolate for dinner last night at the movie (traffic meant no dinner beforehand, so not intentional but still). Crossing all my fingers and toes for you. Always here if you need to unload the anxiety.
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    March 17, 2017 at 6:16 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Mmmmm dark chocolate. Excuse me while I go get some

      March 17, 2017 at 8:14 am
  • Reply Amy

    I’m intrigued by the salsa! I’m not much of a cook, but I’m looking forward to the copy cat recipe of that one!
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    March 17, 2017 at 6:19 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It might have to wait until summer and cherry season, but I will see what I can do πŸ˜€

      March 17, 2017 at 8:13 am
  • Reply Deborah @Confessions of a Mother Runner

    This looks delicious I love to make my own falafel and adding kale is a fabulous idea. I say banana splits should do the trick 😜 Hoping for good news for you Sunday
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    March 17, 2017 at 6:21 am
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      March 17, 2017 at 8:10 am
  • Reply Christina @

    I love falafel and have had mixed experiences making it so I’m excited to try your recipe! I just need to find chickpea flour and then it’s going to happen! Good luck with the big news on Sunday! Waiting is the WORST. I will be thinking of you!

    March 17, 2017 at 6:46 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It really is the worst. I’m over it! Thank you!

      March 17, 2017 at 8:09 am
  • Reply Kimberly G

    I’ve never tried falafel but I’m willing to give it a try!
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    March 17, 2017 at 6:54 am
  • Reply Heather @ Polyglot Jot

    Yum!! I have been obsessed with Falafel lately and I love this recipe idea! I made some really good pancakes using ripe bananas this week the recipe was: do yourself a favor and double the recipe (that would be 2 bananas!)
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    March 17, 2017 at 6:59 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Well, and you know I have chocolate chips…

      March 17, 2017 at 8:08 am
  • Reply Julie @ Running in a Skirt

    Love falafels!!! And added kale??? Yes!!!

    How about a baked oatmeal?? My chunky monkey baked oatmeal has a ripe banana in it!
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    March 17, 2017 at 7:45 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Can I add kale to it? lol

      March 17, 2017 at 8:07 am
  • Reply Jamie

    You need a looonnnnggg walk on Sunday my friend and some good podcasts. My Easter candy consumption is 100% Reeses Pieces in the carrot shaped bags. I will not quit. Here’s my banana suggestion: caramelize up and dump some ice cream on top…easy least bananas foster 😁
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    March 17, 2017 at 7:59 am
  • Reply kat

    I loveeeee falafel! I don’t know why I never make it at home though. I seriously need to try this recipe!
    And I will be thinking of you this weekend girlie. Fingers crossed and hugs and kisses are sent your way! <3
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    March 17, 2017 at 8:08 am
  • Reply Cora

    Mmmm I love how I discovered making falafel is so not as hard as you may think. Though I still have to remind myself of that everytime I go to make it. Adding kale and your spice concoction is awesome!!
    My sugar… specifically chocolate intake… has definitely grown lately. M&Ms were on sale at the drug store. So there’s that. Ah well we need what we need.
    I hope you have lots to distract you today and tomorrow. Make all the recipes. Ripe bananas eh? Some epic frozen banana milkshake? To bring all the boys to the yard? (I mean Alex is away….).
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    March 17, 2017 at 8:53 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      The only problem is that I don’t like bananas in smoothies or milkshakes… that said, just add chocolate!

      March 17, 2017 at 9:04 am
  • Reply Suzy

    Cover yourself in banana. It will take your mind off of waiting for the blood test. Put it in your hair and stuff. You’ll be totally screwed for a solid hour.
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    March 17, 2017 at 9:35 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You raise a valid point.

      March 19, 2017 at 10:53 am
  • Reply Linda @ Veganosity

    Make the banana bread waffles I posted on the blog this week. πŸ˜‰ Fingers and toes crossed that you get great news this Sunday!! xoxo
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    March 17, 2017 at 9:36 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I really need a freaking waffle iron.

      March 19, 2017 at 10:52 am
  • Reply Jennifer @ Fit Nana

    I may or may not have consumed an entire bag of Jelly Belly’s yesterday. Not sure who the crazy person was that brought them into the house but she should be severely reprimanded!

    Hmmm….ripe bananas… could mash it up with some eggs and cook it, you could add to oatmeal or smoothies (all basic, I know), or you could ….. make a pudding with avocado and chocolate!
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    March 17, 2017 at 9:45 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I LOVE JELLY BELLY. They actually used to make them right near by here!

      March 19, 2017 at 10:52 am
  • Reply

    Give me all the falafel!!! This looks amazing. We used to make baked falafel at my cafe. We would soak fresh garbanzo beans in water overnight then blend it with a ton of cilantro and other seasonings. This looks so much easier and I love the kale in it!

    March 17, 2017 at 10:08 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I wish I had some fresh cilantro to mix in! Luckily, the kale and dried herbs give it some zip!

      March 19, 2017 at 10:50 am
  • Reply Ange // Cowgirl Runs

    I looooove Falafel – I really need to make it more often.

    Yesterday I found out I have a hole in the bottom of my rain boot, so Ima need to fix that up ASAP
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    March 17, 2017 at 11:02 am
  • Reply Ashley @ A Lady Goes West

    OMG, I LOVE falafel. But this recipe looks too complicated for me heheh. Send me some? Hoping for good news for you on Sunday, friend! πŸ™‚
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    March 17, 2017 at 12:02 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Trust me, you can handle it!

      March 19, 2017 at 10:47 am
  • Reply Laura @ This Runner's Recipes

    I adore falafel! Especially with a tahini sauce….yum! 2 ripe bananas – my first thought would be banana oats or banana pancakes. Praying for good news for you on Sunday!
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    March 17, 2017 at 12:20 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I made 2 type of banana bread. And then forgot that I wanted to put oats in there!

      March 19, 2017 at 10:46 am
  • Reply Ivanna

    I don’t think I have ever had a falafel, sounds interesting. I think I’d have to try it before I set out to make my own πŸ™‚ Looks yummy though.
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    March 17, 2017 at 3:45 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Nope! Just make the base, and then just bake off a few and see if you like it–eat the rest as a hummus!

      March 19, 2017 at 10:45 am
  • Reply Lisa @ Mile by Mile

    I’ve actually never tried falafel! It sounds like something I would like but I feel like I need to try it first before I make it myself. I hope you can stay busy and distracted this weekend! Fingers crossed for good news!
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    March 17, 2017 at 6:06 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That’s why this is even better–you can make it faster than you can order it, and just split the recipe and use the other half as hummus! Then you won’t lose any of it!

      March 19, 2017 at 10:43 am
  • Reply Coco

    I love falafel – this recipe sounds great. Bummer on learning that your boots aren’t waterproof.
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    March 17, 2017 at 9:05 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Luckily,I’ve already ordered some new ones lol

      March 19, 2017 at 10:40 am
  • Reply Karen

    BANANA PUDDING! with old school nilla wafers πŸ˜‰ hoping your news is good . fingers crossed

    March 18, 2017 at 10:02 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Ooooo what a good idea. And YES to the nilla wafers. Is there any other acceptable way??

      March 19, 2017 at 10:40 am
  • Reply Annmarie

    Seriously, this looks absolutely delicious!!! Can’t wait to make it! And I will be thinking of you Sunday! xoxo
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    March 18, 2017 at 11:32 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you, Annmarie. I hope you enjoy!

      March 19, 2017 at 10:39 am
  • Reply Hannah

    My method for using ripe bananas is to put them in the freezer and wait for inspiration to strike. Not sure I recommend that though. I wonder how many bananas are in my freezer…
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    March 18, 2017 at 11:40 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I love frozen bananas! The only way (other than in baked goods) that I like them, actually.

      March 19, 2017 at 10:38 am
  • Reply Alyssa

    I love falafels!! these sound awesome susie. Hope you have a great weekend!

    March 18, 2017 at 12:36 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I hope you have a great weekend, too, Alyssa!

      March 19, 2017 at 10:37 am
  • Reply Kristy from Southern In Law

    Oooh! I love love loveeeeeeeeeee falafel and I’ve got to try these! Yummo!
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    March 18, 2017 at 10:18 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I can’t wait to see what you do with them!

      March 19, 2017 at 10:19 am
  • Reply Anna

    I LOVE falafel and always try to make them at home. This recipe seems perfect, and that garlicy tahini sauce makes it extremely tempting. Totally adding this to my list.
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    March 19, 2017 at 1:22 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I will admit to cheating on this garlicky tahini sauce, but I should make my own lol

      March 19, 2017 at 10:13 am
  • Reply Anna @ Piper's Run

    I’m going to have to make these! I’ve yet to make falafels but do enjoy eating them!

    March 19, 2017 at 9:27 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      These would be so easy! And the girls can help you out!

      March 19, 2017 at 10:12 am
  • Reply Farrah

    Yay for falafels! They had em’ at the hospital for lunch this week so I was pretty happy, but I’ve never tried making em’ on my own! I need to go get some kale!

    March 19, 2017 at 2:04 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That needs to change ASAP!

      March 22, 2017 at 2:58 pm
  • Reply Bethany

    Love falafel! This looks great!

    March 20, 2017 at 11:37 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you! I hope that you try it!

      March 22, 2017 at 2:33 pm
  • Reply Barrie

    Love this healthy version of falafel- I was craving it the other day and decided to avoid due to the frying it gets…so I love this option! Best of luck with your Sunday~
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    March 20, 2017 at 6:50 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I hope you try it! Thank you for stopping by!

      March 22, 2017 at 2:26 pm
  • Reply Sarah

    Wicked awesome oh kale yeah how could I not try these?! Thank you for linking up with us for Meatless Monday!

    March 20, 2017 at 9:59 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you for hosting!

      March 22, 2017 at 2:25 pm
  • Reply dixya @food, pleasure, and health

    hope all is well with you friend…i make falafel and use them throughout the week with wrap, rice, and just on top of my salad.
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    March 22, 2017 at 12:44 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      They are so versatile!

      March 22, 2017 at 1:42 pm
  • Reply Samantha Padula

    I just started following your blog and on IG—I love both πŸ™‚ Also I am constantly trying to get my sugarzzz under control, so here’s what I do with that naner.
    I mash up a banana and mix it with 2 tablespoons of natural peanut butter, 1-2 tablespoon of unsweetened dark cocoa powder, 1/2 C oats. I spoon them (i usually shape into a cookie or a ball) onto a sprayed pan. Pop in the oven for 15-20 mins for dark chocolatey yummy energy bites.

    March 23, 2017 at 9:52 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Hi Samantha! Thank you so much for following! What a great energy bite idea! I will have to try them. Or just eat the batter πŸ˜€

      March 24, 2017 at 4:14 pm

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