Air Fryer Falafel Balls
Air Fryer Falafel Balls are crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside, and perfect on salads or stuffed into a pita. Drizzle with homemade tahini dressing!
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 42 minutes
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/2 cup diced sweet onion
- 1/2 cup minced carrots
- 1/2 cup roasted salted cashews
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 2 cups cooked or 1 15 ounce can chickpeas drained and rinsed
- 2 tablespoon soy sauce
- juice of 1 fresh lemon
- 1 tablespoon flax meal
- 1 teaspoon each ground cumin and garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
In a large frying pan, heat the olive oil on medium high heat. Cook the onions and carrots until they soften, about 7 minutes, then transfer them to a large bowl.
Put the cashews and oats into your food processor and grind until you get a coarse meal. Add that to the bowl with the veggies.
Put the chickpeas into your food processor with the soy sauce and lemon juice and puree until they’re semi-smooth (some chunks are totally okay). You’ll probably need to stop and scrape down the side a few times to get things moving. Transfer those to the same bowl, then stir in the flax and spices. Make sure everything is incorporated really well, and use a fork to mash up any big pieces of chickpeas that you encounter while you’re stirring. It’s fine if you don’t mash every single chickpea. This recipe is very forgiving.
Use your hands to create 12 falafel balls from the dough, then arrange them in a single layer in your air fryer basket.
Cook at 370 for 12 minutes, shaking after 8 minutes.
Serve stuffed into a wrap or on top of salad greens with Magical Tahini Dressing
This recipe is adapted from my Baked Falafel Sliders. If you want to make baby falafel but don’t have an air fryer, I recommend heading over to that recipe. It’s a great one!