Easy Vegan Falafel Wraps — With Homemade Baked Falafels & Pita

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Falafel Recipe | World of Vegan

The base ingredients in falafels are so healthy, but most falafels prepared in restaurants—or even pre-packaged in stores—are either deep-fried or filled with artificial ingredients (or both!).

This falafel recipe uses traditional ingredients like chickpeas, garlic, onions, and fresh herbs…but they’re baked instead of fried and they’re oil-free! You can even make them gluten-free if you’d like by using gluten-free bread crumbs (just double-check to make sure they don’t contain eggs or dairy).

Homemade Baked Falafel Sandwiches

These homemade falafel balls are delicious stuffed in pita bread (which is usually vegan) and loaded with fresh vegetables like tomato, red onion, cucumber, mixed greens, fresh herbs, and avocado. A naturally vegan Middle Eastern classic!

I added very finely chopped parsley to classic lemon tahini sauce to make the dressing. But if you’re not a fan of tahini (whaaaaat?), feel free to swap it out completely for hummus! This oil-free hummus works beautifully in these vegan falafel wraps. But you can also use this Jalapeno hummus or even roasted beetroot hummus for a fun pink pop of color! If you want to go one step further, make or buy some vegan tzatziki and you’re set.

Healthy Baked Falafel | World of Vegan

Ways to Enjoy These Baked Vegan Falafels

Falafel is traditionally served up in a warm pita bread with mediterranean fixins, but you can get creative with your falafel balls to make all sorts of filling vegan meals!

  • Falafel Served With Hummus, Cucumber, and Tomato
  • Vegan Falafel Pita
  • Hummus Wrap with Mashed Falafel
  • Hummus Sandwich With Falafel
  • Fresh Green Salad With Crumbled falafel On Top (great alternative to croutons)
  • Grain bowl (like a Buddha bowl, quinoa bowl, or rice bowl) with roasted veggies, tahini, and vegan falafels
  • Plain Falafels As a Finger Food With Your Favorite Tahini or Hummus Dip

Healthy Baked Falafel Balls | World of Vegan

Alternatives to Pita Bread

Admittedly, nothing beats fresh soft pillowy pita bread for the perfect falafel sandwich. But if you don’t have pita on hand, you can use any tortillas! In a pinch, sandwich bread will work as well.

Aquafaba FTW!

If you haven’t cooked with aquafaba yet, seriously get on it! This magical ingredient (the liquid from a can of chickpeas) is used in this recipe because it simulates eggs. Use just 1 tablespoon of aquafaba to bind all of the ingredients together. It’s also helpful because it makes the falafels crispy, even though there’s no oil and they’re not fried.

No Food Processor…No Problem!

If you don’t have a food processor, no problem! The method without a food processor is simple. Just mash the chickpeas in a bowl with a potato masher until they are mostly broken down, but there is still some texture. Finely chop the onion, parsley, and garlic, then add it to the bowl along with the rest of the falafel ingredients.

I typically don’t have breadcrumbs in my pantry, so I have a little hack to make my own! Toast some plain white bread (I used 2 slices of toast for this recipe) until it is golden brown, then add it to your blender and blend! Voilà.

Healthy Falafel Balls | Lunch Recipe

Baked, Fried, or Air Fryer Falafels

This recipe specifically teaches you how to make baked falafels, but falafels are traditionally fried! These days it seems like everyone has an air fryer, which is another great option—especially for reheating your leftover falafels!

Baked Falafel Balls | Healthy Recipe

The Magical World of Chickpeas

Chickpeas (also known as “garbanzo beans”) are quite magical and versatile beans. Yet often I hear from those who are new to plant-based cooking that cans of chickpeas sit in their pantry month after month gathering dust. Let’s fix that right now!

Not only are chickpeas loaded with protein and healthful nutrients, but they can be tossed in salads, used soups, blended to make creamy hummus, and the brine from chickpeas can even be used to make fluffy whipped cream and meringue cookies.

Falafel Pitas | World of Vegan

Vegan Falafel Pita

Author: World of Vegan
5 from 6 votes
This vegan falafel pita is a healthy spin on traditional falafels. It will bring a delicious Middle Eastern flair to your weekday lunches or family dinners!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4



  • ½ cup red onion
  • ½ cup packed fresh parsley
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 14-ounce can chickpeas
  • ¾ teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoon aquafaba, the liquid from a can of chickpeas

Lemon Parsley Dressing

  • ½ cup tahini
  • cup water
  • ¼ cup packed fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • pinch pepper
  • 4 pita breads

Toppings Can Include:

  • Tomato, red onion, parsley, cilantro, mixed greens, cucumber, avocado, and more


  • Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking tray with parchment.
  • Add the onion, parsley, and garlic to a food processor. Pulse for a few seconds to chop the ingredients.
  • Add the chickpeas, cumin, salt, and pepper, and pulse a few times until the mixture is combined but some chickpeas pieces still remain (don't over process it to the point where it's completely smooth).
  • Transfer the chickpea batter to a medium bowl.
  • Add the breadcrumbs and aquafaba and mix the batter by hand until it's well combined.
  • Use a ¼ cup measuring cup to scoop the batter and form 9 falafel balls. Line them on the tray.
  • Place the baking tray on the center rack of the oven and bake for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, gently flip the falafels and bake for an additional 10 minutes.
  • While the falafels are baking, whisk together all of the tahini sauce ingredients in a medium bowl. You can add more water if you prefer a runnier texture. Adjust seasonings to taste.
  • Remove the falafels from the oven.
  • Prepare your toppings and stuff your pitas with 2-3 falafels each. You can stuff these pitas with a variety of fresh vegetables such as tomato, red onion, parsley or cilantro, mixed greens, cucumber, avocado, and more.


Serving: 2g | Calories: 425kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Sodium: 888mg | Potassium: 359mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 974IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 154mg | Iron: 4mg
Course dinner, Lunch
Cuisine Middle Eastern
Keyword falafel recipe, vegan falafel, vegetarian falafel

Vegan Falafel Pita Recipe | World of Vegan

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This vegan falafel wrap recipe and photos are by Kathy Chrzaszcz for World of Vegan. Recipe and photographs copyright of World of Vegan™, all rights reserved. Article edits by Amanda Meth. Please note that this article contains affiliate links—shopping through them helps keep the lights on at World of Vegan! 

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Recipe Rating

  1. 5 stars
    Wow love these! I was looking for a good falafel recipe . I will try these out this weekend 🙂

  2. 5 stars
    The first time I tried falafel, I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed it! This recipe is perfect for satisfying that unique flavor!!

  3. 5 stars
    The first time I ever tried falafels was on a camping trip with my friend, Heather. I’d never tried them before and, as a picky eater, I wasn’t too sure about them. Once she told me what was in them, I decided to give them a try – and loved them! This recipe is fantastic! I love the size, shape and the lovely fresh dressing that goes with them. I add mine to pita bread with lots of spring greens, a dollop of hummus and sometimes some vegan sour cream. You really have to give them a try!

  4. Beatriz Buono-Core says:

    5 stars
    Falafel has been an obsession of mine for years and years. They can turn a simple salad into a fab meal, an unspectacular wrap into an ethnic delight, and a hummus board into an “out of this world” amazing hummus board. Please give these a try!

  5. 5 stars
    I never thought to make my own falafels before this recipe! Such a fun weekend vegan cooking project.

  6. 5 stars
    Falafel is such a great and flavorful vegan dish! Love that this recipe can be made in the oven with no oil 🙂

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