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Hello! I’m Anjali. I’m a board certified health coach, author, wife, mom and food lover from the SF Bay area (now living in Seattle, WA!); with a passion for delicious food and a desire to make healthy eating easy, tasty and fun! Learn more about me here and stay for a while!

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Falafel Wrap Recipe

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This Falafel Wrap Recipe is healthy comfort food at its best! Instead of fried these falafel patties are baked, then stuffed in a whole wheat pita and topped with spinach, tomato, and a creamy hummus.

falafel wrap recipe with tomatoes, spinach and tahini sauce served on a white plate with falafel balls in the background

Falafels are truly a comfort food of mine.

I’m a sucker for all types of Mediterranean food: give me a platter with some whole wheat pita, hummus, feta, olives, veggies and other delicious dips and I’m a happy camper.

I’m also a sucker for cheese plates, but that’s a different story 🙂

When I was a kid, we used to go to the “Falafel Drive-In” near my house in Cupertino, California. They’re a little hole-in-the-wall joint, but they make the best falafels I’ve ever had.

Of course, since falafels are deep fried chickpea patties with a pretty heavy sauce and served in a white pita, they’re not exactly the healthiest meal. But they are great for a treat once in a while.

Since I’d rather have falafel more regularly than just “once in a while”, I realized that this was my opportunity to makeover the traditional falafel, by baking them instead of frying them, and they turned out GREAT.

baked falafel for falafel wrap recipe

Tools and Equipment You’ll Need

ingredients for falafel wrap recipe

How to Make this Falafel Wrap Recipe – Step by Step

Step 1: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place all ingredients for falafel (except for the pitas, spinach, tomatoes, baking powder, and nonstick spray) in a food processor, and give them a good chop.

ingredients for falafel in a food processor

Step 2: Transfer into a bowl, add the baking powder and stir together. Using a potato masher, mash any big chunks that remain – Mixture should remain slightly chunky, not smooth.

ingredients for falafel being mixed in a bowl

Step 3: Spray a baking sheet thoroughly with olive oil nonstick spray. One at a time, take spoonfuls of mixture in your hands and form 15 balls, each about the size of a ping pong ball, and gently place them on the baking sheet. Spray the top of each ball with olive oil nonstick spray, for a total of about a 2-second spray.

falafel about to go into the oven

Step 4: Bake in the oven for 15 minutes (note – depending on your oven, this might take longer – up to 20-25 minutes – but be sure to check on them to make sure the bottom doesn’t burn!).

baked falafel in the oven

Step 5: Meanwhile, combine 2 parts hummus to 1 part water, and stir until blended (add more water to taste depending on how watery you like your sauce). Season to taste with salt / black pepper and refrigerate until ready to serve. While your falafel patties are baking, chop your veggies and warm up your pita bread.

tahini hummus sauce

Step 6: Remove baking sheet from the oven, and carefully turn each ball over, gently reshaping if the bottoms have flattened.

falafel balls coming out of the oven

Step 7: Return to the oven and bake for an additional 10 – 15 minutes (or longer, depending on your oven), until golden brown and slightly crispy. Allow to cool and set for at least 5 minutes. Note: You can also make these in the air fryer! To make in the air fryer, follow steps 1-3 above. After you spray the falafel with cooking spray, roll them in whole wheat or panko breadcrumbs for a light coating. Then air fry the falafel at 350 degrees F for 8 minutes. Flip and air fry for another 6 minutes on the second side.

baked falafel balls fresh out of the oven

Step 8: Cut the whole pitas into halves, fill with spinach, 3 falafel balls, diced tomato, and top with spinach and sauce. Enjoy!

closeup of falafel wrap recipe with tomatoes, spinach and tahini sauce served on a white plate

What makes this Falafel Wrap Recipe healthy?

I made some healthy substitutions to increase the nutritional value while decreasing the fat and calories. 

  • Whole Grains: I used a whole wheat pita instead of a white one
  • Additional Vitamins and Nutrients: I added baby spinach and tomatoes as toppings. Spinach is high in iron, magnesium and potassium.
  • Lower in Fat and Calories: I made my own “sauce” using hummus and a bit of water – it tasted so close to tahini sauce but was much lower in calories!
  • Less Oil: I baked the falafel patties instead of frying them which greatly reduces the amount of oil needed. This also reduces the overall calories!
  • High in Protein: 1 pita half with 3 falafel balls and 1-3 tbsp dip has about 220 calories, 4.5g fat, 7g fiber, 39g carbs, 1g sugars, and 10g protein!

Will the kids enjoy this falafel wrap recipe?

Kids will love this sandwich! The baked falafel balls were perfectly crispy, the sauce was creamy and cool, the whole wheat pita was nutty and flavorful, and the veggies added a nice texture and extra crunch.

top view of falafel wrap recipe with tomatoes, spinach and tahini sauce served on a white plate with falafel balls and toppings

What is a falafel wrap?

It is a Mediterranean sandwich made with pita, fried chickpea patties, and is usually stuffed with lettuce, tomato, and pickles, and topped with a tahini sauce. 

Is a falafel wrap healthy?

When falafel wraps are made the traditional way using white pita, and fried chickpea patties, it can be rather high in fat and calories, while also low in nutritional value. 

That’s why this sandwich is amazing! You get all the flavor of a traditional wrap, but by making a few healthy swaps you increase the nutritional value and decrease the fat and calories without losing any flavor!

What do you serve this Falafel Wrap recipe?

Traditionally falafel is served with other mediterranean sides. Try some of these suggestions:

  • Tabouli: A salad made with parsley, tomatoes, and bulgar wheat.
  • Hummus: A chickpea and tahini dip.
  • Baba Ganoush: An eggplant and tahini dip.
  • Fattoush Salad: A salad of chopped lettuce, tomatoes, and cucumbers in a light vinaigrette. 
falafel wrap recipe with tomatoes, spinach and tahini sauce served on a white plate with falafel balls in the background

Top Tips for Making the Best Falafel Wrap Recipe

  • Drain and rinse chickpeas before adding them to the food processor.
  • Use fresh organic ingredients whenever possible.
  • Don’t over-process the falafel mixture — you want it to remain slightly chunky, not a smooth puree.
  • Be sure to find whole wheat pita bread to increase the fiber.
  • Check the patties in the oven at 15 minutes, however it could take up to 25 minutes to bake. 
  • Feel free to also make these in the air fryer!
  • If you’re serving this to young kids, they might find it hard to hold the pita without everything falling out. Usually for younger kids and toddlers, I’ll serve this “deconstructed” — with the falafel and toppings cut up on one side of the plate, the sauce for dipping, and the pita cut into triangles or cubes to eat on the side!
  • Note: 1 serving = 1/2 a whole wheat pita + 3 falafel patties + 2 tbsp diced tomato, a handful of baby spinach and a drizzle of sauce.

Check out these other healthy and comforting veggie sandwiches!

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closeup of falafel wrap recipe with tomatoes, spinach and tahini sauce served on a white plate
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Falafel Wrap Recipe

Falafel is often deep-fried, but baking still gives you that amazing texture without the added fat. This falafel wrap recipe is a lightened up version that makes a delicious meal.
Prep Time40 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Servings: 15 patties
Calories: 222kcal
Author: Anjali Shah

Ingredients

Falafel:

  • 5 Whole-wheat pita halves (2.5 whole)
  • 15 oz chickpeas, well drained 1 can
  • 1 red onion very finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup whole-wheat flour you could also try using panko breadcrumbs or whole wheat breadcrumbs
  • 3 tbsp. finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. chopped garlic
  • 1 tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 tbsp. ground cumin
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1/8 tsp. paprika or more to taste
  • ground black pepper to taste
  • Olive oil nonstick spray
  • 2 cups Baby spinach
  • 3/4 cup Diced tomatoes

Sauce:

  • 3-4 tbsp Store bought hummus
  • A few tbsp water

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place all ingredients for falafel (except for the pitas, baking powder, and nonstick spray) in a food processor, and give them a good chop.
  • Transfer into a bowl, add the baking powder and stir together. Using a potato masher, mash any big chunks that remain – Mixture should remain slightly chunky, not smooth.
  • Spray a baking sheet thoroughly with olive oil nonstick spray. One at a time, take spoonfuls of mixture in your hands and form 15 balls, each about the size of a ping pong ball, and gently place them on the baking sheet. Spray the top of each ball with olive oil nonstick spray, for a total of about a 2-second spray.
  • Bake in the oven for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, combine 2 parts hummus to 1 part water, and stir until blended (add more water to taste depending on how watery you like your sauce). Season to taste with salt / black pepper and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  • While your falafel patties are baking, chop your veggies and warm up your pita bread.
  • Remove baking sheet from the oven, and carefully turn each ball over, gently reshaping if the bottoms have flattened.
  • Return to the oven and bake for an additional 10 – 15 minutes, until golden brown and slightly crispy. Allow to cool and set for at least 5 minutes. Note: You can also make these in the air fryer! To make in the air fryer, follow steps 1-3 above. After you spray the falafel with cooking spray, roll them in whole wheat or panko breadcrumbs for a light coating. Then air fry the falafel at 350 degrees F for 8 minutes. Flip and air fry for another 6 minutes on the second side.
  • Cut the whole pitas into halves, fill with spinach, 3 falafel balls, diced tomato, and top with spinach and sauce. Enjoy!

Notes

Top Tips for Making the Best Falafel Wrap Recipe
  • Drain and rinse chickpeas before adding them to the food processor.
  • Use fresh organic ingredients whenever possible.
  • Don’t over-process the falafel mixture — you want it to remain slightly chunky, not a smooth puree.
  • Be sure to find whole wheat pita bread to increase the fiber.
  • Check the patties in the oven at 15 minutes, however it could take up to 25 minutes to bake. 
  • Feel free to also make these in the air fryer!
  • If you’re serving this to young kids, they might find it hard to hold the pita without everything falling out. Usually for younger kids and toddlers, I’ll serve this “deconstructed” — with the falafel and toppings cut up on one side of the plate, the sauce for dipping, and the pita cut into triangles or cubes to eat on the side!
  • Note: 1 serving = 1/2 a whole wheat pita + 3 falafel patties + 2 tbsp diced tomato, a handful of baby spinach and a drizzle of sauce.

Nutrition

Serving: 3patties | Calories: 222kcal | Carbohydrates: 39.5g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 4.5g | Saturated Fat: 0.5g | Sodium: 704.2mg | Potassium: 218.4mg | Fiber: 7.4g | Sugar: 1.6g

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153 responses to “Falafel Wrap Recipe”

  1. I love falafel I am so excited to try your version its baked and not fried. My mouth is already watering…. Thank you so much for this recipe and wonderful idea. Bravo!!!!

  2. These were awesome. My husband’s response when I told him I was making a healthier version of falafel-“and what will I be having for dinner?” After the first bite, “I’m pleasantly surprised,” at the end of the meal, “you should definitely make that again.” And he usually doesn’t consider a meal without meat a meal!

    • Yay! That is so awesome Charlene! I’m so happy your husband enjoyed this healthy meatless recipe 🙂 Woohoo!!

  3. Wow! I randomly googled “healthy falafel recipes” and your site was the first one and you’re from the Bay Area! How random! Loved the Falafel Drive-in! Anyway, great post. Thanks for sharing!

    • Oh wow! That’s awesome – thanks for letting me know! 🙂 Hope you like this recipe if you try it!

  4. Just discovered your recipe via Pinterest and I will be trying it tonight. I had my first falafel at the falafel drive in! I have moved away from that area but try to go there when I go home for a visit! Yum.

  5. I’ve been making this recipe for about 4 weeks now, and I absolutely love it. The only thing I do differently is I add everything, including baking powder, to the processor, and since I don’t use cooking sprays, I just brush each falafel with a bit of olive oil. Delish!! Thanks!

    • Oh that’s awesome!! Thanks for the tip btw — the way you do it probably saves a bunch of time! Oh and yes, brushing with olive oil totally works too. I’ll have to try that next time!

  6. I made this recipe last night and hubby and I loved it! I made a few adjustments though… for the two of us, I used one can of garbanzo beans and 1 medium russet potato, boiled together and mashed. I substituted whole wheat flour with 1/4 cup of chickpea flour (besan) instead. Then followed the rest of your recipe. I found that I had to cook them at 375 for about 25 minutes, and then at 425 for 8 minutes to get them crispy. Someone suggested broiling, which would have been a better solution (duh!). I didn’t have hummus so I made a thin Greek yogurt mix with dried mint and oregano to dip the pitas into. We liked it quite a bit. Will have to try the hummus trick next time.

    Oh, and I live just a few blocks from Falafel Drive-in, and it is awesome!! Thank you for this healthier version though!

    • That’s so cool that you live so close to Falafel Drive-in! And I love the modifications you made to this recipe for just two people 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing and for letting me know! So glad you liked it!

  7. Omg! I love falafels but hate to eat them too often since they are fried 🙁 I will most definitely be running to the grocery store to get the ingredients to try this out. It sounds so easy and tasty! Thanks for sharing! Great blog you have 🙂 Hope to find some more great recipes on your site.

    • I’m the same way!! I love love love falafel but it’s totally an indulgence when I’m eating the fried version. I love this recipe because it’s super guilt-free! Can’t wait to hear how you like it after you make it at home 🙂

  8. This falafel is great! To mix it up the second time I made this, I used half the amount of chickpeas and replaced that with sweet potato cooked with some indian spices. It tasted awesome!

    • Ooooh that’s a great idea! I’m definitely going to have to try that next time. So glad you liked this recipe Aalok 🙂 Hope you’re doing well!

  9. Hi
    Just wondering,if I could make this with dried chickpeas?If yes,do I have to cook them before I grind them up or just soaking would do?
    Thanks
    Geetha

    • Hi Geetha! If you make this with dried chickpeas, you will have to cook them before you grind them up – otherwise the consistency will be all off (and so will the proportions!) Hope that helps, let me know how it turns out!

  10. I made these last night and they were fantastic! My husband just raved about them, too. Thank you so much for all of these great recipes!

    • Hi Niki! Yes – these have 37g carbs per serving. I’ll add that info to the post as well. Hope it helps!

  11. Do you think it would work to freeze them before of after baking them? I love them but I am the only one in my house who eats them so I would like to freeze them instead of eating them for a few days in a row. What would you recommend?

    • I think you could definitely freeze the patties and reheat them in the oven! It’s worth a try especially if you are the only one eating them 🙂 Let me know if it works!

    • Hi Devashni! Yay! I’m sure you will love this recipe! And yes, I am vegetarian – so all of my recipes are veggie friendly!

  12. Great recipe and it is delicous. I have made this recipe several times. I did make one little adjustment though. I used two cans of Garbanzo beans but left all other measurements the same. I felt the flavors were too overwhelming with just one can of beans. Turns out perfect every time! Thank you for this great healthy version of Falafel.

    • Hi Diana! Thank you so much – I’m so glad you liked this recipe! The flavors in this recipe are definitely strong and it totally depends on your palate – so I’m glad you modified it to suit your taste! 🙂

  13. Wow, the pictures look incredible. Thanks for this great recipe… I was looking for inspiration on how to present different falafel recipes on my site and I really like the idea of a “healthy” falafel. But seeing the pictures, there’s still a lot to learn for me. Thanks again!

    • Hi Kathy! Thank you so much! I’m so glad you like my photos and this recipe 🙂 Let me know if you end up trying it and how it turns out!

  14. I am SO happy I found this blog. I made Falafel tonight for my very first time, and it turned out perfect!
    Thank you! I can’t wait to try a ton more of your recipes!

    • Yaaay!! Thanks for letting me know Betsy! I’m so glad you liked this recipe – and it’s so great to “meet” you through my blog!

  15. I’ve been looking forward to making this and I finally got to it last night! My problem: I had to use a Magic Bullet so I ended up pureeing the mixture instead of just chopping it up – whoops! I added some extra flour to try to compensate but it didn’t help much, lol! I cooked the patties anyway and, while a little mushy in the middle, they were still delicious 🙂 I’m going to try making this again once I have a better food processor. Thanks for the great recipe as always, Anjali!

    • Hi Casey! Haha oh no! I actually have made that mistake before as well 🙂 One other option – if you don’t want to get a new food processor – you can always mash these ingredients together using a potato masher. It takes a few minutes longer, but you get a really great consistency for the patties by doing that. Hope that helps!

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