Baked Sweet Potato Falafel Recipe


Traditionally falafel contains deep-fried veggies combined with chickpeas. While delicious, falafel is not the healthiest of side dishes. Breaking away from the fried tradition, this falafel recipe bakes falafel pieces, making them vitamin-packed and heart-healthy.

Step 1

Wash and prick the sweet potatoes and wrap them in tinfoil. Bake them at 400 degrees for 1 hour. Leave to cool and peel.

Step 2

Combine in a large bowl the sweet potatoes, cumin, garlic, coriander, cilantro, lemon juice and flour. Season with salt and pepper to taste and mash until completely smooth.

Step 3

Place the bowl in the refrigerator for 1 hour.

Step 4

Coat a cookie sheet in 1 tbsp. olive oil and place teaspoon-size balls of sweet potato dough onto the sheet.

Step 5

Sprinkle the balls with sesame seeds and bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes, or until the bases are golden brown.

Step 6

Remove and serve hot.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 large sweet potatoes
  • Tinfoil
  • Fork
  • Large bowl
  • 1 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 1/2 tsp. ground coriander
  • 2 handfuls fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup chickpea flour
  • Salt and pepper
  • Potato masher
  • Cookie sheet
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • Sesame seeds for sprinkling


  • "Leon: Ingredients and Recipes"; Allegra McEvedy; 2008
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