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Baked Beetroot Falafel

So Vegan
  • Serves: 5
  • Preparation: 20
  • Cooking: 25
  • Ready: 45

These beetroot falafels from So Vegan are packed with lots of good stuff, including iron and omega-3 fatty acids, and baking is a great way to reduce the calorie count.


For the falafel

  • 200 g raw beetroot, roughly chopped
  • 400 g tinned chickpeas, drained, rinsed and dried
  • ½ brown onion, roughly chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • large handful of parsley
  • ¼ cup walnuts
  • 80 g breadcrumbs
  • zest of half a lemon
  • 2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • large pinch of salt and pepper
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil

To serve

  • 5 wholemeal pittas
  • hummus
  • mixed leaves
  • cucumber, sliced
  • tomato, sliced
  • red onion, sliced
  • chilli sauce
  • garlic sauce


Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/gas mark 6 and line a baking tray with greaseproof paper.

Transfer all the falafel ingredients to a food processor. Then pulse the ingredients a few times until they have broken down but the mixture is still quite rough.

Take a small handful of the falafel mixture and compress it into a ball roughly the size of a golf ball, then transfer to the baking tray. Repeat this step until all of the falafel mixture has been used up and pressed into balls. You should be left with 15 or so falafel balls.

Place the tray with the falafel balls in the preheated oven for 25 minutes.

Meanwhile heat the pittas in the oven for a few minutes or in the toaster. Then slice open the pitta breads on one side and fill with a spread of hummus, a few pieces of mixed leaves and slices of cucumber, tomato and red onion.

Remove the falafels from the oven and place 3 in each pitta.

Serve with a drizzle of chilli sauce and garlic sauce.

Additonal notes

Recipe courtesy of So Vegan

Check out So Vegan’s video recipe here

“These beetroot falafels are packed with lots of good stuff, including iron and omega-3 fatty acids, and baking is a great way to reduce the calorie count.”

You can serve these however you like. We usually go for wholemeal pitta, sliced veggies, hummus, chilli sauce and garlic sauce.

Don’t worry if you can’t find vegan-friendly garlic sauce. You can easily make your own using soya yoghurt and diced garlic.”

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