I love using this homemade easy falafel recipe to make falafel as a snack, with salad, in pitta bread or on a buffet. I have a recipe here for you that shows you have to make them really healthily.
It is an easy falafel recipe to follow and I can assure you that you will love them.
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It is the reader’s responsibility to check nutritional values, such as Slimming World syn values and WW points. Additionally, they must check any other allowances, as any given are approximate.
If you follow Slimming World, Weight Watchers (WW), Noom or any other weight loss plan you can usually count this falafel within your allowances.
Unofficial Slimming World syns in falafel from the shops
Ready-to-eat falafel are generally smaller than the ones I make with this homemade easy falafel recipe and come in at around 1.5 syns each.
Morrisons have a falafel and houmous pack for 6.5 syns but using this homemade falafel recipe and my houmous recipe you could make the same dish syn free.
How to make a healthy easy falafel sandwich or falafel wrap
If you like a falafel sandwich then why not use this recipe to make your own falafel and then you only need to syn the bread, if it isn’t your healthy extra b choice.
Using my houmous or yoghurt dip, salad, this falafel and a healthy extra b choice bread roll, pitta or even wrap you can make the falafel sandwich syn-free.
The falafel wrap from Starbucks is a whopping 19.5 syns (approx). This is a way you could enjoy it for much lower syns or even syn free.
WW white wraps or WW wholemeal wraps can be used as your healthy extra b choice on the Slimming World plan. Use them with my homemade dips and this homemade falafel recipe for an easy falafel wrap!
Why use dried chickpeas?
Canned chickpeas even when drained hold a lot more water than dried and reconstituted chickpeas.
This does not mean you can not use canned chickpeas but if you do then I recommend draining them really well.
If using canned chickpeas you will find the mixture struggles to set as much in the oven however on cooling it will set more.
This, I can assure you, does not detract from the taste so don’t let that worry you.
Dried chickpeas are available in most supermarkets but buying in bulk online is often cheaper.
Making this falafel recipe on a budget
By bulk buying your herbs and spices and using dried herbs instead of fresh ones, this can be a cheap recipe to make.
Do remember if you use dried herbs use considerably less.
I always say approximately 1 tbsp of dried herbs is the equivalent of a small bunch of fresh herbs.
This whole recipe could cost you less than £1 if all ingredients were bulk bought and obviously used for other things too.
I buy all my spices in bulk and it is amazing how much you can save instead of those little supermarket jars!
Making these Falafel Slimming World friendly
To ensure these are fully Slimming World friendly you must remember to have them with plenty of vegetables or salad.
Additionally, remember if you are having a lot then you need to count the flour and baking powder as syns.
The flour in the whole recipe is 2 syns (approx) and the baking powder a quarter of a syn so if you only have one they are practically syn free really!
This recipe serves 4 with 2 falafel each which is approx half a syn per person.
What about a falafel burger
There is no reason you couldn’t make this falafel bigger to make burgers but if you prefer I have a tasty falafel burger recipe you should definitely try.
The easy way to add vegetables to this falafel
If you are enjoying this homemade easy falafel recipe as a meal then the easiest way to add vegetables to it is by adding some salad.
You can do this by either adding it on the side or as described above in a wrap, pitta or sandwich.
More recipes you might enjoy
If you like chickpeas have you tried my Spanish chickpeas recipe, cauliflower and chickpea curry or my one-pot chickpea curry? They along with many other recipes are in my comprehensive chickpea guide.
If you are vegetarian or want to eat more vegetarian or plant-based meals I have a full list of vegetarian and vegan recipes which are perfect for weight loss plans.
We all love dessert, don’t we? I have a long list of Slimming World friendly desserts.
Which meal do you struggle with ideas for healthy meals whilst losing weight? I have lists of breakfast ideas and lunch ideas if that helps you.
Fancy 4 weeks of healthy lunches already planned out for you? Check this lunch plan out.
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Have a good look around and see how I can help you achieve your weight loss goals. Request my free resources to get you started too!Print
Homemade easy Falafel recipe with yoghurt dressing
- Prep Time: 5 Minutes
- Cook Time: 30 Minutes
- Total Time: 35 minutes
- Yield: 8 Falafel (4 Portions) 1x
- Category: Side dish
- Method: Oven
- Cuisine: Moroccan
- Diet: Low Calorie
Delicious healthy and easy Falafel with a yoghurt dressing recipe
200g dried chickpeas soaked overnight in water or a 300g can of chickpeas well drained
2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
0.5 tsp ground cinnamon
1 small red onion chopped finely
3 cloves of garlic (crushed)
1 tbsp plain flour
0.5 tsp baking powder
0.5 tbsp lemon juice
Frylight or other low calorie cooking spray
Small bunch of fresh parsley or 1 tbsp dried parsley
Small bunch of fresh coriander or 1 tbsp dried coriander leaf
For the Dressing
200ml fat free yoghurt
1 tsp ground cumin
0.5 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tsp dried mint
Drain chickpeas well and put them in a food processor or blender until coarse.
Add spices, onion, garlic, herbs, lemon juice, baking powder and flour.
Mix well and season well with salt and pepper.
Chill the mixture for half an hour before moulding into balls or patty shapes. It should make 8-12 balls. If you struggle to make balls as it won’t stick together add a couple of tablespoons of water until it does. Be careful not to overdo it.
Bake the falafel in the oven for 25-30 minutes at 200°c
To make the dressing combine all dressing ingredients in a bowl and serve.
Keywords: Slimming World, Syn free, side dish, snack,
Used tinned chickpeas as that’s what I had in – I quite liked the squidginess. Great flavour! 🙂 Loved the dressing too.