Falafel | A healthy vegetarian meal for children


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Falafel is a fantastic quick vegan meal that we have regularly. We are not a vegan household by any means but adding meat free meals into the mix is great for health and your food budget.


A healthy vegetarian meal for children, also suitable for baby led weaning

Falafel A Healthy vegetarian meal for children


  • 1 medium onion roughly chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 425g Can chickpeas (or cannelini beans) drained
  • Dried spice as preferred (I usually use ½ teaspoon coriander powder and ½ teaspoon cumin powder or seeds)
  • ½- 1 Cup Fresh herbs (Depends on taste preference, flat leaf parsley, mint, coriander or a combo)
  • Salt, Pepper or chilli to taste
  • 1-2 tablespoon Flour (Rice flour works well, but any flour will be fine)
  • Oil for shallow pan frying


  1. Take your food processor out of the cupboard, dust it off if need be(you really need one for this recipe to be easy)
  2. Blitz the onion and garlic until finely minced (this way you get the flavour but kids wont pick it out)
  3. Add the chickpeas, dried spices, fresh herbs and seasoning. Pulse until well combined and a consistency that you can roll teaspoonfuls into balls.
  4. If the mixture is too wet, slowly add flour until it is easier to handle
  5. Take teaspoonfuls and roll into balls, gently flatten these small balls into patties. (This step is a great one for the kids to get in the kitchen)
  6. Cover the bottom of a heavy based fry pan with around 0.5-1cm of oil (Sounds like a lot, but you get a crispy result which makes them taste good!
  7. Heat the oil in a fry pan, you want it hot but not too hot. A good tip is to take a wooden spoon, stick the handle into the oil, if it gently sizzles around the handle then you are good to go.
  8. Cook your small falafel patties until golden, pop on a paper towel to drain and cool before serving


  • Burgers
  • Wraps
  • Pita Pockets
  • Salad vege, grated cheese, greek yoghurt, avocado and hummus are delicious fillings


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