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Oven-Baked Pea Falafels with Yoghurt and Tahini Sauce Recipe

Oven-Baked Pea Falafels with Yoghurt and Tahini Sauce Recipe

Credit: Lisa Guy

These oven-baked falafels are a healthy alternative to traditional deep-fried varieties. Legumes are a wonderful source of dietary fibre and protein, along with zinc, iron and B vitamins.

Makes: 14 falafels



  • 100g ground nuts, such as almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts
  • 1 tin chickpeas, drained
  • 100g peas (frozen or fresh)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 spring onions, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp almond butter or tahini
  • Pinch sea salt & pepper
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • Handful coriander, roughly chopped

  • ½ cup pepitas

  • Sauce
  • 1 cup Greek yoghurt
  • 2 tbsp tahini
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • Small handful coriander, finely chopped
  1. Preheat oven to 200ºC.
  2. Blitz pepitas in food processor until small pieces. Place pepita pieces in small bowl.
  3. Place all ingredients (except sauce ingredients) in food processor and blend until well combined, but still a little chunky.
  4. Roll into small balls, then roll in pepitas.
  5. Place on baking tray with baking paper and bake for 40 mins, turning after 20 mins.
  6. Blend all sauce ingredients together in small bowl and serve with falafels.


Lisa Guy

Lisa Guy is a respected Sydney-based naturopath, author and passionate foodie with 16 years of clinical experience. She runs a naturopathic clinic in Rose Bay called Art of Healing and is the founder of Bodhi Organic Tea.

Lisa is a great believer that good wholesome food is one of the greatest pleasures in life and the foundation of good health. Lisa encourages her clients to get back to eating what nature intended: good, clean, wholesome food that’s nutrient-rich and free from high levels of sugars, harmful fats, artificial additives and pesticides. Her aim is to change the way people eat, cook and think about food.

Lisa is an avid health writer, being a regular contributor to The Sunday Telegraph's Body and Soul, and leading magazines including WellBeing. Lisa is an author of five books to date, including My Goodness: all you need to know about children’s health and nutrition , Pregnancy Essentials, Heal Yourself, Listen to your Body and Healthy Skin Diet .