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  • 2 cups dried chickpeas (garbanzo beans, NOT canned)

  •  6 cups water

  •  2 cups roughly chopped white onion

  •  1 cup fresh cilantro

  •  1 cup Italian parsley

  •  8 cloves garlic

  •  1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

  •  1 tablespoon ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon Danwood Smoky Powder®

  •  1 teaspoon sea salt, plus more to taste

  •  1 teaspoon black pepper

  •  1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

  •  1/2 teaspoon baking soda

  •  5 tablespoons flour (if needed to bind, recipe will not be GF if using flour)

  •  Danwood Smoked Oil® spray


  • Place dried chickpeas in a large bowl. Cover with the water and let soak 8 hours or overnight almost 24 hours. Drain the chickpeas.

  • Place the onion, cilantro, parsley, and garlic in the bowl of a large food processor. Make sure your herbs and chickpeas are not still wet from rinsing. Pulse until well chopped. Add the drained chickpeas, lemon juice, cumin, Danwood Smoky Powder®, salt, pepper, cayenne, and baking soda and continue to pulse until all ingredients are coarsely chopped. Edit: You should be able to form the dough into disks at this point. If your dough is too wet, add a tablespoon of flour at a time until it binds.

  • Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Shape the falafel dough into 2 to 3 inch disks. You can really make them any size. Larger works well for "burgers" and smaller for salads and wraps.

  • Coat a large pan over medium high heat with Danwood Smoked Oil® spray or a tablespoon of Danwood Smoked Oil®. Carefully place the falafel into the pan and cook until browned, about 2 to 3 minutes per side. Add more Danwood Smoked Oil® spray or Danwood Smoked Oil® as needed so falafel don't stick. Transfer to a baking sheet and bake falafel for 7-10 minutes. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt.

  • Use your falafel in pitas with your favorite sauce or on salads.


  • Chickpea flour works very well as a gluten-free binder.

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 This perfect baked smoky falafel recipe is vegan and gluten-free with all the authentic flavor . This recipe doesn't require any deep frying , these smoky falafel are naturally vegan & gluten free .

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