Falafel is quick, versatile, and mealtess. It is basically a flavor packed chickpea patty that can go in a gyro, on top of a salad, or on its own dipped in a creamy tzatziki sauce. To give classic falafel a little extra protein we decided to try it with plant-based Nourish protein powder. You can also use your whey-based protein if you like. We couldn’t tell the difference and this protein falafel passed with flying colors with our taste testers. So go meatless tonight and give this protein falafel a try!

Protein Falafel

Prep Time

15 minutes

Cook Time

20 minutes

Total Time

35 minutes

Recipe Type: lunch/dinner

Serving Size: 3 falafels

Makes 10 servings


  • 2 (15-ounce) cans chickpeas
  • 1 cup vanilla plant based Nourish protein powder
  • 1 small onion
  • ½ bunch parsley
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ¼ cup olive oil


  1. Place all ingredients into the food processor, except the olive oil, and blend until smooth. If needed, add a little water to blend better.
  2. Transfer to a bowl, then cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes. You may skip this step, but they will be a bit more fragile while cooking.
  3. Take the batter and form into 16 equal, small patties. To make sure they hold together better chill for at least 10 minutes.
  4. Add 2 tablespoons of oil to a large pan and heat over medium-high heat.
  5. When the oil is hot, place the falafel in the pan in batches, making sure there is space between them.
  6. Cook for 5 minutes or until it is a golden brown. Flip and cook for an additional 5 minutes.
  7. Remove and set aside. Heat up more oil and cook the remaining falafel.
  8. Serve the falafel warm in a gyro with your favorite toppings, in a salad, or by itself with a creamy tzatziki sauce.


Calories 210 (70 from fat)
Total fat 8g
Saturated fat 1g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 720mg
Carbohydrate 24g (8g dietary fiber, 4g sugar)
Protein 10g


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