Vegan Falafel (Gluten Free) & Tzatziki Sauce (Dairy Free, Raw)


This is one of my favorite recipes. And fortunately, falafel works as a summer or winter food. You can have it with a cooling salad, which is so nice for the crazy summer heat we have here at the moment. But you can also eat it in a warm wrap in winter time.

I’ve tried so many falafel recipes, and which all of them are yummy, this one is by far my favorite. It has such a deep and warm flavor, and the falafel is fluffy and light.

Falafel (Vegan & Gluten Free)
Vegan & Gluten Free falafel recipe
  1. Preheat oven to 175°C / 350°F.
  2. Add zucchini to the food processor and shred.
  3. Add chickpeas, onion, parsley, garlic, salt, cumin, paprika, cayenne and lemon juice and process into a chunky paste.
  4. Move mixture to a bowl and add flax meal, baking powder and chickpea flour.
  5. Spray a baking tray with olive oil. Spoon mixture onto tray into cookie sized bits.
  6. Cook for 40 minutes, flipping once halfway through.

Tzatziki Sauce (Dairy Free, Raw)
Vegan, dairy free & raw tzatziki sauce
  • 1 cup macadamias or cashews, soaked overnight
  • ½ cup water
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 medium cucumber
  1. Peel the cucumber and halve lengthways. Use a spoon to scoop the seeds out. Thinly slice in half moon shapes.
  2. Blend everything except the cucumber in a high speed blender (I use a Vitamix).
  3. Add in sliced cucumber and pulse gently in the blender so the cucumber is still chunky.

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19 comments on “Vegan Falafel (Gluten Free) & Tzatziki Sauce (Dairy Free, Raw)

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  2. Hello, found your blog vis In Spaces Between and it could not have been a better dish served up first. I love falafel but have always bought the pre mix version. We’re just going gluten and dairy free for my kids so will put this on the grocery shopping list and I can’t wait to try it. Thank you, off to have a sticky-beak at what else I can be tempted by 😉

  3. This was so amazing! All of it. The tzaziki on its own was ok, but when paired with the falafel, it really was amazing. Thank you!

  4. I followed this to the letter, but maybe I misunderstood the letter, because my tzatziki is not thick & yummy looking like yours. It is very runny, though the taste is delicious. I soaked the cashews in an unknown quantity of water, then drained them, then in the blender added 1 cup of water. Correct?

    • Hi Erin! Correct. It does thicken over the next 12 hours or so, but if its still runny just reduce the amount of water you use next time 🙂

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  6. Though yours is much more photogenic, this recipe turned out delicious for me. Thanks so much for the recipe. I searched several stores for GF/DF falafels to no avail, so decided to spend the extra time to make this. Very tasty!

    • Hi Angela, awesome to hear the recipe turned out well :). We were buying packaged falafel awhile back (the deep fried ready to go kind) but yep its SO worth making your own!

  7. I’m so impressed about your recipes!… Made this one with the creamy tzaziki sauce and what a hit!!! Thank you so much Shae!!! I cannot thank you enough!

  8. Hi Shae, I love this! Definitely going to make it any time soon.
    Little question: when I’d leave the flax meal and baking powder out, would it still work? (with just the chickpea flour?)

    Thank you so much!

    • Hi Joyce, I’m not sure as I haven’t tried this. I’m sure it would still ‘work’ but wouldn’t have the same texture or hold together as well. If you give it a try please let us know 🙂

  9. Anyone know where to find chickpea flour? I’ve never seen it in the bulk isle at WF. Would it be in the packaged flour isle? Thanks so much.

  10. I made the dairy-free tzatziki sauce the other night to go with homemade gyros. It worked out really well, and got better after you let it sit. I read that some other people found it runny, so held back on the 1/2 cup of water and added it incrementally, but found I needed all of it. Thanks for a delicious dairy-free substitute for one of my favourite sauces!

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