Sweet Moroccan Falafel

This week, one of my lovely readers emailed and asked whether I could share our recipe for falafel. I was more than happy to oblige! I know I’ve posted numerous pics of our falafel in the past, so this recipe share is way overdue.

My family are huge fans of home-made falafel. They’re so versatile! You can flavour them to suit your tastes, and they’re delicious eaten hot or cold.

For a main meal, we like to wrap them in flat breads with hummus, salad, avocado, pickle and a sprinkling of shelled hemp seeds.

They also make a tasty lunch, stuffed into pitta breads.

Over the years I’ve experimented with all different kinds of flavourings, but our current favourite is Moroccan inspired, and includes warming spices such as cumin, paprika, cinnamon and ginger, as well as dates and dried apricots. Lil’ L absolutely loves these falafel, and I’m guessing the touch of Moroccan sweetness could make them particularly appealing to small kids.

I find that shop-bought falafel can have quite a dry texture (and I need to heat them up to soften them). However, for us, the texture of these home-made falafel is spot on. While it may appear a little soft when first cooked, it firms up nicely upon cooling. Rather than becoming over dry, if anything, the texture is even better the next day.


As well as in wraps & pittas, falafel are also delicious served as part of a salad dish.

While falafel are traditionally deep fried, I prefer to pan fry them. That way, they still have a light crispy exterior, whilst using only a fraction of the oil. These are healthy falafel... the best kind 😉

Here’s how we make them:

This recipe has been submitted to Ricki Heller’s Wellness Weekend

Do you make your own falafel? If so, what’s your favourite spice mix? If you’ve got any recipes online, please do share below.

Have a great weekend everyone xx



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12 Responses to Sweet Moroccan Falafel

  1. Those look so good! And what an original idea to put apricots in there!
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  2. I love falafel, a good thing really as falafel and hummus are often the only things on menus vegans can eat! Love the look of yours, especially the dried fruit in the mix. I just came across these falafel today- perfect for halloween and I like that they use split peas along with the chickpeas.
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    • Richa’s falafel fingers are really spooky… probably the creepiest Halloween food I’ve seen so far this year! I love how the Americans get so into the ‘spirit’ of Halloween (unlike us lot!)

  3. The falafels look so gooooood! I love a bit of parsley in my falafels, they have to be slightly crunchy! The best ones I had was at Hummus Bar in Budapest!
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  4. I love falafel, I make my own quite regularly and they disappear very quickly! I like to bake mine in the oven, I use cumin, coriander, cayenne pepper and parsley.
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    • Falafel don’t hang around here very long either :/ I keep meaning to make a quadruple batch and freezing them.
      I haven’t tried baking them yet as I was concerned whether they would dry out too much. I must give it a try though as it would save a lot of hands-on time (especially when cooking a big batch).

  5. Sue

    Thanks for the recipe Sharon. Will be making these but minus the apricots and dates for my fussy vegan son!! x

  6. What a fabulous idea!
    I love falafels and with this twist its sounds really tasty 🙂
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  8. Eileen shea

    Have been looking for this falafel recipe for ages, had similar in Morocco can’t wait to make them

    • Hi Eileen! I hope you enjoy this recipe. I can’t claim it to be authentic as I’ve never been to Morocco, but I love the sweet/savoury combo of Moroccan dishes, which is what inspired this recipe. I posted it back in 2013, but it’s still a firm family favourite.

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