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Gluten Free Slow Cooker Falafels Recipe

I love takeout night, sitting on the couch in my jammies binge-watching Netflix while eating something decadent. Since going gluten-free, I have been re-creating my favorite take-out meals like these falafels that are also lighter on the fat and oil.

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Gluten Free Slow Cooker Falafels Recipe

I love takeout night and since going gluten-free, I have been re-creating my favorite take-out meals that are also lighter on the fat and oil.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time3 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 10 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 91kcal


  • 1 15-ounce can garbanzo beans
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon kosher or fine sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ medium yellow or red onion finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 large egg
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • ½ - ¾ cup gluten-free bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil


  • Drain the garbanzo beans, pour them into a mixing bowl, and smash with a fork. Set aside.
  • Using a blender or food processor, blend together all the spices, onion, garlic, egg, and lemon juice.
  • Pour the mixture on top of the smashed garbanzo beans. Use a fork to mix together. Add the bread crumbs slowly until the mixture is wet and sticky, but can be formed into balls.
  • Use a 6-quart slow cooker. Pour oil into the bottom of the slow cooker insert.
  • Form the mixture into squished golf ball-sized patties. Dip each side into the oil and then nestle them into your slow cooker insert. It is OK if they overlap slightly.
  • Cook on high for 2-5 hours, until golden brown. (I cooked mine for about 3½ hours.) You can flip them halfway through the cooking time, if desired, but they will brown on top even without flipping.
  • Serve with mayonnaise or a yogurt sauce. (I make a quick yogurt sauce with Greek yogurt, celery seed, dill, salt, pepper, and lemon juice.)


Nutrition Facts
Gluten Free Slow Cooker Falafels Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 91 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Cholesterol 40mg13%
Sodium 602mg25%
Potassium 66mg2%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 125IU3%
Vitamin C 2.1mg3%
Calcium 27mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Disclaimer: All nutrition facts on Gluten Free & More are meant only as a guide and may differ depending on product brands used or ingredient substitutions. Some errors may occur, so you are encouraged to confirm the recipe’s ingredient and nutrition suitability for your own diet.
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