Crunchie Baked Kale Falafels.

baked kale falafel

There’s no stopping my Kale plants. They seem to be thriving in their little home and the more we cut them the more the flourish.

We’re eating kale every single day! Honestly, do yourself a favour, get down to your local nursery and buy a punnet of kale. They just doesn’t stop giving.

When I made my Kale Tabouli last month I started to look think of other recipes that I could substitute kale with. I figure if kale could easily replace parsley then why not falafels?

I decided to bake them instead of frying to keep things healthy. Hot out of the oven, they looked good and I teamed them up with a tahini sauce and simple garden salad for the photo, however when it came to the taste test I wasn’t sure If I liked them. They tasted quite ‘grassy’ however teamed up with my Lebanese turnip pickles, cos lettuce leaves, sliced tomatoes, a garlicky tahini sauce and a dash of chilli all wrapped up on Lebanese bread, they made quite a tasty meal and I forgot these falafels were even kale.

Crunchie Baked Kale Falafels.
• 4 cups kale leaves (stems removed)
• 1 400g can chickpeas, rinsed
• 2 garlic cloves
• 2 Tablespoons tahini
• 4 table spoons lemon juice
• 1/2 teaspoon cumin
• 4-5 tablespoons flour
• Salt and pepper to taste
• Small bunch of fresh mint leaves.

Pulse the kale, chickpeas, garlic, tahini, lemon juice and cumin in a food processor until it forms a thick paste. Transfer to a bowl and stir through the flour. I added 4 spoons of flour, but if your mix is still wet and not solid enough to form small balls, add more flour.

baked kale falafel

baked kale falafel

Form them into ball like shapes and squish them down a bit to flatten

kale falafel

Pop them into a preheated oven and bake until golden brown
Best eaten hot and crunchy.

baked kale falafel


53 thoughts on “Crunchie Baked Kale Falafels.

  1. These look very good. I so wish I had a backyard where I could grow kale! It sounds like it thrives wherever it’s planted. It’s great that you’re coming up with so many ways to use your harvest. I think these would be excellent with that yoghurt drizzled over them xx

  2. I’m a little bit addicted to kale although I get baby leaves here so maybe they are more palatable? I shove them into smoothies, salads and pesto. You’re first photo looks so vibrant – I bet they are great and I like that you baked them.

    • Me too Celia, If I was going to be completely honest, I have to say regular falafels are much better, but since I have so much kale, I was able to make a lovely substitute meal and use them up (not that it really made a dent in the veg patch). I’d probably substitute half the kale for parsley next time so it won’t be too ‘kale -ey’

  3. Nothing beats Falafel Lisa! Especially how good and healthy it is for you! I’ve never tried it with kale though and now, thanks to your innovative, splendid ideas- I SHALL! I always add some chilli, & a splash of white wine with my Falafel. Perhaps that would add more flavour than ‘grassy?” Just a bit of input….:) God bless! xx

  4. Like I said, I’m personally waiting for the kale baklava, but in the meantime I could munch on these falafel. They look so good and I guess if you put enough tahini sauce, you can’t taste the grassiness. I love falafel and I love kale, so I shouldn’t have a problem. Love that they’re baked too.


    • LOL Nazneen, one day, just for you 🙂 Extra tahini is probably a great idea, when I make them again, I’ll probably substitute half the kale for regular parsley too, to give it a more traditional flavour 🙂

    • Most welcome Kari!! It seems it’s only you and me that have this kale glut ‘problem’, everyone else’s plants have been destroyed by worms, cabbage moths, possums or rats. We should thank our lucky stars to have such thriving plants!!

  5. I love falafel, too, Lisa, and have a favorite falafel shop. Being a fan of kale, too, I can see where these falafel of yours would be fantastic. What a great idea! I have to give these a try. If they’re as good as I know they will be, I bet that falafel shop will send out a search party for me. 🙂

  6. Hi Lisa ,
    Got tons of ‘Cavolo Nero’ kale variety in the garden. Will they be good for this recipe?
    Looks really good and my kale is reaching industrial levels….

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