Perfect Whole30 Blender Cauliflower Falafel Tahini Bowl


Perfect Whole30 Blender Cauliflower Falafel Tahini Bowl

These warm flavorful falafels are better than the real deal, because they are packed with cauliflower and fresh herbs! A low carb delicious whole30 meal that is easily made in a blender. 

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Take me back to my health food store days, falafel!!!! (when I actually lived close to the store; thank you amazon, where would I be without you?!). These warm scrumptious balls of herbs and earthy flavor are pretty much heaven.

When I was a kid, my treat from Mom would be a warm falafel from the health food store. It came wrapped up in natural brown parchment paper. And each bite was like a teleport machine, where I was instantly whisked away to a European town, standing on a cobblestone bridge, clicking my leather boots together, and happily munching on my epic falafel. Don’t ask me why I correlate falafel with world travel. 

These warm flavorful falafels are better than the real deal! Packed with cauliflower and fresh herbs! A low carb delicious whole30 meal that is easily made in a blender. Easy baked falafel recipe. Best paleo falafel recipes. Falafel sauce. Healthy falafel. Easy whole30 cauliflower falafel. Made in 15 minutes! Paleo, healthy, and easy to make! Easy whole30 dinner recipes. Whole30 recipes. Whole30 lunch. Whole30 recipes just for you. Whole30 meal planning. Whole30 meal prep. Healthy paleo meals. Healthy Whole30 recipes. Easy Whole30 recipes
falafel obsession. Nothing has changed.

Things haven’t changed much since then. I am still carried away with each bite of falafel. Maybe it’s the rich flavors that burst in your mouth, making each bite as exciting as the first. Maybe it’s the cute little round shape they come in that lends to it being such a whimsical experience. All I DO KNOW is that I could eat these all. day. long. And on this rainy day in the Cascades- I think I’ll do just that!

Don’t you just love mixing up things with cumin, turmeric, and cilantro! All those happy colors and vibrant feels makes my heart so happy! Go ahead, try it; resist not being happy when you make these paleo falafels. 

These warm flavorful falafels are better than the real deal! Packed with cauliflower and fresh herbs! A low carb delicious whole30 meal that is easily made in a blender. Easy baked falafel recipe. Best paleo falafel recipes. Falafel sauce. Healthy falafel. Easy whole30 cauliflower falafel. Made in 15 minutes! Paleo, healthy, and easy to make! Easy whole30 dinner recipes. Whole30 recipes. Whole30 lunch. Whole30 recipes just for you. Whole30 meal planning. Whole30 meal prep. Healthy paleo meals. Healthy Whole30 recipes. Easy Whole30 recipes
These warm flavorful falafels are better than the real deal! Packed with cauliflower and fresh herbs! A low carb delicious whole30 meal that is easily made in a blender. Easy baked falafel recipe. Best paleo falafel recipes. Falafel sauce. Healthy falafel. Easy whole30 cauliflower falafel. Made in 15 minutes! Paleo, healthy, and easy to make! Easy whole30 dinner recipes. Whole30 recipes. Whole30 lunch. Whole30 recipes just for you. Whole30 meal planning. Whole30 meal prep. Healthy paleo meals. Healthy Whole30 recipes. Easy Whole30 recipes

Who else is jumping for joy that these falafels are PALEO!!!! And Whole30!!! What?! So super stoked!! All that yumminess packaged up in a beautiful crisp little offering has to be one of the best things ever… But my absolute favorite part about falafels is their distinct aroma. I could catch it a mile away (and come running!). This bowl of healthy goodness is incredibly easy to make! Because, I used my food processor to make the entire batch of falafels and tahini dressing.

These warm flavorful falafels are better than the real deal! Packed with cauliflower and fresh herbs! A low carb delicious whole30 meal that is easily made in a blender. Easy baked falafel recipe. Best paleo falafel recipes. Falafel sauce. Healthy falafel. Easy whole30 cauliflower falafel. Made in 15 minutes! Paleo, healthy, and easy to make! Easy whole30 dinner recipes. Whole30 recipes. Whole30 lunch. Whole30 recipes just for you. Whole30 meal planning. Whole30 meal prep. Healthy paleo meals. Healthy Whole30 recipes. Easy Whole30 recipes
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Perfect Whole30 Blender Cauliflower Falafel Tahini Bowl
These warm flavorful falafels are better than the real deal, because they are packed with cauliflower and fresh herbs! A low carb delicious whole30 meal that is easily made in a blender.
Ingredients
Falafel
Tahini Dressing
Greens
Info
Cook Time 40 minutes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings
falafel
Course Main Dish
Votes: 36
Rating: 3.61
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Rate this recipe!
Info
Cook Time 40 minutes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings
falafel
Course Main Dish
Votes: 36
Rating: 3.61
You:
Rate this recipe!
Ingredients
Falafel
Tahini Dressing
Greens
Instructions
Falafel
  1. Preheat oven to 400F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a food processor blend all the ingredients, except the minced cauliflower and olive oil. Blend until the herbs are minced.
  3. Once the herbs are minced, add in the minced cauliflower and pulse until combined.
  4. Form the falafel dough into 16 1 1/2" round balls. Use a pastry brush and brush each falafel with olive oil.
  5. Cook for 20 minutes on 400F then rotate the falafels and cook for another 20 minutes.
Tahini Dressing
  1. Combine all the ingredients for the tahini dressing in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
Greens
  1. Plate the greens then top with falafel and tahini dressing.
Nutrition Facts
Perfect Whole30 Blender Cauliflower Falafel Tahini Bowl
Amount Per Serving
Calories 216 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 20g 31%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.5g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 12mg 4%
Sodium 169mg 7%
Potassium 105mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 2g
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin A 29%
Vitamin C 38%
Calcium 4%
Iron 11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.



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  1. 7
    Stefanija

    Hi Kaylie
    I am loving your recipes, everything looks so good. I would love to try this , but I am struggling with finding arrowroot flour, do you think I can substitute with something else ? Btw I am not on whole 30.
    Sorry for my bad English, I hope this is understandable 🙁

    Lots of love for you, thank you for sharing such a good recipes ❤️

  2. 9
    Robin

    Hi there! Did you squeeze out the after fom the cauliflower after you processed it? Do you think the recipe would work with frozen riced cauliflower? I’m sure that would need to the water to be squeezed out.
    RF

  3. 15
    carissa

    Hi Kaylie,
    followed the recipe to a tea but my falafel were more of a patty than a ball. Any suggestions? Sincere thanks 🙂

      • 17
        Nathalie

        My falafel balls came out the same way. When I blend the ingredients in the food processor the mix comes out rather runny and they come out more like pancakes. I’ve tried the recipe several times with the same outcome. I’m trying it again as we speak and adding more flour to get a better consistency. Love this recipe and would like to continue making it…any suggestion how to get the nice ball texture to it?

  4. 27
    Rachel Reischman

    These are delicious! A great filling recipe, especially since I’m a vegetarian and currently on whole30. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I also just had a co-worker try these and ask for the recipe. <3

  5. 29
    Michele Carneiro

    Made these tonight – absolutely fantastic even without the tahini dressing! I forgot the onion (woops!) so added it to the salad. These will be regulars in house! Thank you for the recipe!

  6. 38
    Amanda

    Made these they taste great!!! But mine did not brown up at all like the picture. They were very soft and when it was time to turn them over, I was unable to because they were so soft. An suggestions.

  7. 40
    Tanicia baynes

    This recipe is SO good! Thank you so much for creating and sharing. It has officially been added to our regular meal rotation and we can’t wait to try more of your recipes!

  8. 46
    Sara

    Found your blog and this recipe and will definitely be making it again! Notes for other: squeezed a little excess water out of the cauliflower, did not brush them with olive oil, and they browned perfectly! If they seem too soft and aren’t keeping their shape, add a little more of one of the flours. I will warn others: Do not add the salt until the end and then only to suit your tastes.. 1 tsp was far too much for us but the underlying flavors, perfect texture, and ease of the recipe makes this an absolute keeper!

  9. 47
    Fernanda

    Hi there! I live in Brazil and have a really hard time finding arrowroot flour (even though it’s a native plant, go figure!). Do you think I could sub by tapioca starch? Have you ever tried subbing it? Thank you so much for the recipes and beautiful pictures!

  10. 55
    Angie

    I made this for the first time tonight (as I’m 7 days into the Whole 30) and it was AMAZING! I followed the recipe exactly and loved every bite! Whole 30 or not, this is my new go-to Falafel recipe! Thank you so much for sharing!

  11. 57
    Betsy

    So good! I had my doubts, but there is so much flavor is packed into the falafel… amazing. Next time I am going to try straining the mix through cheese cloth, just to make the balls a little more solid. I will also try less sesame oil, more olive oil in the tahini sauce – that is just a personal preference on the strength of that flavor. Thank you for this delish dish!

  12. 60
    Alex

    The BEST Whole 30 recipe I’ve tried yet!! The falafels are so flavorful and the dressing! THE DRESSING! So gooooood!! I ended up having to make my own date paste and it turned out wonderfully. Thank you so much for these fantastic recipes that make the Whole 30 almost easy!

  13. 62
    Michael

    Whoa. SOOOOOOOPER tasty. Next time, will squeeze excess water out of the cauliflower (used TJ riced/frozen). A Keeper. Even my kids loved it . Recommend massaging the kale with sea salt to tenderize it.

    • 64
      Kaylie

      Yes! I do it all the time, then I just pop them into the toaster when I want to eat, yum! They don’t last long in my freezer, but they should be good in the freezer for about 2 months.

  14. 67
    Tina Hoffman

    These were delicious! I made half in the oven, and half in my air fryer. I definitely preferred the air fryer falafel. Thank you for this recipe!

  15. 68
    Rachel

    Hi! I am trying to incorporate more protein in my diet, do you think I could use unflavored protein powder to them? If so, should I lessen the almond flower?
    Thanks!

  16. 70
    Jen

    Your blog is my new favorite; you’ve got some amazing recipes and you’re an encredibly talented photographer! I can’t wait to try making this recipe tomorrow:)

  17. 74
    Diane

    Just starting the Whole 30 and I’m a bit confused… every book talks about absolutely NO sugar and yet in the nutrition chart of many of these recipes sugar is there. the recipes loo delicious and I love the planning done for me… but explain how they are compliant if there is sugar in them.

  18. 76
    Cathy Skulnik

    The falafel itself was pretty good, but I reduced the cumin down to 2 tablespoons because 4 seemed like way too much. I also added a little coriander. Still, they were very heavy on the cumin, I would reduce it further if I made again. The falafel also stuck to my baking pan, I would use parchment paper if I made again. Finally, the tahini sauce is awful. I was skeptical of the 1/2 cup sesame oil to 1/4 cup tahini ratio, so I did 1/4 cup sesame oil. Even so, it was much too oily and sweet. I ended up using a whole lemon trying to bring in some acidity, but it was still too sweet and oily. Tahini sauce usually has only a little oil added and uses a lot of lemon and raw garlic for flavor. I usually add water to make it a spreadable consistency ,which works well.

  19. 77
    Kate

    I tried making these for the first time on Saturday night and loved them so much I made a double batch on Sunday to eat for the week….but they’ll most likely only last a few days because they’re so yummy. I made your chimichurri to go with them! I can’t wait to try more of your recipes 🙂

  20. 79
    Jayde Herriford

    Ok so I know you have answered this question many many times but I am still confused. So are you saying that a serving is one (1) falafel ball?? One ball plus the salad ingredients is 20g fat?? Thanks for helping my tired brain 😆😆

  21. 81
    Stefanija

    Hi Kaylie
    I really want to make this recipe tonight but I can’t find kale anywhere and let alone baby kale :'(
    Do you think spinach will work? I mean they are totally different in texture so I am afraid to try it .. Or besides that what can I add to substitute kale ?

    Thanks so much in advance,

  22. 83
    Johnna

    I made these tonight. It was a little time consuming to put together but so glad I did. These were delicious with and without the drizzle of the tahini dressing. I made a double batch for my weekly lunch meal prep. We will definitely make these again.

  23. 84
    Jake

    I can honestly say that I have never commented on a recipe on the internet. This one was so good, I felt compelled to let you know. My fiancé and I are doing Whole30 right now, and this is by far my favorite meal we’ve made in the past three weeks. The falafel are so perfectly soft inside but crispy outside, and the dressing is sweet but not too sweet. The dough ended up being a little too wet for me to work with at first, but some extra almond flour and these bad boys were good to go. We will be checking back often to try your other recipes out!

    Thanks!

  24. 86
    Lora L.

    Oh my goodness! I made these for my birthday party this past weekend and they were a hit! I as well, never comment on recipes (someone else said this in the comments) and felt I had to comment. They were eaten very quickly. They tasted like the full carb, falafel balls. I noticed in the comments that a few people were saying that they turned into patties and were a bit more mushy in consistency than what it should have been. So I modified the recipe and prep slightly. Here’s what I did:

    1) After I mince the cauliflower in my blender, I squeezed any excess liquid through a cheese cloth. Surprisingly, a lot of water came out. I also did this with the onion as well! LOTS of water came out of the minced onion. I set these aside.

    2) I doubled the egg (and whipped the egg first before putting it into the mix) and doubled the arrowroot. Also, to make sure the dough would stick together better.

    3) Even though it doesn’t say this in the prep info, I mixed together all of the dry and wet ingredients separately. Just like you do when you bake something, such as cookies. Then I mixed everything together and added in the cauliflower last. The only thing I ran through the blender was the cauliflower to mince it. I felt that running everything through the blender (as it suggests) would possibly cause that gooey patty like consistency possibly.

    4) Lastly, when baking these, the recipe says to baste the balls with olive oil. Instead, I just put a good layer of olive oil in the bottom of the cookie sheet and it made them crispy on the exterior.

  25. 88
    Jen

    I made this tonight and it was FANTASTIC!! Full of delicious flavor. I used pre-chopped cauliflower and my falafel came out perfect!! I had to restrain myself from eating all of them at one sitting!! Excited for leftovers for lunch tomorrow!!

  26. 90
    Angela

    Man. I hate to even comment here because I am a very experienced cook. I’ve been cooking for over 25 years. I do not know where I went wrong. but my falafels literally caught on fire. Bahahaha!!! The house filled with smoke I had to set up fans to pull the smoke out of the house and when I was finally able to look in the oven after turning it off and clearing the a smoke out, my falafels were burning. I know the oven temp is not the issue. They were definitely not going to be the crisp brown color in the pic, but I think that’s because I didn’t create the balls big enough. They turned into kind of the perfect cookie texture, nice and soft; however, the taste was amazing!! Any thoughts on why my attempt went up in smoke? I’m having a good laugh about this, but I’m sad they didn’t make.

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