Carrot and chickpea falafels

  • 30min
  • 4
  • 138 kcal
  • Easy
  • Vegan
  • Paleo , Ketogenic , Dairy free
  • Gluten

Per 133 g contains

138 kcal 575 kj
3.6 g
0.3 g
5.5 g
0 g

of an adult's recommended intake.
Typical energy values per 100g: 432kj/103kcal

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Authored by Peer reviewed by Rose Constantine Smith
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A lunchbox treat for a child with diabetes.

Falafels are a great lunchtime finger food for children with diabetes, making them ideal for a packed lunch. These falafels can be enjoyed either hot or cold and can be made as a batch ahead of time and frozen before the final bake or fry.

Pack them in your child's lunchbox with a small pot of hummus and vegetable sticks, such as chopped peppers, cucumber or carrots, to help them hit their 5-a-day.


  • Rapeseed oil
  • Onion, peeled and chopped
    150g 5.3oz
  • Garlic, finely chopped or crushed
    1 clove
  • Carrots, finely grated
    160g 2.1oz
  • Cumin seeds
    1.5g 0.05oz
  • Mixed herbs, dried
    1.5oz 0.05oz
  • Chickpeas, drained and rinsed
    400g 14.1oz
  • Coriander leaves, fresh
    15g 0.5oz
  • Plain flour
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Cooking Method

  1. Heat 1 tsp of the oil in a frying pan and fry the onions and garlic until translucent. Add the grated carrot and cook for a few minutes. Add the cumin and herbs.
  2. Briefly pulse the chickpeas in a blender to break them up. Don't blend too much - you want to retain some texture.
  3. In a bowl, mix together the chickpeas, cumin, mixed herbs, cooked carrot and onion mixture. Add the coriander and flour, and mix to a dough that holds together. If the mixture is still very sticky add a little more flour.
  4. Form into golf ball-sized (4-5 cm) patties, and squash slightly to make them easier to fry. If baking, leave them in a ball shape.
  5. Fry for about 2½ minutes each side, or bake in the oven on an oiled tray at 180°C fan/gas mark 4 for about 10-15 minutes until golden.

Nutritional Information

Typical Valuesper 100gper 133g serving
103 kcal
432 kj
138 kcal
575 kj
of which saturates
2.7 g
0.3 g
3.6 g
0.3 g
of which sugars
13 g
4.2 g
18 g
5.5 g
Fibre4.1 g
5.5 g
Protein4.1 g
5.5 g
Salt0 g
0 g


Chickpeas are high in soluble fibre, which helps lower cholesterol and keeps you feeling fuller for longer. They are also a great source of plant-based protein.


We all know that carrots are great for eyesight as they contain vitamin A, but they are also full of potassium, which could potentially help to lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart disease.

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