I love this recipe. I posted it to Facebook a little over a year ago, and I’ve made it countless times since. This is a slightly modified version of the original substituting coconut flour for wheat flour to reduce the carb load, and increase the fiber content. The mixture will keep in the fridge for 2-3 days and it makes a very quick snack once prepared.  All told this works out to only 11g Net carbs per serving and is incredibly tasty. All you need is a food processor and a frying pan. It doesn’t get much easier.

Mean Green Falafel

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: Easy
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  • 1 can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup of packed fresh baby spinach
  • 1 handful of fresh cilantro
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 large shallot
  • 2 tbsp coconut flour
  • 2 tsp salt (optional)
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1 tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil for frying


  1. Put garlic and shallot in the food processor and pulse until finely chopped
  2. Add cilantro and pulse until finely chopped
  3. Add spinach and pulse until finely chopped, scrape sides of the bowl as needed
  4. Add chickpeas, coconut flour, and all spices, then pulse food processor until just slightly chunky, almost looks like rice. It should hold its form.
  5. Heat the coconut oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat
  6. Shape the flafel by forming into approx. 2″ ball and flatten into a patty.
  7. Fry the falafel for about 3-4 minutes per side. It should be golden to dark brown.
  8. Serve immediately with some tzatziki or hummus.

Nutritional Info:

Amount Per Serving (Approx 3 patties)
Calories 170
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9 g 14 %
Saturated Fat 7 g 33 %
Monounsaturated Fat 1 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg 0 %
Sodium 706 mg 29 %
Potassium 223 mg 6 %
Total Carbohydrate 17 g 6 %
Dietary Fiber 6 g 23 %
Sugars 3 g
Protein 5 g 10 %
Vitamin A 73 %
Vitamin C 15 %
Calcium 6 %
Iron 19 %
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.



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