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healthy dessert falafel

A sweet version of a classic savory dish. Falafel are also great for meal prep. Make these sweet versions for snacks and dessert throughout the week!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
Servings 12 falafel


  • 15 oz chickpeas
  • ¼ cup crushed graham crackers or cookies
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 4 dates roughly chopped
  • ½ cup chocolate chips
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil, melted


  • Preheat the oven to 450°F.
  • Rinse one can (15 oz) chickpeas and let it drain in a strainer or on a clean kitchen towel for about 10 minutes.
  • Pour the chickpeas into a blender or food processor. Pulse them about 10 times, until it becomes chunky.
  • To the blender or food processor, add ¼ cup crushed graham crackers or cookies of your choice, a pinch of salt, ¼ tsp ground clove, ½ tsp nutmeg, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1 Tbsp maple syrup and 4 dates (pitted and roughly chopped).
    Blend until it forms a chunky mixture, only about one minute.
  • Add ½ cup chocolate chips and pulse until the chocolate chips are evenly distributed in the mixture.
  • With your hands, form 12 balls of the falafel mixture and lay them out on a baking sheet. Flatten them with the palm of your hand a bit, so the tops and bottoms are flat like traditional falafel.
  • Brush 1 Tbsp melted coconut oil on the top of each falafel.
  • Bake for 20 - 25 minutes, until the falafel are crispy and dark golden brown on the outside.
Keyword chocolate, dairy free, dessert, falafel, gluten free, high protein, meal prep, middle eastern, vegan, vegetarian