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Low Carb Falafel with Tahini Sauce (Gluten Free)

Falafel lover checking in right here!  ??‍♀️  When I saw this recipe for a low carb version using (wait for it…) cauliflower (of course), I just had to share it.  The only thing that makes this recipe less than ideal is the frying part, but a girl’s gotta live a little, right?  It’s all about having balance.  So, as tempted as you might be to have these more than just occasionally, limit your intake of fried foods.  Oh, and do not try baking these instead.  It’s no bueno!

Low Carb Falafel with Tahini Sauce (Gluten Free)

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By: Mellissa Sevigny
Posted in: Entree
(8) 3" patties
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes


  • 1 cup raw cauliflower, pureed
  • 1/2 cup ground slivered almonds
  • 1 Tbsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 Tbsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 Tbsp coconut flour

Tahini sauce:

  • 2 Tbsp tahini paste
  • 3 Tbsp water
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt, more to taste if desired


  1. For the cauliflower you should end up with a cup of the puree. It takes about 1 medium head (florets only) to get that much. First chop it up with a knife, then add it to a food processor or magic bullet and pulse until it’s blended but still has a grainy texture.

  2. You can grind the almonds in a similar manner – just don’t over grind them, you want the texture.

  3. Combine the ground cauliflower and ground almonds in a medium bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir until well blended.

  4. Heat a half and half mix of olive and grapeseed oil (or any other light oil) until sizzling. While it’s heating, form the mix into 8 three-inch patties that are about the thickness of a hockey puck.

  5. Fry them until browned on one side and then flip and cook the other side. Resist the urge to flip too soon – you should see the edges turning brown before you attempt it – maybe 4 minutes or so per side. Remove to a plate lined with a paper towel to drain any excess oil.

  6. Serve with tahini sauce and a tomato & parsley garnish if desired.

  7. Tahini sauce: Blend all ingredients in a bowl. Thin with more water if you like a lighter consistency.

Recipe Notes

  • These are delicious by themselves or served over a bed of greens with a sprinkle of feta cheese, some chopped red onions, and a few Kalamata olives.  Prefer a wrap or a falafel pita sandwich?  Go for it!  Use a gluten-free wrap or bread if necessary.
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