Step 1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
Step 2. In a food processor, pulse everything together until the mixture resembles coarse sand. Do not over blend. Evenly divide the mixture into 8 portions, about 2 to 2.5 oz each. Roll each portion into a ball or flatten into a disk. Place them on a baking sheet and into the preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes or until they are lightly browned. Flip halfway through the baking.
Step 3. Serve with the pita bread and tzatziki sauce.
Many falafel recipes you can find over the Internet call for baking powder or baking soda, including the recipe from our beloved Alton Brown. We tried both with and without baking powder while testing this recipe. We found that with baking soda, the recipe resulted slightly bigger falafels with cracked surface – an evidence of the “oven spring”. Both recipes have similar texture so we decide to skip the baking powder. If you’d prefer, you can add 1 teaspoon of baking powder in your recipe.