Simple Falafel Gyros
This take on a middle eastern classic keeps all the flavors of a traditional gyro without the meat! This recipe is super simple, all you'll need is a food processor and an oven(air fryer friendly!). This recipe is vegan, dairy-free, oil-free, and can easily be made gluten-free with gluten-free pita!
Happy Thursday friends! I want to quickly apologies for the lack of content on here recently. I have been working on refining recipes a little more, but I am almost done with a bunch of them, so expect lots of content coming your way very soon! I have been on a little bit of a dessert kick recently, so expect lots of vegan treats soon. I have a ton of dessert recipes posted already, I highly encourage you to take a look at the dessert tab, all my recipes are refined sugar free. If you're looking for the perfect "guilt-free" treat, I got you!
Back to today's star of the show. I made these gyros last night, and I was honestly amazed at how simple they were. Falafel has been a favorite of mine since the early vegan days. I am a huge chickpea fan in the first place, so that may be where my love of falafel came from, but it's honestly the flavors that do it for me. Falafel is such a flavorful food, and there is no set way of doing it, so it's really up to your taste to make it! I went with a pretty simple spice combination for this recipe, you will have to let me know what you think of it and if I should create more flavors!
As you should know by now, I rarely use oil in my recipes, and I never heat it. Typically, falafel is deep fried, which is a no no for me. When you deep fry foods you are 1. adding an insane amount of saturated fat to the food, and 2. heating it creates free radicals (yikes). Needless to say, I made these falafel completely oil-free. I cooked these perfectly crispy on the outside, soft on the inside with my Zulay Kitchen silicone baking mats. I am seriously obsessed with these mats; they make oil free baking extremely easy. I can cook anything without drizzling with oil or spraying the sheet pan. My favorite thing to cook with them is plantains and sweet potatoes, because they get so crispy on the outside, you'd think they were deep fried. You can find the mats here.
Everything else in this recipe was super simple, basically just chopping veggies and making the hummus and vegan tzatziki sauce. Making your own hummus is one of the easiest things to make for yourself, like you will be amazed at how simple it is to make a delicious hummus (that is also oil-free!). It also amazes me how inexpensive it is to make homemade hummus. You can make enough hummus to easily serve 4 people for about $0.75. That at a store would be about $4, mind blowing right? The tzatziki sauce for this recipe is 4 Ingredients, and can be simply mixed together, no blender required! I used the Kite Hill unsweetened almond milk yoghurt, and it is an absolute must when creating this recipe! Honestly all of their products are mind blowingly amazing, so I definitely recommend checking them out, they are available in most grocery stores! Alright, recipe time!
Serves: 6 Gyros
Total Time: 45 Minutes
For the falafel:
3 Cups chickpeas
1/2 Cup fresh parsley
2 Tablespoons tahini
4 Cloves garlic
1/2 Red onion
2 Teaspoons cumin
Juice of 1 lemon
For the Hummus:
1 Cup chickpeas
3 Tablespoons tahini
2 Lemons juiced
2 Garlic cloves
1 Teaspoon cumin
1 Teaspoon paprika
splash of water (depending on your food processor)
For the Tzaziki sauce:
1/2 Cup chopped dill
1/2 Cup Minced cucumber
Juice of 1 lemon
For the gyro: (chop all vegetables)
1/2 Red onion
1 Head romaine lettuce
Begin by preheating your oven to 350. Add all ingredients of falafel together in food processor and blend. You will probably need to scrape the edges down as you go. You want to ensure you don't over blend, and there are still bits of the chickpea in the mixture.
Once blended scoop out and form balls or patties, both work great. Place on the baking sheet for 35 minutes in the oven. You can also air fry them for a quicker option. You want them to be crispy to touch.
While the falafel is in the oven make the hummus by adding all ingredients together in food processor(I honestly didn't clean mine out from using it for the falafel, because many of the ingredients are the same and cleaning a food processor is a pain.
To make the tzatziki sauce combine all ingredients together and stir to combine.
Assemble the gyros by spreading hummus, topping with falafel and chopped veggies, finish with tzatziki and enjoy!