Sunflower Seed Falafel Balls With Tahini Dipping Sauce

Unfortunately, the kebab-shop versions of these popular little plant-based pleasures are full of refined wheat and fried in cheap seed oils.

Sunflower Seed Falafel Balls With Tahini Dipping Sauce

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Baking Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes


  • 75 g sunflower seeds (1/2 cup)
  • 80 g cashews (1/2 cup)
  • 1 tbsp organic nut butter softened
  • 2 tbsp basil leaves chopped
  • ½ tsp cumin ground
  • 2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tsp chopped coriander cilantro leaves
  • 2 tbsp chopped red capsicum pepper
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • ¼ shallot chopped
  • pinch salt
  • 40 g sesame seeds (1/4 cup) toasted, for coating lettuce leaf, to serve

Tahini Dipping Sauce

  • 3 tbsp tahini
  • 6 drops stevia liquid
  • 2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • pinch salt


  • Preheat the oven to 220°C (425°F/Gas 7) and line a baking tray with baking paper.
  • To make the tahini dipping sauce, place all the ingredients in a food processor with 2 tablespoons of filtered water and blend until smooth and creamy.
  • Place all the falafel ingredients, except the sesame seeds and lettuce, in a food processor and pulse until thoroughly blended.
  • Use an ice-cream scoop to form round balls. Roll in the sesame seeds, transfer to the baking tray and bake for 20 minutes, or until crispy.
  • Serve in a lettuce leaf and dress with the tahini dipping sauce.
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Course Appetizer, Baking - Savoury, Dinner, Lunch, Main Course, Sauces, dips, and spreads, Side Dish, Special Occasion - Adult Party
Cuisine Egyptian, Middle Eastern
Keyword Cashew, sunflower seeds, tahini
Allergy Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Lactose Free, Legume Free, Oil Free, Peanut Free, Refined Sugar Free, Wheat Free
Value Halal, Kosher, Vegan, Vegetarian
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Recipe and images from Supercharged Food: Eat Clean, Green and Vegetarian by Lee Holmes (Murdoch Books) available now in all good bookstores and online.

Recipe thanks to Food Matters TV

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  1. Karen Hughes December 17, 2017 at 11:27 am

    The above Falafel Ball recipe sounds delight!
    One question please – could they be frozen once cooked?
    Many thanks

    • Kate Parker December 21, 2017 at 4:22 pm

      Hi Karen,
      Yes these would be able to be frozen! Falafels tend to dry out if they’re reheated though, so I’d only suggest freezing if you plan to defrost them and have cold as part of a salad or wrap.

  2. Tracy April 29, 2020 at 2:19 pm

    Hi, could stevia be omitted from the sauce? It’s not something we consume. Thanks.

    • Kate Parker April 29, 2020 at 3:57 pm

      Yes definitely! Just taste it, and see if it needs a little sweetening with some honey or rice malt syrup instead. Sometimes tahini can be quite bitter.

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