Whole30/Paleo Baked Falafel Bowl with Tahini Sauce

There’s an amazing falafel restaurant here in Hoboken called Mamouns. It originated in NYC and lucky for me, opened a location close to my home so I didn’t have to keep traveling into the city to get my falafel fix. That’s how good the falafel at Mamouns is.

When I started out on this Whole30 journey, I was worried about how I would get my fix of certain foods, like falafel, that I eat all the time. But, when I realized cauliflower has a similar texture to chickpeas, I knew I’d be able to get what I wanted and stay on track.

This is my version of Whole30 friendly falafel. Mamouns, I wish you’d make these with your amazing hummus (hint hint)!

Whole30/Paleo Baked Falafel Bowl with Tahini Sauce

  • Servings: 3-4
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 2 cups minced cauliflower
  • 1 cup minced fresh onion
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley leaves
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1 medium egg
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 4 teaspoons cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil for cooking

Tahini Dressing

  • 1/2 cup sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup (or date paste for whole30)
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest


  • 4-8 cups greens of your choice
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, cut in halves
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1/4 cup green onions chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 400 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. To make falafel, blend all falafel ingredients, except the minced cauliflower and olive oil, in a food processor. Blend until the herbs are minced. Once the herbs are minced, add in the minced cauliflower and pulse until combined.
  3. Form the falafel dough into 20-24 round balls. Use a pastry brush to brush each falafel with olive oil.
  4. Cook for 20 minutes. Then, rotate the falafels and cook for another 20 minutes.
  5. To make the tahini dressing, combine all the dressing ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
  6. To serve, first plate the greens. Then, top with falafel and tahini dressing. Enjoy! 

Adapted from: paleoglutenfree.com

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