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A baking tray with sweet potato falafel, a pair of hands coming in to break one falafel apart and a bowl of salad on the side

Sweet potato falafel

  • Author: Pip Payne
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4
  • Diet: Low Calorie


A delicious way to enjoy falafel without any added oil or flour 



  • 2 small sweet potatoes or 1 large one
  • 1 can (400g) chickpeas (drained and rinsed)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1.5 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1.5 teaspoons ground coriander
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • salt and pepper
  • low calorie cooking spray
  • A couple of pinches sesame seeds (optional- I used about 3g here)


  1. Either bake or microwave the sweet potatoes so that the flesh is soft and fudgy. To microwave, pierce the skin a few times, pop on a microwaveable plate and cook for 5-8 minutes until cooked through. To bake, preheat the oven to 180c. Prick the potatoes a few times with a sharp knife and place them on a baking tray lined with foil. Bake for 40-45 minutes until they are tender throughout.
  2. Allow the sweet potatoes to cool enough to handle, then scoop out the flesh and put it, along with all the other ingredients (apart from the low caloried cooking spray and sesame seeds) into a food processor, seasoning to taste. Whizz up until completely blended.
  3. Line a baking tray with baking parchment and spray with cooking spray. Use your hands to shape the mixture into small rounds. Press down gently on each with a fork to flatten slightly and leave its imprint. If you want to use the sesame seeds, sprinkle a couple of pinches over the top now.
  4. Bake in the oven for 25 minutes until the outsides are firm and the bottoms are crispy.


These are gorgeous served with this skinny aioli , sweet chilli sauce, or a simple yoghurt dip. Just a note: I used sesame seeds to make them look pretty- you don’t have to use them- they are so few that I haven’t added syns for them (if you are following Slimming Wolrd), I’ll leave this up to you!

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Category: Lunch
  • Method: Easy
  • Cuisine: Middle Eastern

Keywords: Sweet potato, falafel, family friendly, lunch