Here’s a falafel recipe with a twist. As I’m still trying to steer away from various grains and pulses and at the same time experimenting constantly with gluten-free grains such as quinoa, millet and buckwheat, recently I’ve decided to make quinoa falafels. Knowing the antifungal properties of pumpkin seeds, I have also bought unsweetened pumpkin seeds butter, which I used instead of tahini (you could use tahini though if you’re having trouble finding pumpkin seeds butter). And served them with a tangy, garlicky tzatziki sauce.

I made them in the middle of the week for a dinner but also enjoyed them the day after as packed lunch. Highly recommended!


Serves 2
125g uncooked quinoa (I used a mixture of white and black quinoa)
100g unsweetened pumpkin butter (or tahini)
1 egg
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, crushed
12 olives, pitted and chopped
50g pumpkin seeds, toasted and roughly chopped
1 red chilli, finely chopped
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp ground cumin
2 tbsp fresh basil leaves chopped
Salt and freshly ground pepper

For tzatziki sauce
250g natural yogurt
1 cucumber
1 garlic clove, minced
Salt and freshly ground pepper


Preheat the oven to 180 C / gas mark 4.

Place the quinoa in a small pot with 300ml cold water and bring to a boil. Simmer over low heat for about 15 minutes, until all water is absorbed and quinoa is cooked.

Meanwhile, heat the oil on a frying pan. Cook the onion for about 3-5 minutes until golden. Add the garlic, chilli and olives and cook for another 2 minutes.

In a large bowl, place all the ingredients for the falafels, season to taste with salt and pepper and mix well.

With your hands form balls from the quinoa mixtures (size of a golf ball) and place on a baking tray.

Bake in a preheated oven for about 15-20 minutes.

To make the tzatziki sauce, roughly grate the cucumber (skin on). Mix with the yogurt, minced garlic and season to taste with salt and pepper.

Remove the falafels from the oven and serve hot with the tzatziki sauce.

Bon appétit!
Lena x

Baked quinoa falafels with tzatziki (anti-candida)
Baked quinoa falafels with tzatziki (anti-candida)

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