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Paleo Carrot & Sesame Falafel

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Traditionally falafel are made with chickpeas which are a no go whilst on a low-carb, paleo diet. These Baked Carrot and Sesame Falafel are Jo’s legume and grain free version… and they’re delicious.

A great addition to your weekday lunchbox. They’re super simple to make, can be enjoyed warm or cold, so you can keep a batch in the fridge to enjoy during the week.

The falafel have so much flavour thanks to the wonderful spices of coriander, cumin and fresh lemon and are so moist from the gooey tahini, olive oil and coconut flour. Perfect snacking food smothered in guacamole or tzatziki or enjoy with a nice salad.

Hands-on Overall

Serving size 3 falafel

Allergy information for Paleo Carrot & Sesame Falafel

✔  Gluten free
✔  Dairy free
✔  Egg free
✔  Nut free
✔  Nightshade free
✔  Pork free
✔  Avocado free
✔  Fish free
✔  Shellfish free

Nutritional values (per serving, 3 falafel)

Net carbs11.6 grams
Protein5.4 grams
Fat22.5 grams
Calories292 kcal
Calories from carbs 17%, protein 8%, fat 75%
Total carbs18.5 gramsFiber6.9 gramsSugars6.5 gramsSaturated fat4.6 gramsSodium130 mg(6% RDA)Magnesium49 mg(12% RDA)Potassium513 mg(26% EMR)

Ingredients (makes 4 servings, 12 falafel)

  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 5 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (75 ml)
  • 450 g carrot (15.9 oz)
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup + 1 tbsp coconut flour (50 g/ 1.8 oz)
  • 1 1/2 tbsp tahini paste (24 g/ 0.9 oz)
  • small bunch fresh cilantro, stalks removed (20 g/ 0.7 oz)
  • sea salt and coarse black pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds (18 g/ 0.6 oz)


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F (200 C, fan assisted). Place the garlic on a baking tray and drizzle with 1 teaspoon of olive oil. Bake for 12 minutes until soft. When cooked remove from the oven, allow to cool and remove the skin. Paleo Carrot & Sesame Falafel
  2. Meanwhile, peel and remove the tops from the carrots. Chop into 2cm chunks. Place in a steamer over a pan of boiling water and steam for 18 minutes until soft. Option to simmer on a low heat in a pan of boiling water if you don’t have a steamer for about 12 - 15 minutes. Once cooked, remove the carrots from the steamer/ drain from the pan of water and allow to cool slightly.
    Place the carrots, peeled garlic, cumin, ground coriander, 3 tablespoons of olive oil, lemon juice, coconut flour, tahini, 1/2 of the finely chopped coriander, salt and pepper in a food processor like a Magimix or Vitamix and blitz. Paleo Carrot & Sesame Falafel
  3. You might need to scrape the sides with a spatula and blitz again until almost smooth. Fold in the remaining chopped coriander. Using your hands, roll into falafel shaped balls, about 2 cm in diameter. Coat in sesame seeds and place on a baking tray lined with grease proof paper. Paleo Carrot & Sesame Falafel
  4. Brush with a little olive oil and bake in the oven for 10 minutes. Turn and cook for a further 10 minutes until golden. Paleo Carrot & Sesame Falafel Enjoy! Paleo Carrot & Sesame Falafel

Ingredient nutritional breakdown (per serving, 3 falafel)

Net carbsProteinFatCalories
Garlic, fresh
0.7 g0.1 g0 g3 kcal
Olive oil, extra virgin
0 g0 g1.1 g10 kcal
Carrot, fresh
7.6 g1 g0.3 g46 kcal
Cumin, ground
0.2 g0.1 g0.1 g2 kcal
Coriander seed, ground
0.1 g0.1 g0.1 g1 kcal
Olive oil, extra virgin
0 g0 g10.1 g90 kcal
Lemon juice, fresh
0.4 g0 g0 g1 kcal
Coconut flour, organic
1.3 g2.2 g1.9 g46 kcal
Sesame tahini (unsweetened)
0.7 g1 g3.2 g36 kcal
Coriander (cilantro), fresh
0 g0.1 g0 g1 kcal
Salt, pink Himalayan rock salt
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Pepper, black, spices
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Sesame seeds
0.5 g0.8 g2.2 g26 kcal
Olive oil, extra virgin
0 g0 g3.4 g30 kcal
Total per serving, 3 falafel
11.6 g5.4 g22.5 g292 kcal

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Food is one of life’s most powerful medicines. I’m a true testament that once you find the right approach for you, you can overcome poor health through the healing power of food.

I believe the secret to radiant health starts and ends with a healthy gut so my recipes are all grain, gluten and refined sugar free. Most are also dairy-free.

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Comments (5)

I swear I just saw a recent Instagram post/video that showed you making a baked falafel on a salad. However, I can't for the life of me figure out where it is. It looked delicious and I really want to try to make it. I think I remember most of the ingredients but if you could send me a link to where that was posted I would be very grateful!! - Ann

Hi Ann, I think it was someone else, I don't think Jo or I did any video on how to make falafel. There is another recipe in my KetoDiet Cookbook that uses macadamia nuts and cauliflower:

Thanks for letting me know so quickly! I'll check out your other recipe too.

Just made these this evening.
I've missed falafals made with chickpeas on this Ketodiet so I am delighted I can make these - and they are just as yummy!

I'm liking the sound of this. I succumbed to falafel on Greek salad at a local ethnic grocery earlier this year and was so disappointed. I used to get fresh falafel at a farmers market many years ago and the ones on my salad were nothing like that. I'm sure these will be much better, not as dry and won't leave me feeling so bloated and sad.