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Falafel Gyros

This Falafel gyros recipe has all the middle eastern flavors of a traditional gyro without the meat! This recipe is super simple, all you'll need is a food processor and an oven(air fryer friendly!). This recipe is vegan, oil-free, refined sugar-free, and gluten-free!
falafel gyros recipe image with finished vegan falafels
falafel gyro with the toppings and ingredients laid out

I am super excited about today’s falafel gyros recipe! Falafel has been a favorite food of mine since my early vegan days. I am a huge chickpea fan in the first place, so that may be where my love of falafel came from. It’s honestly the flavors that do it for me though. Falafel is such a flavorful food, and the best part is there is no set way of doing it. Therefore It’s really up to you how you want to make it!

For this recipe I wanted to keep the spice combination pretty simple. However I often branch out and add more spices and herbs to flavor it up! A favorite trick of mine for extra nutrients when creating homemade falafel is to add some greens! You can add any green of your choice. You can even use greens powder! I love doing little tricks like this when making recipes like this vegan falafel gyro, because it adds tons of nutrients without changing the flavor (or feeling like you’re eating rabbit food!).

How to make oil-free falafel:

As you probably know by now, I rarely use oil in my recipes, and I never heat it. Typically falafel is deep fried, which is a big no no for me. You see, when you deep fry foods you are adding an insane amount of saturated fat (and unnecessary calories) to the food. Also, heating food with oil creates free radicals (yikes). Needless to say, I made this falafel gyros recipe completely oil-free.

I cooked these homemade falafels perfectly crispy on the outside, soft on the inside with my Zulay Kitchen silicone baking mats. I am seriously obsessed with these mats; they make oil free baking extremely easy. I can cook anything without drizzling with oil or spraying the sheet pan. One of my favorite things to cook with them is plantains and sweet potatoes, because they get so crispy on the outside, you’d think they were deep fried. I promise these will change your oil-free baking game!

vegan gyros with the homemade falafel and tzatziki sauce

Are these falafel gyros healthy?

Traditional gyros may be considered an unhealthy dish. They are usually loaded with meat and dairy based sauces and deep fried ingredients. However this falafel gyros recipe is packed full of vegetables, plant based protein, and a dairy-free vegan tzatziki sauce. These all come together to make the ultimate healthy filling dinner recipe. This vegan gyros recipe is also gluten-free (if you use a gluten-free naan).

I also touched on it in the intro, but you can totally make this recipe even healthier with a few simple adjustments! In order to make this falafel gyros recipe healthier, you can add greens to the falafel. I love doing this, because it’s incredibly easy and you won’t even be able to tell that you did it! My green of choice it spinach. You can also add spinach to these vegan gyros as the lettuce instead of romaine.

My last tip for making these falafel gyros healthy is to add all the spice! Okay, maybe not all, but a lot! Spices are such an easy way to add extra nutrients and health benefits. One of my favorite health promoting spices is cumin! Cumin is such an underrated spice. This falafel gyros recipe already contains cumin, but don’t be afraid to add a little extra for some bonus nutrients. You can read more about the amazing health benefits of cumin here.

Can I meal prep this falafel gyros recipe?

It’s not secret I love creating meal prep friendly vegan recipes here. I was a big meal prep girl in college. Therefore I love creating recipe that can be meal prepped. This falafel gyros recipe makes a great healthy vegan meal prep! What makes this falafel meal prep friendly? It’s simple: you can store the ingredients prepared and then assemble the sandwich fresh each day. I find that this is the best method for storing vegan wraps and sandwiches, because they taste fresh each time! I have plenty of meal prep friendly recipes just like these falafel gyros!

Favorite vegan wraps and sandwiches:

falafel gyro recipe close up showing the vegan tzatziki sauce and homemade falafel

How to make this dairy-free tzatziki sauce:

Raise your hand if you’ve gotten sucked into the “silken tofu tastes like cream” trap before *raises both hands*. Let’s be real for a second: Is silken tofu amazing? Yes. Does it make for a good tzatziki base? No. For a period of time I lost hope that I would be able to successfully make non-dairy tzatziki. However once I discovered vegan yogurt the game change. Specifically the Kite Hill Almond milk yogurt. This stuff seriously tastes like greek yogurt. Fun fact: greek yogurt used to be my favorite food before going vegan, so I have a little credibility when it comes to weighing in on if a vegan yogurt tastes right or not. Using a quality vegan yogurt is key to creating a proper tzatziki sauce recipe.

Ingredients for this Falafel Gyro Recipe:

  • Chickpeas
  • Parsley
  • Tahini
  • Garlic
  • Red onion
  • Cumin
  • Lemon
  • Vegan yogurt
  • Dill
  • Cucumber
  • Lemon
  • Tomato
  • Romaine
  • Gluten-free pita bread
falafel gyros recipe image with finished vegan falafels

Falafel Gyros

This Falafel gyros recipe has all the middle eastern flavors of a traditional gyro without the meat! This recipe is super simple, all you'll need is a food processor and an oven(air fryer friendly!). This recipe is vegan, oil-free, refined sugar-free, and gluten-free!
5 from 13 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Course Main Course, Sandwich
Cuisine Middle East
Servings 6

Equipment

Ingredients
  

For the Falafel:

  • 3 cups chickpeas
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley
  • 2 tbsp tahini
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 lemon

For the Tzatziki Sauce:

  • 1 cup vegan yogurt
  • 1/2 cup fresh dill
  • 1/2 cup minced cucumber
  • 1 lemon

For the Gyro:

  • 6 gluten-free pitas
  • 1 tomato
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 1 head romaine
  • 1/4 cup hummus

Instructions
 

  • Begin by preheating your oven to 375.
  • Add all ingredients of falafel together in food processor and blend. You will probably need to scrape the edges down as you go. You want to ensure you don't over blend, and there are still bits of the chickpea in the mixture.
  • Once blended scoop out and form balls or patties, both work great. Place on the baking sheet for 35 minutes in the oven. You can also air fry them for a quicker option. You want them to be crispy to touch.
  • To make the tzatziki sauce: chop and add all ingredients together and stir to combine.
  • Assemble the gyros by spreading hummus, topping with falafel and chopped veggies, finish with tzatziki and enjoy!
Keyword Easy, falafel gyros, Meal Prep, simple
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9 Comments

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  2. 5 stars
    So good! I missed eating Gyro’s and this hits the spot.

  3. 5 stars
    This was so delicious, we both loved it for a weekend lunch at home! I love the middle eastern flavors!

  4. 5 stars
    I think I could eat these every day! So good!

  5. 5 stars
    Great vegan gyros recipe. Thank you for all the tips about vegan tzatziki sauce. I agree that tofu isn’t the best base, but almond yogurt will be perfect.

  6. 5 stars
    these gyros are amazing! so delicious and the perfect dinner idea this weekend!

  7. 5 stars
    These falafel gyros have got to be my favorite lunch! Your recipe for falafels is absolutely delicious. I could eat those nonstop.

  8. 5 stars
    this homemade gyo totally hit the spot and makes for a great on the go lunch

  9. 5 stars
    These look SO GOOD! Thanks for sharing.

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