New Recipe: Cauliflower Falafels with Eggplant Hummus

This has quickly become one of my favourite vegetarian meals. It does have a longer cooking time than our usual recipes which makes it the perfect meal to end the weekend with. 

Ingredients (Serves 2)

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ head cauliflower, roughly chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • ¼ cup pistachios, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup quinoa, cooked
  • 2 spring onions, roughly chopped
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 tablespoon cold-pressed extra virgin coconut oil, melted
  • 40g spinach leaves
  • Sea salt & pepper, to taste

Eggplant Hummus:

  • 1 eggplant, diced
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon tahini
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • Sea salt & pepper, to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 200°C and line 2 baking trays with baking paper.
  2. Place cauliflower, garlic and eggplant for hummus on the a prepared baking tray. Drizzle with olive oil, season well and roast for 30 minutes.  Remove from the oven and set aside eggplant.
  3. To make the falafels: place roasted cauliflower, 2 garlic cloves, pistachios, parsley, quinoa, spring onion, cumin and coconut oil in a blender or food processor and blitz until well combined.
  4. Divide mix into 8 evenly sized balls and place on the second lined baking tray. Roast in oven for 10–15 minutes, or until starting to brown.
  5. To make the hummus: place roasted eggplant and all other hummus ingredients into a blender or food processor and blend until well combined. If you require a thinner consistency, add a little extra water and blitz again. Season well.
  6. Serve falafels on top of spinach leaves alongside the hummus. 

Recipe developed with the assistance of Elly McLean, Holistic Nutritionist & JERF Lover. Learn more in Meet Elly here.

Image by Sarah Craven Photography.



  1. Natalie Bennett

    Hi, my falafels fell apart but were very tasty, any suggestions to keep them together?

  2. Steph Lowe

    Hi Natalie, we’re sorry to hear this. Please try blitzing a little further next time and rolling the falafels into very tight balls before baking. I hope this helps.

  3. Jules

    Hello! I have recently bought your fab book and hope you may have suggestions on how to adapt recipes with cauliflower? It’s one of the things I can only have in small amounts (including onion, garlic, zucchini, pumpkin, coconut flour, beans, seeds etc.) to avoid tummy pain 🙁 Would broccoli be a good substitute for a recipe like this one and others for “cauliflower rice”? Thanks so much.

  4. Elyse Lagos

    Hi Jules, absolutely! Broccoli is a great substitute in this recipe. You may also like to try garlic infused extra virgin olive oil in place of the garlic to avoid any tummy upset 🙂

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