New Recipe: Cauliflower Falafels with Eggplant Hummus

Cauliflower Falafels with Eggplant Hummus

New Recipe: Cauliflower Falafels with Eggplant Hummus

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.


4 thoughts on “New Recipe: Cauliflower Falafels with Eggplant Hummus

    1. 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.

  1. 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.

    1. 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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