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Spicy Hummus Falafel Recipe

So we were recently scrolling Pinterest and looking up falafel recipes (okay, Ben was Pinteresting by proxy, since I basically force him to look at everything I happen to be giggling about), and we ended up talking about how amazing it is that the internet has made plant based eating so incredibly accessible to everyone. All you have to do is type in “plant based _____”, and you get endless pages of delicious recipes and advice.

falafel recipe

And THEN, we also began to realize how NOT accessible many of these recipes were. At least for a typical, “I just worked a full day, worked out, and am now laying in my jammies not wanting to cook dinner” day. It’s no WONDER people are weary of trying out more plant based meals. They think you have to set aside 2 hours to whip up this gourmet Buddah bowl with marinated tofu, julienned veggies, and a fancy sauce with 6 ingredients you’ve never heard of.

Wrong. So wrong. Plant based can be SO easy if you let it. There’s nothing wrong with taking some short cuts to get yourself a solid, veggie based meal. So we’re going to start posting more EASY plant based meals with lots of our go-to ingredients and healthy shortcuts.

Because hello, we’re REAL PEOPLE, and we don’t normally have time to marinate, sautee and chop.

Well hey there real life, welcome to the veggie dome.

falafel recipe

Our first short cut meal is the humble falafel recipe. We put this beauty together after craving the keebabs we had in Italy (we know, totally where you’d expect a bomb ass keebab). Almost everything in this recipe comes pre-made (most these ingredients appear on our plant based shopping list), so it’s crazy easy to throw together on any given weeknight.

If you want to make your own hummus, that’s ridiculously easy, so we encourage it. BUT, again, real life. We adore Hope Hummus, which is a local brand that makes FIRE flavors. Spicy avocado has a regular rotation in our fridge.

falafel recipe

The pita and falafels also come from a local CO company, and they are insanely addictive. We love pairing it with fresh, crunchy cabbage. A great shortcut for this is pre-cut cabbage (we scored ours from Trader Joes). Bell peppers add another crunchy kick, and some additional freshness.

Part of the charm of this falafel recipe is the fact that you can customize it however you want. All you need it pita, falafel, hummus, and veggies. Pick your flavors and build away.

falafel recipe

Keeping these basics in your fridge on any given week gives you a quick, easy, and healthy plant based option.

So whether you’re a full force veg head, or just trying to cut down on the meaty meals, we encourage you to try this out the next time you’re feeling like you’ve got too much to do, and not enough time to do it.


Spicy Avocado Hummus Falafel Recipe


Falafel Balls

Whole Wheat Pita Bread


Bell Pepper (or veggie of choice)

Pre-sliced Cabbage



1. Heat up falafels on medium-low heat.

2. Slice the pita bread in half, and add them to the pan you’re cooking the falafel in (this helps open up the bread for optimal stuffage).

3. Once falafels begin to brown on both sides, take off the pita bread and add in hummus, bell peppers, cabbage, and falafel.

4. Enjoy!


  • Ellen from Ask Away Blog

    January 10, 2018 at 2:10 pm

    Yay this sounds awesome. I’m def printing this recipe and making it !

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      January 12, 2018 at 12:28 am

      Thanks Ellen! We hope you love it!

  • The pink pineapple

    January 10, 2018 at 11:09 pm

    Great post thanks for recipe

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      January 12, 2018 at 12:28 am


  • jordan @ dancing for donuts

    January 10, 2018 at 11:33 pm

    i neeeeed to find that hummus – it sounds amazing!!!!! and i love how simple but healthy this meal is. falafel is one of my favorite things but i actually forgot how much i loved it so thank you for reminding me to grab it at the store during my next grocery trip πŸ™‚

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      January 12, 2018 at 12:29 am

      It’s SO good Jordan! It’s honestly the best hummus we’ve ever had! And this is one of our constant go to meals throughout the week! Falafel is the BEST.

  • Miriam

    January 11, 2018 at 8:51 am

    Love quick & easy healthy recipes. I once tried to make falafel from scratch and failed miserably πŸ™‚ Hummus, on the other hand, is really easy to make but good store-bought can be really tasty as well and I am a huge fan of the falafel/hummus combination!

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      January 12, 2018 at 12:31 am

      Haha that’s why we love buying the falafels! So much easier than making them from scratch. Hummus is SUPER easy, but we do the the Hope hummus if we’re tight on time! Falafels + hummus = life :).

  • Sofia

    January 11, 2018 at 12:12 pm

    I loveeee hummus but I can’t deal with spicy food at all! Might still try it though πŸ˜›

    xx Sofia | SOFIAADOT

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      January 12, 2018 at 12:32 am

      Haha it’s mildly spicy hummus! I’m super sensitive to spice, so I usually have to go pretty mild. Although red pepper hummus would go great in this too!

  • All That I’m Eating

    January 11, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    This is a great idea for a quick dinner, the avocado hummus sounds delicious!

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      January 12, 2018 at 12:32 am

      Thanks! It’s so delicious. We literally put it on everything!

  • the fashion matters

    January 11, 2018 at 3:27 pm

    I love hummus and falafel!

    Hadas | The Fashion Matters – Luxury Blog

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      January 12, 2018 at 12:33 am

      Us too!

  • Gabrielle

    January 11, 2018 at 9:34 pm

    That’s a really good point! I’ve never properly tried to follow a plant-based diet, but mainly due to thinking of how time consuming it would be to prepare each meal! Like you say, keeping these ingredients in your fridge would definitely make the adjustments to that lifestyle easier – especially to begin with (after all, the beginning is always the hardest!). Hope you both have a great weekend πŸ™‚

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      January 12, 2018 at 12:34 am

      Lots of people have that idea! Ben and I are crazy busy so fast and yummy plant meals are a must for us. 99% of the time we do NOT have time to cook up a gourmet meal! It gets easier the more you do it!

  • Rachel

    January 12, 2018 at 7:29 pm

    Yummmmmmm, I love falafel! We are really lucky that we live in an age where so many healthy, nutritious foods are available to us. If I wanted to, I’m pretty sure I would never have to slave over a stove, and I’d still have a pretty healthy diet.

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      January 13, 2018 at 2:16 am

      Falafels are the BEST! And amen sister! We LOVE shortcuts that save us time but still give us what we crave! We definitely consider ourselves lucky!

  • Jeanne

    January 13, 2018 at 2:02 am

    Honestly haven’t tried something like this before, sounds interesting!

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      January 13, 2018 at 2:40 am

      It’s so yummy! We actually hadn’t either before Italy (I know, so strange), BUT, we’re forever obsessed from that point on!

  • Nancy

    January 13, 2018 at 5:39 am

    The thing I like about plant-based diets is the fact that we’re in the age where there are a lot of faux-meat (made of veggies). This spicy hummus falafel looks delicious! I love how it’s minimal and gets the job done :).

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      January 14, 2018 at 12:50 am

      Agreed! And the more you play around with them, the better versions you find. That’s exactly what this is! It’s such a perfect weekday meal!

  • Kelli

    January 13, 2018 at 4:24 pm

    This looks so good! Thank you for sharing!

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      January 14, 2018 at 12:50 am

      Thanks Kelli!

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      January 14, 2018 at 12:50 am

      Thank you!

  • Courtney Hardy

    January 14, 2018 at 2:27 am

    That hummus sounds really good. I want to make some.

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      January 14, 2018 at 7:03 pm

      It is SO good! And it would be super easy to re-create on your own!

  • Laura Mitbrodt

    January 14, 2018 at 4:22 am

    Yummy these look so good

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      January 14, 2018 at 7:03 pm

      Thank Laura! They’re delicious!

  • Kassy

    January 14, 2018 at 10:11 am

    It looks like such a great recipe! It’s wonderful that you have decided to share meals that are quick and easy to prepare, which I am sure are also delicious. πŸ˜€

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      January 14, 2018 at 7:04 pm

      We just figure life is easier when meals are too! And they sure are!

  • Deborah Brooks

    January 14, 2018 at 12:43 pm

    I agree that plant based totally accessible especially if you do a little planning and prep on the weekend. Falafel is one of my favorites too. We make a lot of humus at home it’s easier than people think!

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      January 14, 2018 at 7:05 pm

      Amen! Planning is so key, especially having easy staples to throw together when you’re short on time (or energy). I was honestly blown away (and a little embarrassed) when I realized how ridiculously easy it is to make your own hummus!

  • Nevena Krstic

    January 14, 2018 at 1:18 pm

    This sounds so yummy! πŸ™‚ xx

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      January 14, 2018 at 7:06 pm

      Thank you! It is!

  • Amy-Anne Williams

    January 14, 2018 at 1:19 pm

    Oh my gosh yeeesssss this looks divine! I adore falafels as they’re so full of goodness and still manage to taste incredible. I love your healthy eating advice and recipes, they’re so perfect for when I go back to university next week!

    Little Moon Elephant

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      January 14, 2018 at 7:06 pm

      Ahhhhh we feel the EXACT same way. Falafels make it feel like you’re splurging but they’ve got tons of veggies and goodness in them!

  • Marina W

    January 15, 2018 at 2:02 am

    Back at it again with another great recipe!
    I love falafel and it look delicious.

    – Marina

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      January 15, 2018 at 6:43 pm

      We might be a little bit obsessed too! Thanks Marina!

  • the adventurer

    January 15, 2018 at 3:36 am

    My boyfriend loves the hope spicy hummus. One weekend he bought two huge tubs of it and I swear it was gone in a week. He ate it with anything and everything =o) I will have to share this recipe with him because I think he would love it =o)

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      January 15, 2018 at 6:44 pm

      Ah hahaha I was SO excited when I realized Whole Foods had it in a jumbo size. It makes everything SO MUCH BETTER! We hope he loves this!

  • Eena

    January 15, 2018 at 6:13 am

    UHM YES. This looks so good! I love humus so definitely gonna try this out soon πŸ˜€

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      January 15, 2018 at 6:44 pm

      Thanks Eena! We hope you love it!

  • Heather Rowland

    January 15, 2018 at 8:12 am

    I love this simple and customisable recipe – falafel are one of my all-time favourite foods and they’re so tasty in pitta bread with hummus and veggies! Will definitely be making this later today!

    Heather xoxo

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      January 15, 2018 at 6:44 pm

      Definitely our kind of recipe! We’ve gotta have some wiggle room (especially at night haha). Hope you love it Heather!

  • Gemma

    January 15, 2018 at 9:46 am

    This looks so delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe. Have a great week.

    Gemma x

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      January 15, 2018 at 6:45 pm

      Thanks Gemma! You too!

  • Ashley

    January 15, 2018 at 12:36 pm

    Finger licking good!! ahh!! looks so yummy and so healthy too babe!!



    1. Mile High Dreamers

      January 15, 2018 at 6:45 pm

      Beyond delicious AND healthy. The best way to go!

  • Rosanna

    January 15, 2018 at 1:54 pm

    Yum, it sounds and looks great!!
    Have a lovely day πŸ™‚
    Rosanna x

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      January 15, 2018 at 6:45 pm

      Thanks Rosanna! You too!

  • carly

    January 15, 2018 at 7:33 pm

    Thanks for the recipe! I’m definitely a fan of taking short cuts and using pre-made ingredients to quickly put together a healthy meal. You’re right, that time and ease is half the battle.

    Have a wonderful week!
    Carly at A Modern Mom Blog

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      January 16, 2018 at 12:24 am

      It really does make it so much easier when you have ingredients you can just throw together! The more we give ourselves a leg up, the better off we are.

  • Alessa

    January 15, 2018 at 8:53 pm

    Looks delicious!

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      January 16, 2018 at 12:24 am

      Thanks Alessa!

  • Emily

    January 16, 2018 at 12:01 am

    Dang! This looks so good! And healthy. After I went back to Greece this summer it’s become so hard to eat Greek food in America haha. It’s so greasy here! This definitely looks like a recipe I’d try, and it doesn’t look too difficult either.


    1. Mile High Dreamers

      January 16, 2018 at 12:25 am

      Ah hahaha oh my gosh, I can only imagine! That’s one good thing about these falafels is they aren’t greasy at all. It’s crazy easy to throw together! We hope you love it!

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