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Gram flour, crushed chickpeas, warm spices and wild greens + honey-harissa chickpeas = a healthy, fun, gluten-free and dairy-free breakfast, brunch or light supper!



Falafels as waffles is a thing. This is because anything as waffles is a thing.

People are waffling grilled cheese (standard), mac and cheese, tamales, frittatas, hash browns, polenta, crab cakes – you get the idea. However, if you are craving something healthy, lightly spiced, not too carby, but still very much waffle-shaped, grab your waffle iron, open that bag of chickpea flour that I just know you have (what with all the chickpea flour recipes I have on here), and let’s get waffling!

My falafel waffles are a pretty fun way to make waffles out of what is essentially a tarted up socca/farinata batter. These thin, lacy 4-ingredient pancakes – that I love to top with all manner of savoury goodies – are transformed into fluffy, light falafel-spiced waffles with the addition of some crushed chickpeas, spices, (optional) wild garlic, nettles, and two eggs. These are too easy not to have a go making up, especially if you like your breakfast and brunch full of protein and healthy ingredients. Two of these waffles will keep you going long after you have washed up the waffle maker and headed out for the day.

Gram flour, crushed chickpeas, warm spices and wild greens + honey-harissa chickpeas = a healthy, fun, gluten-free and dairy-free breakfast, brunch or light supper! kelliesfoodtoglow.comIf you are dithering over this easy breakfast/brunch/lunch recipe because you a) don’t have a waffle iron, and b) have no good place to pick some wild garlic and young nettles, then cease your hesitation: these make great pancakes; and just use a little garlic and some chopped, cooked spinach, fresh parsley or coriander. Or skip straight to the warm spices. All will be well. You are waffling after all.

I am very lucky to be able to forage for wild garlic and young nettles in the woods behind my house, but I know that not everyone has access to patches of moist woodland or riverbanks where these wild foods thrive.


freshly picked wild garlic and nettle tops

Wild garlic is sometimes available at farmer’s markets and farm shops but probably not for a few more weeks, when the woods will be honking filled with the aroma. 🙂 Thankfully for work colleagues and intimate loved ones wild garlic never is as strong as the scent, but the young stuff that is peeking its way through the leaf litter is very mild and more socially acceptable for eating in the first half of the day.DSC_0672

Know what you are eating. I don’t mean to nag, but always be sure that what you are picking is edible. Wild garlic (or ransoms as it is sometimes called) in its young, flowerless, state looks quite like bulb plants such as snowdrops, bluebells, star of Bethlehem and lily of the valley that often grown with it. Here is a link to help you tell the difference. Richard Mabey’s classic forager’s guide, Food For Free is my go-to for plants about which I am unsure (thank you Rachel for my beautiful hardbook copy). Better yet, go on a foraging course with an expert. In Scotland, my recommendation is Monica Wilde (nominative determinism in action!). Lastly, check out this UK forager’s calendar from Wild Mushroom’s Online to find out what’s edible and when – it’s a fabulous resource.

Although this is patently a savoury recipe, do add a touch of flavoursome local honey to the chickpeas to give a veiled nod to Western custom of the sweet waffle. Just please don’t cover it in bacon!

Gram flour, crushed chickpeas, warm spices and wild greens + honey-harissa chickpeas = a healthy, fun, gluten-free and dairy-free breakfast, brunch or light supper!

Falafel Waffles with Harissa Chickpeas

  • Servings: 8 small waffles
  • Difficulty: easy
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This is quite a flexible recipe. Add chickpeas; don’t add chickpeas. Add wild greens; don’t add wild greens. No waffle maker; make these as pancakes. It’s all good stuff.

The batter keeps for a couple of days, but don’t add the greens until just before making in order to get the maximum nutrition. Just shake or re-whisk the batter and load up your waffle maker. xx


200g gram flour/chickpea flour

3/4 tsp ground cumin

1/4 tsp ground cardamom

1/2 tsp ground coriander

1/2 tsp Aleppo pepper or other mild, fruity pepper flakes

1/4 tsp ground turmeric

1/4 tsp black pepper

1 1/4 tsp salt

275ml warm water

2 tbsp olive oil/melted coconut oil/rapeseed oil/melted ghee

75g cooked chickpeas, well crushed/smashed, but not blended (optional) – not shown, but I’ve tested this

Small palmful each chopped wild garlic leaves and blanched young nettle tops (pour boiling water over rinsed nettles and drain) OR chopped parsley, coriander and/or spinachDSC_0662.jpg

Yogurt-Tahini Sauce

100ml Greek yogurt

1 heaped tbsp light tahini paste

2 tbsp lemon juice

1 small garlic clove, crushed – optional

Water to thicken

Pinch of salt

1 tbsp finely chopped wild garlic – optional

Honey-Harissa Chickpeas

up to 200g cooked chickpeas

1 tbsp harissa paste (here is my recipe for rose harissa)

1 tsp best honey

Extras: chopped vegetables and spices to accompany – e.g chopped blanched nettles, cherry tomatoes, red onion, cucumber, lemon juice, a good pinch of sumac.


1. Whisk the dry batter ingredients, then gradually whisk the water and oil. Fold in the chopped greens, the crushed chickpeas if using, and let the batter sit for half an hour.DSC_0686

2. Heat your waffle maker and lightly oil once temperature is reached. Stir the batter then ladle enough of it into the centre to fan out but not overload the space.

3. While the first waffle is being made heat the oven to 100C/212F. Put the cooked waffles onto a baking tray and keep warm in the oven.

4. Chop any vegetables that you wish to have with the waffles.

5. Gently heat the chickpeas with the harissa and honey. Make more than you need as these are great with lots of things!

6. Mix together the sauce ingredients.

To serve: Pop two waffles on each plate, top with the chopped fresh vegetables, harissa chickpeas and drizzle over the yogurt-tahini sauce. If you have leftover waffles, reheat them briefly before eating.

Note: two waffles per person should suffice as they are so full of protein


I’m popping this over to a couple of appropriate blog round-ups. Do come join in with your own veggie or seasonal recipes! Now over to Feeding Boys for Simple and in Season, Meatfree Monday at Tinned Tomatoes, and A Mummy Too’s Recipe of the Week  Go have a look and see what else my fellow food lovers are up to. 🙂

Other Waffle Recipes, Wild Garlic Recipes and Chickpea Flour Recipes on Food To Glow

Waffles with Attitude (savoury)

A Foraged Savoury Cake for Easter (SEE ABOVE)

Wild Garlic Soup (a very economical recipe)

Wild Garlic, Lemon & Ricotta Toast

Wild Garlic Pizza, Pesto and Pasta (three recipes!)

Rosemary & Thyme Chickpea Pancakes

Spring Vegetable Brunch Pancake

Farinata Lasagne (chickpea pancakes instead of pasta!)

Fresh and Light Open Vegetable Lasagne 

Recipes From Others

Wild Garlic & Basil Pesto with Baobab

Gram Flour Tortilla Chips

Cauliflower & Cavolo Nero Pakoras

Dark Chocolate Dipped Ginger Biscuits

Chickpea Flour Pizza

Teff Salad with Wild Garlic 


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52 thoughts on “Falafel Waffles with Honey-Harissa Chickpeas Recipe (gf/df)

  1. kstienemeier says:

    Fanstastic recipe Kellie right up my alley. Easter brunch saved, hurrah! xox

    1. So great to hear from you, Karin. I would love to think that I am present at your Easter table in this way. Have a happy Easter xx

  2. Oh, wow~You are totally impressing me with this one Kellie! My first {and only, so far} attempt at making socca was somewhat of a fail {I think they were too thick}, but I love the idea of falafel waffles. And that topping! Genius!!!!

    1. Oh, maybe thin the batter a little so they are more like crepe batter. Don’t give up! And thanks for your kind words. I am beaming. 🙂

  3. Every bit of this recipe has my name all over it! I love chickpea flour, and recently got a waffle maker too. All those flavours are singing to me! Nice one Kellie.

    1. I bet you can work your natural chef magic riffing on this, Ceri. 🙂

  4. superfitbabe says:

    Chickpeas are so delicious, and I’m obsessed with falafels! However, most of them are very oily and deep-fried at restaurants–NOT GOOD. But I think this take on waffles is much cleaner, and a lot more clever, I would say! So glad that this popped up in my email so I can check it out!

    1. I know, right? I never think they are worth all of the calories and fat tbh. But this way you can have the healthy and still tasty bits without the nasties. Thanks for your comment Cassie!

  5. Susan says:

    Brilliant! OK…if I’m too lazy to make the rose harissa, is there an easy sub?

    1. Buy some, Susan! I’m not sure the brands you have in Atlanta, but I’m sure there will be some good ones available. It’s an easy one to do right but the spices and heat do vary. If you see al-Fez brand, buy it. Let me know if you try it honey. 🙂

  6. Looks amazing…beautiful photos!

    1. Thanks so much! 🙂

  7. Very cool recipe!! Makes me want to buy a waffle maker 🙂 and once again I am massively jealous of your wild garlic haul!

    1. My old one (actually it was Rachel’s she got for her 15th birthday from a chum) literally broke in my hand while making these, so my accidental signing up to Amazon Prime (how did that happen??) came in handy as I got a shiny new one the next morning to finish off the batter. A good investment, I’d say. Take the plunge as a birthday treat to yourself 😉 xx

      1. Ha ha! I took the plunge on some beautiful Art Deco cutlery as a birthday treat to myself…not sure I can justify a waffle maker too!! 😉

  8. I think you’ve struck gold with these falafel waffles and honey harissa chickpeas. If I didn’t already have a Middle Eastern-themed brunch spread planned for this weekend I might have had to make these. But with either of these meals, I still worry that our exotic taste buds might be too much for brunch guests. We’ll see!! 😉

    1. I thought this might catch your eye, Katie. 🙂 Enjoy your brunch. What’s on the menu?

  9. Oh how I want a waffle maker Kellie, your creation is so colourful and I bet it tastes amazing too. I’m going to make scotch eggs with falafel mix instead of sausage meat… just love the flavours! Thanks for hooking up with Simple and in Season xxx

    1. Oh, that sounds a wonderful idea, Katie!! I like that a lot! I will look out for the post. Thanks for commenting. And I was pleased to see that you are at the helm of Ren’s “baby”. I am sure it will just grow and grow in your hands. 🙂

  10. Monica Shaw says:

    This is probably the coolest recipe I’ve seen all year… I make farinata at least once a week but this seriously ups the game!

    1. Well, you have just made my day Monica. Can you come by every day and write/say nice things to me? I can pay in waffles 😉

  11. So many gorgeous recipes! Im going to catch up on them at the weekend and enjoy reading them slowly. Ive got my nephew staying so he may well benefit from these recipes too 🙂

    1. Aw thanks lovely NIki. I hope Master H has a fun visit with you all. Don’t inflict my food on him though! Speak soon. xx

  12. I love waffles and as I’m on a bit of a health kick at the mo these would go down a storm. Love me some falafel!

    1. Me too! But the normal frying method freaks me out a little (I am accident prone) so I decided waffling is the way to go. Thanks for taking the time to stop by and leave this lovely comment, Stuart. 🙂

  13. Janice @FarmersgirlCook says:

    How fantastic, I’m going to have to rush out and buy some chickpea flour now!

    1. Well, if you need more recipe with that bag of chickpea flour, check the Index. I ssem to have a ridiculous amount of recipes for such a niche-ish food. 🙂

  14. They look so delicious Kellie! I would love a waffle maker though I fear my creations would not be as healthy 😉 I will try these as pancakes over the Easter break! Pinned!

    1. Thanks for your kind enthusiasm Lucy. I appreciate it! I got my waffle maker on Amazon Prime the very next morning after an old one broke. Just putting it through its paces. 🙂

  15. Oh god these are beautiful. I so utterly need to jump on board the waffle train!… Oooh a train made of waffle!!

    1. I like that image very much, Dom. And you think *I’m* bonkers 😉 Happy to be bonkers with you. Waffle train. Yes!

  16. OH yes, yes please! And they’re gluten free/dairyfree to boot!?

    1. Hi Emma! I remember chatting to you just as you were leaving the Waitrose Christmas event. So lovely to find you here. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by my humble slice of the Interweb.

  17. This looks amazing!

  18. Corina says:

    It looks absolutely gorgeous! I’ve never thought of making savoury spicy waffles before but i have a waffle maker and all the ingredients so there’s really no reason not to!

  19. I have wild garlic. I have nettles. I have gram flour (of course!). I have no waffle iron but pancakes are a Go GO GO! Fab 🙂

  20. What a fabulous idea Kellie. I need to be more adventurous with my waffle maker, it’s been shamefully underused. Love the recipe too. Yummed, pinned and tweeted!

  21. Elizabeth says:

    Oh my goodness these sound amazing, and the name just rolls off the tongue like poetry! 🙂

  22. Maryana says:

    A!!! I miss my waffle maker which I’ve left in the US. I need to get one now 🙂 After seeing these photos of yumminess 🙂 Plus, chickpeas are my latest healthy addiction.

  23. LauraJane says:

    This looks delicious. Beautiful photography <£

  24. those look so awesome

  25. Urvashi Roe says:

    We are not fortunate enough to live near woodland that will be honking with the stuff! So I need to go and hunt down some wild garlic in the secret spot I know. It’s a great source but recently they did some building work around there so I am keeping fingers and toes crossed that they haven’t paved over it as I love it so much. I like the idea of waffles as a “carrier” for healthy toppings. I need to up my carb intake over the next few weeks for the marathon and so it’s a perfect meal for me. Thanks for inspiring (as always) x

    1. Thanks so much, Urvashi. You will be using up a tremendous amount of calories with your training so you can pretty much eat what you want! I wouldn’t say “lucky you” exactly, but eating to fuel yourself in this way must be both an interesting challenge and a pleasure. Best wishes for the lead up to the Big Day xx

  26. stateeats says:

    Love the idea of savory waffles. I haven’t attempted yet but this is giving me inspiration – Kat

  27. Jan says:

    Kellie what a great idea – love the idea of falafel waffles and the topping looks amazing. I’ve pinned so I can give these a go when I eventually get a waffle maker. I’ve never made them before and I need to get one asap.

  28. Looks like a delicious idea….but then I do love anything with harissa! And the you throw in wild garlic😆I’m sold💕

  29. Newtrition4U says:

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  30. chefceaser says:

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  31. Simply stunning Kellie – these caught my attention via Katie’s Simple and in Season event – and they are perfect.

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