Saskatchewan Flax Development Commission

Falafel Flax Waffles with Maple Tahini Sauce

Source:   |  Category: Entree, Ground Flaxseed

Get out your waffle iron and mix up a batch of these savoury flax falafel waffles.Drizzled with maple tahini sauce and topped with tomato salad. The perfect dish for brunch or dinner!


  • Waffles:
  • 1 (19 oz/540 mL) can chickpeas, rinsed
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) hummu
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) packed fresh parsley (stems okay)
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) packed fresh cilantro (stems okay)
  • 1 small red onion, quartered
  • 3 garlic clove
  • zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 Tbsp (30 mL) canola oil (plus more for brushing waffle maker)
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) ground flaxseed
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) ground cumin
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt
  • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) smoked paprika or chili powder
  • Maple Tahini Sauce:
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) tahini
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) water
  • 4 tsp (20 mL) fresh lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp (15 mL) maple syrup
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt
  • pinch of pepper
  • Tomato salad:
  • 1 cup (250 mL) halved cherry tomatoe
  • 1/2 Long English cucumber, chopped
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) diced red onion
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) finely chopped parsley
  • 2 Tbsp (30 mL) canola oil
  • 2 Tbsp (30 mL) lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) crumbled feta cheese, optional
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) sumac powder (optional)
  • alt and pepper to taste
Waffles:1 (19 oz) can chickpeas, rinsed1/2 cup hummu1/2 cup packed fresh parsley (stems okay)1/2 cup packed fresh cilantro (stems okay)1 small red onion, quarteredarlic clovezest and juice of 1 lemon2 Tbsp canola oil (plus more for brushing waffle maker)1/2 cup ground flaxseed1 tsp ground cumin1 tsp ground coriander1/2 tsp salt1/4 tsp smoked paprika or chili powderMaple Tahini Sauce:1/4 cup tahini1/4 cup water4 tsp fresh lemon juice1 Tbsp maple syrup1 tsp garlic powder1/4 tsp saltpinch of pepperTomato salad:1 cup halved cherry tomatoe1/ong English cucumber, chopped1/4 cup diced red onion1/4 cup finely chopped parsley2 Tbsp canola oil2 Tbsp lemon juice1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese, optional1 tsp sumac powder (optional)alt and pepper to taste


  1. Preheat a Belgian waffle maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Preheat the oven to 200F to keep the waffles warm until ready to serve. You’ll need to place them on a wire rack on a baking sheet so the bottoms don’t get soggy.
  2. Add the chickpeas, hummus, herbs, red onion, garlic, lemon zest and juice, and canola oil to the container of a food processor fitted with the S blade. Process for 1-2 minutes until paste-like, then add the ground flaxseed, spices and salt. Process just until combined. At this point the mixture can be transferred to an airtight container and refrigerated for up to 3 days, or waffles can be made immediately.
  3. Brush your preheated waffle maker with canola oil (be liberal) then add heaping 2/3 cup of batter to it, spreading the batter out a little. Cook for 8 minutes. After 8 minutes, check the waffle – if it’s starting to brown but feels soft, give it a couple minutes more. If it’s crisp, take it off with a fork or spatula and put it in the oven to keep warm. Repeat with remaining waffle mixture.
  4. While waffles are cooking, prepare the maple tahini sauce. Place all of the ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  5. Prepare the tomato salad by combining all of the ingredients in a medium bowl.
  6. To serve the waffles, drizzle each warm waffle with some of the maple tahini sauce and garnish with a few spoonfuls of the tomato salad. Eat immediately.

Yield: 4 waffles.

Serving Size: 1 waffle. Each serving contains 2 Tbsp (30 mL) of flax.

Cook's Notes:

  • Use your favourite hummus in this recipe. Different flavours of hummus will alter the taste of the waffles somewhat.
  • This is a vegan and gluten free recipe.

Nutritional Analysis

Total Fat38 g
Cholesterol10 mg
Carbohydrates60 g
Fiber16 g
Sugars14 g
Protein24 g
Sodium1340 mg
Potassium708 mg