Pumpkin Fall-afel

Need a savory pumpkin recipe? Try turning it into falafel! Serve on pita flatbread with tahini and Greek yogurt for an unforgettable vegetarian dinner.

skillet with pita flatbread and pumpkin falafel patties
Photo: Jacob Fox
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
25 mins


  • ½ 15 ounce can chickpeas, rinsed and drained (3/4 cup)

  • ½ 15 ounce can pumpkin (3/4 cup)

  • cup chopped onion

  • 1 egg

  • 2 tablespoon lemon juice

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro

  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled

  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander

  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs

  • 2 tablespoon olive oil

  • 4 soft pita flatbreads, toasted

  • ¼ cup tahini (sesame seed paste)

  • Chopped cucumber and/or tomato (optional)

  • ¼ cup plain Greek yogurt

  • ¼ cup chopped green onion


  1. In a medium bowl mash beans with a fork. Stir in pumpkin; set aside.

  2. In a blender or food processor combine the next nine ingredients (through pepper). Cover and blend or process until smooth. Add to the bean mixture; stir to combine. Stir in panko.

  3. In an extra-large skillet heat oil over medium. Shape chickpea mixture into eight balls; flatten slightly. Add to skillet. Cook for 5 to 6 minutes or until browned and heated through, turning once.

  4. Spread flatbreads with tahini. Top with cucumber and/or tomato, if desired. Add falafel. Top with yogurt and green onion.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

461 Calories
18g Fat
60g Carbs
16g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 461
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 48mg 16%
Sodium 751mg 33%
Total Carbohydrate 60g 22%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 16g
Vitamin C 9.9mg 50%
Calcium 137mg 11%
Iron 4mg 22%
Potassium 352mg 7%
Folate, total 110.7mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.2mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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