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Looking for a plant-based protein that’s not a veggie burger? Try Spinach Chickpea Cakes!

They make a great meal served alongside a salad, stuffed into a pita, or with all the usual burger fixins! And the best part is, they come together in less than half an hour if you’ve got pre-cooked rice to use.

chickpeas lemon rice flax spinach parsley

I used canned chickpeas, pre-cooked brown rice, ground ground flaxseeds, lemon juice, parsley, garlic, and salt and pepper.

I threw everything into the food processor and processed it until it was well combined, but still coarse.

Spinach Falafel in food processor

I formed them into 4 patties and baked at 400 degrees F for 20 minutes. Try to make yours more equal in size than I did! (Or don’t…whatever works!) #reallife

Spinach falafel on baking sheet

Falafel are usually served with a tahini sauce, and I just happened to have tahini, lemon juice, and garlic to make some. But I also had a couple of cooked beets that I wanted to use up, so I created this gorgeous Beet Tahini Sauce to go alongside them.

How Springy does this look?

Spinach Falafel with Beet Tahini Sauce

Each spinach chickpea cake clocks in at only 125 calories, so I recommend eating 2. 🙂 They also have 5 grams of protein and more than 3 grams of fiber per serving, and a nice amount of iron from the beans.

Serving them with the Beet Tahini Sauce adds another 2 grams of protein, as well as a good dose of healthy fats.

These are a great prep-ahead meal and freeze well, too. So feel free to double the recipe and make extra for later. Just reheat them when you’re ready to eat.

vegan Spinach falafel with beet tahini dressing

Spinach Chickpea Cakes

Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 453kcal


  • 15.5 oz chickpeas, drained
  • 1.5 cups brown rice, cooked
  • 1 tbsp ground flaxseeds
  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • pinch of black pepper


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Combine all ingredients in a food processor and process until coarsely combined.
  • Form into 4 patties and place on a baking sheet.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown.


Calories: 453kcal | Carbohydrates: 86g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 308mg | Potassium: 576mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 733IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 89mg | Iron: 5mg


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