Simple Low FODMAP Falafels

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These falafels are perfect to make at the beginning of the week and add to salad bowls during the week for lunch. In this recipe we use canned lentils so keep them low FODMAP. 1/2 can on canned lentils is considered low FODMAP per the Monash University Low FODMAP guidelines.

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What you need:

2 tins of canned lentils*, drained and rinsed

1 cup parsley

1/3 cup spring onion (green part only)

2 tbsp lemon juice

2 tbsp garlic infused olive oil

1 tsp chilli flakes (optional)

1 tsp ground cumin

5 tbsp gluten free flour (find my blend here)

2 tsp of chia seeds

*1/2 cup of canned lentils is FODMAP friendly guidance from Monash University low FODMAP app

What to do:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C

  2. Combine all ingredients except for flour and chia seeds in a food processor and pulse until well combined

  3. Stir in gluten free flour and chia seeds flour. Leave it set for 5 minutes

  4. Form into small patties and place on a lined baking tray. Bake for 15-18 minutes until cooked

  5. Remove from oven and use in salads and buddha bowls. Refrigerate for a few days or freeze

Like this recipe? Why not try my Potato and Chickpea Curry - find the recipe here

My top FODMAP friendly sweeteners


When it comes to sweeteners, a lot of them can be off-limits because they’re high in fructose, including honey, agave syrup and high fructose corn syrup (which are commonly added to highly processed products).

Even though sugar (raw, white and brown) is considered FODMAP friendly, I personally like to limit my refined sugar intake and use less refined sweeteners, as too much sugar for me can contribute to more inflammation in my body.

My favourite low FODMAP friendly sweeteners:

1) Rice malt syrup - Is made from 100% brown rice, has no added cane sugar, additives or preservatives and is fructose free (happy tummy!). Rice malt is the sweetener I use the most as it’s affordable (was a lot cheaper when I lived in Australia) and readily available at my local supermarket. The texture and colour reminds me of honey.

2) Pure maple syrup – Comes from the sap of maple trees. It must be 100% pure maple syrup, not the flavoured kind. Now I know it is a little more expensive than the fake stuff but not only does it taste 1000 times better it hasn't got all the added nasties. Nothing beats pancakes with maple syrup, an absolute classic! Find my recipe for these buckwheat pancakes

It is at the end of the day all still sugar, so I still try not go overboard... But maple syrup is always essential on pancakes!