Pita, Please

Dinner was so good tonight!!! One of my best meals yet, for sure.

But first, I tried a new snack today.


Nick and I finished off the strawberries today, and I tried one of these Heart Thrive snacks. I finally found them at one of our local coffee shops, of all places.


LOVED the flavor and chocolate bites (and the cute heart shape), but it was a little chalky? I’m guessing that’s from the protein powder, and, since I don’t eat a lot of protein powder, it just caught me off guard. But it was a great snack and very filling along with my fruit. I know Jenny suggested warming them in the microwave, so I’ll have to do that with the next one.



I’m not sure why I decided to make this, but I’m glad I did.

I’ve never had real falafels, but I figured I could make my own that were healthier, not deep fried, AND vegan. I was crossing my fingers that I was right.


Success #1!

And let’s talk about these pitas.


Normally, I would pull a Heather and buy some of the amazing pitas at our local Greek place in town, but I decided to try to make my own tonight.

Success #2!


I found this recipe online today, and (besides the pitas at our local Greek place) these were the best pitas I’ve ever had – and SO easy to make.

We ate dinner while they were still hot and they even split open like a REAL pita!


Along with our fresh pitas and salad, I made my version of falafel.

Soy free. Gluten free. Dairy Free. Everything but Flavor Free!


Baked Sweet Potato Falafel

  • 2 sweet potatoes, cooked and peeled
  • 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 2 tsp parsley
  • 2 Tbsp ground flax
  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Mash sweet potatoes with chickpeas.
  3. Add in seasonings and flax and mash again until the mixture sticks together.
  4. Spray baking sheet or line with foil. Roll mixture into 1” balls and place on baking sheet. Ignore your orange hands.
  5. Brush or spray with olive/canola oil.
  6. Bake 25-30 minutes.
  7. Let cool on baking sheet 5 minutes.
  8. Serve!


Homemade whole wheat pita, smothered in Sabra hummus, topped with baked falafel and veggies.

How do you say “delicious” in Greek? :)



  1. Wow, that’s looks amazing. Pitas from scratch?? I would have never thought to make them. I’ll have to give it a try.

  2. I am obsessed with greek food and everything in this meal looks great! YUM!

  3. I was shocked when you said those pitas weren’t store-bought, and that recipe looks just like the dough I use for my weekly sandwich loaf. I really have to try this some time.

  4. επίθ. νοστιμότατος, υπέροχος :)

    Can’t believe you made your own pitas Brandi! They look fluffy and so good. Also loving the falafel recipe. Man, wish I could have been at your house for dinner. CD and I had cereal.

  5. Ok I have to try those falafels, they look AWESOME.

  6. oh lover I promise microwaving those heart thrives will take them to a whole ‘nother you level. Gauranteed :)

    I just checked out that pita recipe – wow! I can’t believe how easy it is. Dare I say, I think I could even handle it?!

    You’re so Mediterranean, I love it! Enjoy the night my little Greek goddess :)

  7. oh my gosh those look incredible! I’ve never had falafels since they’re pretty unhealthy but I’ve kind of always wanted to! and sweet potato’s are delicious so these are a must try! thanks!!

  8. You are so amazing with this food today. I’m super impressed!

  9. Wow your own pitas and falafel in one night very impressive. Way to go!

  10. I am beyond awed that you made your own pitas! I think I need you to come teach me how to be a wife! :D

  11. The pita and falafel look amazing! I almost thought you’d go all out and make homemade hummus as well ;-). Can’t wait to try making the falafels myself!

  12. Those falafel look so good! I think I have to give them a try this week.

  13. Pitas are next on my list to make!!! I love falafel, and your vegan challenge looks like its going well!

  14. I’m going to have to try your falafel recipe. I tried to make some a while back and they turned out pretty lackluster. Yours look fantastic!!

  15. I can’t believe that was all from scratch! way to go!

  16. that falafel sounds amazing! i totally need to make that! i have sweet potatoes galore!

    and i’m jealous you tried the heart thrive products! i keep looking for them and can never find them!

  17. I’m going to make those falafel tomorrow–they look unbelievable! I’m so glad your dinner turned out so deliciously. Thanks for sharing it! :)

  18. thankyouthankyouthankyou for posting that falafel recipe!! I had my hand at trying my own and it was an epic fail. And I just so happen to have these ingredients!

  19. UHHH-MAYYYY-ZINGGG yes please, lets talk about these pitas!! omg i need a pita. im sure they sell gluten free ones! hmm im going on a hunt tomorrow. i want to make this.. and also the pizza ones ive seen around too!


    yay for heart thrive cookies! <3

  20. My son LOVES when I make homemade pita bread!
    Those falafels look great – think I might try my hand at them this weekend!

  21. Baked sweet pototo falafel?!?!?! HEAVEN!

  22. Ooo totally love all of this!! I just made homemade Naan for the first time the other day, now maybe pita bread will be up next!

  23. I’m gonna need that pita recipe!!!!

  24. Oh. Yum. That sounds seriously amazing! And homemade pitas? I am in absolute awe of you girl!

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  27. ahh! nevermind, i found it! i’m so excited to try this! however, i’m not feelin the white flour thing in the pita mix :/

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  29. Quick question. Do you think you could could freeze these or would they be terrible after reheating?

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  32. Just came over via Oh She Glows, and my gosh these sweet potato falafels look amazing! I can’t wait to make ’em :).

  33. What was the approximate size of the sweet potatoes you used? I guess a better question would be this: How much mashed sweet potato puree did you use? I really want to make these ;).

  34. Hi girl! :D Wow these look amazing and for sure i’m going to give the pita bread a try! Thanks <3

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  37. These look delicious and are cooking in the oven right now. By chance I had two oven baked sweet potatoes in my fridge so these came together very quickly. I also added some hot curry powder to the mix. Can’t wait to try them. By the way, found this recipe and blog after it was featured on the Oh She Glows blog. Thanks for the recipe!! ~Leslie

    • So happy you’re trying them!

      • They were absolutely delicious!!! My husband cringed when he saw me adding chickpeas to the mix, but he tried them and loved them. Thanks for such a versatile, healthy recipe. I can’t wait to make them again. ~Leslie

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  39. What size can of chickpeas did you use?

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  42. Holy moly, these falafels are AMAZING. I’m a sucker for sweet potatoes, and these are now my very favorite way to eat them! Wrapped up in a ww tortilla with hummus & caramelized onions – perfection! Thanks so much for submitting this recipe to Oh She Glows!!

    • I’m so happy you like them! And that sounds incredible with the caramelized onions – great idea!

  43. I’m making these right now (2nd time) and I LOVE them! I’d say it’s one of my favorite meals! The flavor is amazing.

    • I’m so happy to hear it! We loved them, too – it’s about time I made them again :)

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