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? :)


61 Responses to “Pita, Please”

  1. #
    Tracey — June 2, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    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. #
    Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) — June 2, 2010 at 7:45 pm

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

  3. #
    Tamara — June 2, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    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. #
    Heather Eats Almond Butter — June 2, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    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. #
    Lauren @ Eater not a runner — June 2, 2010 at 7:56 pm

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

  6. #
    Jenny — June 2, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    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. #
    bitesandbliss — June 2, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    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. #
    missyrayn — June 2, 2010 at 8:14 pm

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

  9. #
    Clarice — June 2, 2010 at 8:14 pm

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

  10. #
    emily — June 2, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    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. #
    elaine — June 2, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    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!

    • Brandi replied: — June 3rd, 2010 at 7:16 am

      Ha, I totally would but I don’t have a food processor :)

  12. #
    Morgan — June 2, 2010 at 9:01 pm

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

  13. #
    Mara @ What's For Dinner? — June 2, 2010 at 9:06 pm

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

  14. #
    Carrie @ I See Monsters — June 2, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    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. #
    Michelle — June 2, 2010 at 10:34 pm

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

  16. #
    Melissa @ TryingToHeal — June 2, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    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. #
    gavrielski — June 2, 2010 at 11:12 pm

    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. #
    runningaroundnormal — June 2, 2010 at 11:24 pm

    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. #
    kelsey@snackingsquirrel.com — June 2, 2010 at 11:39 pm

    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. #
    Heather — June 3, 2010 at 6:12 am

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

  21. #
    allijag — June 3, 2010 at 6:13 am

    Baked sweet pototo falafel?!?!?! HEAVEN!

  22. #
    CaSaundra — June 3, 2010 at 7:36 am

    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. #
    Veronica — June 3, 2010 at 6:18 pm

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

  24. #
    theprocessofhealing — June 3, 2010 at 8:41 pm

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

  25. #
    Jenna — July 1, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    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 :/

    • Brandi replied: — July 1st, 2010 at 7:27 pm

      Actually, I think I used all whole wheat flour! You can always replace.

  26. #
    melanie — September 12, 2010 at 2:38 pm

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

    • Brandi replied: — September 13th, 2010 at 7:42 am

      Hi Melanie!

      I think they would do well frozen, but I haven’t tried it yet. It’s worth a shot!

  27. #
    Lauren @ Healthy Food For Living — March 1, 2011 at 11:59 am

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

    • admin replied: — March 1st, 2011 at 2:17 pm

      So glad you came over! :)

  28. #
    Lauren @ Healthy Food For Living — March 1, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    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 ;).

    • admin replied: — March 1st, 2011 at 2:18 pm

      I would say about a pound? I used 2 medium-large sweet potatoes.

      • Lauren @ Healthy Food For Living replied: — March 2nd, 2011 at 12:35 am

        Excellent! Making these next week.

        • admin replied: — March 2nd, 2011 at 12:44 am

          Awesome! Let me know how they turn out! :)

          • Lauren @ Healthy Food For Living replied: — March 8th, 2011 at 9:49 pm

            I haven’t baked the falafel yet, but I just put the mixture together… and I can’t stop eating it! I’m saving some as a sweet potato hummus-type dip for lunch tomorrow, and can’t wait to bake ’em for dinner tonight. Awesome recipe!

            Oh – just wanted to mention that I used a mini ice cream/cookie scoop to spoon the mixture into a baking sheet. East, and no mess ;).

            • admin replied: — March 12th, 2011 at 11:10 pm

              Ooh, I bet it would be great as a dip! Good idea :)

  29. #
    Ellie@fitforthesoul — March 1, 2011 at 6:54 pm

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

  30. #
    Leslie Paquette — March 3, 2011 at 11:22 pm

    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

    • admin replied: — March 12th, 2011 at 11:10 pm

      So happy you’re trying them!

      • Leslie Paquette replied: — March 13th, 2011 at 2:25 am

        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

        • admin replied: — March 14th, 2011 at 1:18 pm

          I’m so happy you guys both liked them! Now I want to make them again :)

  31. #
    Jennifer — March 12, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    What size can of chickpeas did you use?

    • admin replied: — March 12th, 2011 at 11:10 pm

      1 15 oz. can (just a regular size can of chickpeas)

  32. #
    Chez — March 25, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    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!!

    • admin replied: — March 25th, 2011 at 11:41 pm

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

  33. #
    Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) — May 3, 2011 at 12:38 am

    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.

    • admin replied: — May 3rd, 2011 at 12:41 am

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


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