A sweet yet salty flavour with a smooth nonetheless crunchy bite, try these surprising Gluten free Pumpkin Croquettes with feta this fall.

Croquettes or croquetas comes from the French word: ‘croquer‘. Which means ‘to bite vigorously into’. The whole word have different recipes, often with potatoes, with meat and brown sauce or made with a thick béchamel and some other ingredients… There’s a whole world of croquettes and today, a new one is born; The pumpkin croquettes with feta!

Air fryer to the rescue!

Gluten free Pumpkin and Feta Croquettes

These beauties could be fried, but for our health’s sake, I didn’t use the frying pan… I’ve used my air-fryer instead! If you don’t have one, no problem, simply pop them in the oven and the coating will cook beautifully in there too.

A tapas like no other for Halloween!

These Gluten free Pumpkin and Feta Croquettes are mainly made the Spanish way, no potatoes. It’s interior is solely roasted pumpkin purée, garlic and feta cheese bounded by chickpea flour, the coating is pumpkin seeds instead of the usual breadcrumbs. Of course, breadcrumbs would do too for this recipe, but for the sake of making these round bites gluten free, I’ve used the seeds.

But not quite Spanish…

Gluten free Pumpkin and Feta Croquettes

Unlike the Spanish way this recipe doesn’t contain any thick béchamel, so you’ll have a really smooth interior. The best would be to let the pumpkin purée rest in the fridge for an hour or so to cool it and harden it a bit. Making the balls will be easier this way. Otherwise, you can make them with delicate hands or adjust the chickpea flour.

Talking about chickpea flour

Chickpea flour is one of the few flours dense enough to use for gluten free recipes, it’s the perfect flour to bound things together. Often used to bound the veggie patties, crepes or fritters. It’s got way more health benefits then plain old white flour. If you want to learn more check this out!

To serve with…

Gluten free Pumpkin and Feta Croquettes

This is a tapa dish or an appetiser, it would also suit perfectly a lovely salad! Don’t forget the balsamic vinegar glaze we all love so much, to give it this lovely contrast of sweet and sour!

Halloween will taste so much better this year with these Pumpkin-feta croquettes. Enjoy!

Pumpkin Croquettes

5 from 7 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Resting time 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 10 croquetas
Calories 137
A sweet yet salty bite with a crunchy bite to it and a smooth interior, these Gluten free Pumpkin and Feta Croquettes are the way Halloween should taste this year!


  • 1 k pumpkin (cut into 3cm cubes)
  • 100 g feta cheese
  • 100 g pumpkin seeds (precooked or dry)
  • 3 tbsp chickpea flour
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove
  • salt and pepper (go easy on the salt and strongly on the pepper)


  • Cut the pumpkin into big cubes, add to a bowl and mix with full garlic clove, olive oil, salt and pepper
  • Cook in the oven at 200°C (400F°) for about 30 minutes or until light brown
  • one cooked, add to blender and mix with the chickpea flour
  • Let rest until cold, about 15 minutes *could leave in the fridge for next day to make extra thick
  • Blend the precooked or dried pumpkin seeds
  • Add feta crumbled into the pumpkin mix (not blended, you want the a few chunks) *If too liquid to manipulate add a bit of chickpea flour
  • Make small balls, and cover with pumpkin seeds coating
  • Cook another 15 minute in the over or (10min) in the air fryer at 200°C (400F°).


  • Can be kept in the freezer (after coating), simply unfroze them for 40 min before cooking.
  • Add a lovely balsamic glaze to it for extra kick!
Author: thefoodolic
Calories: 137kcal
Course: Aperitivo
Keyword: croquetas, croquettes, feta, pumpkin, tapas


Calories: 137kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 93mg | Potassium: 441mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 8516IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 2mg


  1. 5 stars
    These look like a perfect fall appetizer. I love that you used the pumpkin seeds to coat the croquettes. Great idea!

  2. 5 stars
    What a fantastic Fall appetizer! Can’t wait to serve it to my friends!

  3. 5 stars
    What an intriguing recipe! I have used chickpea flour for thickening various vegan recipes and it works really well. Have you ever heard of Shiro wat? It’s a spiced Ethiopian chickpea flour powder that goes really well with pumpkin. I think it would really work in this recipe.

  4. 5 stars
    These sound incredible. I love the idea of pumpkin with feta, it’s such a great combination. I haven’t never really worked with chickpea flour, but I’m excited to get some to try these out.

  5. 5 stars
    Awesome recipe! I need more tapas in my life, and I have wayyyy more squash than usual in the house, so this came my way at a perfect time. Love the way that salty feta punches hard alongside the sweetness of pumpkin. Cheers!

  6. 5 stars
    These sound so unique and delicious. I have an air fryer now, so I’ll ba making them in there – yum!

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