Easy Gluten Free Pita or Flatbreads

Easy Gluten Free Pita or Flatbreads

Gluten free pita or flatbreads are possible, scrumptious even, with the right gluten free flour, I can assure you! Remember those “sandwich thins” that used to be so great (back when we could eat wheat)?

Proportions are everything in a sandwich, and thin gluten free pita or flatbreads means more focus on the sandwich and all the goodies stuffed inside. Like fresh homegrown tomatoes … but I digress.

gluten free pita or flatbreads sandwich thin

I actually developed this recipe when my oven was broken — a debilitating problem for any baker. I worked on this recipe for weeks, baking it so many times in so many different ways (and so many different ovens -thank you friends & neighbors!), that it has even occupied my dreams. (There’s hardly a dream worse for a baker than nightmares of burned bread!)

My GF Naan was a big hit at the elementary school's international night, where it drew people to the India table!

Using this recipe for gluten free naan was a big hit at the elementary school’s international night, where it drew people to the India table!

I’ve baked this gluten free pita or flatbreads recipe out at temperatures ranging from broiling to 300° F. I’ve tried it in commercial gas heat ovens, electric home ovens and even a gas grill.

The net result is that, to get these beautiful breads to puff up enough to part the middles for soft pita bread to envelop your favorite sandwich filling, but crisp up enough on the outside to have a slight crunch and a gorgeous lightly browned hue, the dough needs to be mixed as little as possible. And the oven temperature needs to be just right — a perfect 425° F oven should do nicely.

Of course I must sheepishly admit that each time I baked this gluten free pita or flatbreads recipe while I was perfecting it for you, I and all others present ate every single batch, polishing off each one of these breads, regardless of whether we deemed the results “less than perfect.”

Even when these were cooked too long or not long enough or at a not-ideal temperature, they were still amazingly delicious! That means that even if your oven isn’t cooperating or they don’t puff up in the middles for you or they’re a bit overcooked, they’ll still be yummy.

Especially because there are so few ingredients in this recipe, it is critical that you use the right ones, namely the gluten free flour specified in this recipe. I hear from folks all the time who try my recipes and use different flour blends and combinations and wonder why they don’t turn out like pictured.

Gluten free flour blends are all very different (click here to read more about different kinds of gluten free flour); my award-winning gfJules™ Flour is fine, light, tasteless and adds stretch to recipes where ordinary gluten free flours fail. That’s why it’s been voted #1 AGAIN in the Gluten Free Awards.

gluten free pita sandwich

Don’t waste your time with gritty rice flour blends or funky tasting bean flours or ancient grain flours that are heavy and won’t puff up beautifully in this recipe. Just don’t. If you want these yummy flatbread pitas to turn out right, use the right ingredients and you’ll be a happy baker. I promise!

So don’t be daunted by my trials and tribulations – you can bake this recipe with the right ingredients in a miscreant oven and still come out with pleasing results!

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flatbread kids

If 2nd graders can do it, so can you!

I even baked this gluten free pita or naan flatbreads recipe at our church with the 2nd grade Sunday School class and we all got our hands in the dough – it’s a wonderful, tactile experience that should be shared!

Keep in mind that if 2nd graders can spread this dough into delicious rounds, you can too.

Vegan, yeast-free, dairy-free, and of course, gluten-free, there should be nothing keeping you from making this recipe soon and often!

Here’s a video showing the recipe in action

 

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Easy Gluten Free Pita or Naan Flatbreads

gluten free pita or naan flatbreads - gfJules

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  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 13 minutes
  • Total Time: 28 minutes
  • Yield: 5-6 pita/flatbreads

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (270 gr) gfJules™ All Purpose Gluten Free Flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. coarse sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp. fine sea salt
  • 3/4 cup warm milk (dairy or non-dairy soy, coconut, almond, etc.)
  • 1/4 cup warm yogurt (dairy or non-dairy soy, coconut, almond, etc.) OR 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 Tbs. vegetable oil or coconut oil, melted
  • Additional oil for hands

Instructions

Preheat oven to 425° F.

Whisk the dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Warm milk and yogurt, then add with oil to the bowl and blend, just until integrated. Do not over-mix or the breads may become gummy when baked. The dough will hold together once mixed, and be slightly sticky. It should not be dry.

Sprinkle more of my gfJules™ Flour onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Using a large spoon or ice cream scoop, place six balls of dough onto the prepared, lined pan.

Pour a teaspoon of oil into your hands and then press with your palms to spread each ball into a 5-inch circle, flattening with your palms; add more oil to your hands as necessary. There is no need for the dough to be evenly flattened, so no need for a rolling pin. The dough should be approximately 1/8 inch thick. Repeat with other balls of dough.

(click here to watch the quick flatbreads video)

I recommend monitoring this recipe in your oven the first time you try it. Bake for 10 minutes, OR until the breads are puffing up and browning slightly. Flip to the other side and bake for an additional 3-4 minutes. (You may also pan saute the breads lightly to brown the high points like traditional naan baked in a tandoor oven.)

If you tear open one of the breads, it should be fully cooked and have some pockets of air; it should not be gummy or look uncooked inside. If it is gummy or not fully cooked, return to the oven and monitor until fully cooked. That being said, these breads may appear slightly gummy when hot out of the oven; let them cool for at least 5 minutes before tearing or cutting so the structure of the breads will set first.

Note the times and temperatures for your oven, so that next time you bake these flatbreads, you will know what produces the best results with your oven.

Makes 5-6 flatbreads. Use for personal pizza crusts, naan, pita breads or cut into triangles and toasted or broiled for crisp toast points.

I can’t wait to hear what you think!

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204 thoughts on “Easy Gluten Free Pita or Flatbreads

  1. Hi Jules

    I live in the UK, can’t have wheat, gluten, corn or maize starch! would like to make flat breads and other type of breads, does your product contain any of the above products? can I buy it in the uk? where and how much will it cost. Hope you can help. Many thanks Jan

    • Hi Jan, my gfJules Flour does contain corn/maize starch. It’s non-GMO, but some people still cannot tolerate any corn. You could certainly use my gfJules Bread Mix instead, as it’s corn-free. My products are available for order in the UK through our international shipping — select it at checkout.
      The other option would be to make your own blend with ingredients you can tolerate. Check out how to do that in this article on comparing gluten free flours. It won’t be as easy or as reliable, but it’s an option.
      Hope that helps!
      ~jules

  2. I’m searching for your cookbook and I’ve only checked Amazon and had no luck finding but I wish you had a cookbook out on shelves.
    I’m tired of printing and searching online for recipes and I won’t cook certain recipes sometimes because of the Hassel of printing. I’d love to pull your cookbook out and put it on a book stand and just follow the directions. So simple being a busy mom who doesn’t like to spend much time on the internet…..

  3. Didn’t work out at all..Did not puff up at all and left in the oven a bit more at a time and never puffed at all …hard flat discs…I even tried cooking one in an iron skillet added a bit of coconut oil and covered it..again no puffing or rising at all..Very disappointing…
    I did exactly the recipe..substituted the yogurt with milk, as you said we could and I’m thinking that I should’ve put something acidic..vinegar,lemon juice, or apple cider vinegar….to work with the baking soda like yogurt would…though there is both baking soda and baking powder…Just the powder should have puffed it a bit…I can’t have yeast or gluten so this sounded great…A Total Waste…..

    • Hi Rachel, I’m sorry these didn’t turn out well for you. Did you use my gfJules Flour? Leaving them in the oven longer would have only made them hard and overcooked, so that doesn’t surprise me that they they weren’t the right texture after baking. If you try again, use the yogurt or if you use milk, add a tablespoon of lemon juice, be sure not to over work the dough and definitely don’t overbake them! Also, don’t press them out thin or super evenly — if they’re a bit thicker and not even, it encourages them to puff up more.
      It might take some experimenting with your oven to get the exact right temperature, and even if they don’t puff up, don’t bake them longer – just remove them and allow them to cool, then slice. Good luck!
      ~jules