Gluten Free Pita Bread


Whoever thought making pita bread could be so simple and quick?  This is a great and easy recipe that you can quickly throw together for sandwiches or even better pita chips!  You must be careful to spread the batter as evenly as possible as you want it to bake evenly.  Give it a shot, it’s worth the effort.  When was the last time you had a pita pocket or falafel?

By the way, this recipe is also yeast free.  Great for anyone who also suffers from Candida overgrowth or are intolerant to yeast.

It is pictured above with  my Quick Chicken Salad.

Gluten Free Pita Bread

  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup of water
  • 1 tablespoon oil or melted butter
  • 1 tablespoon coconut flour, firmly packed
  • 1/4 cup almond flour, firmly packed
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Whisk together egg, water and oil.
  3. Add dry ingredients, whisk well to combine.
  4. Pour into 2 equal portions onto a well greased sheet tray or even better lined with parchment or silpat.
  5. Spread each portion to a 5-6 inch round.
  6. Bake for 18-20 minutes, it will be darker in color, and slightly crisp around the edges.

*this recipe yields 2 pitas, which makes 4 pita pockets

*I like to double or even triple the recipe to stock up the freezer!

Let cool, cut in half, then with a small serrated knife, slice carefully down the center, creating the “pocket”.

For pita chips, cut into wedges and bake at 350 until crispy.

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74 Responses to Gluten Free Pita Bread

  1. Caroline in UK from S'pore... says:

    I LOVE your recipes. I was hoping to find more coconut and almond flour (mixed together) recipes and came across your blog and each one of your baked goodies that I have made have been wonderful. Don’t stop. Your brownies were gorgeous and my teens ate them- they loved mine before but not healthy! And I was getting sick of baking their stuff and stuff for me!!! Also your pancakes!! Joy of joys. Thank you

    • Michelle says:

      Caroline,
      I’m so glad you found me as well! Mixing the two flours really makes a difference. I hope more of my recipes are good enough for your teens to eat as well! Keep coming back :) I am posting cake recipes for the next few weeks.

  2. kell says:

    this is a dream!! im running to the kitchen and making these now!! man, ive missed pita pockets!!

  3. Susan M says:

    These turned out perfectly! Simple recipe, easy steps and perfectly delicious :-) We had breakfast for dinner and stuffed these pita pockets with egg, turkey bacon and Daiya cheese. My 4yo and 2yo ate them up and asked for more :-) This is the first time I have been able to get my 4yo to eat a “sandwich” type properly, so I was thrilled!! I think I will make them in different shapes and also use them as sandwich bread next week. Maybe even get crazy and add some herbs, etc. :-) Thanks Michelle!!

    • Michelle says:

      Susan,
      I am so glad that your children enjoyed them! I have used them to make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, or stuff them with ham and cheese and throw them in the toaster oven – delish. I have also added fresh herbs and garlic for more of a dipping bread with olive oil. You are very welcome and your feedback is very important to me! Let me know what else you try with these :)

  4. Tammy says:

    I missed these earlier. I need to go get me some Almond Flour! Then watch out…I have some serious baking to do. This would be so good with chicken salad…..drool.

  5. Sharon says:

    Michelle, I just made the pitas and I have three words for them A MAZ ING!!! Oh, my goodness, so easy and so good! Please keep the almond and coconut flour combo recipes coming! Thank you so much!!

  6. Paulette says:

    OMG! I am new to gluten free eating. While I am not celiac, I just don’t like the way I feel eating gluten products or bread. So I am converting over slowly. Yesterday I had some whole wheat pita and had a terrible stomachache this morning, an increase in weight and my tummy looked like I was pregnant. So I went on a search for gluten free pita bread today and came across your recipe and read the reviews. I ran out to buy the coconut and almond flour and made this immediately. AMAZING! Even better then regular pita bread! I couldn’t stop at just a taste and ruined my appetite for my delicious salmon dinner I am making. Can’t wait to try other recipes of yours. I found a few that I am going to make real soon as I have all the ingredients already. :-) THANK YOU!!!

  7. Egene Baccus Latchman says:

    I am also new to gluten free cooking as I have recemtly found out that I am allergic to gluten in wheat/oat flour. I have been using off the shelf packaged GF products – pastas and mixes, but would like to put together ingredients to make the things I am used to such as rotis, fried bakes, pita bread, dumplings, dim sim, and my own pasta with herbs and spices. Your recipe for the pita bread sounds great. However is there another flour that I can use instead of coconut flour (cassava flour or more rice flour? Although the coconut itself is abundant in the Caribbean, it is mostly available fresh, grated and in desserts, not as flour). Also, what can I use to replace the eggs (to keep the cholesterol content down, especially if I want to make a couple dozen to freeze) ? I found a Gluten Substitute by OrgraN and an egg replacer powder – do you think I can use these in the recipe? Can corn starch or ground flax seed be used as a binding agent?

    I am anxious to get started because I am getting sick too often from foods with gluten and the GF products are soooo expensive in the supermarkets it is unbelievable. My thanks for any assistance you can provide.
    Egene

  8. Wow! I was searching for something else and happened upon this recipe. It is something I truly need, too! I am reviewing one of our products we use in our gluten-free gift baskets, Orgran Falafel Mix and wanted to try to find a gluten-free pita pocket for others to try. I want to make them now, but am allergic to coconut. Perhaps I’ll try another flour as a substitution. Thanks so much for sharing!

    • Michelle says:

      Welcome Carla,
      I checked out your site, what a great idea to make gift baskets with gluten free products, love it! I am sorry you are allergic to coconut, because most of my recipes contain it :( I have alot of gluten free and nut free friends, so coconut flour seems to be a good choice for most. When replacing the coconut flour, you may need to double whatever flour you use to replace it with because coconut flour absorbs ALOT of moisture and thickens the batter quite a bit. If you experiment and try it, please come back and share how it turned out! People are always looking for substitutions :)

  9. Laurie says:

    This recipe sounds so good! My husband & I have been GF for only a year and are learning how to substitute foods each day. Is it possible to double or triple this recipe so I can freeze several batches. Thanks for sharing your recipes!

    • Michelle says:

      Laurie,

      Adjusting to gluten free is definitely a learning experience! I have doubled the recipe very easily. Hope you enjoy them!

  10. Michelle says:

    I just made these pitas, and I enjoyed every last crumb of my first peanut butter and honey sandwich since going grain-free! I used Trader Joe’s almond meal, and the texture was perfect.

    What’s your experience with storing these? I’d love to make a double or triple batch to have for sandwiches throughout the week, but I don’t have much experience in storing baked goods made with almond and coconut flours.

    • Michelle says:

      Michelle,

      I’m so glad you are finally able to eat pb and honey sandwiches again! As far a storing goes, I actually have a bag of them in the freezer! They freeze really well. Make a few batches and freeze them with parchment in between each pita in a freezer bag. Then you can take one out as you need it! They also make the perfect taco shell. Slice the pita, then place something small and metal (I use an icing tip) to create an opening that will keep its shape. Then bake in a toaster oven until crisp. Thanks for the feedback! Michelle

      • Michelle says:

        Thanks for the storage tip! I’m so excited to have a stash of grain-free pita/sandwich bread/taco shells in the freezer!

        What is the best way to thaw the frozen pitas?

  11. Melissa K. Owens says:

    Hi Michelle,

    I could not wait to try these. My husband LOVES Greek Gyros but we never eat them because most restaurants have ingredients that I cannot have, namely MSG or other Glutamate forming things. Tonight however, I made all natural Greek Gyros complete with your Gluten Free Pita Bread!! I even had the Tzaziki sauce too, all homemade! My family was so excited. My pita batter was thick like dough so I added a little more water. When they baked they came out really nice but they look like huge chocolate chip or peanut butter cookies instead of having that nice flat smooth surface that yours had in the picture. It did NOT affect the taste at all. I so enjoyed eating the whole thing. I was in heaven, but when you say in your instructions to POUR the batter into 4-6 inch rounds should it literally POUR? Or, should I spoon it and try to spread it with my spoon?? If I had to guess I would say I probably did not have enough liquid. Maybe the coconut Tablespoon that I used had a little more on it that it should have? (sheepish grin) None the less, I LOVE this recipe. I totally cannot wait to eat one tomorrow with PB&J like your last poster said. Hurray for GF Pitas!!

    • Michelle says:

      Yes you need to spread the batter, because it is kind of thick. I used a small offset spatula, but I’m sure the back of a spoon would do the job just fine :) Greek Gyros sound super yummy right now… I’m gettin hungry!

  12. Catherine says:

    Can I substitute any nut flour for the almond flour?
    Thanks!

  13. Glenda says:

    I must the the recipe sounds wonderful but I’m wondering, have you tried this with different brands of coconut flour? I ask because I have had some very bad luck using coconut flour following recipes that others have made successfully, notably cookies. The posters cookies turned out beautifully while mine ended up as one huge mess on the cookie sheet floating in a bed of oil. When we compared the nutritional stats on our different brands of coconut flour, we found some major differences. What brand of coconut flour do you use? Or perhaps combining with ground almonds makes the difference? Thanks for your thoughts on this.

    • Michelle says:

      Glenda,
      I have used both Aloha Nu and Tropical Traditions coconut flour. They both work well in my recipe. Just be sure to pack the coconut flour down, as if it were brown sugar, when you are measuring. That is how I measure it in all of my recipes. Good luck!
      ~Michelle

  14. Wendy says:

    I just tried this recipe tonight with a triple batch of baba ganoush, and everybody loved it! I found the ‘packing’ instructions rather odd- I prefer to measure flours by weight for consistency- but it all worked out. I doubled the recipe and made 9 small pitas- easier for the kids. Much easier than the almond flour crackers I was considering, which require rolling pin work. Thank you for sharing!!

    • Michelle says:

      Hi Wendy,
      I know my method for measuring the flours is different than most, but have found it works for most people to follow. Making mini pitas is a great idea. I’m glad they worked out for you!
      ~Michelle

  15. Elizabeth says:

    These pitas are fantastic! I just tried the recipe, and now I am holding a ham-stuffed pita pocket. I thought pitas were gone from my life, so I’m happy to welcome them back.

    My batter was really thin, and I was nervous about that, but it seemed to work just fine.

    • Michelle says:

      Elizabeth,
      I’m so glad that you are eating a ham-stuffed pita again :) I love stuffing mine with chicken salad! Or using it as a taco shell.
      ~Michelle

  16. Nicole says:

    Hi Michelle, I hope you don’t mind but I shared this link on the Wheat Belly Facebook page. I have been loving your recipes and thought that audience would as well. I particularly love that you don’t use gums or other things like that.

    Thanks so much!

  17. Jessica says:

    Hi Michelle!

    I have been really enjoying your blog and recipes for the past 6 weeks since my naturpath recommended I become g-free. We’ve finally determined that I have candida overgrowth and I was so excited to find this recipe that works for me! I’m on a pretty restrictive diet for now and with the holidays coming up (and baking all my kiddos traditional faves), I am REALLY craving some kind of treat and am only allowed to use stevia. Have you ever experimented successfully with stevia? I’ve found some recipes online but I love yours the most because your style of baking resonates with me – wonderful without being too complicated – like “Mom’s” cooking! I’ve thanked you before but want to thank you again for sharing your story and your hard work! BTW, we have been enjoying unwrapping a Christmas book every night thanks to your idea. Have a very Merry Christmas!

  18. nicole says:

    I can’t wait to try this recipe!!! I’ll be making them tonight for dinner, wish me luck!

    By the way can we get the recipe for your chicken salad? :)

  19. Jen says:

    Thank you Michelle,

    I’ve tried many gluten-free bread recipes since going GF but this is the most kid friendly one I’ve found – I substituted rice and arrowroot flour (1/2 and 1/2) for the almond flour due to nut allergies and it still worked really well – not crumbly at all

  20. I would love to try this, but I can’t get coconut flour. Could I sub more almond meal or maybe other type of flour (for example, oat flour)?

  21. Oliveoyl123 says:

    Almond and coconut flours are super easy to make yourself using a coffee grinder! You can make others too. You make small amounts, and this recipe doesn’t call for much anyway. I can’t wait to try this recipe!

    • Lisa says:

      Very true. I’ve never made coconut flour (I use Tropical Traditions brand, and lots of it), but I make my own almond flour. I grind them in my food processor, then put the meal in a coffee grinder to make it fine, more like flour. It works great. I do it this way because I soak and dehydrate my nuts first for better digestibility. I think it’s cheaper too, as I buy nuts in bulk.

  22. Elizabeth says:

    Can you substitute the flours, like all purpose gluten free flour?

  23. Debra Cook says:

    I was so delighted to stumble across your website! It’s a joy to have recipes that don’t require all the different flours to keep up with in the fridge, lol

    Gave the pita bread recipe a whorl, even though i have every gf flour known to man with the exception of coconut flour. Too impatient to wait, i used millet flour instead. Perhaps that’s why I had soup? So, I added some soy flour… then some millet flour… Could be the altitude/humidity as well since I live on the Eastern High Plains of New Mexico? No worries, it worked like a charm. Not being able to leave well enough alone, I had to make a 2nd batch with parmesean cheese, italian herbs & garlic…. I’m in heaven – thanks so much for posting these wonderful recipes, Michelle!

  24. Izzybizzy says:

    Do you think it will work with almond meal instead of almond flour?

  25. lingling says:

    I try to make gluten free pita bread. I followed the intruction but it still didn’t turn out right. Instead it stick to the cooking sheet. When we mix the ingredient together is it suppose to be liquidly. I wonder could it be because I used extra large eggs and olive oil is that why it didn’t turn out correctly?

    • Michelle says:

      The consistency is somewhat thin, I always use large eggs when testing my recipes for consistency purposes, so that would make a slight difference. Did you pack the flours firmly when measuring? And may I suggest cooking it on greased parchment or a silpat to help with the sticking situation. Let me know if these suggestions help!
      ~Michelle

  26. freckles says:

    Hey, Michelle. Just wanted to stop in and say thank you for this wonderful recipe!! I’ve been making it for awhile and it is so easy and versatile. One thing I have done instead of making them into flat pita bread is to pour half the batter into a little 4″ cake pan and bake them. They turn out thicker and more like sandwich bread, though small. It was a great thickness to hold a small grilled burger. Just thought I’d throw that out there in case someone else hadn’t thought of it. I love the bread both ways and try to keep both in my freezer at all times.

  27. luciana says:

    hi. I just have a question is it 1/4 cup almond flour, firmly packed OR 1 1/4 cup almond flour?
    Because 1/4 sounds too little. Thanks…

    • Michelle says:

      Luciana,
      It is only 1/4 cup almond flour packed… this is a very small recipe and also the coconut flour helps thicken the batter. Let me know if you try the recipe!
      ~Michelle

  28. Rose says:

    We made these on Saturday and they are SO good! First sandwich we have had since Feb. since starting on Wheat Belly lifestyle. Can’t wait until our tomatoes come in so we can have us some mator sandwiches with it. Thanx!!!
    Rose

  29. Kris says:

    I made these today. WOW! I was really missing pita with hummus and this really filled the bill for me. The first batch I used olive oil and they were very good. The second (quadrupled) batch I used coconut oil with exceptional results. I love the taste, not coconutty just plain wonderful! Thank you so much for your wonderful recipes. I am allergic to wheat, cocao, yeast and cows milk. I am looking for carob recipes. ~ Kris

  30. Kris says:

    Oh for the person that could not get coconut flour try Tropical Traditions. I keep mine in the freezer for freshness!

  31. Nancy says:

    It had a good flavor, but the texture was off to me and it was more of a flat bread…what did I do wrong? It was really mushy.

  32. Melissa says:

    Absolutley love your site! I am new to the gluten free world and was so used to making everything homemade that I don’t want to be sucked into the processed pre-packaged stuff. It is refreshing to find your recipes without the use of all the crazt ingredients like starches and other things. I look forward to experimenting more in my kitchen. Since we seem to have similar views….I was wondering what you did for bread? I have enjoyed the Udi’s brand but don’t like all of the extras in it. I want to make my own. Thanks again for helping me with my journey!!!!

  33. amber says:

    Absolutely brilliant! Sharing this all over the place. Such a treat for those of us on SCD.

    Be Well,
    –Amber

  34. Anna says:

    Thanks for sharing such a simple, yet wonderful recipe! The easier the better! We can’t wait to make these! They look yummy!!!

  35. Berneda says:

    I would love the recipe for that great looking chicken salad that is pictured in the pita?

  36. Karen Mason says:

    Just put my first pita’s in the oven when my 19 year old son text me and asked if I would make some banana pancakes for him. He has been home from college for a couple days and he’s been loving your recipes. We’ve had both pancakes, chicken burgers, cinnamon raisin cookies, and chocolate peanut butter muffins. He is is gf heaven! Thank you for this site, my family has only been diagnosed for a few months. We have happy in our days again!

    • Michelle says:

      Karen,
      I am so thrilled to hear that your son is enjoying my recipes and easily adjusting to the gluten free lifestyle. I know personally that it can be tough! Thank you so much for your kind words.
      Many Blessings
      ~Michelle

  37. Lashanda says:

    Wow! Thanks for the recipe! I love it! I was able to eat pita chips and homemade hummus for the first time ever! I love this recipe and your website. By the way, congrats on the bun in the oven!

  38. Milliann says:

    Used recipes for tacos. My batter was a little thin & when i took them out i was worried.but i was able to slice open & stuff them. I added onion powder & dry mustard. Flavor was exceptional! Very filling Thx for a great simple recipe with so many uses :)

  39. Mrss Buhrke says:

    Great recipe! I needed to tweet it because the first time it didn’t work (tried baking them on a pizza stone). Second time, I doubled the recipe and used a bit more baking soda 1/2t and used parchment paper to line 2 “Marie Calendar Pie Tins”. This was great because it had the exact form and thickness. Also needed to bake it at a higher degree ….360 for 20 minutes. Simply fabulous!

  40. kevin says:

    Hi Michelle,

    Thank you for the great recipe! I’m vegan and gluten free (most of the time), so I had to modify / substitute some. Even so, the end result was awesome!
    I subbed the egg with Ener-G egg replacer for 1 egg. Didn’t have any coconut flour, so I used gluten free all purpose. Took about 4 TBS before it got to be thick. Didn’t have almond flour, though I did have almond meal. Used the same amount as the almond flour. Used olive oil and everything else was the same. Baked them for about 20 min on a parchment lined sheet. After cooling in the pan for a couple of min., I put them on a baking rack to cool. Then cut them in half and slowly opened them up with a nice serrated knife. I put in some veganaise, baby spinach, baby bella shrooms, a dash of garlic powder and salt and yummmmy! Can’t wait to try it your way! Thanks again for very easy to make recipe! Much rather use a whisk than a Ninja.

  41. alcibiades says:

    Hey Michelle,

    Is that an Oxo bent icing knife you are using?

    http://www.amazon.com/OXO-Good-Grips-Icing-Knife/dp/B00004OCNM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1357072145&sr=8-1&keywords=pastry++spreader+knife

    Seems essential for this recipe as mine came out all bumpy, not smooth like yours. Also, how did you get such neat circumferences? Any tricks for that?

    Thanks for the delicious recipes.

  42. M Mingo says:

    Hello! I’ve been looking around for gluten free pitas in the store and have had no luck. I stumbled upon this recipe and have decided to try it out :) Can you substitute egg whites for the whole egg??

  43. Jessica Martin says:

    Did any one have problems with them being too crumbly? The texture of mine was almost like a cornbread or something. Certainly wouldn’t be strong enough to hole anything in them. Tips?

  44. Mandria says:

    Made these today – another fab recipe Michelle!! Mine turned out perfect! Amazing texture! I think if you even cooked these square it would make great toast! Put syrup on and pancakes even! Can’t wait to try more of your recipes!

    • Mandria says:

      Thought I would also add – I made these and overcooked them to have with hummus when what I really wanted was chips and dip!! Very good!!!

  45. Despoina says:

    Hello.!!i can not find almond flour can I make it on my own?kisses from Greece.!!

  46. Ruth says:

    Wonderful! Grain Free! I really look forward to trying this as I miss grains and I just can’t have any of them. :-) Thank you!

  47. Dan Lund says:

    For those that are looking for a replacement for coconut flour in this recipe, I used garbanzo flour and increased from 1 tbsp to 4 tbsp. I made pita pockets tonight and also made chips from one of the bread. Tastes great with hummus :-)

  48. Ron says:

    I have missed pitas and these look amazing. I’ve only been gluten free for a few months and I have not tried any baking yet, but I will try these. I’m stopping at Whole Foods this week, I’ll look for the two flours. Most baking recipes I’ve found for GF foods seem too imposing, but with just a few ingredients I think I could make this. The picture looks just like a regular pita.

  49. KAREN says:

    Oh wow! If I didn’t know better, I’d say it wasn’t gluten-free! So yummy! Thank you sososooso much!

  50. Barbara says:

    Hi Michelle,

    I have a sensitivity to coconut. What would be a good substitute flour for the coconut flour?

    Thanks!

  51. Elden says:

    Wow that was strange. I just wrote an extremely long comment but after I
    clicked submit my comment didn’t show up.
    Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over again. Anyways, just wanted to say superb blog!

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