Gluten Free Pita Bread

Warm, soft, and pliable gluten free Pita Bread is perfect for wrapping around salads, falafels, or gyros.

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Can I eat oats if I have celiac disease?

If you are diagnosed with celiac disease, can you eat oats? According to the Canadian Celiac Association, Yes!  However, there is a small fraction of those that have been diagnosed with celiac disease that can not tolerate even pure oats.  If you haven’t tried eating gluten free oats after going on a gluten free diet, introducing them to your diet gradually may be a better fit than cooking yourself a bit pot of oatmeal.

In the US, the Food and Drug Administration allows oats can be certified as “gluten free”. In Canada, however, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency does not currently define pure oats as being gluten free. That being said, Avena Foods oat products are tested using the R5-ELISA test, and the oats test at under 5 ppm (which is considered undetectable and safe for those with celiac disease).

Benefits of adding oats to your diet.

Adding oats to your diet can be very beneficial. Oats have been proven to:

  • lower bad cholesterol
  • lower the risk of heart disease
  • help regulate your blood sugar
  • keep you regular
  • be a great source of iron and plant protein

See for yourself how oat flour compares to other gluten free flours.

Not to mention, oat flour also helps improve the flavour, texture, and moisture of gluten free baked goods. That’s one of the reasons I decided to use it to make gluten free pita bread. I hadn’t had pita bread since going gluten free. Even with all the new products that I’ve seen come into the stores, I haven’t seen a gluten free pita.

Gluten Free Pita Bread

This pita bread is soft, pliable, and perfect to wrap around a salad, falafel, or gyro. The pita puffs up beautifully when baking too, giving you a full pocket that you can fill, but I did find the pocket walls to be a bit thin, sometimes resulting in a torn pocket. Like all home-baked goods, these are best served fresh and warm. You can reheat them by wrapping them in a damp paper towel before microwaving it for a few seconds.

4.8 from 6 reviews
Gluten Free Pita Bread
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Serves: 6
 
The secret to getting the pita to puff is having a very hot oven, with a preheated baking surface. Wrap the baked pitas in a clean towel to keep them soft.
Ingredients
  • 1 1/4 cup (140 grams) Only Oats pure whole grain oat flour
  • 1/2 cup (95 grams) potato starch
  • 1/3 cup (45 grams) cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup (50 grams) tapioca starch
  • 2 tablespoons (18 grams) psyllium husk powder
  • 1 tablespoon (8 grams) ground chia seed
  • 1 tablespoon (10 grams) rapid rise yeast
  • 1 teaspoon (5 grams) granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon (5 grams) salt
  • 1 cup warm milk
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • rice flour, for rolling
Instructions
  1. Measure the oat flour, potato starch, cornstarch, tapioca starch, psyllium husk powder, ground chia seed, yeast, sugar, and salt into the bowl of a stand mixer. Whisk to combine.
  2. Whisk together the milk, egg, oil, and vinegar.
  3. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, and mix on medium/low speed for 5 minutes. This allows the psyllium husk powder and chia seed to absorb the liquid, and the dough to thicken.
  4. Line 3 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  5. Divide the dough into 6 pieces, each being just bigger than a golf ball. Lightly flour the counter with rice flour, and sprinkle a little flour on top of the dough. Roll the dough into a 6-inch circle, turning frequently so that it doesn’t stick to the counter. Place rolled out dough on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat until you have 6 pitas (2 pitas per sheet).
  6. Lightly cover the pitas with plastic wrap and let sit on the counter for 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
  7. Place a heavy baking sheet or a pizza stone in the oven and preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Having a very hot oven is very important, it is what will make the pitas puff up while baking.
  8. Spray two pitas with water, slide out the oven rack, and carefully place them on the hot baking sheet/stone. Close the door and let the pitas bake for 5-7 minutes, or until they are puffed up and lightly browned.
  9. Carefully remove the pitas from the oven and place them in a clean, dry tea towel, covering them. This will help the pita bread to stay soft.
  10. Repeat with the remaining 4 pitas, letting the oven heat up a few minutes between batches.
  11. Best served fresh and warm.

 

Psyllium Husk Powder  and Ground Chia Seeds can both be purchased at health food stores or on Amazon. If you are only able to find psyllium husk, you can grind it finer using a coffee grinder.

 

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36 Responses to Gluten Free Pita Bread

  1. Alma April 4, 2014 at 10:31 am #

    I assume the yeast goes in with the dry ingredients, ( step 1 )?
    Thanks

    • Jeanine Friesen April 4, 2014 at 10:51 am #

      Thanks for catching that, Alma! Yes, you’re right, I fixed it now.

  2. Wendy April 4, 2014 at 10:43 am #

    Will flax work as well as the chia?

    • Jeanine Friesen April 4, 2014 at 10:52 am #

      I haven’t tried it with the ground flax, Wendy. The chia seeds really gel up a lot, even compared to flax, so I’m not sure if it would work the same way or not. If you decide to experiment with it though, please let me know!

  3. MsGF April 4, 2014 at 12:39 pm #

    I went to print the recipe but the print icon in the recipe square is only bringing up a blank page. Never had that happen before. I cut and past it into word to print it.

    Can’t wait to try it.

    • Jeanine Friesen April 4, 2014 at 12:58 pm #

      Sorry about that – I was notified this morning that there is a hiccup printing the last 2 recipes. I have no idea why, but am looking into it! Smart move on copy & pasting into Word. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Cassidy @ Cassidy's Craveable Creations April 4, 2014 at 1:09 pm #

    These look A-mazing!!!! I haven’t had any pita bread since going gluten free!

  5. Barbara R. Briody April 4, 2014 at 1:11 pm #

    Do these have to be rolled, or could they be pressed? I live in south Texas, where a tortilla press is a great way to “squish” a ball of dough into a circle [and one resides in my cupboard].

    ‘Nother question: I live alone, so half a dozen pitas would last me a week or more; would you suggest baking the entire batch in one session [most energy efficient, presumably] and then storing (freezing?) for later reheating and use?

    These look like they could be used in place of the traditional flour tortilla for use with eggs, sausage & cheese for breakfast, or with diced grilled meat & veggies for another meal.

    Really like to see what you come up with every time my e-mail reports a new post – thanks for helping us gluten-intolerant folks have the equivalent of a “normal” diet.

    • Jeanine Friesen April 4, 2014 at 1:21 pm #

      Hmm.. those are some good questions, Barbara! I think I’d opt to roll instead of press. You don’t want these to be as thin as a tortilla once they are rolled out, plus, how often can you actually use a rolling pin with gluten-free dough?? :)
      I haven’t tried it myself, but here’s what I’d do if I only wanted to make a few at a time…
      I would roll out all 6 of them, then I would flash freeze them right away on parchment paper (single layer), and then wrap them and store them in a ziplock bag. When I wanted fresh pitas, I would remove them from the freezer, let them sit on a baking sheet for the same amount of time (1 to 1 1/2 hrs) in a warm, draft free place, and then bake as normal. I ‘think’ it should work… and that would give you 1 or two fresh pitas each time. I don’t think the bread itself would freeze well.

      • Barbara R. Briody April 4, 2014 at 1:27 pm #

        You may want to edit your reptly – they’d need to be removed from the Freezer to warm up before being put into the Oven.

        Thanks.

        • Jeanine Friesen April 4, 2014 at 1:35 pm #

          Ha, YES! Remove from the FREEZER. Sorry – fixed it now. :)

  6. Cindy @ Hun... What's for Dinner? April 4, 2014 at 1:18 pm #

    This pita bread looks fantastic Jeanine!!

  7. Syndisue April 4, 2014 at 4:30 pm #

    do you think a non dairy milk would work in this recipe?

  8. Kathy April 4, 2014 at 10:23 pm #

    Wow these look amazing! Looking forward to making them!
    Just a tip about the psyllium husks- I have switched over to using psyllium instead of xantham gum and have never had a problem using the husks rather than powder. I just add the psyllium husks to whatever liquid the recipe calls for and let it sit for about 5 minutes so that it can re-hydrate and gel. Very simple!
    If using as a subsitute for xantham gum just use the same amount of psyllium.

    • Katrina April 5, 2014 at 6:15 pm #

      I was just going to ask what could be substituted for psyllium, so xantham? But not 2 tablespoons, right? I’ve been meaning to get some psyllium powder anyway.

  9. Jan April 4, 2014 at 11:26 pm #

    These do look delicious, but I can’t use eggs, do you think egg replacer powder made up to 1 or 2 egg size would work since the recipe already has some chia & psyllium which is what I use quite often to replace an egg or two?

  10. Crystal April 5, 2014 at 7:45 am #

    So excited! I was lamenting not having pita with my falafel a last night. Cannot wait to try this recipe.

  11. Robyn April 5, 2014 at 8:14 am #

    Can’t wait to try these! And to picking up some Only Oats.

  12. Lissa April 22, 2014 at 7:42 pm #

    Hi Jeanine,
    I made this tonight and it was light and soft and tasted delishious! It did not puff up properly though. There were a few small puffs but not the whole thing like you picture. I used a heavy baking sheet…do you think the problem might be not using a pizza stone? I also measured after trying to figure out where i went wrong and mine were 7 inches, instead of 6 inches, could that be it? I did love working with this dough! Keep up the great work!!!

    • Jeanine Friesen April 22, 2014 at 7:46 pm #

      Hi Lissa, It could be that they were just a little too thin. I’ve made them on a heavy baking sheet too, just be sure that it is HOT! Have the pan in the oven while it’s preheating, and then let it continue heating 10 minutes before baking anything. I also give it a few minutes to warm up between batches, since I had the oven door open. Do you use an oven thermometer? Heat really is the key to getting them to puff nicely.

  13. Susi May 23, 2014 at 9:21 am #

    These look great. I bake for my gluten free customers at our local farmers market, and these look like a great add to my menu. Can you use something other than pysllium in the recipe, maybe ground flax seed? I haven’t used psyllium yet in my baking.

    • Jeanine May 27, 2014 at 11:45 am #

      Hi Susi, unfortunately, the psyllium husk and chia seed combo is what makes this recipe work. I don’t think anything else would work.

  14. Jacquie May 26, 2014 at 9:07 pm #

    Is there any alternative to the ground chia seeds that I could use?

    • Jeanine May 27, 2014 at 11:46 am #

      Hi Jacquie, I don’t think you could replace it – nothing else works quite like it. the ground chia seed and psyllium husk combination is really what makes this recipe work.

  15. Judee@ Gluten Free A-Z Blog May 27, 2014 at 7:49 am #

    I have to admit that I seldom bake, but I am pinning your recipe in case I ever do . I can see you are a master. Can’t believe you can make gluten free pita look so amazing.

    • Jeanine May 27, 2014 at 11:46 am #

      Haha, thanks Judee! Hope you get to baking sometime – these pitas are great with falafels or gyros!

  16. Dick L. June 6, 2014 at 12:32 am #

    Made this recipe this afternoon, and it turned out well. I’m nibbling on a chunk of one now and it comes pretty close to a wheat pita, although not quite as chewy as a good one. But it’s far better than the pita that comes with the gyros at the local gyros place. (I only got diagnosed with celiac Sept 2013, so I can still remember what that was like.) I’ve been using psyllium husk powder for a while, but this is the first time I’ve used chia seeds. I ground the chia seeds in a spice grinder along with the sugar (to keep from getting an oily mess); that worked well. I found the dough quite easy to work with, with a texture closer to wheat bread than most GF breads. It rose nicely within the time specified in the recipe. I’m planning to try it as pizza crust sometime.

    I live near Chicago and am able to get MyBread flatbread (mybreadbakery(dot)com), which is also very good, but rather expensive. Homemade is certainly less costly, and fun, too, when the results are so good. The MyBread ingredients include rice flour and tapioca starch, with xanthan gum, egg and egg replacer (which contains potato starch, cellulose gum and modified cellulose among other things), so the flavor, texture and appearance are different. It has a more bland flavor, as one might expect.

    Thank you for your effort in developing and posting the recipe. It’s certainly a keeper.

  17. Sonia June 30, 2014 at 6:02 pm #

    Is it possible to buy you gluten fre pita bread online?

    • Jeanine July 1, 2014 at 8:06 am #

      Sorry Sonia – just the recipe (but it’s free!) ;)

  18. Kathleen Ruelling July 10, 2014 at 2:44 pm #

    I can’t wait to try this recipe! As the mom of a child with celiac disease, I’m often frustrated by the bread products (so is my daughter). These look perfect, and will be great stuffed with all kinds of yummy fillings.

    Thanks!
    Kathleen Ruelling
    Edmonton, AB

  19. Yisak August 28, 2014 at 4:17 pm #

    Thank you for sharing Jeanine, this is really helpful. The pitas on the picture look amazing.
    My question is will the recipe work with teff flour which is another gluten free grain.

    Thanks,
    Yisak

    • Jeanine August 28, 2014 at 8:20 pm #

      Hi Yisak! I haven’t tried it with teff flour, sorry! If you do, please let me know how it worked for you!

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