Gluten Free Pita Bread

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Beautifully soft and lightly chewy, this Gluten Free Pita Bread is super easy to make from scratch. It’s a healthy, wholesome Middle Eastern bread that goes well with anything and everything!

A Close-Up Shot of a Pile of Pieces of Gluten Free Pita Bread

Easy Gluten Free Pita Bread

Whether it’s used for a wrap or turned into crispy chips, everybody has to try pita bread. That’s why I’m sharing this classic pita bread recipe that’s also gluten-free! Now everyone can enjoy homemade pita however they please.

Eight ingredients are all you need to make perfect gluten-free pita bread. And if you aren’t gluten-free, you can just use all-purpose flour instead of gluten-free flour. Either way, if you stick with this recipe, you’re guaranteed to bake up the very best pita bread every time!

What is Pita Bread?

Pita bread is kind of like a cross between regular bread and tortillas – it’s a dough-based flatbread with a round shape and a pillowy soft texture. The cool thing about pita bread is that it’s actually hollow! That means you can stuff all sorts of yummy fixings inside it.

You can also use it in wraps and sandwiches like you would with tortillas and normal bread. Best of both worlds! And, of course, sometimes I just like to serve it as a snack to scoop up some homemade hummus. You really can’t go wrong!

Six Pitas in a Serving Dish Lined with Parchment Paper

Recipe Ingredients

With only a handful of kitchen staples in the ingredient lineup, this is always a convenient recipe. Busy weeknights, check mate!

  • Gluten-Free 1:1 Flour: Double check that the label says that it is a 1-to-1 blend to make sure it’s the right kind of flour. Readers have said Cup4Cup gives the best results. I have used King Arthur Measure for Measure.
  • Cornstarch: To give the dough its texture.
  • Baking Powder: Not baking soda.
  • Salt: Just a teaspoon, for flavor.
  • Coconut Oil: Melted. You can also use olive or vegetable oil, if that’s what you have on hand.
  • Eggs: These will sort of bind everything together.
  • Milk: Use whatever kind of milk you have on hand.
  • Plain Greek Yogurt: For extra soft and fluffy bread. If you don’t have Greek, regular yogurt works fine too.
A Hand Grabbing a Piece of Pita Bread from the Top of the Stack

How to Make Gluten Free Pita Bread from Scratch

Making gluten-free pita bread is nice and simple, and it takes less than 30 minutes total! Just follow the detailed instructions below.

Prep for Baking: Preheat the oven to 400°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Mix Dry Ingredients: In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, cornstarch, baking powder and salt.

The Dry Ingredient Mixture in a Glass Mixing Bowl on a Countertop

Mix Wet Ingredients: In a separate bowl, whisk together the coconut oil, eggs, milk and yogurt.

Combine Dry & Wet Mixtures: Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix to combine. The dough will be sticky. Be sure not to overmix it.

Milk Being Poured Into a Mixing Bowl with Eggs, Coconut Oil, Yogurt and the Dry Pita Ingredients

Form Dough Discs: On a floured surface, roll a scoop of dough (about 4 tbsp) into a ball and then flatten it to be about ⅛-¼-inch thick.

Bake: Transfer the dough disks onto the prepared baking sheet and bake them for 10 minutes.

Flip & Let Cool: Flip the discs over and bake them for another 3-5 minutes. Allow it to cool before enjoying.

A Hand Grabbing a Piece of Pita Bread From a White Platter with a Blue Rim

Tips for Success

Want some extra hints and tricks for making pita bread from scratch? I’ve got you covered.

  • Don’t Overmix Dough: Avoid overmixing your pita dough, as this will result in a less fluffy final product. Once everything is just combined and the texture of the dough is sticky, you’re all set to flour your workspace and roll it out.
  • Flour Surface Generously: Because of the dough’s tacky texture, it really helps to maintain a well-floured workspace and rolling pin to prevent sticking.
  • Make them Mini: Want to make mini versions of this tasty flatbread? Simply cut the discs of dough to your desired size and shave a few minutes off the bake time.
  • Look for the Puff: Fully cooked pita bread will puff up pretty significantly, so be sure to keep an eye on it as it bakes. If you overcook it, it won’t be so soft and tender.
A Stack of Seven Circles of Gluten Free Pita Bread on Top of a Small Wire Rack

How to Store Homemade Pita

Store leftover pita bread in an airtight container at room temperature. It will stay fresh for up to 7 days. To revive your pitas after storing them, microwave them for 15 seconds or pop them in the toaster oven for a few minutes.

Can I Freeze Gluten Free Pita Bread?

Yes! Pita bread can be frozen for up to 1 month. Just wrap it tightly in two layers of plastic wrap, then place it in a freezer-safe container and store. Thaw out frozen pitas in the fridge and pop them in the microwave or toaster oven as directed above before enjoying.

A Pair of Hands Grabbing a Platter of Pitas Next to a Kitchen Towel and Some Fresh Spinach Leaves

Make it a Meal

If meal planning is stressful for you, worry no more. Just sit back, relax and take your pick of these delicious pairing ideas!

  • Serve with Chicken Souvlaki: Picture some tender, perfectly seasoned Grilled Chicken Souvlaki wrapped up in a soft piece of pita bread –  and while we’re at it, why not add some Tzatziki Sauce into the mix? Bliss!
  • Stuff with Chicken Salad: This Waldorf Chicken Salad with Grapes and Walnuts is a tasty lunch when it’s nestled inside a pocket of pita bread.
  • Pair with Falafel: My super easy Air Fryer Falafel is sure to impress your guests, especially when it’s sitting next to some fresh pita bread. Don’t forget the Greek Salad for a marvelous Mediterranean meal!
homemade pita bread in a stack on a cooling rack
4.6 from 35 votes

Gluten Free Pita Bread

Beautifully soft and lightly chewy, this Gluten Free Pita Bread is super easy to make from scratch. It's a healthy, wholesome Middle Eastern bread that goes well with anything and everything!
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 25 minutes

Equipment

  • Oven

Ingredients

  • 2 cups 1:1 gluten-free flour
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil, melted, or olive or vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, cornstarch, baking powder and salt.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the coconut oil, eggs, milk and yogurt.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix to combine. The dough will be sticky. Be sure to not overmix as this will result in a less fluffy final product.
  • On a floured surface, roll a scoop of dough (about 4 tbsp) into a ball and then flatten to be about ⅛-¼-inch thick.
  • Transfer dough disks onto the prepared baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes.
  • Flip and bake for a further 3-5 minutes. Allow to cool before enjoying.

Notes

Makes 8-10 discs of pita bread.
Nutrition Facts
Gluten Free Pita Bread
Amount Per Serving
Calories 127 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 34mg11%
Sodium 254mg11%
Potassium 99mg3%
Carbohydrates 22g7%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 66IU1%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 69mg7%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Disclaimers: Please discuss your individual dietary needs (i.e. gluten free) with a physician. Even when not specified, be sure to verify all ingredients are gluten free, if needed, by reading labels on all packaging and/or confirming with the manufacturer this varies by brand and can change at any time. Nutrition information shown is an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.

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24 Comments
  1. Kathy

    5 stars
    Since posting my original comment on July 17, 2023, I found out I’m corn-sensitive. I made this today with Bob’s Red Mill 1:1 Baking Flour and replaced the cornstarch with an equal amount of potato starch. The are wonderful. Thanks again for the recipe. I apologize for tinkering and posting, but if anyone is corn-sensitive, they can still make your pitas.

  2. Karen

    3 stars
    Disappointed. Mine didn’t puff up and were too dry. My difference was using sour cream and soy milk. The flour I used was Pillsbury’s Best 1:1 GF.

    1. Sorry about that. I have not used sour cream, though I’d expect similar results. But it might be the combination of the sour cream, which is thicker than yogurt, plus the Pillsbury, which I have found in other recipes to lead to thicker doughs, that caused it to be dry and less puffy. If you try it again with yogurt and perhaps Bob’s or King Arthur, let me know if those changes help.

  3. Linda

    Can I substitute sour cream for yogurt–happen to have some on hand I’d like to use. I’m going to try these tomorrow.

  4. Leanne

    1 star
    These were a total flop. The dough was dry and crumbly; it didn’t puff or brown at all. We had to stir a lot to get it even vaguely coherent as a dough. Even when we scooped it out, it was a ragged mess and hard to work with. Pitas were only about 5″ wide made with a #16 (quarter-cup, 4 TBSP) scoop. Husband complained of strong baking powder taste.

    1. Kathy

      5 stars
      The first time I made these, I used Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free 1:1 baking flour and they were dry, but edible. I just made a batch using Cup4Cup Multipurpose Flour Gluten Free and the are puffy, moist, and much more bread-like. I can split these in two and use as a bun or bread. Thank you for the keeper recipe!

  5. Pamela

    I’m wondering if the dough balls can be frozen and defrosted to bake as I need them. I’m the only gluten-free person in the household and I eat bread products intermittently.

    1. Carol

      Well I made these and they turned out great. I used arrow root instead of corn starch and forgot to add the coconut oil till I had it all mixed and they still came out great… Thank you for the recipe I been wanting pita bread for quite some time

    1. Leah

      I’ve only just tried this recipe today so not sure if the texture is right, it’s more like a flatbread. But I used Silk oat milk and Silk plain oat yogurt. They taste really good, just tried with some hummus!

    1. Meredith

      Hey there 👋 I’m new to gluten free baking – these turned out gummy and hard – am I not cooking them long enough or is there something else to consider? I followed the recipe to a “T”. Help 🙏

      1. Hmm, not sure how they could be gummy and hard. One thing with gluten free flour is you want to spoon it very lightly so you don’t add too much. That can make it dense. Though if it is gummy, perhaps you didn’t add enough and/or cook it long enough. If you let it cool down, sometimes a few seconds in the microwave can make it soft again.

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