Easy, Homemade, Vegan & Yeast Free Flatbread

I have a confession: Until now, even though my heart beats faster at the mere mention of flatbread, I’ve been afraid to make it myself. It’s a weird thing. I have no problem making pizza dough which, once you get the hang of it, is an extremely simple task. But when it comes to flatbread, even though it requires no yeast (and thus, no rising time) and no baking, my brain decided it was a job far too complex for the likes of me.

Easy, Homemade, Vegan & Yeast Free Flatbread

Recently, though, I had an intense craving. I needed thin-yet-pillowy, light-yet-doughy, simply-flavored-yet-delectable flatbread in my mouth. I wandered around Whole Foods looking for flatbread with no luck. Finding only tortillas and non-vegan naan, I left feeling frustrated-yet-determined. I got home, looked up several recipes online and once I got the gist of what this endeavor would entail, I got to work. It took me a couple of batches, but just like pizza dough, once you get the hang of it, it’s super easy. And guess what? This yeast-free flatbread is way easier than pizza dough!

Easy, Homemade, Vegan & Yeast Free Flatbread

I made my dough very quickly in the food processor, fitted with the dough blade. A stand-mixer could also be used, as well as just a bowl and your hands. The dough is started with 2 cups of unbleached all-purpose flour, a tablespoon of baking powder, and a teaspoon of salt. Once the dry ingredients are quickly pulsed together, water, non-dairy milk, and olive oil. The dough is then mixed until a ball forms. If the dough should be soft, pliable, but not sticky. If it sticks to your finger when you touch it, add more flour by the tablespoon until you can touch the dough without it sticking to your finger.

Easy, Homemade, Vegan & Yeast Free Flatbread

Transfer the ball of dough to a floured surface. Divide the dough in half and roll both halves into balls. Divide each of those balls in half and roll them into balls. Divide the four balls in half, creating 8 small balls of dough. Set them aside.

Easy, Homemade, Vegan & Yeast Free Flatbread

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Make sure your surface is still well-floured. Take one ball and use your fingers to flatten it into a circle. Use a rolling pin to roll the dough out into a 5 to 6-inch circle-ish shape.

Easy, Homemade, Vegan & Yeast Free Flatbread

Place the flattened dough on the prepared baking sheet and repeat with 3 more balls of dough (it’s okay if the flattened circles slightly overlap each other). Lay another sheet of parchment paper over the circles and continue with the remaining 4 balls of dough (laying them on the top sheet of paper).

Easy, Homemade, Vegan & Yeast Free Flatbread

Heat a frying pan or griddle over medium-high heat. Place one of the circles of dough in the pan and cook until bubbles begin to form and the edges begin to lift, about 1 to 2 minutes.

Easy, Homemade, Vegan & Yeast Free Flatbread

Use tongs to quickly flip it over and cook for another 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from the pan and place on a plate. Cover with a clean kitchen towel to keep warm. Repeat with the remaining circles of dough.

Easy, Homemade, Vegan & Yeast Free Flatbread

It would be a sin to not eat all of them at least one right away while it was still warm. You can spread your favorite spreads on them, dip them in your favorite dips, use it as a mini pizza crust, or fold it in half and use it to transport your favorite sandwich fixings (more thoughts on that idea on Monday) to your mouth. Then when they’re all gone, take a few minutes to make another batch because once you start these flatbreads, you (I) can’t stop.

Easy, Homemade, Vegan & Yeast Free Flatbread

Easy, Homemade, Vegan & Yeast-Free Flatbread

Yield: 8 pieces of flatbread

Easy, Homemade, Vegan & Yeast Free Flatbread

Ingredients

  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour + more if necessary and for your floured surface
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup non-dairy milk (I used almond)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Instructions

  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a food processor, fitted with a DOUGH BLADE or a stand-mixer. Process/mix until a ball forms. If you have neither a food processor or stand-mixer, combine the ingredients in a large bowl. Use a spoon to stir until a dough forms and then use your hands to knead until it is soft and pliable. The ball of dough should be soft, pliable, but not sticky. If it is sticky, add flour by the tablespoon until it no longer sticks to your finger when touched.
  2. Transfer the ball of dough to a floured surface. Divide the dough in half and roll both halves into balls. Divide each of those balls in half and roll them into balls. Divide the four balls in half, creating 8 small balls of dough. Set them aside.
  3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Make sure your surface is still well-floured. Take one ball and use your fingers to flatten it into a circle. Use a rolling pin to roll the dough out into a 5 to 6-inch circle-ish shape. Place the flattened dough on the prepared baking sheet and repeat with 3 more balls of dough (it's okay if the flattened circles slightly overlap each other). Lay another sheet of parchment paper over the circles and continue with the remaining 4 balls of dough (laying them on the top sheet of paper).
  4. Heat a frying pan or griddle over medium-high heat. Place one of the circles of dough in the pan and cook until bubbles begin to form and the edges begin to lift, about 1 to 2 minutes. Use tongs to quickly flip it over and cook for another 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from the pan and place on a plate. Cover with a clean kitchen towel to keep warm. Repeat with the remaining circles of dough.
  5. If they are not eaten immediately, let them cool before transferring them to an airtight container. Refrigerate for 3 to 4 days. Enjoy!
Easy, Homemade, Vegan & Yeast Free Flatbread

Easy, Homemade, Vegan & Yeast Free Flatbread

Stay tuned for the recipe for this dude, coming up on Monday!

Thank you to everyone who entered my Decadent Gluten-Free Vegan Baking giveaway last week! The winner is Katie Hay! Congratulations, Katie!

Photography by Chris Miller 

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