Healthy Flatbread Recipes

Healthy Flatbread Recipes

In our vibrant world, healthy flatbread recipes reign as timeless favorites gracing tables across continents.

We introduced you to the history of the gluten free flatbread in our last post. So, as promised here are four oil free delicious and nutritious flatbread recipes.

Chickpea Flour Flatbread Socca Recipe

This oil-free and plant-based Chickpea Flour Flatbread (Socca) is not only easy to make but also packed with flavor and protein.


  • 1 cup chickpea flour (also called gram flour)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin (optional, for flavor)
  • 1/4 tsp ground paprika (optional, for flavor)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh herbs (such as cilantro or parsley, optional)


  1. Prepare the Batter: In a mixing bowl, combine the chickpea flour, water, salt, ground black pepper, and optional ground cumin and paprika. Stir until the batter is smooth and well-mixed.
  1. Rest the Batter: Let the batter rest for at least 30 minutes, or you can leave it covered in the refrigerator for several hours or overnight for enhanced flavor.
  1. Preheat the Oven: Preheat your oven’s broiler (or grill) to high.
  1. Prepare the Pan: Choose a cast-iron skillet or oven-safe pan. Make sure it’s well-seasoned or lined with parchment paper to avoid sticking.
  1. Cook the Socca: Place the skillet or pan under the broiler for a few minutes to get it hot. Make sure it’s very hot before adding the batter. Carefully remove the hot skillet from the oven and pour a thin layer of the chickpea flour batter into the skillet. Use a spatula to spread it evenly.
  1. Broil (Grill) the Socca: Place the skillet back under the broiler (or on a hot grill) and cook for about 5-7 minutes, or until the socca becomes golden brown and crispy on the edges. Keep an eye on it to prevent burning.
  1. Serve: Remove the socca from the skillet, and if desired, sprinkle it with chopped fresh herbs while it’s still hot.
  1. Slice and Enjoy: Slice the socca into wedges or squares and serve it warm as a snack, appetizer, or side dish. It’s delicious on its own or with toppings like hummus, salsa, or your favorite plant-based spreads.

Coconut Flour Flatbread Recipe

These oil-free coconut flour flatbreads are gluten-free and perfect for a variety of toppings.

Enjoy their mild coconut flavor and soft texture as a versatile addition to your plant-based meals.


  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup tapioca flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar (optional, for flavor)
  • Additional tapioca flour for dusting (for handling the dough)


  1. Mix Dry Ingredients: In a mixing bowl, combine the coconut flour, tapioca flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir to mix everything evenly.
  1. Add Wet Ingredients: Slowly add the warm water to the dry ingredients while stirring continuously. The dough will come together and become sticky.
  1. Knead the Dough: Sprinkle some tapioca flour on a clean surface to prevent sticking. Transfer the dough onto the floured surface and knead it gently for a few minutes until it becomes smooth and manageable. Add a bit more tapioca flour if needed.
  1. Divide and Shape: Divide the dough into smaller portions to create individual flatbreads. Roll each portion into a ball and then flatten it into a thin round flatbread. You can use a rolling pin or your hands. Aim for a thickness of about 1/8 to 1/4 inch.
  1. Cook the Flatbreads: Heat a non-stick skillet or griddle over medium-high heat.
  2. Place the flattened flatbreads on the hot skillet without using any oil. Cook for about 2-3 minutes on each side, or until they develop a golden-brown crust and are cooked through.
  1. Serve: Remove the flatbreads from the skillet and let them cool slightly.

Serve your oil-free coconut flour flatbreads with your favorite toppings, spreads, or fillings.

Arepas Flatbread Recipe

These arepas are not only delicious but also customizable with your favorite fillings.

We also included an easy and wonderful filling recipe for your Arepas.

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For the Arepas:

  • 2 cups pre-cooked cornmeal called Masarepa
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1-2 tablespoons tahini

Using tahini in your arepa dough adds a unique and nutty flavor profile while keeping the recipe plant-based and oil-free.

For the Filling:

  • 1 cup cooked black beans.
  • 1 ripe avocado, sliced
  • 1 cup diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup shredded lettuce or cabbage
  • 1/2 cup diced red onion
  • Hot sauce or salsa
  • Fresh cilantro for garnish


  1. Prepare the Arepa Dough: In a large mixing bowl, combine the pre-cooked cornmeal Masarepa and salt. Gradually add warm water while mixing until a soft, pliable dough forms. Knead the dough for a few minutes until it’s smooth and easy to work with. Let it rest for 5-10 minutes.
  1. Shape the Arepas: Divide the dough into equal-sized portions and shape them into small balls, roughly 2-3 inches in diameter. Flatten each ball into a disc, about 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick. You can use the palms of your hands to shape them.
  1. Cook the Arepas: Heat a non-stick skillet or griddle over medium-high heat. Place the shaped arepas on the hot skillet and cook for about 4-5 minutes on each side, or until they develop a golden-brown crust and sound hollow when tapped. Remove from heat and let them cool slightly.
  1. Prepare the Filling: While the arepas are cooking, you can prepare the filling ingredients. Mash the cooked black beans slightly with a fork and season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Slice the avocado, dice the tomatoes, shred the lettuce or cabbage, and finely chop the red onion.
  1. Assemble the Arepas: Carefully slice each arepa horizontally to create a pocket or opening without cutting them in half completely. Stuff each arepa with a generous spoonful of the seasoned black beans, avocado slices, diced tomatoes, shredded lettuce or cabbage, and red onion. Add hot sauce or salsa if you like a spicy kick. Garnish with fresh cilantro if desired.
  1. Serve: Serve your plant-based arepas immediately while they are still warm. They are best enjoyed fresh and can be a satisfying breakfast, lunch, or dinner option.

Lentil Flatbread or Moong Dal Roti

A wholesome Indian flatbread made from a mixture of moong dal and water.

It’s a nutritious and protein-rich alternative to traditional wheat-based rotis.

healthy flatbread recipe for lentil flatbread


  • 1 cup yellow split moong dal (yellow split mung beans), soaked for 3-4 hours
  • 1 green chili, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • Salt to taste
  • Water (as needed)


  1. Drain and rinse the soaked moong dal thoroughly.
  2. In a blender or food processor, blend the moong dal, green chili, cumin seeds, turmeric powder, and salt into a smooth batter. Add water as needed to achieve a creamy consistency.
  3. Heat a non-stick skillet or griddle over medium heat.
  4. Pour a ladleful of the batter onto the hot skillet and spread it into a thin, round flatbread.
  5. Cook for about 2-3 minutes on each side until it’s cooked through and has golden spots.
  6. Repeat the process with the remaining batter.
  7. Serve the moong dal roti hot with your favorite chutney


In closing, we invite you to embrace the world of gluten-free flatbread recipes and explore the rich flavors and traditions they bring to your kitchen.

These recipes are not just culinary creations; they’re invitations to connect with cultures around the globe through the universal language of food.

As we share these delightful recipes, we hope to inspire your everyday cooking and enrich your life.

Get ready to savor the magic of gluten-free flatbreads in your own kitchen.

Happy cooking!

Please leave us a comment if you enjoyed our Healthy Flatbread Recipes or have any additional questions.


Plantaful Life Team

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