This light and fluffy gluten free naan bread contains no yeast and it is so easy to make. It comes together in 20 minutes with simple ingredients. Packed with garlic and herb flavors and it goes great with soup, chili and so many other recipes.
Naan bread is a favorite of mine but it is usually made with gluten, which does not agree with me. Fortunately, I have solved the problem with this crazy delicious gluten free naan bread that is so easy to make.
It is just as good as these gluten free bagels that I am also obsessed with. I used the same type of gluten free all purpose flour mixed with yogurt concept to keep this naan recipe healthy but also delicious.
My family also loves naan but they are not all gluten free and they loved this naan recipe.
Why you will love this Gluten Free Naan bread recipe
- It is a wonderful gluten free version of the classic recipe.
- Made healthier with the use of yogurt and gluten free flour
- It is yeast-free!
- Takes only 20 minutes or less to make it!
- Stores great and can easily be made ahead of time.
What is naan bread?
Naan bread is a traditional Asian flatbread that is usually made with wheat flour (that contains gluten). Traditionally, it is made in a tandoori oven but in this recipe a cast iron pan works out great for a very similar result.
This gluten free naan bread is inspired by the traditional version but is not 100% authentic naan since it is not made with wheat flour, eggs or vegetable oil.
This recipe is made a little healthier by using gluten free flour, greek yogurt and coconut milk. There is also no yeast in this recipe which is great for people that prefer yeast-free bread.
Ingredients needed to make gluten free naan bread
How to make homemade naan bread that is gluten free
- Mix up the wet ingredients in a medium bowl.
- In a separate larger bowl, mix the dry ingredients.
- Combine the wet and dry ingredients into a chunky, slightly wet dough.
- Fold the dough onto a floured, flat surface and knead it with your hands for a few minutes until it can easily be formed into a smooth ball of dough.
- Then divide the dough into 8 equal pieces. Use your hands to flatten each piece of dough out into oblong shapes that are about 6 inches long, 4 inches wide and 1/8 inch thick.
- Brush each piece of naan bread with some melted butter.
- Heat a cast iron pan to medium heat and add some olive oil to the pan to fully coat the bottom of the pan – about 2 teaspoons of oil. Once the oil is hot, add 1-2 pieces of the naan bread to the pan, butter side down. Brush the other side with more butter. Cook the naan for 2 minutes per side then remove it from the pan and sprinkle it with sea salt and chopped parsley. Continue until you have cooked all of the naan.
- Serve and enjoy!
What is the best flour to use for GF Naan Bread?
Any brand of gluten free flour that is a 1:1 blend will work just fine in this recipe. I tested this naan with Bob’s Red Mill 1 for 1 Baking Flour and King Arthur’s Measure For Measure brands since that is what most people have access to.
I did also test this recipe using almond flour and coconut flour and although it worked, the taste and texture were very different. The naan was not as light and fluffy and was not as durable either.
Make ahead and storing suggestions
You can easily make this gluten free naan ahead of time. To make it ahead, make the dough, wrap it in plastic wrap and keep it in the fridge for up to one day before you make it. Just make sure to let the dough sit on the counter for at least 20 minutes before you roll it out.
To store naan bread after you have made it, let it cool completely. Then keep it in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
To reheat naan bread, warm it up in a cast iron pan on medium heat for 2-3 minutes or in the oven at 390 degrees for 5-7 minutes.
Can you freeze naan?
Yes you can. Here are the steps on how to freeze naan bread.
- Once you have made the naan bread, let it cool completely then wrap each piece of bread in plastic wrap then foil.
- Place the wrapped bread into a freezer-friendly container and keep it in the freezer for up to 30 days.
- To reheat from frozen: When you are ready to eat it, remove it from the freezer and unwrap it. Place it in a clean paper towel and heat it in the microwave for 45-60 seconds. You can also leave it on the counter for 15 minutes then warm it in a pan for 1-2 minutes per side.
What goes with naan bread?
- Naan bread makes a great appetizer with some classic hummus and veggies or red pepper hummus. I also love to serve it with some spinach artichoke dip or tzatziki.
- You can also serve it alongside some curry butternut squash soup, lentil soup or creamy asparagus soup. It would even be a great side for some healthy chili.
- It also makes a great side with these greek meatballs and a cucumber tomato salad.
- Use a gluten free all purpose flour that is a one to one flour and contains xanthan gum. You can also use bread flour if you do not need to keep this recipe gluten free.
- Plain greek yogurt like Fage or Chobani works best in this recipe.
- Make sure your baking powder is not expired or this recipe will not work.
- Knead the dough for about 2-3 minutes before you cut it into pieces. This will help it bond together and roll out easier.
- This dough is sticky at first, so make sure you roll it out on a well floured surface then add a little bit more flour as you knead it.
What is the difference between naan bread and pita bread?
The main difference between naan bread and pita bread is that pita bread doesn’t usually contain yogurt or butter. Naan is also a flatbread and pita bread is a thinner bread that can be used as a sandwich bread since it can be split open. Naan is typically served as a side or as naan pizza.
Can you make this recipe dairy-free?
Yes you can! You can use dairy free Greek yogurt like “Kite Hill” to replace the Greek yogurt and dairy-free butter or ghee to replace the butter.
Can you use regular flour or bread flour in this recipe?
Yes, you can use regular flour or bread flour in this recipe if you do not need to keep it gluten free.
More gluten free bread recipes to try
- Gluten Free Zucchini Banana Bread
- Gluten Free Air Fryer Bagels
- Easy Gluten Free Herb Biscuits
- Gluten Free Pita Bread
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