Versatile Flatbread (Also Naan Bread and Pizza Base) (vgn) (gf)

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I’ve always liked a good bit of bread, especially the flat kind. It’s always been hard to find decent gluten free bread though that’s still pretty health promoting, and doesn’t break the bank. So I decided to try to come up with my own.

I’ve been working on this one for a while now, and think I’ve just about got it nailed down. Aside from being really easy to make, the great thing about this bread is its versatility. Whether you want a normal flatbread, an Indian naan, or an Italian pizza base; all it takes is a few simple adjustments to the recipe.

Don’t be too worried about exact quantities with ingredients, I’m certainly not and it usually turns out fine…


  • 2 cups of gluten free flour (I use a blend of buckwheat, potato and rice)
  • 1 teaspoon xantham gum
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 sachet (about 7g) of fast action dried yeast
  • 1 cup of warm water (approximately)

For Naan Bread add:

  • A handful of fresh, chopped coriander
  • A few tablespoons of nigella seeds
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced

For Pizza Base add:

  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • A few tablespoons of mixed herbs


  1. Preheat your oven to around 230 degrees, or gas mark 8.
  2. In a big mixing bowl, add the flour, xantham gum, and any of the extra ingredients if you’re making the naan bread or pizza base.
  3. Mix the yeast in with the warm water and apple cider vinegar.
  4. Add the water mixture slowly to the dry ingredients and mix well.
  5. Add a little more water or flour accordingly to get dough that’s light and fluffy. Not too dry, but not too sticky.
  6. Spread your mixture with a rolling pin (or your hands) onto a baking tray or a pizza tray if you’re feeling crazy.
  7. It seems to work best when the bread is rolled quite thin, as in about half a centimetre thin. For the naan bread, you may want to make it a little thicker.
  8. Throw the baking tray into the hot oven, and cook for about 4 to 5 minutes.

And enjoy! The bread goes great with my Vegan Chilli, and I love having it with my Simple Indian Dahl. In a few weeks time I’ll be posting a great Vegan Pizza recipe, so keep your eyes peeled!

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Luke Jones is a mover, blogger and wellness enthusiast. He spends his time exploring and sharing ideas in mindful movement, healthy living and adventure.

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