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Is there anything as lovely as pillowy soft pita bread that you can tear and dip in hummus or fill with falafel? This homemade vegan pita bread recipe is a true winner and fresh baked pita will always outshine the store-bought brands. Read on to learn how to make pita from scratch, discover some vegan pita brands, and answer the question: Is pita bread always vegan?

The children were nestled, all snug in their beds, while visions of vegan pita bread danced in their heads…

Are we confusing the popular ‘The Night Before Christmas‘ poem with a pleasing pita bread recipe? Possibly. But, you have to admit, there are times when you dream of warm, soft, pillowy pockets waiting to be filled with heaps of hummus and a variety of veggies.

Pitas are particularly useful when you’re eating on the run or just can’t be bothered to use a plate. They’re super handy, incredibly tasty, and even more heavenly homemade. If you’ve never tried making pita bread from scratch, this is totally the time to try it. Grab your skillet and let’s puff up these perky little pockets from the Beyond Chopped Liver cookbook by Kenden Alfond!

What Is the Difference Between Naan and Pita Bread?

That’s a great question! Although both are flatbreads made from a basis of flour, active dry yeast, water, and salt, there are a few differences:

  1. Naan traditionally includes dairy yogurt or egg in the bread dough. These added ingredients give the dough a thicker texture when cooked. (You could always use a vegan yogurt or plant-based egg substitute to make your own naan.)
  2. Naan is baked in the oven, while pita bread is usually made in a skillet on the stove top.
  3. Pita pockets have less calories on the whole and call for less oil than naan bread.

Is Pita Bread Vegan?

Since the base for pita bread is flour and water, pita bread is totally safe for vegans! Some recipes call for ingredients such as olive oil or salt for flavor but unlike naan, dairy is not a central ingredient in pita bread. If you’re dining at a non-vegan establishment and order something with pita bread, chances are quite high that it’s suitable for vegans. If it puts your mind at ease, feel free to double-check that the bread isn’t brushed with eggs or dairy.

How to Serve Up Your Vegan Pita Bread

Since pita breads are so very versatile, it’s really fun to come up with festive ways to formulate and fill these puffy pockets. These are only a few of our own ideas––we’d love to hear about your favorite ways to enjoy this stovetop-baked bread!

  • Salad Storage – The absolute best solution to salads-on-the-go! Mix up a batch of chickpea tuna salad, potato salad, vegan chicken salad, three bean salad, tabbouleh salad, or even a vegan Greek salad with tofu feta. Throw in a few romaine leaves for added crunch and off you go!
  • Simple Sandwich – This one is super easy. Think about whatever you love in a sandwich and just throw it into a pita pocket. How about nut butter and jelly, vegan deli meat and cheese, or a simple hummus with thinly sliced veggies? Quick and really delicious.
  • Pita Chip Partay – A favorite snack! When your pita breads are on the brink, baking homemade pita chips is the perfect plan. Cut into triangle pieces (like you would cut a pizza) and lay out on a parchment covered baking sheet. Give them a spritz of spray oil, a few shakes of garlic powder (or cinnamon sugar), and bake at 350 degrees in a preheated oven for 8-10 minutes. Deeelish!
  • Sweet & Savory Saves the Day – If you’re thinking that basic pita bread sounds a bit boring, you can jazz it up in more than one way. For a sweeter bread, consider adding finely chopped dried fruit (like currants or raisins), orange zest, or a dash of cinnamon. When savory is more your style, mix in garlic, onions, smoked paprika, or maybe even a little nutritional yeast. Yum!

Craving Some Crunch?

When your food is super soft and squishy, your mouth wants to rebel and demands another texture. Give your delicious pita bread dough a bit of extra bite by adding chopped sunflower, pumpkin, or sesame seeds to the mixture before cooking. You’ll not only gain healthy fats and fiber, but also a little more crunch for your munch.

Easy Vegan Pita Bread Recipe Made on the Stovetop

Simple Storage

Because they are homemade and have no preservatives, this homemade vegan pita bread recipe won’t last as long as commercially made pockets. If you store your leftover pitas in a bread box on the countertop, they will last for 2 days. Please do not refrigerate or they will dry out and be as pleasant to eat.

If you don’t think you’ll be able to eat your remaining pitas in that time frame, wrap each one individually securely in plastic wrap (or using a vegan wax wrap) and place in a sealed freezer-safe container. You can freeze them for up to one month.

Equipment You’ll Need

Vegan Pita Bread

Author: Kenden Alfond
5 from 8 votes
Pita is a yeast-leavened, round flatbread with a puffy pocket, commonly eaten in the Middle East and neighboring countries. It's made with flour, olive oil, yeast, salt, and a touch of sugar to aid in fermenting. Once you make this bread homemade, you won't want to go back to store bought. So warm and delicious!
Best Vegan Pita Bread Stacked on a Plate
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 8 pita breads

Ingredients

  • cups 300 grams of all-purpose flour, plus extra for kneading
  • cups 360 mls of lukewarm water, divided
  • teaspoons of active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon of light brown sugar
  • 1 cup 125 grams of whole wheat flour
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of canola or olive oil

Instructions

  • Combine 1 cup of all-purpose flour and 1 cup of lukewarm water with all of the yeast and sugar into a mixing bowl. Mix with a fork.
  • Cover with a kitchen towel and allow to ferment for 30 minutes until thick and frothy.
  • Add 1 cup of all purpose flour and 1 cup of whole wheat flour , ½ cup of lukewarm water, and salt. Fork mix until a sticky dough comes together.
  • Transfer to a clean, floured surface and knead for around 10 minutes, gradually adding ½ cup of flour and a teaspoon of olive oil. The dough will become smooth and springy to the touch.
  • Shape dough into a ball and place into a mixing bowl. Cover with a kitchen towel and allow to rise for 1 hour or until it doubles in size.
  • Tip the risen dough onto a floured surface and knead for 1 minute. Use a sharp knife to cut into 8-10 equal pieces and form each into a ball with your hands.
  • Cover and allow to rise for another 30 minutes.
  • Roll each ball into a flat circle, cover and allow to rise for another 30 minutes.
  • Lightly oil the skillet and heat over medium heat for 2 minutes.
  • One at a time, cook pitas in the hot skillet for 1-2 minutes each side until they puff.

Notes

Added variations to the end of Step 4:

  • Crunch - add chopped pumpkin or sunflower seeds to add flavor, texture, and nutrition
  • Sweetness - add chopped raisins or currants, orange zest, or ½ teaspoon of cinnamon
  • Savory - add chopped, baked garlic, and ½ teaspoon of turmeric for a savory, golden pita
Course Side
Cuisine Mediterranean
Keyword Bread, dairy-free, diy pita, egg-free bread, homemade bread, pita, pita pocket, vegan, vegetarian

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About the Author

Kenden Alfond is a psychotherapist based in Paris, France who started Jewish Food Hero as a community service project to support personal and environmental health. Before she was even a teenager, she decided to become a vegetarian and is now 99% vegan. She created Jewish Food Hero in 2015 to try and get healthier Jewish food onto people’s tables all around the world.

Beyond Chopped Liver Jewish Vegan Cookbook Cover by Kenden Alfond

More Jewish Vegan Recipes To Try:

This Vegan Pita Bread recipe was reprinted with permission from the Beyond Chopped Liver: 59 Jewish Recipes Get a Vegan Health Makeover cookbook by Kenden Alfond (Turner Publishing, February 23, 2021). Photography by Rachel Mendelson. Article written by Gina House and edited by Amanda Meth. Please note that this article contains affiliate links to help support our work at World of Vegan!

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8 comments
  1. 5 stars
    I’d never made my own pita bread before, but this was delish!

  2. 5 stars
    I love naan, its so delicious and flavourful!

  3. Andrea White says:

    5 stars
    Woah. This bread looks incredible!!!

  4. 5 stars
    Love this pita bread…chewy and delicious! So much better than anything in a store!

  5. 5 stars
    Soo sooo good! I had no idea that pita bread was this easy to make. All of the family loved it and can’t believe how much better it is freshly made. Yay!

  6. Beatriz Buono-Core says:

    5 stars
    OH wow! Fluffy and delicious 🙂

  7. 5 stars
    I LOVE pita bread but have never tried making it! I did get into making flatbread over quarantine so I think this would be a great next step for me.