Naan is a type of traditional Indian bread, typically made with refined flour and cooked in loads of oil. But, now you can make your own, healthier version! Made with almond flour and tapioca starch, this isn’t just a gluten free naan recipe—it’s also VEGAN and lower in carbs!
And, with only 4 basic ingredients, it’s so simple to whip up. Since this is a gluten free naan recipe, you don’t have to bother with prepping a yeast-based dough or even turning on the oven. Just make and shape your dough, then cook your naan breads in a skillet!
Cutting the Carbs in this Gluten Free Naan Recipe
Instead of refined grains, this lower carb, gluten free naan recipe uses almond flour—a fuel-filled and totally grain free alternative! And, it adds a generous dose of satiating fats that makes this healthier naan more filling than most traditional breads. But, to create a true bread-like texture in this gluten free naan recipe, I also use some tapioca starch, or tapioca flour.
Tapioca is just the starch extracted from the cassava root, which is a starchy root vegetable. It’s still rich in carbs, but it can be a cleaner alternative to cornstarch and is also naturally gluten free (and grain free). That means this gluten free naan recipe is also paleo friendly!
Traditional vs. Gluten Free Naan Recipe
I’ve also nixed the added sugar that’s standard in most naan recipes (and bread recipes in general) and replaced the traditional oil and yogurt with full fat coconut milk. It’s the perfect, double-whammy substitute—rich in fats like oil, smooth and creamy like yogurt!
You don’t taste the coconut milk, but it’s crucial to creating a soft, fluffy, and chewy texture. And, it keeps this gluten free naan recipe totally vegan!
Is Gluten Bad for You?
There’s a whole lot of debate surrounding gluten and gluten free lifestyles. A small portion of people have an allergic reaction to it, known as Celiac disease. Others, though, may have a food sensitivity to it. Overall, nothing about gluten itself is ‘bad’ for the general population.
But, that’s as far as research has proven now. And, gluten is one of many hard-to-digest plant proteins, known as a lectin. And lectins of all kinds—in other non-glutinous grains and even legumes—can cause digestive strain for some people. We’re all different!
Whether you’re concerned about how gluten affects your body, looking for a healthier naan recipe, or just wanting an EASY way to make naan, this gluten free naan recipe is too good to not try!
*To learn more about how gluten, grains, and legumes affect the body, check out our blog post: Are Grains Bad for You?