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Pita Bread made healthy
Use whole-wheat or other whole grains to make our Healthy Pita Bread Recipe. What a boost in nutrition and flavor! Now, you may never buy another package of pita in the grocery again.
Pita is well known in Mid-Eastern countries. However, many in the USA have discovered this delicious bread. Indeed, the versatility makes it a family favorite.
The handy pita bread has a history dating back to Bible days. While it was a food, it also proved useful as a tool for eating other foods. In fact, today people still use it to scoop up hummus and other dips.
Of course, most people use the pocket it forms to hold favorite sandwich fillings. But the pita rises above the simple sandwich task. Now, these pocket breads find their way into snack time as scoops or chips. And pizza lovers enjoy them as a base for an easy to make pizza.
The Many Uses
- Very traditional dishes such as Falafel feature pitas. Simply add lettuce, tomato, cucumber, onion, and your favorite dips such as tzatziki or cucumber sauce. And remember the falafel balls!
- Hummus with veggies creates another healthy version.
- However, even the American favorites such as peanut butter and jelly develop new appreciation on a base of pita bread.
- Serve them with dip for a snack or party treat.
- Need an easy pizza? Your pita bread becomes the crust. Top with sauce, cheese, and your favorite toppings. Bake until the cheese melts. Quick, easy, and delicious! In fact, provide one pita to each family member. They create their own personal pizza masterpiece!
- Speaking of pizza, these individual pizza crusts might entertain your next party, too.
- Stuffed pizza sounds intriguing? Open the crust, add your ingredients, tuck them in to bake for just a few minutes. Instant stuffed pizza!
- Grilled cheese looks a bit like a calzone in the versatile pita.
- Pita chips replace tortillas for a new take on nachos.
- Imagine the new take on quesadillas using pita bread as the base.
So many uses…
And now, with all these ideas, you might need to make a double or even a triple batch! Our recipe will provide you with a dozen pitas.
Need more? Yes, you can double the recipe.
Of course, this will add to your kneading time for the individual balls before the final rise. Or, use our shortcut. Divide into batches of 4. After the individual kneading, divide those into 4 equal balls. In fact, you can do the same with the single batch.
Healthy Pita Bread Recipe
Whole Grain Pita Bread
- 1½ tbsp active dry yeast
- 2 cups water 110-115°F
- ½ tsp honey
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 1 tbsp salt
- 6 cups whole wheat flour or other whole grain flour such as oat
- ¼ cup corn meal optional, but good
- Put 1 cup water in your stand mixer bowl. Stir in the honey.
- Sprinkle yeast over water, mixing in lightly. Let stand about 5 minutes to develop a foam.
- Add remaining water, oil, salt, and 3 cups of flour. Mix on low speed.
- Add remaining flour, continuing to mix on low speed.
- Knead on medium-low speed for 5-7 minutes, or until the dough forms a soft ball and pulls away from the sides of the bowl.
- Place in a greased bowl. Cover and let rest in a warm place for about 1-1½ hours, until doubled in size.
- Punch down. Cover and let rest for 10 minutes.
- Divide into 12 equal pieces. Form each into a ball.
- Knead each ball for about one minute. Cover and let rest for 20 minutes.
- Prepare baking sheets with grease. Sprinkle cornmeal over the grease.
- Roll each ball into an 8-in. circle. Place on prepared baking sheets.
- Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 30 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 475°F
- Bake pitas 8-10 minutes or until browned. Pita will puff as they bake.
- Remove from pans and cool on wire racks.