These quick wholemeal flatbreads are a really useful recipe. If you need some bread quickly, you can whip these up in 15 minutes. There's no special equipment required, and you've probably got the ingredients in your cupboard. It's a no knead flatbread dough, and there's no yeast in the recipe, so it's super easy to make.
What you'll love about the recipe
- Just 15 minutes to make
- Only 5 everyday ingredients
- No kneading required
- Ideal accompaniment for soups and dips
- Make ahead and warm through or defrost in toaster
If you are looking for a gluten free flatbread recipe, these have flaxseed added to make them more nutritious.
Flour. I use part wholemeal and part white flour for this easy flatbread dough. This makes a nice texture and flavour. Wholemeal flour is of course a wholegrain, and is high in fibre as well as B vitamins. You can adjust the ratio of wholemeal to white flour if you like, and you could also use a seeded flour.
Some baking powder is required to give a slight lift and fluffier texture.. Or you could use self raising flour if you prefer and omit the baking powder.
Yogurt and a teaspoon of olive oil are used to make the dough light and pliable. You'll need natural (unflavoured yogurt), but it doesn't matter if it is full fat, low fat or Greek.
Salt and/or other flavourings (see variations below).
How to make quick wholemeal flatbreads
The method is very simple. There is no kneading or waiting for the dough to rise. You just mix the ingredients together, flatten it out and cook it in a pan. You don't even need to oil the pan! A normal frying pan is fine. If you have a griddle pan then you'll have the bonus of attractive griddle marks on your homemade flatbreads.
Add all of the ingredients to a bowl and stir together until it all starts to stick together into a dough.
Then use your hands to bring it together into a ball, and cut into 2.
Place on a floured board, or greaseproof sheet, and roll each piece out to a thickness of 2-3mm. You can either use a floured rolling pin, or just squish it out flat with floured hands.
Heat a large frying pan, and cook the flatbreads in each side for 2-3 minutes. They'll start to brown and puff up slightly.
I used tablespoons for the measurements as I think it's quicker and easier, and the measurements aren't too critical. The tablespoons of flour were slightly rounded. If the mixture looks very dry or very moist, adjust it slightly. You want the dough to hold together well, but not be too sticky. If you decide to use all white flour, you might need slightly less yogurt (or slightly more flour!) as wholemeal flour is more absorbent.
Quick wholemeal flatbreads are the perfect accompaniment to any of our soup recipes, or served with quick mackerel pate. They are also great with this 2 ingredient hummus, or butter bean hummus. They are also very nice folded in half with some cheese and a low sugar chutney. You can use these quick flatbreads as the basis for an easy dinner, serving them with griddled or barbecued chicken or lamb, and salads. Or try them as the base for a simple pizza with some veggies and salami.
Variations for wholemeal flatbreads
This quick wholemeal flatbread recipe is plain, but there are lots of different flavours that you could experiment with. Try adding some cumin to your flatbreads to serve with tomato and red lentil soup. Or some chopped basil mixed into the flatbread dough would go very nicely with this easy fish chowder recipe. If you fancy something a little spicier to go with an Indian dish, add some curry powder. Ingredients such as nigella seeds or sesame seeds also add a lovely texture.
Frequently asked questions
Wholemeal flatbreads can be a part of a healthy balanced diet. Whole grains are naturally higher in vitamins, minerals and fibre. Adding herbs, spices or seeds will make these flatbreads even healthier. Make sure that you serve your flatbreads with healthy accompaniments too.
One of these flatbreads has 99 calories.
No. You can make flatbreads without yeast by using baking powder which is much quicker. You won't need to knead the dough, or wait for it to rest. These quick wholemeal flatbreads can be on the table in 15 minutes!
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Quick Wholemeal Flatbreads
- Rolling Pin or can flatten dough with fingers
- frying pan
- 2 tablespoon plain white flour
- 3 tablespoon wholemeal flour
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- 3 tablespoon natural yogurt
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- pinch salt
- Stir all of the ingredients together in a bowl until they start to come together. Use your hands to bring the dough together into a ball. Divide into two (or 4 if you'd prefer small flatbreads)
- Roll each piece out flat on a floured board to a thickness of 2-3mm.
- Place a large frying pan (or griddle pan) on a medium-high heat. Carefully add the flatbreads and cook for 2-3 mins until lightly brown and slightly puffed. Flip over and cook on the other side.
Please note nutritional information is per serving and is provided for guidance only.