Make whole wheat pita bread at home! This pita bread recipe is super easy, very healthy and tastes so much better than the store-bought!
Lately I’ve been busy busy busy. I remember my sisters telling me when I had one and two little ones running around, just how hard it is to have older kids. How many hours you spend carting them around to different lessons and practices. I remember thinking that I wouldn’t feel that way when I had older kids and that I would always make sure my kids were on a strict schedule.
I can’t believe how much of my day is centered around my older kids! Well, all four of my kids, really. Let’s have a breakdown of my week, shall we?
- Monday: piano lesson, braces consultation
- Tuesday: piano lesson, baseball practice for one, baseball game for another (at different parks)
- Wednesday: baseball game, get dryer fixed (yay!), scouts
- Thursday: volunteer in preschool, baseball practice for one, baseball game for another (at different parks)
- Friday: batting practice, pinewood derby all friday evening
- Saturday: two baseball games, work on school project for oldest
Are you sensing a pattern?! It’s crazy. And it’s pretty fun too but let’s just say making most things “homemade” has fallen by the wayside, considering late afternoon to evening baseball games going on. I’ve been crock potting it as much as possible! Except for this recipe. This is easiest bread recipe ever!
My boys are in love with this pita bread. They were very impressed I had made them from scratch. It took me a few tries to get the oven temp and everything correct, but it was worth it.
They are SO easy! Four simple ingredients and only one short knead session. These are fool-proof. I’m the worst at making bread and I can whip these up with ease.
Not only are they delicious, but they’re healthy too! I used all whole wheat flour but you can use whatever flour you like. And the cool part about them is that they puff up when they cook. They end up looking like pillows when you pull them from the oven and my boys got a big kick out of it.
Fill them up with whatever you like or eat them plain with hummus. They’re great to bring to work with your lunch or pack in your kids’ lunch boxes. Even with a busy schedule, you will love this easy homemade pita bread!
Homemade Whole Wheat Pita Bread
- 2 cups warm water
- 4 tsp. bread machine or instant yeast
- 1 Tbsp. salt
- 4 cups whole wheat flour I like King Arthur brand (can use all-purpose if desired)
- Combine water and yeast in a large bowl. Let sit for a few minutes.
- Stir in salt and flour. Cover and let rise for 1 hour - dough will be sticky.
- Turn onto floured surface and knead lightly, cover with a towel and let rise 30 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 500º F. Divide dough into 6 balls. Roll each into an 8" circle with rolling pin, using as few strokes as possible and only rolling out on one side.
- Place on lightly greased cookie sheet(s). Place cookie sheet on rack that's placed in the lower half of the oven and bake for 8-10 minutes or until circles puff up like pillows and are lightly brown - don't over bake! (I use two cookie sheets, one at a time)
- Cut or break pockets open and fill with whatever you'd like - enjoy!
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Kim Tobin says
These look excellent and easy enough for even me to do! My son is 13 months old and will eat anything if it’s in a pita so this would be perfect for me to try! Thanks!!
Gaye @CalmHealthySexy says
Hi Jen – Oh, these look great! I am good at making flatbread, but have not been successful with pita bread. I am definitely going to give your recipe a try.
I need your flatbread recipe, then! I’ve never made regular flatbread before but I definitely want to! You make this pita bread, and I’ll make your flatbread! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by! I hope you’re having a great week!
Andi @ The Weary Chef says
Jen, fess up. You bought that pita bread from a store, didn’t you? 😉 Just kidding, but I am seriously impressed that you actually made that gorgeous, perfect bread from scratch! With all that you do, I don’t know how you find the time to be so awesome!
OMG you totally caught me, Andi! Dangit! 😉 Haha! Thanks lady! I’m trying hard to be as awesome as you are! XO!
Gretchen @ Two Healthy Kitchens says
Really?!? Homemade pita bread?!? It never ever crossed my mind to make my own!! Brilliant!! I LOVE pita bread … we always order several extra bags from our local Mediterranean restaurant. Now, I can have it whenever I want! I think my kids would get a kick out of seeing it puff up in the oven! 🙂
Alison at NOVA Frugal Family says
I have wanted to make pita bread for awhile and I have never tried. This seems easy enough that I just might have to 🙂
[email protected] says
Shut the front door…I love wheat pita bread and I really need to try your recipe now! I’m craving egg salad on wheat pita now 🙂
Julie @ Julie's Eats & Treats says
Crap. It gets worse when they are older?! Thanks Jen!!! Guess I’ll just have to start making these 🙂 Win win!
[email protected] says
Between these and that Irish Buttermilk Brown Bread I just spotted, you really have me craving bread!!! YUMMM! The perfect comfort food for your CRAZY life! lol
Karla (@runoneaglewings) says
This looks awesome. What type of yeast did you use? I have active dry yeast AND instant yeast. I may try this tomorrow!
Hi Karla! I used bread machine yeast aka instant yeast, so use that! Yay! So glad you’re making it! You will love it!
[email protected] Dairy on the Prairie says
I pack a lunch for my boys everyday! They will love having this pita bread for sandwiches instead of regular old sandwich bread! Thanks!
Margaret Anne @ Natural Chow says
I actually have a recipe on my blog for whole wheat pita bread and I make it all the time. But they never turn out this nice! I am very surprised at how awesomely these pita pockets turn out. Whole wheat is always better. I’m thinking about trying an oat flour pita pocket. How do you think that would turn out? Thanks for a great recipe, girl!
Thanks Margaret Anne! I think oat flour would be awesome!! I’ll have to try your pita bread recipe! I’m sort of obsessed with them… 😉 Thanks for stopping by! Have a great week!
Jaren (Diary of a Recipe Collector) says
Jen, these look amazing! I adore pita bread! I totally here ya about the busy schedule thing. Mine has only just begun. My oldest are in 1st grade and Kindergarten, and we are busy just about every night of the week with something for them or meetings for my husband and I.
It’s crazy, right?! Sometimes I get super overwhelmed, but that’s life right?! Haha! Thanks for stopping by!! xo!
I just made these tonight and they turned out amazing, I’ll never buy pita bread again! We have honey bees and so I might add some of our honey next time. Thanks for the awesomely simple recipe!
Oh, adding in honey would make this pita bread even better! Thanks for the sweet comment – I’m thrilled you liked them!!
These look great and I’m going to make them right now for my little girl that can’t do processed grains. I’m wondering… Do you think tese would work out well in the bread machine on the dough cycle?
Hi Laura! I’ve never used a bread machine for this recipe, I don’t think it’s necessary. The dough only needs some light kneading. If you do decide to try it, let me know how it turns out! I hope you like it!
This recipe is super EZ and delicious … not only did I get compliments I got KISSES! My little 5 year old grandson was chowing down! Thanks so much for sharing this recipe.
Ohhh!! I’m SO happy to hear this! I’m glad the recipe turned out delicious – we love this pita bread, too! Have a great week!
Is it needed to have a full tbsp of salt, or can it be cut down? Mine turned out super salty tasting. They’re hardly edible because of the overpowering saltiness.
I don’t find these too salty but I’m sure you can decrease the salt if you’d like!
I’ll try the recipe, how long will the pita bread keep/stay fresh?
Probably 3 or so days in an airtight container. They usually don’t last that long in our house because my boys love them so much!
I must be missing this… What temperature do you set the oven to? Thanks! Excited to try these out!
Hi Samantha! The temperature is 500 degrees F. I hope you like them, they’re so delish!
Finally, the ultimate pita recipe! This one exceeded expectations!