Flatbread With Nutritional Yeast

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Flatbreads are a type of bread that is unleavened, meaning it does not contain yeast or other leavening agents that make the dough rise. They have been a staple food in various cultures around the world for centuries. Flatbreads are typically made by combining flour, water, and sometimes salt, then rolling or pressing the dough into a flat shape and cooking it on a hot surface, such as a griddle or oven.

Here are a few popular types of flatbreads from different regions:

  • Naan: Naan is a soft, leavened flatbread originating from the Indian subcontinent. It is typically made with all-purpose flour, yogurt, water, yeast, and sometimes ghee (clarified butter). Naan is traditionally cooked in a tandoor, a clay oven, giving it a slightly charred and smoky flavor.
  • Pita Bread: Pita bread is a round, hollow flatbread originating from the Middle East. It is made with wheat flour, water, yeast, and salt. Pita bread has a distinct pocket in the middle, which can be filled with various ingredients or used for dipping in sauces like hummus or tzatziki.
  • Tortilla: Tortillas are a staple in Mexican cuisine. They are thin, unleavened flatbreads made with cornmeal or wheat flour. Corn tortillas have a distinct flavor and are often used for tacos and enchiladas, while wheat flour tortillas are more pliable and commonly used for burritos and quesadillas.
  • Lavash: Lavash is a thin, unleavened flatbread commonly found in Middle Eastern and Central Asian cuisines. It is made with flour, water, and salt, and is typically baked in a hot oven or on a hot griddle. Lavash can be soft or crispy depending on the cooking method.
  • Roti/Chapati: Roti or chapati is a staple flatbread in Indian cuisine. It is made with whole wheat flour, water, and sometimes a bit of oil or ghee. Rotis are cooked on a hot griddle, puffing up slightly as they cook.

Flatbreads are versatile and can be used in various ways. They can be enjoyed as a side dish with dips, used to wrap fillings for sandwiches or wraps, or served alongside main dishes to soak up sauces. Their simplicity and wide range of flavors make flatbreads a popular choice in many cuisines.

Nutritional Yeast

Nutritional yeast is a deactivated form of yeast that is commonly used as a food seasoning or flavoring ingredient. It is often praised for its unique taste and various nutritional benefits. It has a savory, slightly cheesy flavor, making it a popular ingredient for adding an umami taste to various dishes. It can be used as a seasoning on popcorn, roasted vegetables, pasta, salads, and in vegan cheese substitutes.

Nutritional yeast is a rich source of essential nutrients. It is low in calories and carbohydrates while being high in protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals. It is particularly known for its B-vitamin content, including vitamin B12, which is often lacking in plant-based diets. B vitamins play essential roles in energy production, brain function, metabolism, and maintaining a healthy nervous system.

Nutritional yeast contains glutathione, a powerful antioxidant that helps protect cells from oxidative stress and damage caused by free radicals. Antioxidants contribute to overall health and may reduce the risk of chronic diseases. It also contains beta-glucans, which are polysaccharides known for their immune-enhancing properties. Beta-glucans can stimulate immune cells, promoting a stronger immune response and supporting overall immune system health.

The fiber content in nutritional yeast can support healthy digestion and bowel regularity. Fiber promotes the growth of beneficial gut bacteria and helps prevent constipation.

While nutritional yeast offers many potential benefits, it's important to note that individual nutritional needs may vary. Additionally, if you have specific dietary concerns or health conditions, it's advisable to consult with a healthcare professional or registered dietitian for personalized advice.

Low-carb flatbread with nutritional yeast can offer several benefits, especially for those following a low-carbohydrate or ketogenic diet. Here are some of them:

  • Reduced Carbohydrate Intake: Low-carb flatbread with nutritional yeast typically contains lower levels of carbohydrates compared to traditional flatbreads. 
  • Blood Sugar Management: By reducing carbohydrate content, low-carb flatbread can help stabilize blood sugar levels. 
  • Satiety and Weight Management: Low-carb flatbread with nutritional yeast is often higher in protein and healthy fats and lower in carbohydrates. This combination can promote satiety, help control cravings, and support weight management efforts by providing longer-lasting energy and reducing the urge to overeat.
  • Nutritional Composition: Low-carb flatbread with nutritional yeast can still provide essential nutrients. Nutritional yeast itself is a good source of B vitamins, protein, and fiber. Additionally, if the flatbread includes almond flour or other low-carb flour, it can contribute to a higher protein and healthy fat content, which are important for overall health and well-being.
  • Flavor and Versatility: Nutritional yeast adds a savory, slightly cheesy flavor to the low-carb flatbread, enhancing its taste. This can make it an enjoyable alternative for those seeking variety in their low-carb meals. Low-carb flatbread can be used for wraps, as a base for pizza, or enjoyed on its own.

    Flatbread With Nutritional Yeast

    Prep Time: 10 minutes
    Cook Time: 15 minutes
    Yield: 6 servings
    Category: Breakfast, Snack
    Cuisine: Middle Eastern


    • ½ cup (120 ml) unsweetened almond milk
    • 1 Tablespoon (8 g) nutritional yeast
    • 1 ¼ cups (140 g) coconut flour
    • 1 cup (120 g) almond flour
    • 2 teaspoons (4 g) baking powder
    • 1 Tablespoon (10 g) garlic powder
    • 1 teaspoon (1 g) Italian seasoning
    • Pinch of salt and pepper
    • 1 whole large egg
    • 2 large egg whites


                                  1. Preheat the oven to 320°F (160°C). Line a baking tray with parchment paper and set aside.
                                  2. Heat the unsweetened almond milk in the microwave or on the stove for 45 seconds. Add the nutritional yeast to the warm almond milk and whisk to combine. Set aside to cool until ready to use.
                                  3. Combine the coconut flour, almond flour, baking powder, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper in a large bowl.
                                  4. In a separate bowl, whisk the whole egg with the egg whites. Add the cooled almond milk mixture to the bowl and whisk until completely combined. (If the almond milk mixture is too hot, it will cause the eggs to scramble.)
                                  5. Add the wet mixture to the flour mixture and combine to form a dough. Divide the dough into 6 small portions and roll or press each portion into flat oval shapes, about 1/2-inch (1 cm) thick, and place on the prepared baking tray.
                                  6. Place the baking tray in the oven and bake for 12 to 15 minutes until the flatbread is golden and cooked through.
                                  7. Remove the baking tray from the oven and let the flatbread cool completely before serving.
                                  8. Store leftover flatbread in a sealed container for 2 to 3 days.

                                                    Nutrition: (Estimated and based on per-serving amounts.)

                                                    • Calories: 217
                                                    • Fat: 12 g
                                                    • Total Carbs: 14 g
                                                    • Fiber: 10 g
                                                    • Sugar: 3 g
                                                    • Net Carbs: 4 g
                                                    • Protein: 11 g

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