It was in England that I fell in love with freshly baked Naan bread or better yet: Garlic Naan. Even though I always find it odd to have a rice, potato or pasta dish accompanied by bread, I never once question the need for Naan! Nor did I ever turn it down, needless to say. So let me get straight to the good news: Naan bread tastes just as good when made grain free and gluten free! I’ll be the first to admit that some paleo versions of this or that do not exactly taste like the original (they may be tasty but may not closely resemble the original flavor and texture) but I can honestly say that this recipe for Naan will not disappoint. And if you are a garlic lover like myself, you’ll be in Paleo Naan heaven.
While Naan is typically baked in the oven, I opted for a stove-top version. Grain free oven baked Naan is definitely an option but I found the texture to be lacking just a tad (even though the flavor was spot on). The creaminess of the yogurt from any of the typical Naan recipes can easily be substituted with full fat coconut milk.
The creamier your coconut milk, the better! I use canned coconut milk as I have no access to otherwise packaged full fat coconut milk in my area; if you have the time, you might consider making your own coconut milk!
Depending on how much you love garlic, you can either sprinkle some raw garlic on top of your cooked Naan bread (which would be my preferred method) or you can sauté or oven roast garlic which adds an extra step in preparing this bread but is totally worth it if you would like to add another dimension of flavor. Last but not least, some freshly chopped parsley or any other herb of your choice rounds out this Naan bread experience beautifully!
This Naan bread tastes best freshly cooked but I have tried it both cold and reheated; either tasted good but my vote definitely goes to the freshly made version!
(Make this next: Paleo Curry Chicken)
- 3/4 cup arrowroot starch
- 3 tablespoon coconut flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 egg
- 1 cup full fat coconut milk
- 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- Combine arrowroot starch, coconut flour and salt in a medium bowl and mix to combine.
- In a separate bowl, whisk egg with coconut milk, then add the wet mixture to the dry mixture and stir until well incorporated. Allow to sit on the counter top for 5-10 minutes for the batter to thicken.
- Heat a 9” pan over medium-low heat and add a little bit of oil to it, then spoon about 1/3 cup of batter into the pan and cook on each side for 2-3 minutes.
- Sprinkle with fresh or roasted garlic and drizzle with olive oil; serve warm.
Any advice on substitutions? My partner is allergic to coconut…
I am going to try almond flour and see how it works!
I’ll definitely be giving this a try! Then I’ll be making it into a pizza because that’s all the rage and I need to be part of the rage! Ya know?
Cauliflower pizza crust is amazing too. I was a doubter then bought a premade pizza made with it.
I’m allergic to garlic, what else can I use
Try oregano or rosemary. Or spread a little pesto on it.
The purpose of the garlic appears to be for the extra layer of flavor, but not necessary to the construct.
I would try onions or shallots, or even a little black pepper- or start plain (omit the garlic with no substitutions) and see what you feel it needs.
Onion would be a delicious substitute for garlic…caramelized or grated would work best.
Rosemary or basil. Even dill would be good too
What can I replace tapioca starch with please
I did some with and without garlic. I can use them as tortillias!
I think you would get more traction if you made your recipes “pinnable”. I would’ve pinned this one in a second to our popular Paleo board!
Can you recommend a coconut milk brand? I am always intimidated when I go to buy coconut milk. There are so many.
I second having the ability to pin. Thanks for the recipe.
I added garlic powder and onion power into the dry mix. It was really good. Great for tacos
Amazing recipe. Thanks
I enjoy each bit. Great for breakfest, sandwiches, snack, party.
I made these with added flavors and seasonings to the batter. Garlic, nutritional yeast, garlic and italian seasoning. So many possibilities! So good to munch on! Perfect when I needed that savory snack! I have also used a similar recipe for tortillas and pizza crust. But this one made is thicker and more doughy. Crispy on the outside and doughy on the inside! Perfect!
Can these be frozen?
Yummy! You can do so much with it, we made pizza for the boys and they enjoy it very much. Thank You!
Very good, love this recipe
Really delicious and easy to make it. Added onion powder, parsley flakes and a little garlic powder, my acid reflux doesn’t allowed me to have lots of it. Made a big a batch and going to freeze some.
Thanks for the recipe!?
Ps- wish we have a chance to post our pictures.
I made these but they were definitely more tortilla than naan. I don’t mean that as a complaint, they were delicious and fun to eat homemade chana masala with. I mixed like 8 cloves of crushed garlic in the batter. I’m making them again right now, this time as tortillas for pulled pork tacos.
This came out amazing! I decided to leave out the garlic and instead used an almond butter spread on top for a snack. It tasted just like a nutella crepe! Unbelievable.
Seriously, this bread is a life saver! I made them last night and my husband and 6 year old were in love! My daughter and I are gf and my husbands tries. So delicious!!!! It will be a staple from now on!
As a huge bread girl who now eats Paleo, I struggled to find good tasting substitutes. This Naan recipe fits the bill for me. I can use it as is, as a tortilla, pizza crust, toasted, as a crepe… LOVE this recipe and it takes no time to whip these up!
Can these be frozen and is there a way to make them more dry inside? I made as instructed and we love them as is but I just wanted to try them in other ways like I’ve seen other people comment about ie pizza, crepes and tortillas. Thanks in advance!
As in Indian, curries obviously feature heavily in our diet. This is the perfect, quick and easy, no rolling recipe! Thanks a lot!