Ultra buttery and fresh off the stove, this low carb naan is the perfect accompaniment to any dish!
This is among my best healthy recipes yet! Eat it with any low carb recipes (like curry!) or enjoy it as one of your low carb side dishes. Garlicky healthy side dishes like this naan are sure to give you the afternoon boost you’re craving!
Made with ingredients like almond flour, almond milk, and apple cider vinegar, low carb naan is surprisingly easy to make.
So let’s get started rolling that dough!
Low carb naan can be made in a pinch and has the same buttery crunch of regular naan. It’s one of my favorite bread recipes because:
- It’s simple to throw together
- It cooks really fast on the stove (plus, no turning on the oven on a hot summer day!)
- It doesn’t require any complicated tools
- There are so many ways to serve it!
This is a very straight forward recipe, with just a few swaps from regular naan. Let me guide you through it:
Almond flour – My favorite swap for purpose flour. It’s the most similar to wheat flour in terms of taste and texture, so it makes for a great gluten free alternative.
My favorite products are Bob’s Red Mill and Trader Joe’s Brand.
Apple cider vinegar and baking soda – are added to give our naan a little fluff. When combined, they react to create carbon dioxide, which makes the bread rise.
Pysllium husk powder – is suuuper rich in fiber. It adds a bit more fluff to the low carb naan recipe, while helping to bind the ingredients together. I like the way it helps mimic the texture of wheat bread and makes the dough easier to shape.
Almond milk – makes a delicious dairy free naan. Feel free to swap this with whatever low carb milk you have on hand.
Tools To Make
Traditionally, naan is cooked in a clay tandoor oven. It’s slapped onto the walls of the oven, where it bakes to perfection. Most modern kitchens in the US don’t have a tandoor oven, but luckily, a hot skillet does the trick!
So to make low carb naan, you’ll need:
- Large bowl
- Parchment paper
- Dish towel
- Brush for the butter
Keep leftover naan stored in a resealable bag.
To reheat, wrap them in a damp paper towel and toss in the microwave for a few seconds (this will keep them nice and moist).
Can You Freeze Them?
You can freeze this low carb naan recipe before or after cooking it in the skillet.
To freeze the dough: freeze it as individual balls by sticking them in a labeled resealable bag. When you’re ready to cook them, thaw them in the fridge for a few hours and then flatten them into 1/2 inch disks. Cook on the skillet as directed below.
To freeze fully cooked naan: skip spreading the melted butter and allow it to cool completely. Then put them in labeled resealable bags in the freezer.
There’s no need to thaw if they’re already cooked — Just stick them in the microwave for a few seconds to reheat and brush some butter on top before serving.
Obviously, low carb naan tastes delightful with Indian food recipes. But there are other creative ways to serve this bread!
- Serve along with any soup or salad for a light meal
- Serve them as an app with your favorite dips and sauces
- Use it to make low carb wraps filled with meat and greens
- Use them for low carb breakfast tacos
- Shape them into smaller sizes to act as a low carb sandwich bread!
- You can even eat them for breakfast instead of a low carb English muffin
If you want to try using some different ingredients in this low carb naan, here are some of my recommendations:
Can I Make These Without Low Carb Flour?
For naan, I recommend using some kind of low carb flour. I like to use almond flour personally because it most closely results in wheat flour-like bread.
However, if you want essentially no carb bread, I do have some recipes for you! Check out this oopsie bread — similar to this low carb naan recipe, it’s GREAT for dipping!
Plus, it’s wheat free, grain free, and sugar free, this bread like alternative tastes like a savory meringue. And it’s made with only four ingredients!
Can I Turn These Into A Tortilla?
As you know, tortillas are less fluffy and bread-like compared to this low carb naan recipe.
Therefore, if it’s a low carb tortilla you’re craving, rather than trying to adapt this recipe, I’d recommend trying this almond flour tortillas recipe or these coconut flour tortillas.
Can I Add Some Toppings?
I’m allll about butter, fresh herbs and garlic on my naan.
But if you’re looking for something a little different…
If you like the texture of seed bread, you can try giving some pizzazz to your naan by adding seeds! Throw in some chia seeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, or flax seeds, whatever you have on hand.
Better yet, use low carb naan as the base for a low carb pizza! (Kinda like my cloud bread pizza!) Spread some low carb pizza sauce, sprinkle some cheese, and add your favorite toppings. This is a super fun way for everyone in the family to make their dream pizzas!
What Other Flours Can I Use?
Because each low carb flour has a unique set of qualities, I suggest sticking to almond flour for this low carb naan recipe.
If you’re allergic to nuts, check out my coconut flour bread or soul bread (uses whey protein powder instead of low carb flour).
Low Carb Naan
- In a large bowl, whisk together the almond flour, baking soda, salt and psyllium husk.
- Stir in the apple cider vinegar, almond milk, egg and grated garlic.
- Use damp hands to form the dough into 4 small balls.
- Place a piece of parchment on the counter, and dampen slightly, then press each ball into a flat disk that’s about ½” thick, again using damp hands.
- Heat a cast iron over medium-high heat, until it’s hotttt!
- Once hot, add a splash of vegetable oil, followed by 1 piece of naan.
- Immediately, cover your skillet with a lid, and cook this way for 1 minute.
- Remove the lid, flip the naan, and cook the other side uncovered for another 1-2 minutes.
- Wrap cooked naan in a dish towel while you cook the rest.
- Before serving, brush each piece of naan with melted butter, sprinkle with fresh herbs and enjoy!
Low carb bread does taste different than wheat flour bread, but different doesn’t mean bad! These wonderful bread recipes all have their own unique flavors to offer:
- Low Carb Cinnamon Rolls
- Low Carb Bagel
- Low Carb Hamburger Buns
- Low Carb Zucchini Bread
- Almond Flour Biscuits
Piping hot low carb naan is to die for! With this recipe, you’ll never be out of fresh bread!
Let me know what you think in the comments below! What is your favorite way to serve naan?