paleo grain-free and gluten-free tortillas

paleo gluten-free tortillas

Next weekend I am doing our first grain-free wedding order! You might remember a while back when we did the tasting. Since then we've been researching and testing out various grain-free recipes. That got us interested in learning more about a paleo diet. If you don't know what paleo means, it's also referred to as the caveman diet and consists of eating whole foods (similar to that of our hunter/gatherer ancestors), and eliminating harmful ones. 

Since gluten and many grains fall into that harmful category, as far as I can tell, it also happens to be gluten free! And now, after many months of debate, Patrick has decided he wants to try a paleo diet. 

So when this month's host, Brooke of B & the Boy, chose tortillas for our gluten-free ratio rally challenge, I wondered how on earth I might be able to make tortillas be both paleo and gluten-free. We consulted a few cookbooks and eventually settled on a recipe in Paleo Comfort Foods. Now I'm not really a huge fan of baking with coconut flour, but I wanted to give Patrick's new diet a chance. Using my sister's fancy-pants tortilla press was a cinch and the coconut flour tortillas weren't bad at all! In fact it kind of tasted like a coconut crepe or pancake. And since there wasn't any sugar in the recipe, it lent itself perfectly to a savory taco.

coconut flour tortillas

We kept the tacos paleo-compliant too with simple sliced veggies (avocado, heirloom lollipop tomatoes from the garden, onion, and cilantro), and salt and pepper tilapia. Simple, delicious, and best of all GF & paleo. The jalapeno margarita also in the picture, sadly was not paleo. Baby steps! ;)

paleo and gluten-free tortillas

This recipe is based on the coconut flour tortilla recipe from Paleo Comfort Foods. The ingredients form a thin batter and yield about 8 pliable soft tacos.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup coconut flour (40 g)
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking pwoder
  • 8 egg whites (240 g or 1 cup)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • pinch of salt
  • coconut oil (as needed, for greasing the press or pan)

Instructions

  1. In a bowl mix all ingredients. Set aside for five minutes. The batter takes about that long to hydrate and thicken.
  2. If necessary greese your tortilla press or pan with coconut oil.
  3. Make the tortillas:
    • In a preheated electric tortilla press: Pour about a little less than 1/4 cup of batter onto the tortilla press. Quickly smooth out using a heat resistant spoon, and press the top of the press down to distribute the rest of the batter. Cook until the indicator on the press goes off.
    In a pan over medium heat: Pour a little less than 1/4 cup of batter onto the pan. Quickly smooth out using a heat resistant spoon. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes or until the edges of the tortilla start to turn golden brown. Then flip and cook for an additional minute or two.
  4. Transfer tortillas to a plate and cover with a paper towel to keep warm.
  5. Serve with desired toppings and do your best to keep away from within hungry doggy mouths. :)

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Comments

Never thought of using coconut flour for tortillas. will have to give it a try. I have some coconut flour waiting to be turned into something.

Yay for grain-free tortillas! I love the though of a "coconut pancake" - sounds beyond amazing. Keep us updated on the grain-free wedding, Patrick's new diet, and all the baby steps in between. :) Thank you for sharing, Charissa!

I love the dog staring down the margarita. Did he make a move on it?! Our dogs used to terrorize beer at BBQs. Obviously our dogs aren't gluten free.

These look awesome!! I have been dying to make my own tortillas and I LOVE that these are grain-free as well :)

I swear to God, I've been looking for a nice tortilla recipe.

Thanks for the sweet post! :)

quick question: did you use the eggs whites for any particular reason, or can I use whole eggs?

Hi Maggy!
I think the egg whites lend a lighter flavor and texture than using whole eggs. I imagine that using a whole egg might yield more of a crepe like texture. I'd reduce the number of whole eggs if you do go that route since the volume would be different. Let me know if you try it!

This was just what I needed. I made these to go with Indian food for some Paleo friends. Instead of the tortilla maker, I cooked them on a cast iron griddle and made them like I would make Dosas (south Indian rice and lentil bread) or crepes. Fantastic! Thank you!

Thanks Meredith! Glad to hear these worked for you! Definitely a great substitute for Dosas!

I let it set for 10mins and it still has yet to thicken. Any tips?

Janna, my exprience has been that the batter is very thin even after sitting. Wondering if you ever tried it....

I should also say that should be soupy enough for you to spread around, you don't want it too thick!

Hi Janna! You could add a little bit more coconut flour or xanthan gum to thicken it. I'd add it little by little until it reaches a thick consistency almost like a pancake batter.

Thanks for this they were great! Mine came out like a soft tortilla. Do you think i could bake them after to make it crispy, like more of a chip? Perhaps for healthy nachos?

Is the baking powder essential?

Hi Gina,
I think the baking powder works with the eggs to get them a light and fluffy texture. I think it might work without it, but I'd imagine they'd be pretty dense.

Can you use almond flour as opposed to coconut flour? Also, is this a crispy tortilla when cooked on a pan? I'm looking for a soft tortilla recipe for fajitas. Thank you!

Hi Alex! I think coconut flour hyrdates more than almond flour (that is absorbs the liquid), so if you use almond flour it might not get thick enough.

These are soft and flexible!

Thanks for the recipe! I made it in a tortilla maker and they were good. I did add extra coconut flour because the batter was too runny. Also, next time I am going to try baking soda instead of powder. I don't think powder is paleo. I would guess I would get the same results. I sprayed the plates with coconut spray. It did need it. I am going to make these again soon. Thanks!

Good point Randi! I wonder why someone doesn't make a sweet potato based baking powder. Let me know how the baking soda works out. I think I want to try that myself!

Thanks for the recipe! I made it in a tortilla maker and they were good. I did add extra coconut flour because the batter was too runny. Also, next time I am going to try baking soda instead of powder. I don't think powder is paleo. I would guess I would get the same results. I sprayed the plates with coconut spray. It did need it. I am going to make these again soon. Thanks!

You could always make your own paleo baking powder using
1/2 tsp cream of tarter and 1/4 tsp baking soda. If your wanting to make some to store then you can use 1/4 cup cream of tarter, 1/2 cup baking soda and 1/4 cup arrowroot. Hope it helps :)

Thanks Vicki! Great idea! I will add your notes to the post!

Recipe states "more like a batter than a dough". I'm curious how that worked with a tortilla press. Were these more "crepe-y" or more like a real tortilla? I'm looking to try something with a press. Looking forward to trying this one!

Never thought of using coconut flour for tortillas.
Thanks for the sweet post! :)

Thank you so much! Even since I started doing paleo I've missed bread! I'm going to make these tortillas and try to make a decent sandwich!

I cook at home every Sunday and like this site so I can cook varied kinds of food to surprise my wife who dislikes cooking. I've only now been learning Paleo type recipes. Cheers ...

This recipe looks good. I'm going to try it. Thanks for the recipe.

sensational recipe - I have never used coconut oil, generally I use olive oil - so something new to try - thanks

Now that most people have messed up their gut flora looks like grain-free is the way to go.

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