This simple recipe was my favourite food of the entire weekend. And there was some stiff dessert competition this weekend too. I’ve been craving doughy fresh bread like nobody’s business. In honour of breaking in the new kitchen, I decided to revisit one of my favourite old recipes on the blog: Organic Homemade Spelt Tortillas. And by old, I mean it was posted a good 5 years ago! Time is flying. Before I know it, you’ll be calling me Grandma Glow.
Not only did I improve upon the previous recipe, but I discovered a way to shave 40 minutes off the dough-sitting time. In other words, the dough rest wasn’t even necessary. What the what? I know. As a result, these spelt tortillas are literally thrown together quicker than you can run to the store. They are much fresher and tastier too. This makes me a happy girl, especially after the dishwasher and washing machine broke within a 24 hour period. That was after they leaked all over floors of course. Nobody said moving was easy, but stuffing homemade wraps in my face sure helps.
The beauty of the wrap is that you can add any toppings you’re in the mood for. Change it up every time! One of my favourite simple combos is vegan butter spread over a warm tortilla with a sprinkle of Herbamare (heaven). Or for a sweet treat, spread on coconut oil and sprinkle it with cinnamon and sugar. Drool. Or toast it in the oven and make a pizza. Ok, now I’m getting hungry again!
The veggie wrap above is a simple mix of fresh orange pepper, red onion, cucumber rounds, hummus, black pepper, and yellow mustard. I don’t know what it is, but I’ve been craving yellow mustard all day + all night. I’m dipping veggies in yellow mustard for crying out loud (for the record, I put on more mustard after shooting these photos). Things are getting weird in my mouth. Whenever Eric sees me with the mustard he says, “I put that shit on everything!” in the voice of the old lady from the Frank’s hot sauce commercial.
When I took my first bite of this veggie wrap I almost shed a tear of joy. All the moving and renovation pains vanished from my memory during those crunchy, fresh, zippy bites. Simple homemade food is the best food, don’t you think? Eric also demolished his wraps (yes, I managed to share somehow) and said he can’t get over how much better they taste compared to his regular store-bought ones. It was a success on all fronts! I’ll let you know if I try out any other flours – and you can feel free to do the same in the comments.
Cheers to a new, fresh spring week and significantly fewer boxes to unpack. Yellow mustard for life!
Easiest 5-Ingredient Spelt Flatbread
6 large or 8 small
In no time at all, you can have a fresh, pliable spelt tortillas made with just 5 ingredients! Lightly adapted from my Organic Homemade Spelt Tortillas.
- 2 cups + 2 tablespoons light spelt flour (see note)
- 1/2 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 3/4 cup almost boiling water
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, and baking soda.
- Stir in the hot water and oil until a shaggy looking dough comes together.
- Knead the dough with your hands about 15 times, soaking up the extra flour at the bottom of the bowl as you go. If the dough is still too wet, add a touch of flour and knead again.
- Shape dough into a ball and place in the bowl. Cover with a tea towel so it doesn’t dry out.
- Preheat a large skillet over medium heat.
- Grab a chunk of dough just larger than a golf ball. Shape into a ball and sprinkle on some spelt flour to coat lightly.
- Place a large nonstick baking mat on the counter and flour a rolling pin. You can also use parchment paper instead of a nonstick mat. Sprinkle the mat with a dusting of flour.
- Roll the dough all directions into a circular shape until it's paper thin. It’s ok if it’s not a perfect circle - mine usually come out all kinds of odd shapes! Drizzle the tortilla with a tiny bit of olive oil and spread it out to coat the entire surface.
- Place the tortilla on the preheated skillet, oil side down. Cook over medium heat for around 30 seconds and then flip it with a spatula and cook for another 30 seconds or so. If you cook for too long, your tortilla might be prone to tearing or drying out, so keep that in mind.
- Place cooked tortillas on a plate and cover with a tea towel to prevent drying. Repeat steps for the rest.
- Store leftovers on a plate with a lightly damp paper towel spread out on top. Cover the plate with plastic wrap and place in fridge.
Note: Other flours might work besides light spelt flour, but I haven't tested any yet. Please let us know in the comments if you try any out!
Nutrition Information(click to expand)
Oh, and in case you are wondering – yes, they do wrap nicely! I didn’t experience any tears or cracks with this batch. I think this is due to cooking it for much less time than the previous recipe and also using light spelt flour instead of whole spelt flour. I’ll have to test more versions to be sure…
I laughed at the grandma glow–these look great! My homemade wraps always seem to crack when I make them. Definitely trying these!
Ha! I love the Franks’ Red Hot quote. Too funny. I also put mustard on everything. :) Love the spelt flour. So versatile!
I was obsessed with veggie wraps with tons of mustard and hummus with my last pregnancy and continued to eat them regularly even after I delivered. Now I’m pregnant with my third and not a day goes by without my veggie wrap, best part of my day! I add a bunch of whatever leafy green is in my fridge and a sliced dill pickle too. Yum! Thanks for the recipe, I’ll definitely be trying these!
Sounds familiar ;) It’s funny because I haven’t bothered with mustard much in ages and now it’s on everything. I’m sure there’s an old wives tale about it.
I love Annie’s brand of honey mustard! Is it your salad dressing recipe? Equal parts of lemon juice, maple syrup, and mustard. I use a scant more lemon juice then mustard and extra dark maple syrup. Wonderful salad dressing!
I am absolutely loving your cookbook and the bonus PDF file! Thank you for all of your hard work! You are blessing so many lives with healthy food.
So happy you are enjoying the books!
Awesome salad dressing combo…will be trying this tonight. :)
I wonder if it’s turmeric you’re craving! It’s such an amazing spice for healing and inflammation and pain relief… Also, I f#$%ing love mustard.
Thats funny you mention that because I was craving my chana masala recipe and Indian cuisine a TON last week!
Ok, this is gonna sound gross, but is so good! Plain popcorn dipped in yellow mustard. Gotta try it.
What is it about pregnancy and wraps/pickles/mustard. That is my staple pregnancy diet too. I love that combo with Arugula!! mmm
i cant believe i forgot to put pickles on my wrap! lol.
Mmm..bought some buckwheat flour at the weekend so I’m going to have to try that. Did you eat the wraps freshly made, or cold too? Just wondering if they would crack when they cool? xx
These were some of the softest flatbreads I’ve made to date…they didn’t show any signs of cracking. However, I can’t comment on how they will fair using other flours. I expect buckwheat would be a much earthier outcome. Let me know how it goes if you try it!
Just wondering what light spelt flour refers to? Is it a finer ground spelt or just lighter in colour. Don’t think i have seen it anywhere? Is it easy to find. They look delicious by the way. Perfect for a warm pizza on the day that winter decided to return!
Hi Krissy, See my reply to Kath above :)
Yes – I agree they were ‘earthy’, but great. I think they required less water (or more flour) than your recipe – but they were soft enough to wrap, and they were still good enough for lunch the next day :-)
Hi, I’d need a gluten-free alternative. Thanks
Uhm, use gluten-free flour instead. There you go.
This looks absolutely delicious!
Angela, thank-you for coming up with beautiful new (easy-to-cook) ideas.
Can you please tell me the difference between spelt flour and light spelt flour? I don’t think I have seen light spelt flour in the store before.
Hi Kath, with light spelt flour some of the germ and bran is removed from the spelt berry – the result is a much lighter outcome and it’s great for biscuits and cake. I used it in this recipe to see the difference between the two (the original recipe from 5 years ago used whole spelt and they were tougher). That’s not to say whole spelt won’t work though! I hope to try that out next time. :)
Hi Angela. Where did you buy the light spelt flour? I can only find Whole Grain Spelt Flour. I imagine this won’t work as well? Thx
Hi Cath, A few readers left a comments saying the whole grain spelt flour worked fine, so you might want to give that a shot! I buy mine from Whole Foods I believe.
You could try sifting the whole grain spelt to remove some of the larger germ/bran pieces. I use the whole grain and it works great. I buy the whole grains and grind myself in my Vitamix. Makes it very cost effective!
whole spelt does not work as well! Thanks for this recipe
I tried the whole grain spelt flour last night in this recipe….they were delicious! I had one for dinner and made one with honey, PB and banana with a little cinnamon for dessert!! They are still moist today so I’m having one for lunch! I was so proud having never made any bread-type recipe before. Super easy!!
great to hear it worked!!
How easy! I’ve been looking for healthy wraps and can’t seem to find them anywhere. Looks like homemade it is! :)
These look so simple, delicious, and crave-worthy! I’ve never made homemade flatbread, but I think it’s about time to give it a whirl. Congrats on the move, and I’m sending positive vibes that nothing else breaks in your home! We literally hade the exact same appliances blow out within a week of one another just last month. Must be something in the water :)
I love cooking with spelt flour! Such a light, nutty taste! These look great!
These look delish! I will try and make them with teff flour, for extra iron :)
If you will make a gluten-free flatbread, please share it with us. I would love to try it. My son has gluten and dairy sensitivity and we have been missing the wraps in our house…
I make organic corn masa tortillas all the time as my son is also gluten free. They are quick and easy to make. I bought the corn masa on Amazon. They are not very light, but yummy.
I’m so glad you posted this because I bought some spelt flour and have been staring at it for quite some time going “now what?” Now I know what because they just discontinued my favorite wraps at the store! SCORE!
Angela, thank you for this recipe! I needed a good ‘wrap’ recipe. While the rest of my family enjoys tortilla wraps, I cannot as they are not gluten-free and the gluten-free ones that I buy crumble to pieces. These look like they hold together well.
Looking forward to trying these!
Angela, these look AWESOME!!!!! SO trying this with every flour ever!
Carole, I’m sure you already know this, but Spelt (though an ancient grain, for sure!) is not gluten-free. :(
Oh wow, those wraps look amazing!! I’m definitely making these for lunch. But I’ll have to use whole spelt flour because we don’t have light.
hi, nice greeting from Croatian, your recipes are fantastic. do you have a recipe for gluten-free bread, oats, rice, corn, eggs and yeast, I do not laugh all the foods
My daughter and I have your cookbook and love it!!! You make such delicious recipes. Congratulations on your pregnancy as well. Regarding this recipe, I have not tried this yet. I bought some sprouted wheat flour to attempt to make Ezekiel-type bread. Do you think it would work with these?
i havent used spelt flour yet with anything but these flatbreads look so good
Need to try!!!
anyone tried to make these gluten free?
Whoa a flatbread that beats dessert options must be THAT good huh? Yum! I have spelt flour too so can give it a try, would make a lovely change to my usual sources of carbs….which are very high from my 80 mile weeks!
By the way, I am hearing so many wonderful things about your cookbook, I MUST get my hands on a copy :)
I make wraps using wheat flour, and then use them as a pizza base which can then be out under the grill instead of in the oven. (
oops, pressed return too soon!
I wonder if this would work with chickpea flour (besan)? I made a similar flatbread with chickpea flour, water, salt & oil. So the difference is the baking soda. I’m going to try a small batch.
how did the chickpea flour work!?
I make wheat flour wraps which as well as being great cold also make a delicious pizza base. As they are already cooked the pizzas can be just put under the grill rather than in the oven. (I think grilling is called broiling in the USA?)
Spelt flour wraps sound like a great idea though, I love trying out different flours and grains in my baking and cooking. I will definitely be trying these, thank you!
THANK YOU!!!! I am craving yummy tortillas/ flat bread like nobody’s business!!! I was searching all day yesterday for recipes. You are an angel!!!!
I am the exact same way with mustard…I can’t get enough. It goes on everything in my kitchen! These flatbread wraps look delightful. I am always looking for fun ways to switch up my lunch breads, so I will be sure to try these.
Angela, do you have any gluten sensitivity? There seems to be much debate over whether spelt can be used by people with gluten sensitivity.
spelt contains gluten. Less than regular wheat flours, but it is a type of wheat.
Some folks with sensitivities can eat it, others not. Anyone with actual celiac disease cannot eat it at all. Same as kamut, which I miss baking with. My daughter was diagnosed with celiac a few years ago, plus my dad had it. I love the blog. I’ve made this with chana flour, but they do crack on me. Working on adding something to increase it’s ‘foldiness’ or wrapability…
Too funny, I ate a TON of mustard with my first pregnancy. Plain old yellow mustard on everything. And lots of it. Like a gross amount. :)
glad im not the only one! I dipped cucumber slices in it last night…a new low! hah.
Can’t wait to try these Angela! Thanks for the inspiration!
I love mustard too… on everything. My latest concoction was hummus + mustard (aka mummus). Delicious. :)
These look fab, Ange! Wraps that crack are one of my pet peeves and I love how doughy and flexible these look. Sorry to hear about the dishwasher/washer catastrophe! On the bright side, I bet your floors are cleaner now! :)
These look amazing. I have so far only really tried making corn tortillas (which worked, but was arduous). Can’t wait to try these – I’m so sick of all the store-bought ones, where even the whole grain tortillas have like 30 ingredients. :p
You made me laugh out loud when I read about your mustard-fix. My husband and I have the same joke; we put it on everything and lots of it! Thanks for the recipe, and I look forward to trying it out. Having your broccoli cheese quinoa burritos for dinner tonight! Lovin’ your cookbook!
These looks super yummy! I can’t find light spelt flour here in Indiana and wonder which brand you use so I can try to buy it online. Otherwise I might try a spelt and all-purpose combo. Thanks and keep up the fabulous blog! Loving your cookbook as well.
Hi Amy, The brand is Hockley Valley Whole Foods and it’s a Canadian product. a few readers commented that whole spelt flour worked so you might want to try that out! Glad you are enjoying the cookbook too!
Gorgeous bread, Angela! And vegan and easy and 5 ingredients – love it & pinned!
That’s a rough move!! Hopefully Sketchie didn’t need a kitty floatation device to get around – poor little guy… I can just picture him with each little leg trussed up in water wings. He’s not impressed.
Oh these look SO good! I bet they’d be good with some maple almond butter and banana too :)
I seem to say every week again, at least once, that I am going to make my own wraps again. It has been way too long. Yours look wonderful, so I might make the bunch happy around here and finally make some too this week. So I’ll send you their thanks in advance. :-)
Before seeing this recipe I tried making tortillas with whole spelt and flaxseed. They came out more like pancakes so I just put some honey and cinnamon on them and had them for breakfast instead! I am going to try these with the tortilla press and light spelt flour. Love my tortilla press!
These look really good! We love spelt flour & I can’t wait to try these. We have an entire shelf in the door of our fridge filled with various types of mustards…it’s a little out of control, but my husband is a mustard lover.
Eating your Speedy Three-Bean Salad as I read this and thinking about how well one of these wraps would go with it…
Oh this looks so good! I think they’ll be good with lentils and rice! :)
I ran right into the kitchen and made these! I just used spelt flour from bulk barn, don’t think it’s light and they turned out perfect! Literally took me 20 mins. I am thinking they might taste awesome with your cauliflower power sauce as a spread and lots of veggies. and the mustard thing is real! I’ve been eating it on toast since I was a kid!
These sound so easy and delicious! Now I’m feeling inspired to try my hand at baking with a wider range of grains. Hooray!
LOVE this! I am going to be giving this a try this week!
Made these tonight with regular wheat bread flour and they were so easy and delicious! Cant wait to try other flours. I only cooked them for about 20 seconds on each sides as i found 30 sec was to long and turned out to dry. Will make these again! Thanks for sharing
Sounds like a good recipe
Hi, Angela. These are so great that you don’t even need the store-bought ones. I made them today with whole spelt flour. They resulted in a nice, moist and soft bread but they do break apart a little. I would suggest keeping them as moist as possible by storing them in the fridge with a damp towel between each one and dampening them a bit before reheating. They’re without a doubt better than any other flatbread/tortilla that I’ve made. Thanks for the recipe. I’ll be making it again.
Mrs. Angela, I just have a question for you, I was wondering what you think of the tree named the fruit salad tree, where the tree is graphed together with many different fruits trees that become one and are a multiple fruit growing tree. Knowing that you are vegan and your probable stance on testing, would you say this would be a tree that you would eat fruit from? I was just wondering your scientific opinion? No harm just wondering, I probably love research as much as you…Have a positive day, you family of four!
Hi Angela, This recipe looks great, I can’t wait to make it! From one cat lover to another…can you give us an update on how Sketchie is doing, is he in treatment will he recover and be ok? Thanks :) Karen