Heart Smart Garlic Naan Bread

Heart Smart Garlic Naan Bread is a delicious part of a diet when made with whole wheat.

A diet high in whole grain foods is associated with a significantly lower risk of developing cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and stroke according to many studies.

A grain is "whole" when the entire grain seed is retained: the bran, germ and the endosperm. The bran and germ components are rich in fiber, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and healthy fats. These are the parts removed in the refining process, leaving behind the energy-dense but nutrient-poor endosperm portion of the grain. Examples of whole-grain foods include wild rice, popcorn, oatmeal, brown rice, barley, wheat berries and flours such as whole wheat.

In addition to protecting against cardiovascular disease, which accounts for one-third of deaths worldwide, there is evidence that whole grains also protect against diabetes and other chronic conditions.

1 teaspoon active dry yeast, 1/2 tsp agave nectar, 1/2 cup lukewarm water (slightly warm when skin touches the water)
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
2 tablespoons Canola oil or olive oil
2 tablespoons fat-free plain yogurt

1 teaspoon garlic powder

In a small bowl, combine the yeast and agave nectar. Add the water to the yeast then still in agave nectar. Let sit until frothy, approximately 5 minutes.

In a large bowl, combine the flour, garlic powder, and salt. Make a well in the center and add the yeast mixture, oil, and yogurt.

Knead together for 3 minutes, adding more flour as needed. I used an industrial Kitchenaid mixer. Place dough in oil sprayed bowl and cover with plastic wrap, then a towel. Rest and rise for one hour.

You will need to punch down the risen dough then divide it into 6 balls. Roll each ball out on a floured surface until about 1/4 inch.

I use a George Foreman grill to bake mine. If using an oven, place in a hot oven of 400 degrees and bake 8 to 10 minutes on a baking pizza stone or in a cast iron pan.



I have only had Naan once, sadly to say. However, this homemade version looks delicious!
Greg said…
It has been a long time since I have had naan. Very simple recipe. Seems like flat breads get ignored in US. I am going to have to give this a try.
Oh, my family would love these! Great tip about the George Foreman grill~
Wonderfully comprehensive post. This bread is such a great accompaniment to so many foods. Thank you for the recipe!
Yes, I really like naan bread but rarely eat or make it. This recipe is inspiring though-that grilled bread looks tasty. Yum!
Kate@Diethood said…
nom nom nom! Naan bread is so tasty, but add the garlic to it and it is crazy-delicious!!
Shelby said…
This is one Indian food that Grumpy likes. lol. Nevermind it taste best dipped in curry. ;)
Joanne said…
Naan. I love it but so rarely buy it. Can't understand why. I'll def. have to try this recipe. It looks healthy and I know it would be good.
Anonymous said…
I love naan and you've made this SO easy! I think I'll be making some very, very soon!
Torviewtoronto said…
deliciously done naan looks wonderful
I've always wondered about making Naan! Yours looks so good, maybe I'll finally do it!
Candace said…
We made naan with pizza dough this week; but, I love that you've made it from scratch AND that it's healthy. It looks delicious! I can't wait to try it.
redkathy said…
Hi Claudia, Love this bread! Red took the foreman grill to college so I guess I'll have to settle for the stone. Bet they would be good grilled outside too. With the summer heat, might just try that method.
Elisabeth said…
Wow, I love this naan bread the way it turned out for you, Claudia. So tasty and delicious. I have a cast iron grill that would be lovely to grill it on.
Thanks for sharing yet, another wonderful recipe!
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Unknown said…
Love it! I have some agave nectar in my cupboard, I'm making this over the weekend.

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