Clean Eating Naan Recipe

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This clean eating naan is simply one of the most delicious flatbreads I’ve ever made.

I love Indian food. I had it for the first time with my ex-husband when we were still dating in 2004. He took me to an Indian restaurant for one of our dates, and after my first bite, I was ready to marry him on the spot. I absolutely fell in love with the food I was eating….

Clean Eating Naan

My little world of baked chicken breasts and a baked sweet potato with a salad was suddenly shattered by amazing sauces and bean dishes. I discovered butter chicken, tandori chicken and yes… chicken masala too (which will be on my blog next!).

There were fabulous pikoras and dips which I never did learn the names of, and to drink, there was the most amazing beverage called a mango lassi. I thought I had died and gone to heaven. In fact, I think I even saw the robust, bronze statue of Ganesh sitting in the corner wink at me. Ya, it was that good. A fabulous, fabulous experience.

And then there was naan. Beautiful, bready, buttery, carb-filled, garlicy naan. I have never looked at bread in the same way since. It completed my experience that night and pretty much guaranteed the man sitting across from me another date. Whoever said that food is the way to a man’s stomach never understood the relationship a woman can have with her food.

But once I started eating clean, I left my favorite Indian dishes behind and designated them as cheat meals. I can tell you, that got old pretty quickly. So I finally decided it was time to clean up this delicious encore to a meal. While it doesn’t get bubbly like traditional naan, it tastes remarkably similar. In fact, my husband likes this version just as much as the restaurant variety, and I hope you will too!


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Clean Eating Naan

Clean Eating Naan

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Course: Breads, Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Calories: 1296kcal
Author: The Gracious Pantry


  • 2 ¾ cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ½ cup milk (any type - I used unsweetened almond milk)
  • ½ cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1 tbsp. garlic powder
  • fresh cilantro for garnish (can also be mixed into the dough)


  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking soda and garlic powder until well combined.
  • Pour in the apple sauce and milk, stirring with a wooden spoon until it become too thick to continue. Then knead with your hands until you have a slightly sticky yet smooth dough.
  • Break off pieces of dough and roll with a rolling pin on a floured surface. Keep in mind that the naan will hold whatever shape you roll it into, but it will double in thickness as it cooks (roll to about 1/4 inch thickness if you want something the thickness of a slice of bread).
  • Using a non-stick pan and an oil mister, mist the pan with oil and place a rolled piece of dough into the pan. Spray the top of it with a light coat of oil. Flip frequently until both sides are golden brown.
  • Remove from pan and allow to cool slightly before serving.


Please note that the nutrition data below is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible. Data is for the ENTIRE recipe. Divide this data by the number of naan you end up with.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 1296kcal | Carbohydrates: 267g | Protein: 50g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 1896mg | Potassium: 1625mg | Fiber: 37g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 200IU | Vitamin C: 1.2mg | Calcium: 262mg | Iron: 13mg
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  1. Hi Tiffany – Chicken Masala is in the crock pot for dinner tonight,, i’m so excited as this is one of my husband’s favorites! I’d like to make the Naan with it, what temperature do you preheat the oven and what kind of oil do you spray it with?
    Thank you!

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Hadeel – Sorry I’m a little late on the response. Did everything work out okay?

  2. graciouspantry says:

    Andrea – Wonderful! Glad you enjoyed it!

  3. graciouspantry says:

    Hadeel – Yes, the slow cooker is a wonderful tool. Glad you enjoyed the meal!

  4. graciouspantry says:

    Claudia – Thank you so much! Happy to have you here!

  5. graciouspantry says:

    Mamastrat – I’ve never cooked with one, so I can’t advise you. But it should work. I would start off with medium heat. If it gets too brown before it’s done, then reduce the heat for the next one. Sorry, that’s all I can think of.

  6. graciouspantry says:

    Megan – These are best eaten fresh. But if you have leftovers, keep them in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to 2 or 3 days. I’ve never tried freezing them, so you’d have to experiment with one just to see.

  7. graciouspantry says:

    That should work fine. Enjoy!

  8. Rebecca2004 says:

    Hi. I get your blogs emailed to me 🙂 I was wondering if you might look into a way to make a clean-eating version of gajar hlava (Indian carrot pudding). It is my favorite thing to eat when I go out, but I thought it would be fun to make at home and would feel so much better about it if it were “cleaned up”. Thanks for doing this blog! It is very interesting.

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Interesting! I’ve never heard of it, but I’ll definitely look into it. Thanks!

      1. Just to clarify, in case you do intend to do some research, the actual name of this indian dessert is Gajar HALWA or Gajrela. Cool blog by the way…first time I’ve ever heard of “clean eating”

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  18. jo ann marzolf says:

    funny how almost every culture has their own take on “fry bread”.. naan, tortillas, indian fry bread.. etc, Gonna try making this at home!!

  19. Whàt temperature are you baking this t, or should I be using the broiler?

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Over medium heat.

  20. I have never heard of this or have tried this, sounds very interesting and from the comments received it seems to be a very good recipe, so I am willing to try this recipe in the coming new year, Thanks!!

  21. Hi how much flour do u use? 2 to 3/4 of a cup or 2 and 3/4 cups.. sorry bit confused 🙂

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      2 and 3/4 cups.

  22. I love naan! So glad I stumbled upon a clean version. I love your blog too! Thank you for sharing all of these wonderful recipes!!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Sara – My pleasure!

  23. have you ever tried freezing the naan after cooking? i’d like to make a whole batch but am afraid i will eat the whole batch in 2 days if i don’t freeze some.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Jess – Haha! A very valid concern! Yes, I think you could freeze this just fine. Enjoy!

  24. Chrystina says:

    Tried this tonight. My other half loves Naan. The dough never got to be very thick. Just chunky sort of. Rather dry 🙁 Any suggestions?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Chrystina – I’m sorry it didn’t work out. Did you change anything about the recipe? Was everything measured accurately?

  25. Chrystina says:

    I thought it did it exactly… I even used homemade almond milk and homemade applesauce. I’m a culinary show off lately, lol. But alas, I was knocked down a few notches with this!

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