1 cup red lentils, soaked overnight (I covered the bowl and actually soaked a little longer and it was fine…) (I recommend buying the bulk version or Bob’s Red Mill)
1/2 cup water
1 garlic clove (I used 2)
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder (I like Bob’s Red Mill)
Olive oil (I like using flavored, I have now used a garlic & mushroom blend and truffle…yum!)
Place your lentils in a lidded jar or bowl & cover with water. Soak
overnight, or at least 6 hours.
Drain & rinse your lentils.
Preheat oven to 425°F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper, set aside.
Place soaked lentils & 1/2 cup water in a food processor or blender.
Blend until smooth. ( I found I didn’t need this much water…experiment)
Add garlic, salt, and baking powder. Blend well.
Drizzle your parchment lined cookie sheet with olive oil. (this is an important step, I learned, which surprised me as I normally use parchment paper to avoid oil!)
Pour your flatbread batter onto your parchment paper & spread with the
back of a spatula into desired shape, about 1/4-1/2" thick. Drizzle
lightly with olive oil.
Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until firm and edges are beginning to turn golden.
Top with desired toppings* and eat as is, or place under a broiler for
a few minutes for warm/melted toppings.
I was a little nervous about this recipe and I could not believe how easy it was to make and how delicious it is! It is now my “go to” for pizza, hummus, any dip, etc. What an amazing way to sneakily getting healthful lentils into dishes that normally use a flour product. I think I’m in love!
I have also made it now with yellow lentils and split peas and have had the same result while providing some interesting color contrasts. I served these at a happy hour with the Hummus recipe you will see in the July 5th episode and people LOVED it…these were many non-health conscious people, btw!
The health benefits of lentils include a high protein content, improved digestion, a healthy heart, diabetes control, control of cancer, weight loss, a solution for anemia, and better electrolytic activity due to potassium. It is good for pregnant women, the prevention of atherosclerosis, and it helps in maintaining a healthy nervous system. What’s not to love?