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How Do You Fill Pita Pockets?
A traditional pita might be filled with cheeses, meats, and veggies.
But we’re going vegan style here! Some great fillers for a vegan pita include
- Nut butters and fruit
- Chickpea mash
- Grilled eggplant & Roasted red pepper
- Fresh veggies & Hummus
- Falafel, Veggies & Hummus
- Balsamic, Strawberry, Walnuts, and Spinach
- Black Beans, Rice, Nooch Sauce & Salsa
Check out this vegan food list to get all your ingredients and additional ideas!
For this recipe you will need one:
- Peanut Butter
- Vegan Chocolate
If you don’t have these specific fruits on hand, feel free to get creative!
Can Vegans Eat Pita?
Pita bread is made with similar ingredients too many traditional breads. It’s the cooking method that varies.
Key ingredients in most pita breads include:
None of these products come from animals, and thus would generally be deemed vegan friendly (hooray!)
Feel safe to fill these bad boys with all the goodies your heart desires.
Like many naturally vegan choices however, we do want to be mindful of cross contamination. Check to ensure no cross contamination with eggs or dairy occurred for a truly vegan option.
What Causes the Pockets in Pita Bread?
Pita has a unique baking process which consists of some very high temperatures!
The pocket that’s in the pita is created via steam. While these will eventually flatten again post baking, we can pull apart at the center to create the perfect little snack pocket!
Pockets in pita are actually more common in traditional pita. Traditional pita is sometimes referred to as “Arabic pita”.
Greek pita however, will generally be thicker and does not contain pockets.
How Do I get my damn Pita to Open!
For this recipe I cut the pieces in half before opening. This is because I wanted smaller pieces, and variety in my Sammies!
If you will cut your pita pocket in half prior to opening here’s some tips to make life easier:
- Heat it. One easy way to do this is to just pop your pieces into the toaster just long enough to get warm (not toasted).
- Grill on each side briefly in a frying pan. This will make the outside a little crispy.
- Lay flat on counter. Insert a sharp knife into opening and cut apart.
- Full size razor or knife cutter (I know this sounds kind of dramatic for a little sammie, but it gets the job done the professional way!)
- Heat briefly in microwave or oven.
If you want to go big, you can also simply cut the pita at the top! Here’s a very resourceful way to do this by cutting the top and inserting it into the sammie! This gives it more durability!
Why Are Pita Pocket Sammies Great?
Pita pockets are an easy and convenient way to prep a vegan snack.
You can create sweet and savory goodies, or a savory wrapped sammie.
What are some of your favorite ingredients to include in your pita? Do you have any tricks to help a pita pocket pull apart easily not mentioned above? I’d love to hear them in the comments below!
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PB & Fruit Pita Pockets
- sharp knife or razor
- 1 whole banana
- 1 cup strawberries
- ½ cup blackberries
- 1 whole pita
- 4 tbsp peanut butter
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tbsp vegan chocolate sauce or honey
- Cut pita in half
- Use a sharp knife or razor to cut pita pocket
- Mix peanut butter and cinnamon
- add 2 tbsp of peanut butter to each pita half
- Stuff with fresh fruit choice
- Add 1-2 tbsp chocolate drizzle to each pita half