PB & Fruit Pita Pocket

PB & Fruit Pita Pocket

Ways To Stuff A Pita Pocket

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: 

  • Bananas
  • Strawberry
  • Blackberries 
  • Peanut Butter
  • Cinnamon 
  • Vegan Chocolate 

If you don’t have these specific fruits on hand, feel free to get creative! 

pita pocket with fresh fruit
PB & Fruit Pita Pocket

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: 

  • Flour
  • Yeast
  • Salt 
  • Water

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 for face free snacking.  

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. 

Now, there is a smidge of a debate as to whether or not yeast is “truly vegan” since it is in fact living.  

Yeast is part of the fungi kingdom, making it similar to that of a mushroom in my book (which I love!). Thus I would consider it part of a healthy plant based diet rather than an animal based product. 

pita pocket and fruit
pita pocket and fruit

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.  

Fruit and Nut Butter
Fruit and Nut Butter

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! 

pita bread
Pita Bread

What Causes the Pockets in Pita Bread?

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! 

pita pocket with fresh fruit
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PB & Fruit Pita Pockets

This vegan peanut butter and fruit pita pocket is the perfect savory and sweet snack!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Course: lunnch, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pita pocket, vegan pita, vegan pita pocket
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 463kcal
Cost: $3.00

Equipment

  • sharp knife or razor

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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

Video

Notes

Calories and nutrients will vary slightly with fruit choice and quantity.  These nutrients are only an approximation. 
pita pocket and fruit
pita pocket and fruit
Nutrition Facts
PB & Fruit Pita Pockets
Amount Per Serving (1 pita half)
Calories 463 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Sodium 157mg7%
Potassium 444mg13%
Carbohydrates 67g22%
Fiber 11g46%
Sugar 41g46%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 10IU0%
Vitamin C 65mg79%
Calcium 38mg4%
Iron 13mg72%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutrition

Serving: 1pita half | Calories: 463kcal | Carbohydrates: 67g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 157mg | Potassium: 444mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 41g | Vitamin A: 10IU | Vitamin C: 65mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 13mg
Shena Jaramillo. Registered Dietitian
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Hi I'm Shena. I believe in choosing plants first, honoring your hunger, and that a little humor goes a long way.

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