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Gluten-Free Moroccan Bread (Khobz) Recipe

Photo of gluten-free Moroccan bread. Two gluten-free round loaves and two gluten-free mini-baquettes sit on a white linen napkin in a bread basket on a wooden table.
Gluten Free Moroccan Bread (Khobz). Photo: Christine Benlafquih | Taste of Maroc

Making gluten-free khobz is easy with this recipe. Unlike some gluten-free bread recipes, this one yields a dough that can be shaped before baking.

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Those on a gluten-free diet in Morocco know the challenge of finding or making a properly textured gluten-free Moroccan bread to replace regular Moroccan bread (khobz). That’s because bread is famously used in place of utensils to scoop up Moroccan salads, sides and main dishes. Eating by hand is the norm in Morocco, and it’s not not only acceptable but encouraged to clean one’s plate and soak up sauce with pieces of crusty, chewy bread.

This gluten-free khobz recipe works well for all of that and more. The dough can be shaped into free-form loaves that resemble khobz or into sandwich-sized rolls. Be sure to select a high-quality gluten free flour mix intended for making bread. The mix should be yeast-free as you’ll be adding yeast yourself. The bread shown here was made using Schär Mix B, which is my preferred brand here in Morocco but may be hard to find in the US. If you’re in the US, you might want to try using King Arthur or Bob’s Red Mill products. Again, be sure that the mix you buy is for bread and not cakes or cookies.

The shelf life for homemade gluten-free Moroccan bread is quite short. Freeze leftovers to preserve that fresh-baked quality and texture.

Photo of gluten-free Moroccan bread. Two gluten-free round loaves and two gluten-free mini-baquettes sit on a white linen napkin in a bread basket on a wooden table.
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Gluten-Free Khobz Recipe - Gluten-Free Moroccan Bread

This gluten-free Moroccan bread recipe yields a dough that can be shaped into a free-form loaf, perfect for making khobz or gluten-free sandwich rolls. 
Note that the dough requires several rising times, so will take longer to make than traditional Moroccan khobz. 
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Resting & Rising2 hrs 30 mins
Total Time3 hrs 5 mins
Course: Bread
Cuisine: Moroccan
Keyword: gluten free khobz, gluten free Moroccan bread
Servings: 4 small loaves
Calories: 213kcal
Author: Christine Benlafquih | Taste of Maroc

Ingredients

For the Starter

  • 1 tsp dry yeast
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp gluten-free flour (yeast-free bread mix)
  • 3 tbsp warm water

For the Dough

  • 2 cups gluten-free flour (yeast-free bread mix)
  • 1 tsp salt (omit if included in your GF bread flour)
  • 1 to 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup warm water (approx.)

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, whisk together the starter ingredients. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and then a towel, and set aside until foamy and doubled, about 30 minutes.
  • Add the 2 cups of gluten-free flour, salt, oil and water to the starter. Use a rubber spatula to combine the ingredients to form a wet, sticky, spongy dough. It should be too sticky to handle but not as thin as a batter. Adjust flour or water if necessary to get that texture.
  • Use the spatula to turn over and "knead" the dough several times. Cover the bowl with plastic and then a towel, and leave to rise until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.
  • After rising, the dough will have absorbed more liquid and will be easier to handle. Dust the dough with a little gluten-free flour or oil your hands to prevent the dough from sticking to you. Divide the dough into four portions and shape into loaves on a lightly floured surface. 
  • Transfer the shaped dough to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. (For Moroccan bread, a smoothed, rounded mound of dough can be left to rest, covered, for 10 minutes then patted down into a flattened circle.) Cover loosely with plastic wrap and then with a towel, and leave to rise until light and puffy, about 30 to 60 minutes.
  • Preheat your oven to 450° F (230° C). Prick each loaf in several places with a fork then bake in the preheated oven until light golden, about 15 to 20 minutes depending on size and shape. (If the bread is pale, turn on the broiler to help with coloring the last few minutes.) The bread will feel hard when tapped but should soften as it cools.
  • Transfer the bread to a rack or towel-lined basket to cool before serving. Once cooled completely, it can be stored in the freezer where it will keep for up to a month.

Notes

Depending on your gluten free flour mix and your oven, you may find it challenging to get a nice golden color to this bread. One trick that works for me is to fully preheat the oven, then turn on the broiler element when placing the bread in the oven. After several minutes, I turn off the broiler and continue baking normally with the oven element. I find this yields more even coloring than using the broiler element for browning at the end of baking.

Equipment

mixing bowl
baking sheets
parchment paper
Calories: 213kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 2g | Sodium: 585mg | Potassium: 9mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 3g | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 2.2mg

Nutrition information is provided as a courtesy and is only an estimate obtained from online calculators. Optional ingredients may not be included in the nutritional information.

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Christine Benlafquih

Christine Benlafquih is Founding Editor at Taste of Maroc and owner of Taste of Casablanca, a food tour and culinary activity business in Casablanca. A long time resident of Morocco, she's written extensively about Moroccan cuisine and culture. She was the Moroccan Food Expert for About.com (now The Spruce Eats) from 2008 to 2016.

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  • This is truly delicious. I discovered I had celiacs disease 5 years ago and this is the best bread I’ve had since then. THANK YOU!

    • I’ve only used a commercial gluten free bread mix in this recipe, so you may have to experiment a bit to see if it works well with spelt flour. I do want to point out that spelt flour is not gluten free, although it is wheat free. It’s an important distinction to make for readers who may be considering trying it.

    • Hi Meriame. I think Bob’s Red Mill would work great, but as with any bread recipe you’ll want to adjust flour or liquid as necessary to get the correct texture to the dough. Different grains/flours absorb different amounts of liquid. Aside from that, what’s most important is to be sure that the gluten free flour you’re using is well-suited for bread recipes as opposed to only cakes or cookies, and that your yeast is fresh and active. Good luck!

  • This looks delicious!! Can you tell me which gf flour mix you used?
    They all work so differently and it would be great to not have to experiment:-)
    Thanks so much

    • For the bread as it appears in the photo, I used Schär Mix B. However, it may not be available in your location. If you’re in the US, you might want to try Bob’s Red Mill or King Arthur gluten free bread flours. I updated the recipe intro text to include that recommendation.