Unleavened Bread Recipe – Israeli Classic

April 17, 2019

This nutritious unleavened bread recipe is so simple and quick - make it with just 4 ingredients!

How to Make Unleavened Bread from the Bible

Unleavened bread is such a simple, yet delicious, bread with few ingredients. There are no artificial flavors or additives to this bread, so you can be sure you’re eating nothing but the best food for your health.

What Kind of Bread is Unleavened Bread?


As the name suggests, unleavened bread is a type of bread that does not contain leaven. Leaven or yeast is used in a regular bread to make it rise, just like those fluffy, thick, and soft bread varieties you are familiar with. But unleavened bread is free from yeast. This is why unleavened bread is typically dense and flat. Imagine a crepe or a pita bread. Those are examples of unleavened bread.

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What is the Meaning of Unleavened Bread in the Bible?

The Bible mentions unleavened bread in the book of Exodus. This bread was the symbol of the Israelites’ haste when they escaped from slavery in Egypt. According to the scriptures, the Israelites fled quickly and immediately that the bread had no time to rise.

This is why God commanded the Israelites to commemorate this event by celebrating the feast of unleavened bread. By eating this kind of bread, they will always remember the victory that God has given them to enter the promised land.

The feast of Passover is celebrated for seven days. The Israelites ate this type of bread for those seven days.

In addition to the Book of Exodus, unleavened bread was also mentioned in Numbers 9:11 and Deuteronomy 16:3.

Leavened Vs. Unleavened Bread

Leavened bread contains ingredients that cause the bread to rise. Leaven can be symbolic of sin. Just as yeast affects the entire dough and causes it to rise, sin spreads and makes its way to its host, which eventually impacts not just this individual but also an entire community, church, and nation.

This is why in Corinthians, Paul warns the people about the effect of leaven that
leavens the entire lump. Because of this, in the New Testament, the people celebrated Passover or the Feast of Unleavened Bread as a way to rid themselves of leaven that was referred to as a symbol of sin.

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Great Ways to Enjoy Unleavened Bread

Now that you know a bit of a history behind unleavened bread, let’s get to work and make our very own batch of this amazing bread!

Below is my easy unleavened bread recipe, which you can try to make this bread.

I have a few tips for you to enhance the taste and texture of this bread. Plus,
you can also customize it according to your preferred taste!

Simple Unleavened Bread Recipe Pro Tips

Rolling this thin makes crispier bread, sometimes I keep it a bit thicker and bake 1-2 minutes less for a chewier texture and variety.

Flavorful Options

  • Enhance with herbs by adding oregano, parsley, and rosemary to dough.
  • Top with hummus and chopped fresh vegetables for a perfect lunch treat.
  • Top with cheese and peppers for an appetizer, broil to melt cheese.
  • Use as a crust for personal pizzas.
Unleavened Bread with Toppings
how is unleavened bread made

Unleavened Bread Recipe - Israeli Classic

Adapted from Food at the Time of the Bible, by Miriam Feinberg Vamosh
4.1 from 40 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Servings 8
Calories 133


  • 2 cups Whole Wheat Flour hard white or spelt
  • ¾ cup Cold Water
  • 2 tablespoons Organic Olive Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Salt


  • Preheat oven 450°F (260°C).
  • Combine all ingredients with the water to form dough and knead for 3 minutes.
    Knead Unleavened Bread
  • Divide into 8 balls. Flatten each into a thin round and prick with a fork.
    Roll Out Unleavened Bread
  • Bake on a greased cookie sheet for 10 minutes in oven.



For a more flavorful option add chopped onion, minced garlic, or fresh herbs to your dough before baking!


Calories: 133kcalCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 4gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 293mgPotassium: 109mgFiber: 3gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 3IUCalcium: 11mgIron: 1mg
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  • This was so easy to make! This took no time at all and even with its simple taste it’s still yummy. I tried it topped with peanut butter and with regular butter; both tasty. I plan to continue making this bread and just eat however I want, even plain. Thank you for this simplistic recipe!

  • Aw you are God sent. I have been looking all over for bread that doesn’t include eggs, soy, baking powder, & flaxseed. I have g6pd deficiency and I’m finding out there’s a lot of things that I cannot eat. I’m thankful bread is not one of them thanks to you. Thank you for sharing.

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