Gluten-Free Matzah (Matzo Recipe)

Homemade gluten-free matzah that’s also vegan? Yes, please! This easy Passover recipe is ready in just 18 minutes. Hooray!

Gluten-free matzah, aka matzo, can be hard to find in stores. If you have Celiac disease or are sensitive to gluten, making a homemade version allows you to partake in traditional holiday celebrations without having to worry about digestive issues.

top down view of gluten free matzah on a clear plate with flowers in the foreground

If you do find gluten-free matzah at the store, it can be expensive. This homemade version is perfect for Passover or just anytime you want a good cracker that’s economical to make.

close up of crispy baked matzah on a plate

It’s also totally vegan—and you can’t say that about all matzah, which sometimes contains eggs.

Matzah is an unleavened bread that is traditionally eaten during Passover and served at the center of the table. It’s the only bread that’s allowed. It’s crispy and crunchy and is a great snack and recipe ingredient.

top down view of a hand holding a piece of matzah over a parchment lined tray

Kosher-for-Passover matzah is made of flour and water that hasn’t had time to ferment or rise. If the dough rises or ferments, it becomes chametz and is therefore prohibited.

Natural fermentation can begin within 18 minutes, so the matzah must be done baking within that time.

Ingredients

Gluten-free matzah is made with just four ingredients.

top down view of ingredients needed to make gluten free matzah including gluten-free flour, oil, salt and water

Gluten free all-purpose flour: Be sure to use a gluten-free flour blend that has xanthan gum in it. Xanthan gum is a natural thickener, which helps the flour bind and holds onto moisture. It also gives baked goods structure and will result in crispy matzah.

Kosher salt: Kosher salt adds a salty flavor to the matzah.

Olive oil: Oil helps prevent the matzah from becoming too hard and adds flavor and a bit of heart-healthy fat to the cracker-like bread.

Water: This binds with the flour to create a dough. Use filtered water for best results.

Step-by-step instructions

Gluten-free matzah is easy to make and ready in just 18 minutes to be kosher for Passover. The time starts when you add the water to the flour—so move quickly!

top down view of a parchment lined baking sheet, with a white bowl filled with flour, water, salt and oil

First, preheat your oven to 350º Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

top down view of mixing bowl with gluten free matzah ingredients being mixed together

In a bowl, combine all the ingredients with a wooden spoon.

top down view of a gluten free ball of matzah dough on a marble surface

Mix until you get a smooth dough.

Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and knead for 2 minutes.

top down view of lightly floured surface with a matzah dough ball on top

Flour the parchment paper,

a rolling pin flattening matzah dough with a hand holding the rolling pin

And use a rolling pin to flatten the dough into an even flat bread.

top down view of matzah dough flattened into an oval

The bread should be oval or square shaped.

matzah dough cut into quarters

Cut the dough into four even squares (or quarters if you made the dough oval).

matzah dough pierced with fork tongs

Pierce them with a fork.

top down view of golden brown matzah on a baking sheet

Bake for 5 minutes or until golden brown.

Recipe FAQ

Can matzah be gluten-free?

Yes, it can be. Traditional matzah is made with gluten-containing grains, such as wheat.

This recipe uses gluten-free all-purpose flour, so it is perfect for people with Celiac disease or gluten intolerance and allows them to enjoy holiday traditions without having to worry about digestive issues.

Is gluten-free bread OK for Passover?

The only type of bread that is allowed during Passover is matzah, which is an unleavened bread. This gluten-free matzah is a great recipe for people who cannot eat gluten but want to enjoy Passover celebrations.

What can I substitute for matzah bread?

If you’re making a recipe that calls for matzah, a common substitution is kosher-for-Passover egg noodles. These would work well in a kugel that calls for matzah, for example.

top down view of pieces of matzah on a clear glass plate

More Passover recipes

If you love this gluten-free matzah, you’ll also enjoy:

Gluten-free matzah is ready in under 18 minutes to be kosher for Passover. It allows people with Celiac disease or gluten intolerance to participate in traditional holiday celebrations without having to worry about their health.

I know you’ll love it as much as I do.

side view of matzah arranged in a glass plate
top down view of gluten free matzah on a clear plate with flowers in the foreground

Gluten-Free Matzah

Homemade gluten-free matzah that's also vegan? Yes, please! This easy Passover recipe is ready in just 18 minutes. Hooray!
Prep Time 13 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 18 mins
Course Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 131 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup gluten-free all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ cup water

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350º Fahrenheit.
  • In a bowl, combine all ingredients until you get a smooth dough.
  • Transfer dough to a flat surface and knead for 2 minutes.
  • Flour a piece of parchment paper (the size of your baking tray) and use a rolling pin to flatten the dough into an even flat bread. The bread should be oval or square shaped.
  • Cut the dough into big squares, and pinch them with a fork.
  • Bake for 5 minutes, or until golden brown.

Nutrition

Calories: 131kcalCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 3gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 0.5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gSodium: 583mgPotassium: 0.2mgFiber: 3gSugar: 1gCalcium: 21mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Kosher, Matzah, Matzo, Passover
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Homemade gluten-free matzah? Yes, please! This easy recipe is ready in just 18 minutes.
Dairy Free | Fast / Easy | Gluten Free | Holiday | Low Carb | No Added Sugar | Nut Free | Oven / Toaster | Pescatarian | Recipes (Organizational) | Side Dish | Snack | Vegan | Vegetarian |

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