Save Money: Make Your Own Wraps

Make your own wraps for a fraction of the price of store purchased wraps. Not only are they cheaper, they are also fresher, healthier and don’t come in a plastic bag which will pollute the planet for the next 400 years.

These wraps are very easy to make in a sandwich press and contain only wholesome ingredients.

The recipe makes 20 small wraps (approx. 21 cm diameter) or 10 larger wraps (approx. 26 cm diameter). A small wrap is one soup ladle of batter, whilst a large wrap is two ladles of batter.

Soup ladle of wrap batter
Soup ladle of wrap batter

At the small size, these wraps cost only 10 cents each. Comparably, for the same product from Helga’s at Woolworths, you’ll pay $5 for 8 wraps which comes to 62 cents each. For the same price as one Helga’s wrap, you’ll be able to make six home made wraps!

When you make food at home from scratch you have complete control over the ingredients. This means no nasty ‘numbers’ or excessive salt levels.

For example: Helga’s wraps contain additives 422, 471, 481, 500, 450, 341, 297 and 412. They also contain 300 mg of sodium (salt) per wrap, whilst home made wraps only contain 115 mg per wrap. You could also reduce the amount of salt even more by adjusting the recipe, if desired.

Helga's wraps list of ingredients
Helga’s wraps list of ingredients

Another positive of making your own wraps is that you can add flavours to the batter such as dukkha, or herbs, or garlic/onion/chilli powder, or seeds such as flaxseeds rich in omega fatty acids.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 500 g plain flour
  • 250 g self raising flour
  • 10 g psyllium husk
  • 20 g wheat bran
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 6 cups water
  • oil (if needed)

Equipment

  • Large mixing bowl
  • Hand mixer
  • Scales
  • Soup ladle
  • Sandwich press
  • Cooling racks x2
  • Container for storing wraps

Method

Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl.

Add water and mix thoroughly until there are no lumps.

Allow to rest for 20 minutes.

Preheat sandwich press.

Get cooling racks and a container ready for the wraps.

You may need to prepare the sandwich press with a light coating of oil for each wrap if the press is older and losing its non-stick ability. We do not need to use oil with our new sandwich press.

Pour onto sandwich press: 1 ladle of mixture for small wraps, or 2 ladles for large wraps.

Close sandwich press, cook wrap until golden.

Remove the cooked wrap from the sandwich press and place on a cooling rack.

Repeat, place the next wrap on the second cooling rack.

Wraps on a cooling rack
Wraps on a cooling rack

After the wraps have cooled, put them into a container.

Store in the refrigerator until needed.

Another Money Saving Tip

Here’s another money saving tip. Clean your sandwich press after use by wiping with a damp cloth.

The cloth (or rag) can be washed with your regular load of laundry and used over and over again.

If you clean the sandwich press with a single-use product such as paper towel, you are effectively throwing your money away and at the same time contributing to the planet’s landfill problem.

Delicious Wrap Uses

  • As a sandwich wrap or burrito
  • Egg & bacon toasted breakfast wrap
  • Pizza base
  • Cheese toastie (or cheese and Vegemite)
  • Quesadilla
  • Enchiladas
  • Pinwheels
  • The ‘pastry’ base for a quiche
  • Line ramekins or muffin tins
Cooled and ready to go into a container
Cooled and ready to go into a container

On an interesting side note: psyllium husks can be found on a common everyday weed – plantain.

What’s your favourite use for a wrap? Please share below in the comments box.

Cash Hippy

I'm an everyday person on a journey to save money and care for the environment at the same.

One thought on “Save Money: Make Your Own Wraps

  • June 26, 2020 at 5:09 pm
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    I make breakfast burritoes using flat bread, i pre cook bacon and an egg, and put them in the middle of a wrap, layered with a nice cheese, and but a condiment (mayonaise is my favourite) fold it up like a neat parcel, and put it back in the pan. Deeeeeelish!😚

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