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Gluten Free Bread Recipe (Best Healthy, Easy Bread!)

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This homemade healthy gluten-free bread recipe is super easy to make, and has a soft chewy texture! It’s easy to slice and works well for sandwiches, toast, and your other favorite bread-based meals. Plus, my gluten-free bread is vegan-friendly as well!

slices of easy healthy vegan gluten free bread recipe on a cutting board

We absolutely love this easy gluten free bread recipe. It’s so versatile – you can use it for sandwiches, grilled cheese, bread pudding, french toast, making croutons – pretty much everything! This is the healthiest gluten free bread recipe that tastes just like regular bread!

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Typically, I don’t recommend eating gluten-free bread unless you have celiac disease, or a diagnosed gluten allergy / sensitivity and are following a gluten free lifestyle. This is because most store-bought gluten-free bread has a ton of additives and more processed starches to make up for the fact that it can’t use wheat flour or any other gluten containing grains ingredients (rye, barley, etc). The result might be gluten-free, but you’re also eating bread that’s higher in refined carbs and sugar, and low in fiber, protein, and other critical nutrients.

That is why I am SUPER excited about this egg free, whole grain gluten-free bread recipe with yeast, which not only tastes great but is also really great for you!

👩🏽‍🍳 Why This Recipe Works

  • Made with whole grains
  • High in fiber
  • Super healthy
  • Amazing recipe for bread lovers!
  • Great for kids and families
  • Easy to make
  • Vegan and dairy-free
  • Best gluten-free bread recipe that actually tastes good!

🥘 Ingredients

This low calorie gluten free bread recipe can be made with simple ingredients found in your pantry or at your local grocery store!

ingredients fr slices of easy healthy vegan gluten free bread recipe

Gluten Free Flour: Make sure to find one with xanthan gum added. I like Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1:1 Flour.

Dried Yeast, Apple Cider Vinegar, And Baking Powder: Key to helping this healthy gluten free bread rise!

Cane Sugar, Warm Water, And Salt: To activate the yeast and add flavor.

Ground Chia Seeds: Acts as a binder for this recipe!

Vegetable Oil Or Olive Oil: Helps keep this gluten free bread recipe vegan

Sesame Seeds for topping, or you can also use sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, or a mix of chopped nuts and seeds!

🍽 Equipment

🔪 Instructions

Add all dry ingredients into a large bowl and whisk together well.

dry ingredients combined in a bowl

Add remaining wet ingredients and mix well with a rubber spatula.

wet and dry ingredients mixed together in a bowl

Cover with plastic wrap and let the gluten-free bread dough rise in a warm place for 30 minutes to 1 hour to double in size. Meanwhile, preheat the oven 350F / 170C and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

bread dough in a mixing bowl

When the dough has doubled in size, scrape the dough from the bowl and place it onto the prepared baking sheet.

bread dough on parchment paper on a cutting board

Shape into a round mound and sprinkle with topping. (If using a bread pan, see note below)

bread dough on parchment paper on a cutting board

Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes or until dough is cooked through. When cooked, allow to cool completely on a wire rack, then slice with a serrated knife and serve.

easy healthy vegan gluten free bread recipe on a wire rack

🍞 What Makes This Gluten-Free Bread Recipe Healthy?

  • High in Fiber: One serving of this bread has almost 5g of fiber. That’s more than double the amount in typical gluten-free breads!
  • High in Protein: Each serving of bread has 5g of protein. This is great if you’re trying to remain plant-based but still want to make sure you’re getting enough protein.
  • Low in Sugar: Less than 2g sugar in each slice of bread means it’s totally guilt-free!

❓Recipe FAQs

What Gluten-Free Flour Is Best For Bread?

If you want to switch up the flours in this recipe here are some other gluten-free flours that work well for baking bread:
– Buckwheat Flour
– Sorghum Flour
– Cassava Flour
– King Arthur Baking Company Gluten Free All Purpose Flour
– Millet Flour
– Oat Flour
– Brown Rice Flour

You can also experiment with mixing your own gluten-free flour blend! That can be a great option to control what kinds of grain you’re using if you have other grain allergies. You can also use custom flour blends to improve the texture of your bread and other baked goods. 

It may also be helpful to make your own gluten-free bread flour if you live at high elevations or in places where baking is a little different because of environmental factors. Feel free to experiment with different combinations of flours until you have the perfect combination for gluten-free bread and other gluten-free baked goods.

Is Yeast Gluten Free?

Most yeast is gluten-free, but a couple of types of yeast are not. The two types of yeast that likely contain gluten are brewer’s yeast and yeast extract. 
But these two types of yeast aren’t usually used for baking. The most common types of yeast used for baking (baker’s yeast, dry yeast, instant yeast) are all gluten-free.

How to Store and Freeze This Bread

You can easily store and freeze this bread if you want to make it in bulk in advance and use it for months.
To store: Once the bread has cooled, slice it and wrap it tightly in plastic wrap, then wrap it in foil and place it in an airtight container. You can store it in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
To freeze: Put the wrapped loaf in an airtight freezer bag or container. The bread will last in the freezer for up to 3 months. Defrost the bread in the fridge before use, and then heat it in a toaster oven or regular oven.

What is the best gluten free bread?

There are some great store-bought options for gluten free bread! I have a few favorite brands – some of the best gluten-free sandwich breads I’ve found at the grocery store are:
** Happy Campers Organic Gluten Free Bread
** Canyon Bakehouse
** Franz Gluten Free Bread
** Udi’s Gluten Free
** Little Northern Bakehouse Bread Seeds & Grains Gluten Free

How do you get gluten-free bread to rise?

In traditional bread making, gluten is what causes bread to rise. Without gluten, you need a rising agent to help your bread rise! We make our gluten free bread recipe with yeast and choose a flour that has xanthan gum added to help this bread become nice and fluffy. Yeast and xanthan gum are the two ingredients that help gluten-free bread to rise.

Is GF bread good for kids?

It depends – if you find a store bought version without a bunch of fillers / preservatives, or you make this high fiber gluten free bread recipe, then yes! Gluten free bread can be great for kids!

Despite the fact that this isn’t a traditional bread recipe, my kids loved this gluten-free bread. They said it tasted just like regular wheat bread! They enjoyed it with some butter and jam for an afternoon snack – but I think they would be happy eating this as part of a peanut butter sandwich or just about any time of the day!

✔️ Troubleshooting Gluten-Free Bread Making

Baking is hard to master because it’s both an art and a science at the same time. You need to be very precise, but learning how to adapt your recipes to environmental conditions on the fly can be just as important. 

Gluten-free baking is no exception, and can sometimes be even more challenging than regular baking! 

Don’t give up if your first attempts at gluten-free bread don’t yield a perfect loaf. For best results, see the expert tips at the bottom of this post. Here are some additional solutions to the most common gluten-free baking problems you’re likely to encounter when making bread!

Your Gluten-Free Bread is Too Crumbly

With normal bread, chains of gluten proteins help hold the bread together. That’s why so many bread recipes don’t call for many binders, like eggs. 

When it comes to gluten-free bread though you need something else to help the bread hold together and prevent too much crumbliness. 

The easiest way to add a little more binding power is to add an egg (or flax-eggs) to your bread to help keep everything together. Chia seeds or even plain flax seeds can also be good options. 

Some gluten-free bakers also use binders like xantham gum or guar gum to help hold their bread together. Usually, both of these ingredients are mixed in with the flour ahead of time to help it stick together. 

The Loaf Is Too Dense

Sometimes a dense loaf of bread is great, but other times you want more of an airy loose texture. If your loaves are too dense (but still taste and look great) then you might want to add a little more leavener to the mix. 

Baking soda, baking powder, and gluten-free yeast are all good options. Yeast especially can add a little more flavor to your bread, too. 

Gritty Bread Texture

Gritty bread is one of the most common struggles with gluten-free bread. Generally, the issue isn’t with your flour (though that can contribute). More often you’re trying to bake your bread too quickly which doesn’t give the dough any time to rest and settle. 

If you’re struggling with gritty texture try giving your bread a little longer to rest before you put it in the oven. The extra time should give the dough a chance to soften and will help bread batters even out. 

Your Gluten-Free Sandwich Bread Is Too Dry

Moisture is another struggle with gluten-free bread, but simply adding more water or milk to your dough usually isn’t the option. Instead, try to add moisture by adding a more substantial ingredient that’s less likely to evaporate in the oven. 

Apple sauce is a great way to add a little more moisture. For savory breads, sour cream or yogurt can also add some moisture and protein to your finished bread. Just remember that sour cream and yogurt also add to the fat content and increase the calories in your bread significantly. 

Your Bread Has A Mushy Center Or A Dense Bottom

This problem is common in almost all bread baking. Mushy centers and dense bottoms are a sign that your bread is underbaked. It can also sometimes mean that you don’t have enough leavener, especially if baking longer leads to an overly dense texture or a hard bread. 

Start by lowering your oven temperature and extending the cooking time slightly. Try reducing the temperature by 50 degrees (F) and baking for another 20-30 minutes. Make sure to check the bread a couple of times to make sure it isn’t finished baking early. 

💭 Expert Tips

  • Add 1 tsp xanthan gum to the mix if the gluten free flour that you’re using doesn’t have it already added.
  • There’s no need to knead this bread mixture, it’s as simple as mixing until a smooth batter is formed, allowing it to rise and baking. Super simple!
  • If your yeast is a little old and you’re not sure if it’s still active, you can proof the yeast before adding it to your bread flour mixture. To proof yeast, dissolve the yeast in warm water (between 95-100 degrees F) with a litlte honey or sugar and see if it forms small bubbles and becomes creamy (that means your yeast is still active).
  • The ideal temperature for instant yeast is 100°–110°F. If the water is any hotter than that, it could kill the yeast and your bread will not rise. If you want to make sure that your instant yeast is still active, you can proof the yeast before adding it to the flour mixture. Add the honey to the warm water and stir until it dissolves. Then add the yeast to the water mixture and allow to sit for 5 minutes until bubbly. This is not a necessary step. This is only needed if your yeast is not new or fresh
  • Topping your bread with seeds is optional although they do add a delicious flavor.
  • Store bread in an airtight container in a cool dry place.
  • If you are using a bread tin / loaf pan, line it with parchment paper and bake bread as described above to give your loaf of bread a more traditional shape. The narrower your bread pan, the taller your bread will be. I used a 12×4 inch pan for this recipe.
  • Ingredients at room temperature work best in this recipe. It’s important not to substitute any ingredients in this recipe as I can’t guarantee it will turn out as well (bread recipes can be finicky!)
  • Make sure your water is between 95-110 degrees before mixing it with the yeast and other ingredients.
  • When you’re measuring out your dry ingredients, spoon both into your measuring cup and then level. That will ensure you don’t end up with too much flour and your bread won’t be overly dense.
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Gluten Free Bread Recipe (Easy, Healthy)

This homemade healthy gluten-free bread recipe is super easy to make, and has a soft chewy texture! It’s easy to slice and works well for sandwiches, toast, and your other favorite bread-based meals. Plus, my gluten-free bread is vegan-friendly as well!
Prep Time1 hr 10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time1 hr 35 mins
Course: Baking, Bread
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free, Low Fat, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 191kcal
Author: Anjali Shah

Ingredients

  • cups gluten free flour
  • tsp dried yeast
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • tbsp sugar
  • 3 tbsp ground chia seeds
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 cups warm water
  • ¼ cup olive oil or vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds optional, for topping

Instructions

  • Add all dry ingredients into a large bowl and whisk together well.
  • Add remaining wet ingredients and mix well. You can use your hand to mix, or an electric mixer on low speed.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and let the dough rise in a warm place for 30 minutes to 1 hour to double in size.
  • Preheat the oven to 350F / 170C. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • When the dough has doubled in size, remove from the bowl straight onto the prepared baking tray.
  • Shape into a round mound and sprinkle with topping. (If using a bread tin / loaf pan see note below).
  • Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes or until dough is cooked through.
  • When cooked, allow to cool completely on a cooling rack before cutting and serving.

Video

https://youtu.be/abh0YqVwco0

Notes

  • Add 1 tsp xanthan gum to the mix if the gluten free flour that you’re using doesn’t have it already added.
  • There’s no need to knead this bread mixture, it’s as simple as mixing until a smooth batter is formed, allowing it to rise and baking. Super simple!
  • Topping your bread with seeds is optional although they do add a delicious flavor.
  • Store bread in an airtight container in a cool dry place.
  • If you are using a bread tin / loaf pan, line it with parchment paper and bake bread as described above to give your loaf of bread a more traditional shape. The narrower your bread pan, the taller your bread will be. I used a 12×4 inch pan for this recipe.
  • Ingredients at room temperature work best in this recipe.
  • Make sure your water is between 95-110 degrees before mixing it with the yeast and other ingredients.
  • When you’re measuring out your dry ingredients, spoon both into your measuring cup and then level. That will ensure you don’t end up with too much flour and your bread won’t be overly dense.

Nutrition

Serving: 2slices | Calories: 191kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 238mg | Potassium: 89mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 3g

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