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Best Gluten Free Bread Recipe

At my recent trip to the store there was no gluten free sandwich bread. We use several loaves a week to make things easier. However, then I knew that I would need to be baking my own bread during these uncertain times. Luckily, I have a recipe that is the best gluten free bread recipe.

In my newest cookbook 101 Incredible Gluten Free Recipes, there is a mouth watering gluten free sandwich bread recipe along with tons of other fabulous recipes like dinner rolls, french bread, and bagels.

If you are wanting to do easy gluten free baking then make sure to get the book!

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I realized quickly that I wasn’t the only person having a hard time finding gluten free bread, so I asked my publishing company if I could share this best gluten free bread recipe with everyone here on the blog.

They gave me the green light, so here it is! Yay!

best gluten free bread

loaf of gluten free bread on a plate

Honestly, I was never fond of baking my own bread before. It’s just so much easier to buy it, you know? If you are wondering about my favorite gluten free bread I will hands down always recommend Canyon Bakehouse.

Typically I purchase my Canyon Bakehouse at Sprouts or Winco, but Amazon has it too.  If you like sourdough then you must check out Bread Srsly, truly phenomenal vegan gluten free sourdough.

Anyways, I think what a lot of people have recently realized is that knowing how to make something that you rely on so heavily is essential.

It’s incredibly important that we can all put together staples for our family and teach our kids to as well. Bread is definitely one of those staples.

 

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One thing I have heard time and time again over the years is how its intimidating to bake with yeast. Yes, I know at first yeast can be scary, however its so incredibly easy to bake with!

Once you bake with yeast just a few times it will become second nature to you and you will wonder why you were ever afraid!

 

What ingredients do I need for this gluten free sandwich bread recipe?

  • Sugar, you could sub for honey if needed
  • Yeast, instant or active dry will work 
  • Warm Water, 110 degrees F is the perfect temp
  • Egg Whites, you can replace this with aquafaba as well, 1/4 cup for each egg
  • Cider Vinegar
  • Baking Powder
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Xanthan Gum or Guar Gum
  • Gluten Free All Purpose Flour, see notes for this. Your flour is VERY important!
  • Avocado Oil and Non Stick Oil for the loaf pan, I use coconut oil to grease the pan

How to make this bread…

gluten free bread in a pan

First make sure you have the correct size loaf pan. A regular size loaf pan will bake the bread, but it will not give you real slices of bread.

They will be tiny tiny slices like banana bread. So, I highly recommend getting a 7×4  or 9×5 inch loaf pan that is 4-5 inches tall. Believe me, it’s worth it!

Look below the paragraph to see what type would work best. I purchased mine at home goods and it has been great, but the one below is available on Amazon.

Start by preheating the oven at 350 degrees F. Oil your pan, I use coconut oil for it.  Activate the yeast by adding the sugar and yeast to the warm water. It’s activated once it doubles in size (see below for answers on yeast and how to activate it).

gluten free bread process shots

Meanwhile in your stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment , beat the egg whites on high speed for 5 minutes. (if you have either of my cookbooks there are pudding recipes that you can use the egg yolks for).

You should have some fabulous froth eggs. Turn the mixer off and switch the attachment from the whisk to the paddle.

Add the yeast mixture, apple cider vinegar, baking powder, salt, pepper, and xanthan gum. Mix on low for 30 seconds. Add the flour one cup at a time and then mix on low speed for 1 minute.

Drizzle the avocado oil in while the mixer is on and then allow it to mix for an additional minute.

Pour the dough into your prepared loaf pan. Cover and let rise in a warm spot for about 20 minutes, or until the dough is three-quarters full in the pan. Keep an eye on it- if the dough rises too high it could overflow while it bakes!

Place the pan on the bottom rack of the oven and bake for 55 minutes, or until you have a nice golden crust and a butter knife inserted  in the middle should come out clean.

Remove from the oven and allow it to cool in the pan for 30 minutes, then remove and slice. Do not leave in the pan for more than 30 minutes, it will stick.

Once the loaf has cooled, after being removed from the pan, probably 20 or so minutes you can slice it. The cooler it is the easier it will slice.

gluten free bread process shots

You can store this on the counter top for about 2 days unless it is really hot. After that store this in the fridge.

Frequently Asked Questions…

What flour should I use?

When you make this gluten free bread recipe I do recommend my Personal All Purpose Flour Recipe,  if you do not like using rice flour, or want to use a different blend go ahead! Just make sure if your blend already has xanthan gum to not add more.

If you want to use a store bought brand I only recommend Better Batter. My bread recipes have been tested with Better Batter and I actually like the end result better than my personal blend, however both will work great.

If you use Better Batter it already has xanthan gum so please do not add anymore. If you would like to purchase Better Batter on their website HERE use the code: livingfreelygf for 30% off your entire purchase.

What type of yeast should I be using?

Gluten Free active dry yeast will be your go-to. Red Star yeast is my go-to and you can typically find this at any grocery store. Costco sells a huge bag of it and that’s how I like to buy it.

Yeast can get stale though and then will not rise. Make sure to store it in an airtight container if you buy in bulk. This is the one I love.

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How do I activate yeast?

To activate the yeast you will need a medium size bowl, or pyrex measuring cup. I will link the one I use below this paragraph. The key to success here is making sure that the water is the correct temperature.

So, take warm or hot water and fill it up as directed in your pyrex. You will need to measure the temperature. Any candy thermometer will work for this, HERE is the one I have and use.

The temperature must be at 110 degrees F. Once you have hit that temp add the sugar and yeast, then give it a quick stir and let it activate. You will know the yeast is activated when it has doubled in size.

This can happen quickly, so stay close and watch it. If you walk away your yeast will continue to grow and overflow.

 

For my friends who are vegan or have an egg allergy, I often get asked about egg replacer. A regular egg replacer or flax egg WILL NOT work in this recipe.

I am planning to test it with aquafaba that has been whipped and I will be sure to update when I get to it. 

Ok friends- I hope you are motivated to bake bread! Enjoy!

gluten free sandwich bread recipe

Gluten Free Sandwich Bread

This simple gluten and dairy free bread is easy and delicious
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: best gluten free free bread, gluten free bread, gluten free bread recipe, gluten free sandwich bread
Servings: 10 slices
Calories: 174kcal

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 tsp coconut oil for greasing the pan
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp active dry yeast
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water temp 110 degrees F
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp xanthan gum
  • 3 cups gluten free all purpose flour
  • 3 tbsp avocado oil

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. For best results you will need a 7x4x4 baking dish. Reference the section in the post on how to make the bread for baking dish recommendations.
  • Activate the yeast by adding the warm water to a large pyrex (4 cup) measuring cup or bowl. Make sure the water is 110 degrees F. Add the sugar and yeast, give a stir and allow it to activate. Once it doubles in size its activated. (about 6-10 minutes)
  • Meanwhile in a stand mixer with the whisk attachment, beat the egg whites on high speed for 5 minutes. Your should have fluffy and frothy egg whites. Turn the mixer off and change the attachment to a paddle attachment.
  • With the mixer off add the activated yeast, apple cider vinegar, baking powder, salt, pepper and xanthan gum. Mix on low for 30 seconds.
  • Add the flour one cup at a time and then mix on low for 1 minute.
  • Drizzle in the avocado oil with the mixer on low and then mix for another minute.
  • Pour the dough into the prepared baking dish, smooth the top out if needed with a damp spatula. Cover with a towel and let rise in a warm area like the stove top for about 20 minutes, or until the dough 3/4 full on the pan. Keep an eye on it, if the dough rises to much it will overflow during baking.
  • Place on the bottom rack of the oven and bake for 55 minutes, or until you have a nice golden crust and a butter knife inserted into the middle comes out clean.
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool in the pan for 30 minutes. Remove from pan and allow to cool an additional 20 minutes before slicing.

Notes

Store on counter top for up to 2 days unless its hot. After 2 days or during hot temps store in fridge. 

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Nutrition

Calories: 174kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 265mg | Potassium: 74mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 3g | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 1mg
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24 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    That is the perfect loaf! Those slices look amazing fresh baked from the oven, and they look perfect for sandwiches and french toast too, beautiful texture!

    1. livingfreelygf says:

      Thank you Catherine!

  2. 5 stars
    Fantastic!! Looks incredibly delicious. This will be our go to recipe… excited to try!

    1. livingfreelygf says:

      Thank you Natalie!!

  3. Do you think I could use instant yeast for this recipe? I have it on hand since it is used in one of my other favorite bread recipes. Looking forward to trying this since both my granddaughters are gluten free.

    1. livingfreelygf says:

      Sorry for the late reply. Instant yeast should work just fine. Please let me know how you like it!

  4. Laura Speer says:

    I made this with ener g egg replacer, had to throw it out, it was like raw dough. I can not have eggs, is there anything you can recommend in place of the three egg whites?

    1. livingfreelygf says:

      Hi Laura,
      Unfortunately the egg whites are what give this recipe the texture that it has. I have not experimented with any type of egg replacer, but the only thing that I think might work is the aquafaba liquid from a can of chickpeas that is whipped up to peaks. I have seen this used in breads to replace egg whites and it whips up just like they do. If you try this please let me know how it works for you.

  5. 5 stars
    Fab bread but i just wanted to know if you could use another oil apart from avocado?

    1. livingfreelygf says:

      You can use vegetable oil in place of the avocado oil

  6. I HAVE A QUESTION…ABOUT THE SUGAR , COULD I USE MONK FRUIT? STEVIA AND THE OTHERS DON’T SEEM TO DO WELL WITH ME. THANKS, APPRECIATE YOU, YOUR RECIPES AND TIME.

    1. livingfreelygf says:

      Can you tolerate honey? I have never tried with stevia or artificial sweeteners. If it’s a granulated monk fruit, it might work.

  7. 2 tablespoons of yeast? That’s a lot more than I’ve seen in recipes elsewhere. Before I try this recipe I just want to make sure, that’s not a typo right?

  8. Tiffany U says:

    5 stars
    I have been making my own bread products in my home for a year, exclusively. With a new celiac diagnosis in two of my kids, I was grieving this change. But this recipe has been a game changer! Grieve no more! We can all enjoy the luxury of homemade bread, despite restrictions! Give this recipe a try! Simple and tasty. You won’t be disappointed!!

  9. October 18, 2023
    I’ve never left a comment for recipes I have tried and liked before, but this bread recipe is by far the best gluten free, stick together, yeasty tasting bread I’ve ever had in all the years I’ve been gluten free. Not only that, it was easy to do!!! I haven’t tried grilling a sandwich but I’m sure it will be wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing this:)

  10. Christina says:

    5 stars
    This gluten free bread recipe is Amazing! I have been searching for a couple of years! I finally found it! thank you so much.

  11. Jack grillo says:

    5 stars
    I accidentally read the recipe wrong and did 3 eggs instead of just the whites and it’s still really delish.
    I also added some sundried tomatoes (fully dried, not in oil), thyme and rosemary. I didn’t have any avocado oil so subbed for a herbal olive blend I had on hand. Chefs kiss. Best bread I’ve ever made. Thank you!

  12. Question…. Can I use your grain free all purpose flour in this recipe instead of your regular all purpose flour? Thanks! Just found your blog recently and loving it!

    1. I think it would work. I haven’t used it for ths recipe but I have for another bread recipe of mine and it turned out perfect. Thanks for following!

  13. 5 stars
    Thank you for the great recipe! Followed it exactly (only difference was I added sesame seeds on top). My bread tin is smaller than the recommended and I was worried it might run over the side but it just rose straight up! This is my second time making it – tastes delicious.