Easy Homemade Gluten Free Bread Machine Bread (Dairy Free!)

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Are you looking for the perfect homemade gluten-free bread to make for your family? This easy recipe will make you wonder why you ever bought it!

Are you looking for the perfect homemade gluten-free bread to make for your family? This easy recipe will make you wonder why you ever bought it!

Homemade Gluten Free Bread Machine Recipe

I’ve been trying to figure out for YEARS how to make a yummy gluten-free bread that isn’t going to choke my family with its dryness. I tried so many different recipes, and they were all flops. Sometimes, I would succeed in making a recipe once and then could never make it work again.

I pretty much gave up.

And then I found a bread machine on Marketplace and decided that I would give it one more try. I still didn’t know if the recipe I put together would work but I had to try. A loaf of gluten-free bread in the store here costs about $6 (at the cheapest I can find), and it’s such a tiny little loaf that it doesn’t even taste good. What a rockstar I would be if I could make fresh homemade bread for my family again.

So I gave it a try and guess what…IT WORKED.

Then I tried it again the next day…and it worked! A bit more tweaking, and I’m finally happy with what I’ve come up with. It’s simple, and it makes tasty bread. Please note that I have NOT tried this without a bread machine so I’m not sure it works in the oven. The recipe you will find below is exactly how I make this recipe work. Gluten-free recipes are super picky, so I recommend sticking to the recipe for this one.

This recipe makes a one-pound loaf. I would not recommend doubling it.

Tips On Making Gluten-Free Bread in a Bread Machine

My bread maker does not have a gluten-free setting and I’ve not really heard good things about the ones that do so I don’t think a gluten-free bread machine is worth the cost if you already have a regular one. Find something with a “quick cycle” that will have fewer rises or where you can eliminate the rise cycle or the second rise.

Do not alter this recipe. Gluten-free recipes are so picky, how this is posted is how it works. I’ve literally made this recipe hundreds of times this exact way.

I have not made this recipe with coconut flour or almond flour. Both of those flours act completely differently and won’t work here.

I have not tried this recipe without eggs. I wouldn’t recommend this recipe for egg-free or vegan bread.

You need to add the ingredients into the bread machine like you would any bread recipe. Add the wet ingredients in the bottom and the dry ingredients on the top.

Thank you for this recipe! I have been wanting to make my own gluten free bread more regularly with the price of everything going up so much. After I read this blog/recipe, I decided to take the plunge and got myself a bread maker. I have made 3 loaves so far following your recipe, and they are the best gluten free bread I have ever made. I am so excited to have an easy and delicious way to make gluten free bread!

Tricia, Little House Living reader
Ingredients for Gluten Free Bread

Ingredients in Gluten Free Sandwich Bread

  • Milk or water. I use coconut milk to keep this dairy free as well. You can use any regular or alternative milk or even water if you want to keep this very frugal.
  • Eggs. Eggs are necessary in this recipe as they help keep the bread together, help it rise, and help keep it tasty and moist.
  • Apple cider vinegar. This also helps with the rising process. You could use white vinegar if that’s what you have.
  • Vegetable oil. I use olive oil because I always have that on hand. I’ve also used sunflower oil or safflower oil. I think you could also use melted butter in place of the oil but I haven’t tedi it yet.
  • Honey. This gives your bread a nice flavor.
  • Sugar. This is helpful for getting the yeast to activate properly. We’ve tried this only with honey and it doesn’t work as well.
  • All purpose gluten free flour. I usually use the Bob’s Red Mill 1 for 1 flour in this recipe but you could also use Homemade All Purpose Gluten Free Flour. Whatever blend you use DOES need to have xanthan gum in it. If it doesn’t, you will need to add some.
  • Salt. This helps the flavor.
  • Dry Yeast. This is not a sourdough recipe nor have I tried to make it one yet. This uses regular yeast like rapid rise, active dry yeast, or instant yeast.
  • Baking powder. This is optional but we always add it because we like it with the baking powder better.

I baked this without a bread machine and it is good!

Mixed all ingredients in my stand mixer, then let rise in a warm oven for an hour before baking at 375 for 45 mins.

Crust is really good and crunchy!

Elise, Little House Living reader
Bread Machine Settings

Step By Step Instructions for Making Gluten Free Bread Machine Bread

Place all ingredients in the bread machine in the order listed above. Be sure and beat your eggs before adding them and make a pocket on the top of the flour to add the yeast and the baking powder too (do not let it touch the wet ingredients).

Place your bread machine on a “quick” cycle and choose a 1-pound loaf if needed. I put my machine on the quick cycle along with a regular crust.

You may need to experiment with a different cycle if your machine doesn’t have a quick cycle or a different crust doneness if the bread doesn’t look quite right. You want to avoid having too many “rises” in the cycle. If you have manual settings, set the rise to once. (Twice won’t hurt it too much, though.)

Start the bread machine and let it do its thing! The only thing you want to make sure to do is to scrap down the sides when your machine beeps for you to add ingredients.

Be sure and remove the bread immediately after the machine is done baking and put it on a cooling rack. If you don’t do this, the bread has a tendency to collapse or to get too doughy on the bottom.

This is best GF bread I have made. I used water. Crust was crunchy. Got stuck on bottom of bread machine pan. Will try in oven.

Donna, Little House Living reader
Gluten Free Bread

Slicing and Storing Homemade Gluten-Free Bread

We let our bread cool enough to cut it without it falling apart (an hour or two) before enjoying it. If you slice it before it’s cool, the texture could get gummy. Wrap any leftover bread up in a storage cloth or container to save for later if you have any left. The longer you store the bread, the drier it will become.

I have not yet tried freezing this bread as we eat it too fast!

I had Bob’s Red Mill All-Purpose Gluten Free Flour Blend so decided to use that. On the bag it said to add 1.5 teaspoons of xanthan gum per cup of flour if you were making bread so I added 1 tablespoon of xanthan gum for the 2 cups of flour. I also used the suggested baking powder. Otherwise, I followed the recipe exactly. I baked it on the rapid cycle of my old bread machine and it turned out great! Best and easiest gluten free bread I have ever made!

Linda, Little House Living reader
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Homemade Gluten Free Bread Recipe

Easy to make gluten free bread in your bread machine!

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword Gluten Free Bread Machine Bread
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 5 minutes
Servings 1 loaf
Calories 1267 kcal
Creator Merissa

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup milk or water
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 cups all purpose gluten free flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder optional

Instructions

  1. Place all of the ingredients in the bread machine in the order listed above. Be sure and beat your eggs before adding them and make a pocket on the top of the flour to add the yeast and the baking powder too (do not let it touch the wet ingredients).
  2. Place your bread machine on a “quick” cycle and choose a 1 pound loaf if needed. I put my machine on the quick cycle along with a regular crust. You may need to experiment with a different cycle if your machine doesn’t have a quick cycle or a different crust doneness if the bread doesn’t look quite right. You want to avoid having too many “rises” in the cycle. If you have manual settings, set the rise to once. (Twice won’t hurt it too much though.)
  3. Start the bread machine and let it do it’s thing!
  4. Be sure and remove the bread immediately after the machine is done baking and put it on a cooling rack. If you don’t do this the bread has a tendency to collapse or to get to doughy on the bottom.
Nutrition Facts
Homemade Gluten Free Bread Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1267 Calories from Fat 405
% Daily Value*
Fat 45g69%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Trans Fat 0.1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 11g
Monounsaturated Fat 22g
Cholesterol 327mg109%
Sodium 1724mg75%
Potassium 170mg5%
Carbohydrates 198g66%
Fiber 25g104%
Sugar 30g33%
Protein 37g74%
Vitamin A 475IU10%
Vitamin C 0.1mg0%
Calcium 453mg45%
Iron 11mg61%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
GF Bread

Please note that this recipe will work just fine without the baking powder. However, I’ve found that it makes it a little bit moister which my family really likes.

I just made this and used the Gluten Free setting on my machine and it turned out perfectly!

Rachel, Little House Living Reader

Common Questions About Making a Gluten Free Bread Machine Recipe

Do breadmakers make good gluten-free bread?

They can! The key is to have a machine that will do less rising and punching down than normal. A good gluten-free bread is rather soupy when being mixed up so extra rise time doesn’t really help it.

Why didn’t my gluten free bread rise in the bread machine?

Gluten-free breads are incredibly picky. If they don’t have enough of a rising agent, they won’t rise. That’s why I added baking powder to this recipe to give it a little extra boost.

Is it cheaper to make your own gluten free bread?

This bread costs me around $3 a loaf to make. Compared to the $7 price tag of a store-bought loaf, this is a cheaper way to enjoy gluten-free bread.

More Gluten Free Recipes

Gluten Free Raisin Bread

I’ve also added a handful of raisins and a sprinkle of cinnamon to the bread as it was mixing. My family likes this for toast!

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Have you ever had a successful attempt at homemade gluten free bread?

Me and Kady

Merissa Alink

Merissa has been blogging about and living the simple and frugal life on Little House Living since 2009 and has internationally published 2 books on the topic. You can read about Merissa’s journey from penniless to freedom on the About Page. You can send her a message any time from the Contact Page.

This recipe for Gluten Free Bread in a Bread Machine was originally posted on Little House Living in January 2021. It has been updated as of October 2023.

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55 Comments

  1. I have tried every recipe that I could find for the bread machine and the only on that worked used an expensive mix. I am trying this today and will let you know. I am beginning to think that there may be a big difference in bread machines.

      1. 5 stars
        I just made this and used the Gluten Free setting on my machine and it turned out perfectly. Questions: what’s the best way to store it? How long will it last? And how does it do in the freezer?

        Thank you!

        1. This loaf is something my kids will eat right away so I don’t usually store it long term. I do put it in a bag and keep it on the countertop until we are ready to eat it later that day or the next (once it’s cooled).

  2. Thank you! I have been looking for a GF a read recipe for years. Will try this one today. Is it baking soda or baking powder? In the ingredients soda is listed, but powder is mentioned in the ingredients. Thank you again for all your amazing ideas and recipes! Stay safe!

  3. Hello. Do we use baking soda or baking powder? The recipe calls for baking soda, but you mentioned baking powder. Thank you so much!!

    1. I’ve not tried this recipe any other way. Gluten Free bread is super picky for how many times it is kneaded/moved/etc so I think this works quite well.

    1. We are at about 5000 ft in elevation. When I searched for answers to your question it just said you may need to slightly reduce the yeast and the liquids.

  4. 5 stars
    I baked this without a bread machine and it is good!

    Mixed all ingredients in my stand mixer, then let rise in a warm oven for an hour before baking at 375 for 45 mins.

    Crust is really good and crunchy!

    1. Hi Elise. Did you do everything the same as the directions, mixing everything by order and then letting it rise? I’ve been looking for a good GF bread recipe. I don’t have a bread machine and most loaves I make come out really wet and doesn’t seem like it is cooked all the way no matter how long I cook it.
      Thank you for all your help

  5. that is AWESOME that someone tried that doesn’t have a bread machine with 5 star results! I am so excited and can’t wait to try! And thanks so much Merissa!

  6. Question: should the GF flour contain xantham gum, or doesn’t it matter? Also there is a difference between active dry yeast and rapid rise yeast. Which are you using in this recipe? Thanks for the recipe and I look forward to making it!

  7. The flavor and texture were great, however it looked like a volcano (about 1 1 1/2 inches on the ends and almost 4 inches in the middle. I think that this is because my bread machine makes a horizontal loaf up to 2 1/2 pounds. I am going to try it in the oven. Because I am the only one eating it I froze part and it did fine. If I find a bargain on a 1 pound machine I will purchase it. Thanks for the recipe.

  8. This is best GF bread I have made. I used water. Crust was crunchy. Got stuck on bottom of bread machine pan. Will try in oven

    1. In this post I’ve linked to the one that I make but I also have used the Bob’s Red Mill 1 for 1 flour with success in this recipe. My latest favorite flour blend is the new Universal Mix It from Schar so I’m trying to figure out how to duplicate that one at home as well.

  9. 5 stars
    Thank you for this recipe! I have been wanting to make my own gluten free bread more regularly with the price of everything going up so much. After I read this blog/recipe, I decided to take the plunge and got myself a bread maker. I have made 3 loaves so far following your recipe, and they are the best gluten free bread I have ever made. I am so excited to have an easy and delicious way to make gluten free bread!

    1. Did you check your yeast first to make sure it’s still good? I’ve made this recipe dozens upon dozens of times but I know my yeast is fresh. Did you add the baking powder?

    1. I make this recipe with a standard 1 for 1 baking mix like Bob’s Red Mill. I use single flours (like rice flour, sorghum flour, etc) in other recipes.

  10. Hello, I was just wondering if you have ever tried to make this without eggs? I am a gluten free vegan so I am trying to find a good homemade bread recipe that I can eat. Thank you.

    1. I haven’t made it without eggs. You’d likely need to find something else with protein in it (even a higher protein gluten free blend) to help it bind together to try it without eggs.

      1. Well I decided to try 2 flax eggs just to see if it would work. I also subbed Agave syrup for the honey, palm shortening for the oil, and I used water instead of the milk. It was a little doughy but edible. It was a little too sweet for my taste though so if I make it again, I will eliminate the agave syrup and just use the tsp. of sugar. I thought I would let others know how my version turned out. 🙂 If I make this again, I will let you know how it turns out. I might try subbing the eggs with aquafaba next time as well. Thank you for the recipe.

  11. Hi,
    What brand name gluten-free flour do you use? I have used different brands but wasn’t happy with them.

  12. What bread machine do you have? The have a bread machine, but not a gluten free setting— any tips on what to do? Thank you

    1. I have a small zojirushi machine that does not have a gluten free bread setting either. I use the “quick bread” setting and a regular color crust for mine. It’s the setting that has the least amount of punching down and rising.

  13. 5 stars
    I had Bob’s Red Mill All-Purpose Gluten Free Flour Blend so decided to use that. On the bag it said to add 1.5 teaspoons of xanthan gum per cup of flour if you were making bread so I added 1 tablespoon of xanthan gum for the 2 cups of flour. I also used the suggested baking powder. Otherwise, I followed the recipe exactly. I baked it on the rapid cycle of my old bread machine and it turned out great! Best and easiest gluten free bread I have ever made!

  14. 5 stars
    Thank you so much for this recipe! We have tried so many different options for my bread machine – and this one was a clear winner! My GF 9 year old is so happy to finally have something she likes 🙂

  15. 5 stars
    This load turned out amazing and so soft, even my anti-gluten-free husband loved it! Best gf white bread machine recipe I’ve tried, not going to bother trying anymore, I’ve found “the one”. I used the gluten-free mass mode on my machine and it browned beautifully. I used Judee’s All Purpose Gluten Free Bread Flour Mix for this recipe.

  16. 5 stars
    This loaf turned out amazing and so soft, even my anti-gluten-free husband loved it! Best gf white bread machine recipe I’ve tried, not going to bother trying anymore, I’ve found “the one”. I used the gluten-free mode on my machine and it browned beautifully. I used Judee’s All Purpose Gluten Free Bread Flour Mix for this recipe.

  17. I’m so excited to try this recipe! Do you know if flaxseed would work as a substitute for eggs? I’d love to try something vegan.