With summer here and so many of us avoiding using our ovens, I thought it was time to revisit this post from my gfe bread series, A Bountiful Bread Basket: Gluten-Free Bread Recipes, on making gluten-free bread in a bread machine.
Not only does using a bread machine (you might call it a breadmaker) just seem more “doable” to many than making a loaf of bread from scratch and having to remember to do all the steps correctly. Baking bread in a bread machine also keeps almost all of the heat out of your kitchen. A bread machine is actually a compact oven so using one is similar to using a toaster oven versus a standard oven.
Some of you are not sure which brands of bread machines are best for making gluten-free bread. And some of you want to know how to take a great gluten-free bread recipe that calls for the bread to be baked in the oven and instead make it in your bread machine.
I’m happy to say that I’ve called on some gluten-free experts to give you the answers to both those questions in Part 3 of our series, A Bountiful Bread Basket, Part 3: Top 20 Best Gluten-Free Bread Machine Recipes, Plus More Info on Bread Machines.
I’ve also added many new reader reviews of these recipes as new folks are always trying these recipes and providing feedback to the recipe creators. I’m sure you’ll want to know what they have to say as many also provide information on substituting ingredients as well.
As most of you know, this series on great gluten-free bread recipes is a multi-part series and an ongoing series. I’m sure that this post will not be our last discussion on baking great gluten-free bread in a bread machine—and which bread machines are the best choices for doing so.
And, yes, we still have many more parts of this series; i.e., alternative breads (flatbread, tortillas, etc.), hamburger and hot dog buns, flavored rolls and biscuits, more loaf bread recipes loaf (not made in a bread machine), challah, and much more!
Be sure to check out the other posts in this series:
Now let’s get to baking gluten-free bread in a bread machine!
Info and Tips on Baking Gluten-Free Bread in a Bread Machine (aka Breadmaker)
First, here are some tips from some well-known, much respected folks in our gluten-free community. Today they’re serving as our gluten-free bread baking experts!
Take time to read their posts because they have the answers to the questions you have on making gluten-free bread in a bread machine. One important point that I’ll call out here is that you don’t need a bread maker that has a gluten-free setting to bake great gluten-free bread. Simply use the shortest cycle on your bread machine.
Naomi of Better Batter says: “The difference between a normal setting and a gluten free setting is that the gluten free setting omits the second rise and the punching down of the bread.” She adds that sometimes the express setting is the one you want to use because that omits the second rise.
Likewise, Linda of Gluten-Free Homemaker recommends using the shortest setting on your bread machine if it does not have a gluten-free setting. If your bread machine has programmable cycles, Gluten-Free Mom points out that “you have the flexibility of selecting just one knead and one rise cycle which is all you need for gluten free bread.”
~ Baking Gluten-Free Bread in a Breadmaker from GF Jules (you can even get your FREE copy of Jules’ 23-page Gluten Free Bread Baking eBook while you’re there!)
~ T-Fal Gluten-Free Bread Machine Review from GF Jules
~ Bread Machines and My Loaf Bread Recipes: Info and An Invitation from Art of Gluten-Free Baking
~ Instructions for Making an Easy Bread Machine Loaf from Better Batter
~ What Is the Best Gluten-Free Bread Machine? from Gluten-Free Homemaker
Next, here are the best gluten-free bread machine recipes! There are over 20 recipes from gluten-free folks who have done the hard work for you and created some praise-worthy bread machine recipes!
Top 20+ Best Gluten-Free Bread Machine Recipes
Gluten-Free Bread Machine Recipes Made with Gluten-Free Grains
~ Breadmaker Bread (Crusty Boule) from Celiac in the City ~ gluten free, vegetarian
Sarah won her breadmaker in the annual Gluten-Free Cookie Swap. (Be sure to check that holiday event out. It’s hosted by my friend Jules Shepard—also known as GF Jules—and it’s tons of delicious fun with terrific prizes!) This loaf is the first one that Sarah made in her breadmaker. She says “If you’re a jam girl like me, slather it on.” and “It’s perfect for sammies (open or closed). Or just eat it plain. Still a little warm. Fresh or toasted, you’re in for a treat!”
Reader reviews: “Just whipped this up and dumped in bread maker. The directions were super simple especially considering I’m new to bread making/bread maker! What I love most—the recipe doesn’t require a million different types of obscure hard to source flour.” and “This is the best recipe and the most success I’ve had with gluten free bread! Also, I used the flaxseed method.”
Note: There is a newer version of this breadmaker, which my friend Cherie of Our Gluten-Free Life highly recommends. Cherie says: “Buying a breadmaker was the best thing I have ever done. Dump the ingredients and about 3 hrs later, fresh, delicious bread. I average making 2 loaves a week. So I quickly paid for the bread machine in savings from the overpriced store bread. And my kids have much better tasting bread.”
~ Brown Bread for Bread Machine from Gluten-Free Mom ~ gluten free (be sure to use oat flour that is certified gluten free AND made from purity protocol oats), vegetarian, with dairy-free option (Vance’s Dari-Free milk powder is her solution; another option is Native Forest coconut milk powder)
~ Delicious Gluten-Free Bread Recipe from Gluten-Free Goddess ~ gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian, rice free, with egg-free, vegan option
Reader reviews: “Wow, I just made this twice and was very impressed. I LOVE the flavor and texture. This will be my go-to recipe. I used the oat flour and potato starch both times. BF who is not gluten free ate half the loaf with warm butter and creamed honey!” and “My family just tried and loves the Delicious Gluten-Free Bread Recipe from Gluten-Free Goddess. Thanks for posting it!”
~ Easy Bread Machine Loaf from Better Batter ~ gluten free, vegetarian
Instead of a reader review, I want to share this excellent, truly helpful comment on this recipe from reader TabbyRT: ”
“I get consistent and amazing results by weighing the flours. For instance, the GF recipe that came with the machine calls for 3 and 1/3 cups of flour. No matter how gently I scoop and sweep I measure anywhere from 2/3 to 1 cup more flour than if I go by weight. With the extra flour I get the bread that is better than cardboard but still really dense. Every time I go by weight, I get spongy soft bread that even the gluten eaters enjoy. 140 g= 5 oz= 1 cup volume has been working well on my cruddy non digital scale. If you have a digital scale, 140 g is supposedly the better number.
I’ve resisted using my scale for a few years, but didn’t want to keep wasting the Better Batter flour. It’s so worth going by weight that I know I’m repeating myself.
Also my machine tends to over cook on GF setting so I have to pull it out 30 minutes early. I still get a temperature reading of 205-210 on my loaves so they are done by then. You will have to smell, watch and take temperature readings if your machine is quirky.”
~ Easy Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Bread in Your Bread Machine from My Gluten-Free Kitchen ~ gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian, rice free
Michelle only recommends Maninis Multiuso Multipurpose Flour Mix for this recipe. She says this recipe gives you “easy to make, delicious, healthy, gluten-free, whole grain, rice-free bread that has the taste and texture of “regular” bread.” (Note: You can also find Maninis mixes on their own site and you can also check out Maninis store locator. Their products are carried in many stores nationwide.)
~ Easy Gluten-Free Sandwich Bread from Gluten-Free Palate ~ gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian, with refined sugar-free option (Note: This recipe can be made in your oven or in your bread machine. The bread machine directions are in the middle of the article, before the actual recipe.)
Reader reviews: “I made this bread in my bread machine. I followed it to a T with only one substitution. I used sorghum flour instead of flaxseed. And guess what, it still turned out GREAT! This is a true testament to what a great recipe this is. Thank you!!” and “It’s the best gluten free bread ever, so soft even for the next day, no more bread from store for me, love it!” and “Thank you so much for the awesome bread recipe. I made a loaf in an old Sunbeam bread machine that doesn’t have a gluten free setting. The “quick” setting turned out a delicious, moist and chewy(!!!) loaf with gorgeously browned crust. My whole family agrees that it’s the best gluten free bread any of us has ever eaten. My wife said it’s the best bread she’s had in the five years since she stopped eating gluten.”
~ Cinnamon Raisin Bread from GF Jules ~ gluten free, refined sugar free, vegetarian, with dairy-free, egg-free, vegan options
~ Cinnamon-Raisin Bread-Machine Bread from Make Real Food ~ gluten free, dairy free, egg free, vegan
Chelsea said she wanted “to make a mildly-sweet-perfect-for-breakfast-not-hard-as-a-rock-or-crumbly vegan and gluten free Cinnamon Raisin Bread.” And she thinks you will be pleased. She loves her Cinnamon-Raisin Bread served with peanut butter as you can see.
Reader review: “It turned out great … It smelled and tasted delicious, and the loaf was gone within the day (devoured by non-vegan / non-gluten free family members)!”
~ Garlic Bread-Machine Bread from Make Real Food ~ gluten free, dairy free, egg free, refined sugar free, vegan
Chelsea says this bread is “garlicky and delicious.”
~ Gluten-Free Beer Bread (Beer Optional) from GF Jules ~ gluten free, vegetarian, with dairy-free, alcohol-free options. Note the bread machine instructions at the end of the recipe. You may also want to read Jules’ 18 Tips for Baking Gluten-Free Bread. Jules is also the author of several gluten-free cookbooks and resource books, including Free for All Cooking and The First Year: Celiac Disease and Living Gluten-Free.
Reader reviews: “I used ginger ale since I haven’t bought any gf beer yet, and I have a Zojirushi machine. I just use the Gluten-free setting and no problems with texture or rise. So far, 2 perfect loaves of bread! Woohoo!” and “I used this recipe with a gluten free, all natural ginger ale, no high fructose corn syrup. The flour was one that Williams Sonoma sells. It is an all purpose gluten free flour. My bread maker is a Breville. I used the GF setting and it turned out BEAUTIFUL. My hubby even loves it!!”
~ Gluten-Free Bread Machine Bread from Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures ~ gluten free, vegetarian
Reader reviews: “I made this loaf today, it was my first loaf of gluten free bread and it turned out beautiful. Thanks.” and “I made this today for the first time in a breadman plus bread machine. My daughter and I really liked it. It sliced beautifully with a serrated knife. It has a nice texture and flavor. I did let all of the ingredients get to room temp first – I don’t know if that helps or not. I followed the recipe EXACTLY.”
~ Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free Bread Made in Bread Machine from Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures ~ gluten free, dairy free, egg free, vegetarian, vegan
Reader reviews: “This has become bar none our favorite gluten free bread. We make it once or twice a week, and is our daily toast with eggs. Thanks for the great recipe!!!” and “I was really surprised at how this bread turned out – great texture and nice neutral flavor! It holds up really well and tasted very good while warm from the oven. I didn’t think an egg-free dairy-free GF bread could be decent, but this is actually good! So glad it is also flax-free and tapoica-starch-free. Thanks for posting!”
~ Gluten-Free Millet Sandwich Bread from Faithfully Gluten Free ~ gluten free, vegetarian
Note that the directions for making this recipe in a bread machine are at the bottom of Jeanine’s post. By the way, Jeanine is the author of The Everything Guide to Living Gluten-Free: The Ultimate Cooking, Diet, and Lifestyle Guide for Gluten-Free Families!
Reader reviews: “Well we just took the bread out and my husband couldn’t wait to try it. Needless to say we sliced into it while still warm. AMAZING!!!!” and “Thank you for a fantastic bread recipe! I omitted the dry milk powder, as I didn’t have any. I also used 1/2 cup buckwheat flour & 1/2 cup flax meal in place of the millet, as I didn’t have that either. Turned out fantastic! Baking more tomorrow!” and “I have been trying GF bread recipes for 6 years now and this is hands down the best! It is soft but not soggy, nice crust but not crumbly, slices easily and the slices keep their shape. THANKS!!!”
~ Gluten-Free Multi-Grain Sandwich Bread from Gluten-Free Goddess ~ gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian, with egg-free, vegan option
Reader review: “YOU HAVE SAVED MY SANITY!! I have been searching for the best GF bread recipe for my husband. I made this bread for the FIRST time today, and it turned out perfect! My husband couldn’t believe it was gluten-free…it’s springy and soft and the texture and taste are like wheat bread. We are indebted to your brilliant talents! Thank you!”
Reader reviews: “I made your sandwich bread from scratch and it was delicious!” and “Wow, I followed your suggestion of using your sandwich bread mix with a new TFal bread maker. My first try was a great success. My celiac husband has felt deprived of good bread for 20 years.”
~ Gluten-Free Oat and Honey Bread from Gluten Free Gobsmacked ~ gluten free, vegetarian
Although Kate did not make her bread in a bread machine, several of her readers have with great success. I thought this recipe with her reader’s directions would be a great example of how you can make just about any gluten-free bread loaf recipe in a bread machine if you follow some basic instructions.
Reader reviews and guidance on how to make this bread in a bread machine: “YES I’ve tried this in my Cuisinart Bread machine and it came out wonderful! Looked just like the picture. My bread machine has a gluten free setting. You’ll need to put the ingredients in the order according to your brand of bread machine (for example: mine says to put all liquids in first, then dry ingredients and then yeast on top- making sure yeast doesn’t touch any liquid) then I set it for the gluten free option, set it at 1 &1/2 lb loaf and medium darkness and it was wonderful, moist, crusty on the outside and nice texture. My husband said it was delicious. I did have to substitute about 3/4 of the ratio of sorghum flour (only because I had so little brown rice flour) but it was great.” and “I just made this in my bread maker. Simply added all wet ingredients at first making sure eggs were at room temperature. Then added dry ingredients on top and the yeast last. Set the machine at one rise. 58 minutes total. Came out beautiful. Best gf bread yet. Thanks for the recipe. It wasn’t as brown as yours but still great.”
~ Gluten-Free Vegan Bread from The Free from Fairy ~ gluten free, dairy free, egg free, vegan
Reader reviews: “An excellent bread that all the family can enjoy and it’s quick and easy to make.” and “Thank you so much for this! Hubs bought me a bread machine for my birthday and I’ve tried all sorts in it, including a number of packet mixes, with little success. I’ve only been diagnosed coeliac a year and am still at the being cross and hating it stage! I’ve found most gf bread isn’t really fit for human consumption and whilst I seem to have mastered gf cakes, bread has been my nemesis! I can’t tell you how chuffed I am that I’ve finally made a delicious edible loaf!”
~ Gluten-Free Vegan “White Bread” from Make Real Food ~ gluten free, dairy free, egg free, refined sugar free, and vegan
Chelsea shares her tips on avoiding dry, crumbly bread and shows you exactly how to make this recipe via video.
Reader reviews: “Great bread. About to make a second batch. Moist. Dense. Love it.” And the same reader’s follow-up review: “Second batch turned out great as well. Used coconut oil instead. It’s a keeper.” and “I used the tapioca for both starches and used oat instead of rice flour. Best bread ever!”
~ Homemade Gluten-Free Bread from Mama Knows Gluten Free ~ gluten free, vegetarian, with dairy-free option (Audrey is the author of The Everything Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free Cookbook: 300 simple and satisfying recipes without gluten or dairy.)
Reader reviews: “As I sit here commenting, the most delicious slice of bread is in hand. The honey flavor is perfect. No need for butter, the bread is sensational on its own. I finally pulled the trigger and bought a bread machine with the gluten-free setting (a T-Fal). So sick of purchasing sub-par bread that is small in size, but packs a wallop on the wallet, a bread machine seemed logical. I have been researching simple recipes to try, and found this site. Using King Arthur’s measure-for-measure gf flour and following all the instructions to the letter, the bread maker yielded a perfectly baked, 2-lb loaf with a nicely browned crust. The texture, taste, and smell are unmatched. Thank you! Life is good again!” and “I made this today and it came out great. A lot less dense than other gluten-free bread recipes I’ve tried. Good texture, great taste, thanks for this one!” and “Just made this recipe last night and not only was it ridiculously easy but it came out perfectly on the first try! I used the Wal-Mart Great Value All-Purpose blend and it was just fine, for anyone curious about that particular one.”
~ Panettone from GF Jules ~ gluten free, vegetarian (Jules is the author of several gluten-free cookbooks and resource books, including The First Year: Celiac Disease and Living Gluten-Free: An Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed.)
Reader review: “Just finished making this recipe. Waited long enough to cut a piece to try it. Yum. Yum. Didn’t have dried apricot or mango so used dried peel and ginger instead. Turned out great and has fabulous flavor. Didn’t have any orange juice so replaced it with the orangecello that I had brewing since September.”
~ Positively Perfect Pumpernickel Bread from GF Jules (follow bread machine instructions) ~ gluten free, vegetarian, with dairy-free options
Reader reviews: “I tried your recipe and was so happy! It actually tastes like real bread! Not cardboard! I need to try more of your recipes. Thank you SO much!!! NOTE: I was surprised that the yeast isn’t put into warm water first. So interesting but it worked!” and “Just made this today. Oh. Boy. This. Bread. It is seriously delicious, even my picky hubby said so!”
~ Sorghum Bread Made in Bread Machine from Gluten-Free Homemaker ~ gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian
Reader review: “Thanks for a great recipe! I’m six months GF and this has been my personal favorite bread recipe. I add about 1/4 C ricotta cheese to the liquid ingredients and usually an additional tablespoon or so of water or milk. It really helps to add moistness.” (Obviously, the way this reader makes the recipe renders it dairy-full.)
~ Sorghum Bread Again from Gluten-Free Homemaker ~ gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian
This post shares how Linda modified her original recipe to be more to her liking. Linda’s changes and the discussion in the comments might provide helpful info for those who are learning to make recipes in their bread machines and know they just need slight tweaks but are not sure which changes to make.
Reader review: “Hi, I made this tonight in my breadmaker. Was very surprised….IT IS THE BEST TASTING GLUTEN-FREE BREAD EVER!!” and “Thank you great recipe, mine raised perfect” and “I made this last night – I think I’ve found my new go to bread recipe! The one I’ve been making is much sweeter so this is going to be perfect. Do you know what else is different – it has actual AIR BUBBLES like “regular bread”, amazing. I wolfed down 2 slices and it was divine.”
Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, and Paleo Bread Machine Recipes
~ Best Grain-Free Bread in the Bread Machine with Chia from Skinny GF Chef ~ gluten free, grain free, dairy free, vegetarian
Reader reviews: “Really enjoyed making this yesterday! Used coffee mill to grind chia seeds. Bread is moist and easy to slice. This is a keeper recipe!” and “Omg, thank you so much for this recipe! I just sampled my loaf from the bread maker and it’s just as you described, moist, and full of flavor. I’m a novice at bread making and now with my celiac it’s a necessity to be gluten free. I wasn’t pleased with the bread maker recipe and found yours. I am very happy to have it. New go-to bread recipe!”
~ Yeast-Based Paleo Bread from The Paleo Mom ~ gluten free, grain free, dairy free, refined sugar free, paleo, primal
Reader review: “Delicious. The whole family gobbled it up. This will definitely be a recipe I make every Sunday for our family dinner. Wow!”
~ Revised Yeast-Based Paleo Bread (made without flax) from The Paleo Mom ~ gluten free, grain free, dairy free, refined sugar free, paleo, primal
Sarah gives you lots of tips to make this flax-free version of her earlier yeast-based paleo bread a success. Read her tips to ensure you’re using a brand of almond flour and almond meal that will produce the desired results.
~ Spectacular Gluten-Free Bread Made in a Bread Machine from Skinny GF Chef ~ gluten free, vegetarian, with dairy-free and xanthan gum-free options
Reader reviews: “Just made this with my sister in her new breadmaker, really excellent bread, she’s now very happy that she can make a gluten-free bread herself that isn’t as solid as a brick. The loaf is half eaten already!” and “I just made this! I use the Namaste mix from Costco and subbed sorghum flour for the dry milk. It needed an extra 1/4 cup of water and it turned out awesome! Soooooo happy for this recipe!” and “Still using your recipe! It’s the only one the kids will eat!”
Gluten-Free Quick Bread in the Bread Machine
Finally, how about something a little different? How about a quick bread, a delicious well-known type of tea bread in this case, made in your bread machine? That’s what Karina (Gluten-Free Goddess) did with the following recipe.
~ Pumpkin Pie Bread from Gluten-Free Goddess ~ gluten free, dairy free, egg-free, vegan (or not if you consume eggs and wish to include them)
Reader review: “Oh My GOODNESS!!!!!!! You are the QUEEN of gluten free baking. I JUST NOW made your pumpkin bread. I am in awe, totally in awe. This bread is FANTASTIC!!! … It’s DELICIOUS and it’s also BEAUTIFUL!!! I baked it exactly as directed, in my bread machine with extra time at the end.”
Be sure to read Karina’s post because she also shares how she made Banana Bread in her bread machine. Using your bread machine to make quick breads is a way to get maximum use out of this kitchen appliance. Doing so also ensures that your oven is free during holiday cooking or not turned on during the heat of summer.
Happy gluten-free bread baking in your bread machine!
Originally published November 28, 2013; updated October 21, 2020.