Our Bountiful Bread Basket series featuring the best gluten-free bread recipes continues with Part 7: Over 50 of the Best Gluten-Free Alternative Breads—the best Gluten-Free Bagel Recipes, plus the best gluten-free Breadstick, Croissant, English Muffin, and Soft Pretzel Recipes. Just the thought of delicious gluten-free versions of all these bready items gets me excited!
Did you hear what I just said? Did you see this goodness? Bagels! Breadsticks! Croissants and crescent rolls! Soft pretzels! (Note: All photos are reprinted with permission of the individual authors/photographers.)
Which are you most excited about? And per usual, there are versions that are also grain free, dairy free, egg free, vegan, paleo, etc., just as there have been in all the parts of this series (which are shown below if you need to check them out/revisit them).
NOTE: I’ve included “gluten free” in the title if the blogger used it but, of course, all recipes are gluten free as always. Although I’ve labeled the recipes per the blogger’s recipe and notes, if a recipe looks appealing and you need to make substitutions, always read the comments on the original post. So often readers give a recipe a try with substitutions and report back on their successful results. You don’t have to read all the comments to determine if the substitution you have in mind will work.
For example, if you want to know if a flax gel egg can be substitution for a chicken egg, do Ctrl-F (the search feature—“F” stands for “Find”) and type in “flax.” If “flax” is found, click on “next” until you’ve read all the comments that include “flax.” Or you could search on “egg” because that word would be used when readers are talking about any egg substitutes.
Chances are you’ll find your answer using this simple method of searching, and chances are that there are more recipes here that you can enjoy than are indicated by the labels. So if a recipe looks good, by all means click over to the original post and use the Ctrl-F capability.
Best Gluten-Free Bagel Recipes
You can now find the best gluten-free bagel recipes in their own separate roundup. Check out all your bagel options—including “just gluten free,” grain-free, paleo, and vegan options, some of which are made with three ingredients only!
Best Gluten-Free Breadstick Recipes
~ Cheesy Breadsticks from Gluten-Free Homemaker (because this site is no longer active, I’ve linked to the recipe on the Wayback Machine site)~ gluten free, egg free, vegetarian
Reader reviews: “Great recipe!” and “Have to use 1.5C of milk but I LOVE them!! Make them all the time now! Great to add some garlic powder to the dry ingredients as well!”
~ Crisp Breadsticks from Angela’s Kitchen ~ gluten free, dairy free, egg free, vegan
Angela says: ” If you bake them the day before your event and leave them out uncovered, they will be even crisper and more pretzel textured. I like to make long sticks with swirls or twists at the end for the holidays. They look fancy, but only I know how easy they were to make. Try it!” She turned her breadsticks into “sparklers” for July 4th!
~ Dairy-Free Breadsticks from Gluten-Free Homemaker (because this site is no longer active, I’ve linked to the recipe that’s stll present on the Wayback Machine) ~ gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian
Linda says: “I recommend mixing up multiple batches of the dry ingredients at one time. Just set out a row of bowls and measure the flour, starches, gum, onion and garlic powders, salt, and sugar into each bowl. Place the contents of each bowl into an airtight container or bag. Then, the next time you want breadsticks, they will be very easy to put together.”
~ Easy Gluten-Free Italian Herb Breadsticks from Petite Allergy Treats ~ gluten free, dairy free, egg free, vegan
Laura says these breadsticks are her “pizza crust in disguise,” but she offers no apologies. And she shouldn’t!
~ Garlic Herb Breadsticks from Sarah Bakes Gluten-Free ~ gluten free, dairy free, egg free, vegan
Sarah says: “No kneading. No rising. No gluten. Now you have no excuse not to serve warm garlic herb breadsticks with your next meal. Your family and friends will surely give you a round of applause and say, “another breadstick, please!”
Reader reviews: “Just made them and FELL IN LOVE with the taste and texture! Great job!”
~ Gluten-Free Breadsticks (with both sourdough and yeast versions) from Fearless Dining ~ gluten free, egg free, vegetarian
Sandi says: “These crusty gluten-free breadsticks are like mini-baguettes. They are perfect for dipping into herbed olive oil, sauces, etc!”
The Best Gluten-Free Crescent Roll and Croissant Recipes
~ Crescent Rolls from GF Jules ~ gluten free, vegetarian, with dairy free, egg-free, vegan options
Reader reviews: “Love this recipe! Have made the rolls and they were divine! Next I’m going to use the dough for mini pigs in a blanket and for monkey bread! Can’t wait!” and “These were great!”
~ Crescent Rolls from Fearless Dining ~ gluten free
~ Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Crescent Rolls from The Rice of Life ~ gluten free, dairy free, nut free, vegetarian
~ Croissants from Let Them Eat Gluten-Free Cake ~ gluten free, vegetarian
Kim gives the most comprehensive step-by-step tutorial on making gluten-free croissants that I’ve ever seen! There’s no doubt that you will have success if you follow her instructions carefully!
Reader reviews: “My 14-year-old son, who has coeliac disease, asked me if we could try making gluten-free croissants. We were blown away by the result! The croissants were incredibly light and flaky – I wouldn’t have imagined that anything gluten-free could have that texture. I can see that we’ll be making a lot more of these! my son is over the moon with his first proper croissant in 7 years. You wouldn’t believe how quickly they are disappearing!” and “Thank you for a great recipe. My daughter’s celiac boyfriend said they were amazing – they didn’t taste like a gluten-free product!! They looked fabulous too.”
~ Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free Croissants from Adventures of a Gluten-Free Mom ~ gluten free, dairy free, egg free
Note that this recipe can also be used for Cinnamon Rolls as Heidi details in her post.
Reader reviews: “Made the dough three days ago. Baked the crescent rolls yesterday and the cinnamon rolls this morning. Thank you so much for posting this recipe. Now my daughters and I can celebrate our Christmas Eve properly with rolls and Christmas morning those cinnamon rolls will be right there next to our Mimosas and Espresso! It’s an even better tradition now, 30 years later. You have made my job as the GF/DF/EG chef better than ever!” and “These came out fantastic.”
~ Gluten-Free Homemade Croissants from Gluten-Free Gobsmacked ~ gluten free, vegetarian
Reader reviews: “OK…You win! The best GF anything I have had so far! We were all in heaven. Half were plain (with apricot jam, of course) and half were chocolate. I made a firm ganache for the center so that it wouldn’t harden after it was cool. I was surprised how rich they are. Even though I wanted to eat more, I could just do two!” and “Thank you so much for creating this recipe. I finally had time to make these and they were terrific. Croissants were the one food that my daughter mourned when we all went gluten free 3 years ago. She was so proud that “her” croissants came out perfectly.”
~ Incredibly Easy Gluten-Free Crescent Rolls (“Almost Croissants”) from Skinny GF Chef ~ gluten free, vegetarian
Ali says: “These light and flaky gluten-free crescent rolls are seriously out of this world and so easy to make! Not quite a croissant but better than any packaged crescent roll.” She adds: “The first bite out of the oven and I literally gasped with joy.”
~ Gluten-Free Vegan Garlic Crescent Rolls from Petite Allergy Treats ~ gluten free, dairy free, egg free, vegan
Laura says that these rolls are crispy and chewy and great to feed a crowd, but honestly, I wouldn’t want to share! Bonus–They can be made ahead of serving and travel well.
~ Mrs. P’s Yeast Rolls (or Crescent Rolls) from Faithfully Gluten Free ~ gluten free, vegetarian
Reader reviews: “These turned out so well. My husband loved them too, which is a rarity when it comes to GF bread.” and “I just made these and they turned out quite well! I am recently GF and this will hopefully help me through the holidays!!”
~ Quicker, Easier Gluten-Free Croissants from Gluten-Free Gourmand ~ gluten free, egg free, vegetarian
Reader review: “I made this recipe exactly as described and the croissants came out fantastic!”
The Best Gluten-Free English Muffin Recipes
The Best Gluten-Free English Muffin Recipes can now be found here.
The Best Gluten-Free Soft Pretzel Recipes
~ Easy Gluten-Free Soft Pretzels from Gluten-Free Respect ~ gluten free, dairy free, sugar free, vegetarian
Debbie uses a popular gluten-free mix to make her soft pretzels. She says: “These turned out so good today that I just had to share! I made a mini version because I didn’t want to “have-to” eat a huge pretzel. As it turned out, I ended up eating four of these right away, one after the other. SO good! Soooo, here they are: gluten-free soft pretzels.”
~ Gluten-Free and Grain-Free Pretzels from GAPS Diet Journey ~ gluten free, grain free, dairy free, primal, GAPS
Starlene emphasizes that different brands of ready-made almond flour and coconut flour can yield different results.
Reader reviews: “I have made these twice. I just ground up my own almonds in my Vitamix and it worked perfectly-recipe was spot on and the kids love them. Thank you for being so wonderfully creative.”
~ Gluten-Free Hot Soft Pretzels from Jeanette’s Healthy Living ~ gluten free, dairy free, egg free, vegan
This recipe was the one that introduced me to Jeanette’s blog 3 ½ years ago!
Reader reviews: “Hello and thanks for the delicious recipe. I just made these tasty pretzels!” and “Great recipe, thank you! As well all know, some gluten-free foods look like the real thing but taste like the cardboard box they come in, with similar texture. These pretzels really taste like soft pretzels and the texture is very close as well. Thank you for sharing such an easy, great tasting recipe.”
~ Gluten-Free Soft Pretzel Bites from A Few Shortcuts ~ gluten free, vegetarian, with dairy-free, egg-free, vegan options
Reader reviews: “These turned out great! When she said you cannot tell they are gluten free it is not an exaggeration. We found the dough very easy to work with and used ingredients I always have in hand for gluten-free baking. Thanks for sharing!” and “I’m in complete shock at how amazing these are. No one knew they were gluten free. The big problem is that they are insanely Addicting!! I’m going to turn these into bagels next time, they’d be perfect!” and “What a great recipe! The dough was easy to work with and pretzels were delicious, even the next day. We mixed few leftover in a pan with butter & cinnamon sugar – better than ones at the mall!”
~ Gluten-Free Soft Pretzel Bites from Let Them Eat Gluten-Free Cake ~ gluten free, vegetarian
Kim says you’ll be the MVP if you make these Soft Pretzel Bites for Game Day. And I believe her!
~ Gluten-Free Soft Pretzels from Simply Quinoa ~ gluten free, dairy free, refined sugar free, vegetarian, with egg-free option
Alyssa says these are awesome, soft, salty, gluten-free pretzels!
~ Keto Pretzel Bites from All Day I Dream About Food ~ gluten free, grain free, sugar free, vegetarian, keto, primal
~ Mall Style Pretzels from Let Them Eat Gluten-Free Cake ~ gluten free, egg free, vegetarian
Reader reviews: “Turned out great! Halved the recipe so we wouldn’t eat too many in one sitting and dipped in nacho cheese sauce. Amazing!!” and “We made these last night for the Super Bowl and they were delicious!!! The whole family approved and raved about them!”
~ Paleo Soft Pretzels from Zenbelly ~ gluten free, grain free, refined sugar free, vegetarian, paleo, primal, with egg-free option
~ Skinny Soft Pretzels (Gluten Free, Grain Free, Xanthan Free) from Skinny GF Chef ~ gluten free, grain free, vegetarian
Ali offers you a “soft, gluten free and grain free pretzel that will make your heart glad …”
~ Soft Pretzel Bites from Better Batter ~ gluten free, vegetarian
~ Soft Pretzel Bites from Tasty Yummies ~ gluten free, dairy free, with egg-free, vegan options
Reader reviews: “Just finished making these and they are DELICIOUS! It’s been 4 years since I’ve had a soft pretzel and these hit the spot.” and “Oh my goodness! I made these yesterday and they were perfect! Totally satisfied my craving.” and “Wow—so good! Living in Vietnam, it’s super difficult to find pre-made GF products (especially of the homemade variety)! I used flax seed meal and it worked out perfectly!”
~ Soft Pretzels from GF Jules ~ gluten free, vegetarian, with dairy-free, egg-free, vegan options
Reader reviews: “My daughter has been craving soft pretzels since being diagnosed with her gluten sensitivity last summer. We made these today… JACKPOT! They tasted absolutely delicious, and best of all, made her soooo happy! Thanks!!!” and “Just pulled my first batch out of the oven 5 minutes ago and only have one left! My 10 yr old and her friends gobbled them up, and these are regular-gluten kids!! Off to make a second batch thanks Jules!!”
~ Soft Pretzels from No Gluten, No Problem ~ gluten free, nut free, vegetarian, with egg-free option
Reader reviews: “These are amazing! We couldn’t stop eating them. Thank you!” and “I got home from my run this morning and my fiance had eaten the whole container of pretzels… He’s not GF and usually very picky with my flavor and textures… these passed his test!”
Which will you try first? One of the best gluten-free bagel recipes? A delectable gluten-free croissant? A classic English muffin? Or a breadstick? Perhaps you should come up with a schedule to try them all!
Originally published November 4, 2014; updated April 26, 2022.