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).
Part 2a: The Best Gluten-Free Rolls
Part 2b: The Best Gluten-Free Biscuits
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~ Cheesy Breadsticks from Gluten-Free Homemaker (because this site is no longer active, I’ve linked to the recipe on the Wayback Machine site)~ gluten free, egg free, vegetarian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 still 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 from Gluten-Free Alchemist ~ gluten free, egg free, refined sugar free, vegetarian, with dairy-free options
~ 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!”
~ Keto Breadsticks from All Day I Dream About Food ~ gluten free, grain free, sugar free, vegetarian, low carb, keto
Carolyn says: “These buttery keto breadsticks are easy to make and absolutely mouthwatering. And they’re not made with fathead dough!” and ”
Reader reviews: “Have made these many times, keep a stack ready in the freezer at all times. My husband loves them!” and “These are the best keto breadsticks I have ever made or eaten. So good with the Keto Enchilada Soup!” and “These breadsticks are AMAZING!! Love that they are keto too!! Obsessed!” and “Way easier than I thought it would be and super delish! Love the texture. It’s so hard to get good texture in Keto bread, and I’m loving the texture. Good stuff!”
The Best Gluten-Free Crescent Roll and Croissant Recipes
You can now find the best gluten-free croissant roll and crescent roll recipes in their own separate roundup. Check out all your bagel options—including “just gluten free,” dairy-free, egg-free, vegan, grain-free, and keto options.
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
You’ll now find The Best Gluten-Free Soft Pretzel Recipes here.
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 December 17, 2023.