If you have longed to try making homemade gluten free bread, I have a really simple recipe you will love! This gluten free bread machine bread is light and fluffy and is the perfect texture for sandwiches. All you need are a few simple ingredients and a bread machine with a gluten free setting.

If you don’t have a bread machine, don’t worry because I include oven-baking instructions too!

Two slices of gluten free bread on a plate.

I am really proud of this gluten free bread machine recipe. I have blogged for a long time and have never posted a gluten-free bread machine recipe until today. This new recipe is special! Baking gluten free sorghum bread has never been easier than this recipe.

This is the best gluten free bread machine bread you will try! It is soft, and it sort of tastes like Wonder Bread. Do you remember Wonder Bread from way back before going gluten free? That bread was my favorite growing up. I didn’t know gluten was like poison to my body at that point in my life.

While you are visiting, you may want to check out all of my delicious gluten free bread recipes!

Made this recipe in my bread maker using Just egg substitute and it came out AMAZING!! Thank you so much for making a gluten free bread that finally tastes delicious and holds up when using it to make sandwiches. We will continue to make this bread and refer it to others searching for a great gluten free tasting bread. You’re the best!”

Mia K., Raving Fan

Thank you for coming up with this seriously easy, no fail recipe. My wheat-eating husband said it’s his favorite bread ever, including regular gluten bread.”

Angela H., Facebook comment

Why This Bread Machine Bread Is The Best:

  1. I love this new bread recipe because it boils down to control. I can control the ingredients that go into this recipe with sorghum flour, and I realize that baking gluten free bread isn’t that hard.
  2. It is gluten free, dairy-free, soy-free, and corn-free! You can also use Just Egg to make it egg-free.
  3. My secret to making the gluten free bread flour mix is to use more starch than I usually use. It keeps the bread fluffy and light. If you have been looking for that perfect sandwich bread, this is it!
  4. You can make it in the oven if you do not own a bread machine!
  5. Use this bread to make my popular Gluten Free Pumpkin French Toast Casserole recipe!

If you love sourdough, my loaf-style gluten free sourdough bread is really good too! If you want something sweeter, this gluten free lemon poppy seed bread is delicious.

A whole loaf of gluten free bread on a cutting board.

If you need a yeast-free bread recipe, try this Gluten Free Bread (No Yeast!)

Ingredient Notes:

Gluten free bread ingredients photo.
  • Gluten free flour blend – as I mention in more detail below. I tested a few gluten free blends in my bread machine. For this recipe, I highly advise using my custom gluten free bread flour blend. You will need sorghum flour, brown rice flour, tapioca, and potato starch. See the FAQ to see what modifications you need if using Cup4Cup! Note my DIY Gluten Free All Purpose Flour Blend works very well in this recipe. It is gum-free.
  • Flaxseed meal – I recommend using a ground flaxseed meal. Do not use whole seeds. You can read more about how to make sure flaxseed is gluten free.
  • Apple cider vinegar – this gives a little flavor and helps the bread poof up.
  • Baking powder – I use this to help give more rise.
  • Salt – usually, I don’t have anything special to say about salt. Many trying to lower sodium will want to use less, but I wouldn’t lessen the salt in this recipe. It helps the flavor and browning of this bread.
  • Yeast – Active dry yeast. ALWAYS double-check the label to ensure your yeast brand is gluten free. Note Red Star Platinum Yeast is NOT gluten free!
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This is the gluten free bread machine that I use. I had a really old Breadman machine, but after 10 years it died, and I found this Hamilton Beach machine. It works really well. I do wish it had a longer bake cycle to get the top of the bread slightly darker, but otherwise it works perfectly.

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Breadmaker Notes:

Before I go into the recipe steps, I want to discuss breadmakers. This recipe depends on the bread machine you use and the cycle type you run. The gluten free time/cycle settings differ on EVERY machine and model number. I am not sure why this is, but I am noticing it. Here are things I noticed and some ideas:

  1. If you are at a high altitude, your yeast may be much more explosive than at typical altitudes. I do not live at a high altitude, and I do not know what to do about this except to use less yeast and bake this bread in the oven.
  2. Some breadmakers do not have a gluten free cycle, or the cycle isn’t long enough. If this is the case, use the “Home Made” custom cycle, programming in about 20 minutes Mix, 45 minutes Rise, 90 minutes Bake.
  3. Often, the gluten free setting does not bake the bread long enough. If this happens, you can run a short “bake-only” cycle to brown the bread more.

Also, please read my post on Gluten Free Bread Troubleshooting for more tips and my top recommendations for the Best Gluten Free Bread Making Tools.

Recipe Step-By-Step Directions:

Bread machine bread photos of steps 1 and 2.

Step 1: Add the dry ingredients and whisk to blend in a large bowl.

Step 2: Add your wet ingredients and blend in a smaller bowl.

TIP: Many bread recipe directions say you can dump all ingredients in the bread maker. Do not do this! When mixing as many ingredients as are needed for gluten-free bread, you risk the ingredients not getting mixed thoroughly, which can affect how the bread turns out!

I now realize I’d forgotten the taste and texture of really good bread. Thank you for returning that pleasure to me.”

Lou J.

Best Gluten Free Flour For The Bread Machine

There are so many good gluten-free flour blends, and I tried a few while developing my recipe. Most didn’t perform the way I wanted, so I decided to create my own blend. I chose sorghum flour, brown rice flour, tapioca starch, potato starch, and ground flaxseed meal.

This combination of gluten free flours yielded the best results by far. This bread is a good gluten free sandwich bread. It holds up to peanut butter and jelly and a full lunchbox without breaking! The flavor and mouthfeel of the bread are light and fluffy.

NOTE: After two people reached out, I want to re-emphasize this recipe works with my custom flour blend or Cup4Cup, with a few modifications. See the FAQ for the modifications. Bob’s 1 to 1 and King Arthur Measure for Measure are not as good for yeast recipes.

Bread machine bread photos steps 3 and 4.

Step 3: Open your bread machine and make sure the paddle is on the spinner. Pour in your mixed wet ingredients.

Step 4: Pour the whisked dry ingredients on top of the wet ingredients.

Bread machine bread photos of steps 5 and 6.

Step 5: Dump the yeast on top of the dry ingredients. Close the cover and press the button. My bread machine has a gluten free setting. If your bread machine has this setting, use it. After 5 minutes, press the flour down from the sides with a soft rubber spatula. This tip will help prevent unmixed flour pockets on the side of your bread.

Step 6: This is what the batter looks like after the bread machine mixes the bread dough. You will see how wet this batter is compared to normal bread dough. This is what you want.

When the mixing has stopped, you can try to remove the paddle with the long tongs I linked below or remove it when the bread is baked.

Step 7: Remove the bread from the bread machine when it is done. I gently slide my bread out of the pan and place it on a cooling rack. This helps prevent your bread from cooking longer in the hot pan.

The bottom of the loaf with the bread machine paddle.

The only downside to using a bread machine is the little paddle comes off into your bread. The bread stays hot for some time, so I highly recommend you use tweezers or these pointed tongs to remove the paddle. It is easier to remove when the bread is hot.

Oven Baking Directions:

  • Proof your yeast in ½ cup of warm water and 1 tablespoon of sugar. Make sure the water temperature is no hotter than 120º F. Let this sit 5 minutes until your yeast is frothy.
  • Follow the directions to mix your wet and dry ingredients.
  • Add the frothy yeast mixture to the wet ingredients. Mix, then pour into the dry ingredients.
  • Preheat the oven to 200º F, then turn off the oven.
  • Mix your batter, pour it into a greased loaf pan, cover it with plastic wrap, and allow it to rise in the warm oven for one hour.
  • Preheat the oven to 350º F.
  • Bake your bread for 35-40 minutes until the top of the loaf is golden.
  • Test to see if it is done baking by sticking a long toothpick into the middle. If the toothpick comes out clean, the bread is done baking. The bread must be baked a little longer if you see batter or crumbs.
  • Remove the bread from the oven and place it on a rack to allow cooling. Do not slice the bread when it is hot.

Variations:

Feel free to vary the flavors you add to this gluten free bread machine bread. Here are some fun ways to do this:

  • Add dried herbs and seasonings.
  • When the mixing cycle has stopped, swirl in a combination of sugar and cinnamon.
  • Add roasted garlic, butter, and shredded parmesan.
  • If you are rice-free, try my Gluten Free Bread Without Rice Flour.
The top view of a sliced loaf of gluten free bread.

Tips and Recipe FAQ:

Store it the right way! Learn How to Store Gluten Free Bread so you can keep it fresh.

Is yeast gluten free?

Most yeast is gluten free EXCEPT Red Star Platinum. As always, definitely check the ingredients label for any yeast you buy.

Do bread machines make good bread?

I didn’t think a bread machine could make great bread for a long time, but this recipe has completely changed my mind.

What ingredients go into the bread machine first?

Always put your wet ingredients into the bread machine first. It helps prevent flour pockets at the bottom of your bread loaf.

How do I know if the bread is fully baked?

If you are using a bread machine, the baking time is automatic. To test for doneness, insert a toothpick into the center of the bread. If the toothpick comes out clean, it is done baking. If you see batter or crumbs, the bread must be baked longer.

Why didn’t my bread cook fully?

If your bread didn’t fully cook and you did cook it on the gluten free setting, it may be the machine brand. You should be able to lengthen the bake time. See the above section titled Bread Machine Notes.

Can you make this bread egg-free?

I have not tested an egg replacer in this recipe, but I suspect the Just Egg bottled vegan liquid egg replacer would work very well in this recipe if you want your gluten free bread also to be egg-free.

What starch can be used instead of potato starch?

If you can’t have potato starch, use arrowroot starch to replace the potato starch.

What size loaf does this recipe make?

This loaf makes a 1.5-pound loaf.

Cup4Cup Modifications:

To make this recipe with Cup4Cup, omit these separate flours/ingredients listed: flaxseed, vinegar, and xanthan gum. Use 3 cups of Cup4Cup. Note I tested the original Cup4Cup and not their whole-grain blend in this recipe.

What bread machines are best for gluten free bread?

There are several great brands of gluten free bread machines that have a gluten free setting. My friend, Jane, who wrote The Gluten Free Bread Machine Cookbook, likes to recommend the Cuisinart CBK-200 machine. I have an old Breadman Pro, but I do not think they even make it any longer. Many in my gluten free FB group like this Hamilton Beach model.

More Gluten Free Bread Recipes:

Two slices of gluten free bread on a plate.

The Best Gluten Free Bread Machine Bread Recipe

Sandi Gaertner
One bite of this light and fluffy gluten free bread machine bread and you will be hooked. I also include oven baking directions.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 14 minutes
Course Gluten Free Bread Recipe
Cuisine American
Servings 12 slices
Calories 189 kcal

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Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl, add the dry ingredients and whisk to blend. In a smaller bowl, add your wet ingredients and blend.
  • Open your bread machine and make sure the paddle is on the spinner. Pour in your mixed wet ingredients.
  • Pour the whisked dry ingredients on top of the wet ingredients.
  • Dump the yeast on top of the dry ingredients. Close the cover and press the button. My bread machine has a gluten free setting.
  • If your bread machine has this setting, use it. After 5 minutes, take a soft rubber spatula and press the flour down from the sides. This tip will help prevent unmixed flour pockets on the side of your bread.
  • Remove the bread from the bread machine when it is done. I gently slide my bread out of the pan and place it on a cooling rack. This helps prevent your bread from cooking longer in the hot pan.
  • The only downside to using a bread machine is the little paddle comes off into your bread. The bread stays hot for some time so I highly recommend you using tweezers or these pointed tongs to remove the paddle. It is easier to remove when the bread is hot.

Notes

  1. Many bread recipe directions will say you can dump all of the ingredients in the bread maker. Do not do this! When you are mixing as many ingredients as is needed for gluten free bread, you risk the ingredients not getting mixed thoroughly, and that can affect how the bread turns out!
  2. Most yeast is gluten free EXCEPT Red Star Platinum. As always, definitely check the ingredients label for any yeast you buy.
  3. Light oils include avocado and canola oil. You can use other oils, but they may impart a flavor to the bread, which can be good or bad.
  4. To use Cup4Cup, add 3 cups Cup4Cup instead of the individual flour. Omit the xanthan gum, vinegar, and flaxseed.
  5. WATER – For some reason, some have had the middle cave, indicating there is too much water. Others don’t experience this. I am assuming it is the bread maker. If you notice the bread sinks in the middle, use 1 ¼ cups of water.

Oven Baking Instructions:

  • Proof your yeast in ½ cup of warm water and 1 tablespoon of sugar. Make sure the water temperature is no hotter than 120º F. Let this sit 5 minutes until your yeast is frothy.
  • Follow the directions to mix your wet and dry ingredients.
  • Add the frothy yeast mixture to the wet ingredients. Mix then pour into the dry ingredients.
  • Mix your batter, pour it into a greased loaf pan, cover with plastic wrap, and allow it to rise one hour.
  • Preheat the oven to 350º F.
  • Bake your bread for 35-40 minutes until the top of the loaf is golden.
  • Test to see if it is done baking by sticking a long toothpick into the middle. If the toothpick comes out clean, the bread is done baking. If you see batter or crumbs, the bread needs to bake a little longer.
  • Remove the bread from the oven and place it on a rack to allow cooling. Do not slice the bread when it is hot.

Breadmaker Issues:

Before I go into the recipe steps, I want to discuss breadmakers. This recipe depends on the bread machine you use and the cycle type you run. The gluten free time/cycle settings differ on EVERY machine and model number. I am not sure why this is, but I am noticing it. Here are things I noticed and some ideas:
  1. If you are at a high altitude, your yeast may be much more explosive than at typical altitudes. I do not live at a high altitude and do not know what to do about this except to use less yeast and bake this bread in the oven.
  2. Some breadmakers do not have a gluten free cycle, or the programmed gluten free cycle isn’t long enough. If this is the case, use the “Home Made” custom cycle, programming in about: 20 minutes Mix, 45 minutes Rise, 90 minutes Bake.
  3. Often, the gluten free setting does not bake the bread long enough. If this happens, you can run a short “bake-only” cycle to brown the top of the bread more.

SPECIAL NOTE

Please know that every gluten free flour blend has a different starch to grain ratio. If you use a blend I didn’t test, you may need to adjust your moisture levels in your baked goods.

Nutrition

Serving: 1sliceCalories: 189kcalCarbohydrates: 31gProtein: 4gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 27mgSodium: 219mgPotassium: 192mgFiber: 2gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 40IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 29mgIron: 1mg
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307 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I’ve started a bakery company and am using Zojirushi Breadmaker Plus
    and my daughter sent me your recipe. The 1st was by cup measure. It caved but, I measured in grams next time and wala! Can’t tell it’s gluten-free and it tastes and feels amazing!! Thanks for sharing!!

  2. 5 stars
    This bread turned out beautifully. Soft and spongy and great tasting. Would never suspect it is gluten free. My new go to bread machine recipe!

  3. 4 stars
    I made this recipe for the first time in the updated HB breadmaker model and it exploded 😩. I read through a few comments and am guessing that next time I will need to reduce water. What didnt explode on me ended up baking really tasty though! 😂 Best tasting and not dense at all like other recipes. I sliced it up and have some yummy organic hummus to use as a dip for MNF tonight.

    1. Wowza Koren. I haven’t heard of this happening. Do you live at a high altitude by any chance? I was on vacation in Tahoe once and was baking soft pretzels…my dough did something similar and so that is my first thought.

  4. 5 stars
    Thanks for a great recipe! The bread is delicious. This was my first try at gluten-free bread baking. It raised great in my machine but when it was done it came out with a flat top. I will try less water. Also, the next day the bread is very crumbly. I have been reading about expandex, would that make a difference?

    1. Hi Doug, I am glad you enjoyed this recipe. Less water is a good idea as humidity can play a big part with flour. I always recommend to slice and freeze the bread. Gluten free has a lot fewer preservatives, especially homemade bread, and it tends to get crumbly and spoil quickly. Freeze the bread with a small piece of wax paper between each slice so they don’t stick together.

  5. 5 stars
    Delicious bread and so much better than store bought,but crumbly the next day. Is it possible to use expandex? also, it rose beautifully but then fell at the end. This was my first time making gluten free bread, any suggestions?

  6. 5 stars
    I made this today and it is superb! There’s no comparing it to anything I’ve gotten from a store. I love using the bread machine because it’s so hands off (I have a Cuisinart CBK-110 compact). Sandi’s photos were so reassuring because I panicked at some point because it was liquidy. I was missing flaxseed meal and Sandi even answered my question so I substituted 2 extra tablespoons of potato starch & Im still thrilled with the results!