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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 1/2 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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4.93 from 142 votes
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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 1/4 cups of water.

Oven Baking Instructions:

  • Proof your yeast in 1/2 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. I am looking to make this bread as soon as possible (I just got a bread machine with a gluten-free bread option), but I have some questions about one ingredient listed above. It has been extremely helpful that you tagged the products with Amazon. The one listed for tapioca starch is discontinued. Can you please suggest another option? Also, is there a difference between starch and flour? The one listed is flour, but there are also tapioca starch options through Amazon.

      1. 5 stars
        Hi Sandi,

        I made the bread yesterday, my first-time ever making bread, and it was DELICIOUS!!! I was amazed on how the process was so easy because of your detailed instructions, thank you! My bf who is loves his regular bread LOVED this bread, too. He normally doesn’t care for gluten-free bread but he kept going back for more. So far we have enjoyed it by simplying warming it up and then adding a bit of vegan butter. This has ruined store brought gluten-free bread, thank you!

  2. I made this in the Hamilton Beach Artisan Bread Maker (29985) on the GF setting following the recipe exactly. It fell a little in the middle, so I will use less water next time. The texture was still great! It was soft and airy. I have been gluten free for 15+ years, so I have gotten used to the store bought bread options and this was so much better.

    My kids are newly diagnosed with Celiac and I have not found any breads that they like yet, despite shopping at a grocery store with many, many options. They thought this bread didn’t have much flavor, so they aren’t sold on it. Has anyone tried adding honey or butter to this recipe for a little more flavor?

    1. Hi Laura, Humidity may be playing a factor, so I agree using a little less water is a good thing to try. As for flavors, my kids like a bit more salt. Honey or butter is also fine to add, just be sure to compensate if you add a lot of liquid ingredients.

  3. I made this bread with Cup4cup as I am unable to get one of the flours. The taste was great! Although the bread was dense… I used my new bread maker machine and used the specific bread machine yeast. Reading the reviews I lowered the water a bit, but I will retry it with the exact water and a different type of yeast to see if that is the cause as it tastes so good!! Do you have any recommendations that I could do? I am unable to to get the sorghum flour is there a substitute for that?

    1. Hi Martina, I am glad you enjoyed the recipe using Cup4Cup. I have never used bread machine yeast so it is hard for me to say how it affects the recipe. I would definitely try it with active dry yeast next. Just remember to avoid Red Star “Platinum” as it has wheat. Another reader asked me about a sorghum flour substitute. I will work on testing some options in the next couple of weeks after things quiet down from the holidays.

  4. 5 stars
    This looks really yummy! I’m needing to reduce carbs for health reasons on top of being gluten free, is there a way to reduce the carbs by using almond flour to replace some of the flours/starch? I know potato starch has a lot of carbs.

    Thank you!
    p.s. I love using my breadmaking to make homemade breads.

    1. Hi Mo, I haven’t tested this recipe using almond flour or other flour blends, and I don’t want to advise you incorrectly on how to sub things unless I have tested them. There is a great Facebook group on baking bread. It is called Gluten Free Home Bread Bakers. The admin is amazing and can probably better advise you.

  5. The bread machine you recommended isn’t available on Amazon anymore. A brand new model by Hamilton Beach is there now. I want to buy one, but I want to be sure you get the commission. Do you think the link will still work and give it to you? Or do you recommend a different machine?

    1. You are so thoughtful, thank you. I think Hamilton Beach revamped the bread machine, but it should still have the same features. If you click my link to Amazon, I should get a commission still. Thank you very much.

  6. 5 stars
    This bread is delicious! I am a first time bread maker user so nervously set out to make this a few days ago. Wonderful gf recipe – thank you!

  7. Hi my parents brought me a bread machine for Christmas (early present yay) and I’ve never used one before quite excited to try your recipe.

    Could I add some seeds in this e.g (poppy, sesame, chia) and how would I do that?

    Also does your gf flour blend work for this? On that page it says it does but I’m not sure how I’d do this as it’s different measurements it’s got phylium husk aswell.

    1. Hi Sarah, if you add seeds, you want to add ones that wonn’t affect the moisture level, specifically chia seeds. They absorb a lot of moisture and this can dry out your bread. My blend does work in this recipe, so you would add 3 cups of my blend with 1 teaspoon extra psyllium husk. Omit the xanthan gum and flaxseed meal.

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