Vegan bread is available to purchase at stores, but why read labels when you can make it at home for half the price?! This yeast bread recipe is vegan, gluten-free, and soy-free, too. Similar to a rustic Italian or French bread loaf in taste and appearance but you can make a simple sandwich bread loaf as well. Very versatile!
First of all… I’m about a day late, actually a week late, for posting this recipe. I totally meant to share it before easter but then LIFE happened. Thank you for giving me a little GRACE!
Second of all…..
Is there such a thing as vegan bread?
Well, of course there is! While there are some breads, like challah, that include eggs and milk, there are plenty of varieties that don’t include them.
This vegan bread dough is easy to make, uses minimal ingredients, and is really versatile. You can use this vegan gluten free bread recipe to make sandwich bread, twist it for a fancy look, or make rolls, etc.
This is sure to be a a go-to yeast bread for my vegan/gluten free readers. Soy free and nut free, too. So, pretty much the perfect vegan bread recipe, yes?
Oh and guess what? You can totally save the dough and use it for flatbread, pizza crust, rolls, etc. Ya’ll I tested this vegan bread recipe 10x!! REALLY! And now that it is perfected, I’m ready to share it with you. Plus answer all the questions about making it that you might have.
Speaking of questions….
What kind of yeast do I use to make a vegan bread recipe?
Here are the facts. If you don’t bake very often, yeast can be sort of confusing. Look at the shelf at the grocery store; there are SO many different types! As a result, some are better for baking pizza dough and others are best for bread. It gets even more confusing when you realize that there are actually just three types of yeast. Allow me to explain…
TYPES OF YEAST
There are three types of yeast; two are dry yeast and then there is cake yeast, which is a wet yeast. We’ll discuss that another day. Let’s focus on the types of dry yeast you can use to make vegan bread.
- Regular (Active Dry) Yeast
- Instant Yeast – Other names for this include quick-rise, rapid-rise, and bread machine yeast,
You can use either type of yeast to bake bread with, but each type has advantages.
Baking with active dry yeast often requires two proofing sessions, meaning, the yeast has to be activated (proofed) and then again when the bread (or whatever you’re making with the yeast) rises before baking. Personally, I like to let the bread rise right in the pan and skip second rise, going straight to baking.
Also, active yeast has a longer shelf life than instant yeast; well over a year if you keep it refrigerated. This is the yeast I used (and prefer) for this vegan bread recipe and the bread has lasted me a good while in the fridge! LOVE IT!
Instant yeast is what many baker’s choose, simply because it’s quicker to make things with. If you make vegan bread with instant yeast, it only requires a single rise (no proofing necessary). As a result, you get to enjoy that warm bread sooner!
Bob’s Red Mill has a great brand of instant yeast, and an all-purpose gluten free flour that I like, too.
WHAT YOU NEED for an EASY Vegan Dough Bread RECIPE
- Gluten Free All purpose Flour (Note – the 1:1 flours do not work)
- Honey or Maple Syrup or Raw Sugar
- Active Dry Yeast
- Baking Powder/Xanthan gum
- Apple Cider Vinegar or Lemon
That’s it! Then you just proof the yeast, mix, let is chill, let it rise, roll and bake. Really, it’s SO MUCH easier than it sounds. It’s all about a quick mix and then letting the yeast do it’s thing. Ya know?
Depending on your type of gluten free all purpose flour, you might need more liquid (warm milk or water). The dough should be soft/elastic. If it’s hard like play-dough (which totally happened to me before) then add more liquid.
Tips for gluten free and vegan bread baking with yeast bread!
Don’t worry, these are in the recipe notes as well!
- For helping dough rise –> Place rising dough in oven with light on (oven off). After it has risen, preheat oven and bake.
- Tip for handling sticky dough (Thanks Sarena) – Skip the kneading by hand. Knead in the stand mixer with dough hook, then place the dough straight into the pan. Cover and let is rise in warm place. Then bake!
- A Gluten Free All Purpose flour without thickeners works best! You will be adding in a thickener to help with give the bread texture and softness. If you add in too much xanthan gum or guar gum, the bread will be too hard.
Does this recipe work in a bread machine?
I’m not sure, but it’s totally worth trying! And let me know if you do, mmm k?
Can I used the vegan dough for other baked goods flatbread pizza crust?
YES YOU CAN! Score! I just tried this dough when making flatbread pizza. Similar to making farintina flatbread (aka socca), I rolled the dough out and baked in a skillet. No “knead” to let the dough rise. Haha, get it? Also, this dough works well for bread sticks and rolls.
How to Make Gluten Free Vegan Bread (Video)
And lastly, do you have to braid the bread? Absolutely not, but it is fun and easy and pretty! This vegan bread bakes up just as lovely in loaf form. We’ve shared this vegan bread recipe several ways in stories and IGTV, but I will be updating it soon with an easier version! Stay tuned!
And lastly, the printable recipe! YAY!
*For those looking for the original with oat flour, here is PDF to print if off*
This yeast bread recipe is vegan, gluten-free, and soy-free, too. Similar to a rustic Italian or French bread loaf in taste and appearance but you can make a simple sandwich bread loaf as well. Very versatile!
*Updated 5/3/2020 – See notes for previous versions
- 2/3 cup warm water 95-105F for proofing
- 3 tsp sugar or honey
- 3 tsp dry active yeast
- 3 cups Bob’s Redmill gluten free all-purpose flour (does not contain xanthan gum or other gums) * see notes for tips
- 1 TBSP baking powder (make sure it’s not expired)
- 3 tsp xanthan gum
- 1 1/2 tsp fine kosher salt
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 TBSP apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 c to 2/3 cup warm water (extra as needed) *Note* Adjust water usage depending on flour. You want the consistency to be somewhat sticky but not runny. The more water you, the softer the bread.
Before you begin – Important notes.
- Proof yeast. Place active dry yeast in 2/3 c warm water (95-105 F) and mix with sugar. Let is sit for 5 minutes. If it bubbles, it’s active. Set aside until ready to use.
- In a large mixing bowl or stand mixer bowl, whisk/sift together your dry ingredients. Add the yeast mixture together with dry ingredients, then add the oil and vinegar. Mix well, then add 1/2 c of warm water until you get soft sticky dough, similar to pizza dough. If the dough seems too dry (depending on the kind of flour you’re using), mix in any extra water only as needed (2 tbsp – 1/3 c should be enough ).
- Knead the dough for 5 minutes in the stand mixer with a dough hook.
- If your dough is sticky, that’s ok! Place the dough straight into a parchment lined bread pan – 8×4 or 9×5 pan. Spread dough in pan with wet hands.
- Cover pan with cotton towel and place in a warm place until doubled in size. The dough usually takes 70 minutes to 90 minutes to rise. Longer if your environment is cold or too dry. See notes for tips!
- After dough has risen, gently score the top with serrated knife, dust with flour, then bake in a preheated oven at 350° for 35 to 55 minutes (internal temperature needs to reach 210-212). Brushing with 1 TBSP melted vegan butter 10 minutes before done (optional).
- Let bread cool on counter for 10 minutes to 15 minutes before slicing into it. This bread is freezer friendly!
Tips for vegan gluten free yeast bread and baking!
- I used a stand mixer to whisk and mix all the ingredients.
- GLUTEN FREE FLOUR RECOMMENDATION- It’s best to use an all purpose gluten free flour without any thickeners (i.e xanthan gum or guar gum) because you will adding that in.
- Take into mind that each brand of AP gluten free flour will bake different. Play with ingredients! Note – the 1:1 gluten free flours do not work
- To Braid Bread – Let the dough rise in a bowl, then once it has risen, lightly flour a clean well-floured surface and divide dough into two logs, then twist together to braid. Place this into lined pan and bake. Note, this is optional and texture will vary once baked.
- For those looking for the original vegan bread with oat flour, here is PDF to print if off
- Category: bread
- Method: baking
- Cuisine: american
Keywords: vegan bread, gluten free bread, homemade, healthy, yeast bread, easy homemade bread, gluten free, vegan
Feel free to brush the bread with the extra oil or vegan butter once it is done (before serving) to make the crust a bit softer and to make it smell amazing!
Phew! Okay ya’ll, thanks for coming to break and bake vegan bread with me! Let me know if you make this or if you have ANY questions. I have answers!!!
Cheers to getting back to basics in the kitchen!