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)
- Oat Flour
- 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 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!
- If your All purpose gluten free flour does not have xanthan gum be sure to add in at least 4 teaspoons. It will really help with giving the bread texture and softness.
- If you don’t have Oat flour, you can try subbing with millet flour or make your own oat flour by grinding oats into a flour. This has not been tested yet, so take that into mind. Texture might be a tad different and a bit more dense. Adjust baking time if needed.
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.
And 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, check it out below!
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And lastly, the printable recipe! YAY!
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!
- 1/2 cup warm water 95-105F for proofing
- 4 tsp sugar or honey
- 4 tsp dry active yeast
- 2 1/4 cup gluten free all-purpose flour (without xanthan gum works best) * see notes for tips
- 3/4 c oat flour
- 1 TBSP baking powder
- 4 tsp xanthan gum (if your all purpose flour DOES have xanthan gum included in ingredients, you will not need extra. See notes).
- 1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 1 TBSP apple cider vinegar or lemon juice
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 2/3 to 1 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.
- Optional mix in and/or sweeteners – 1/4 c maple syrup or honey, poppy seeds, caraway seed, dried fruit, herbs, garlic, or even pineapple juice to make it hawaiian style, etc.
Before you begin – Important notes.
- Proof yeast. Place active dry yeast in 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 mixer bowl, whisk together your dry ingredients. Mix the yeast mixture together with dry ingredients, then add the 2/3 c water, oil, and vinegar. Mix well 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 extra water only as needed (1/4 c to 1/2 c).
- Knead the dough for 5 minutes in the stand mixer with a dough hook (you may also do this by hands with floured hands to prevent from sticking).
- 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. (For Braided Bread, see notes).
- 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, score the top with serrated knife, dust with flour, then bake at 350° preheated oven for 35 to 45 minutes (internal temperature 190-200F). 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!
- If your all purpose flour DOES has xanthan gum included in ingredients, you will not need it for this recipe. But 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
- For helping dough rise –> Cover dough and place in oven (off) with light on.
- If your All purpose gluten free flour does not have xanthan gum be sure to add in at least 4 tsp. It will really help with giving the bread texture and softness.
- Rising the bread Once – You don’t need to have the dough/bread rise twice. Once is sufficient for gluten free flour and active yeast.
- 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.
- 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!