The Best Gluten Free Bread I’ve ever Made

7 Jul

I LOVE bread. And ever since I met my OH and went gluten/dairy/egg free (they happened within a few months of each other) I have been trying to find the perfect challah bread recipe.

And I think I have.

The credit goes to Barefeet in the Kitchen for her fabulous Honey and Oat Gluten Free Bread. I, of course, have made some changes to it – some have turned out not-quite-as-good but still much better than 90% of my loaves from other recipes! In other words, even if you have to mix up the flours, do half eggs half egg replacer (which I did this last time) or add in extra honey because you were too tired when making it…. It still turns out delicious! Now, around my house, this Honey and Oat Bread is simply known as Challah Bread, since that’s really the only time I make bread, once a week for Shabbat.

So, roll up your sleeves, pull out your KitchenAid mixer and thank me in 3 odd hours! =)

*I have changed parts of the original recipe so I will be posting it here with abbreviated directions. For the original recipe and more detailed instructions, click the link above! *

Gluten Free Challah Bread

1 cups brown rice flour

1 1/4 cups oat flour (make sure the flour is certified GF)

1 cup tapioca starch

2 teaspoons instant yeast

1 1/4 teaspoons salt

1 1/4 teaspoons xanthan gum

3/4 cup warm almond milk

1/3 cup honey

1/4 cup soft Earth Balance Original butter

3 large duck eggs

Optional: sprinkle of oats for the top (make sure the oats are certified GF)


Place the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl, or the bowl of your stand mixer. Warm the butter, honey and milk in a pan on low heat until the butter is melted. Whisk or stir it together and set aside to cool. Using an electric mixer (hand mixer, or stand), gradually beat the warm milk into the dry ingredients. The mixture will be crumbly at first, but once all the milk mixture is added, it’ll come together.

Add the eggs, one at a time. Beat the mixture till each egg is thoroughly mixed in before adding the next one. Once all the eggs are added, beat the mixture at high speed for 3 minutes. This adds air to the thick batter, which helps take the place of the missing gluten.

ready for rising time #1

ready for rising time #1

Leave the batter right in the mixing bowl and cover the bowl with a light cloth or plastic wrap (for the plastic, slick some oil on it to keep the dough from sticking to it). Let the thick batter rise for 60-90 minutes.

Gently stir the batter down. Scrape it into a lightly greased silicone challah bread mold. Use your wet fingers or spatula, to smooth the top, eliminating any “wrinkles.”

Loosely cover the pan (with oiled plastic or cloth!) and let the dough rise till it barely crowns over the rim of the pan. 45 – 60 minutes, as much as 90. Towards the end of the rising time, preheat the oven to 350°F.

ready for rise #2 ( This is a doubled recipe)

ready for baking! ( This is a doubled recipe)


Bake for 25 minutes or top is golden brown – if you are using a silicone bread mold, the last 5 or so minutes, pop it out of the pan and let finish to brown the top. Slather melted butter (as much as you want) on top. Let cool. Slice. Enjoy!



the best challah bread gluten free

    Texture – i love it

Look at that loaf!

Look at that loaf!



43 Responses to “The Best Gluten Free Bread I’ve ever Made”

  1. Chelsea July 7, 2014 at 9:26 pm #

    It totally looks like regular bread! Nicely done!! My problem with gluten free bread is they are always tiny little hard loaves that just don’t taste good.. but yours looks good!


    • booksnbakery July 7, 2014 at 10:23 pm #

      Thanks! That’s how most of my bread came out…. this is the easiest loaf ever. i’ve decided a big part of the success is the 2 rising times. I’m now craving it hehe


  2. Jenn @ hellorigby! July 7, 2014 at 9:27 pm #

    That bread looks awesome! I’ve never tried to make gluten free bread, but I’ve made other GF baked goods and know it can be a challenge.


    • booksnbakery July 7, 2014 at 10:24 pm #

      I’m a baker at heart so having to switch to gf -and everything else – has been frustrating. But this recipe makes me happy =)


  3. estherjulee July 7, 2014 at 10:36 pm #

    it would be so hard to go gluten free! i know the only gluten free bread i’ve tried that tasted exactly like the regular kind was banana bread.


  4. glutenfreezen July 7, 2014 at 10:43 pm #

    Looks wonderful!


  5. Jamie @ Makeuplifelove July 8, 2014 at 12:25 am #

    That looks sooooo yummy. You would never guess it’s not store bought bread. I totally need to learn how make bread, cause usually the gluten free ones are so yucky and stale like. This look soft, and amazing. Great post!


    • booksnbakery July 8, 2014 at 8:55 am #

      Thanks! I love it – and store bought bread is painful! the only bread we buy anymore is Dave’ Killer Bread, Spelt. It still has gluten but it’s soooo good… =)


  6. Charlie July 8, 2014 at 5:44 am #

    Looks so good! Need to try the recipe!


  7. Alyssa July 8, 2014 at 8:04 am #

    Thanks for the recipe! It looks so tasty!!!


    • booksnbakery July 8, 2014 at 8:56 am #

      It is! i’m really wanting some today too! hehe. Thanks for stopping by!


  8. Brooke @ You're In Brookelynn July 8, 2014 at 8:07 am #

    Looks tasty!


  9. Sarah Beth July 8, 2014 at 8:46 am #

    I shared this recipe with my good friend who is gluten intolerant. She has the worst time finding great recipes! Thanks.


    • booksnbakery July 8, 2014 at 8:56 am #

      Glad to hear it! and you’re right, finding good recipes are so hard! hope she likes it!


  10. Rebecca July 8, 2014 at 9:48 am #

    This is awesome! I just got diagnosed with a gluten allergy this past week via medical biopsy. I’ll put this in my arsenal to enjoy bread post-diagnosis 🙂


    • booksnbakery July 16, 2014 at 4:22 pm #

      it makes it easier to have an easy bread recipe on hand when you are dying for some bread! I will be making some in a few days and I can’t wait… (that’s not weird is it? )


  11. Joanna Sormunen July 8, 2014 at 9:56 am #

    The bread looks amazing! Just like normal brown bread! I definitely need to try this out! Thank you so much for posting the recipe!


  12. Taneja's Bride July 8, 2014 at 10:44 am #

    I have been making more of an effort to eat gluten free but haven’t gone completely gluten free (just want to add the benefits of gluten/allergen free products!) and this looks fantastic – I may definitely try out this recipe! ❤


  13. Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes July 8, 2014 at 12:07 pm #

    This looks like it turned out so well, yum!


  14. Bekkie - Lipstick & Lullabies July 8, 2014 at 12:48 pm #

    Looks delicious! My SIL is gluten free so I will pass this on to her!


  15. myrabev July 8, 2014 at 12:56 pm #

    this looks yum and i have not made bread in forever and a day


  16. TwoLittlePigsDownUnder July 8, 2014 at 1:49 pm #

    That looks awesome, nice job! Thanks for sharing the recipe 🙂


  17. Sarah July 8, 2014 at 2:25 pm #

    I’m going to have to try this my little ones not great on gluten, he can eat it but we’d rather he did have too much. Plus I love using leftover challah on sat morning to make french toast so he’d be able to have some 🙂


    • booksnbakery July 8, 2014 at 5:15 pm #

      do – it’s so very easy ….as long as you set the timer for the rising times! mmmm we do that a lot on saturday mornings too!


  18. Alice Johnson July 8, 2014 at 2:59 pm #

    makng bread is actually MUCH harder than it looks, congrats on this looking so great! i always feel guilty eating bread but this looks super healthy so definitely worth a try 🙂


    • booksnbakery July 8, 2014 at 5:16 pm #

      I agree with you there! I used to hate making bread but I have learned to love it (when they come out good) over the years.


  19. leannaalways July 8, 2014 at 3:01 pm #

    My boss loves gluten free recipes, I will have to share this with her!


  20. Ashley July 8, 2014 at 3:12 pm #

    I’ll definitely have to try making this!


  21. Amberly July 8, 2014 at 5:44 pm #

    I’ll pass this recipe on to my mother in law and sister in law! They’re gluten free! 🙂


  22. Alicia July 8, 2014 at 8:38 pm #

    Homemade bread is the best!


  23. Hima Rajana July 8, 2014 at 9:17 pm #

    yum! I’m not a huuuge fan of gluten-free bread, but I love homemade bread! Nice job!

    xo, Hima
    Hima Hearts


  24. Jess July 8, 2014 at 9:20 pm #

    WOW! This bread looks awesome! I’m a celiac so I’ve tried my share of gfree breads and have only really liked one or two brands so far. I’ll have to give this a try, I like how filling it looks!


    • booksnbakery July 8, 2014 at 10:38 pm #

      gf breads are so disappointing but i think you’ll like this one! i’ve also used Namaste bread mix for half the flour and it turns out amaaaazing!


  25. Laura July 8, 2014 at 9:32 pm #

    That actually looks pretty good!


  26. kristinethefoleyfamblog July 9, 2014 at 8:51 am #

    That’s awesome there’s an option for GL! Looks delicious!


  27. Samantha July 9, 2014 at 4:58 pm #

    Such a good recipe for gluten free bread.


  28. Neely (@Neelykins) July 14, 2014 at 11:26 am #

    Im all kinds of impressed!



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