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Gluten Free Vegan Sandwich Bread

Someone in the family needed to go on a gluten free, no dairy diet. The diet also included no cane sugar, no corn, no potato and no eggs. We stumbled upon a recipe from The Whole Life Nutrition Kitchen for everyday sandwich bread, and with a few modifications and some experimenting, we ended up with this very tasty sandwich bread. This recipe works with and without a bread machine. We now pre-mix all the dry ingredients and put them into one loaf mixes in zip lock bags, which makes it fast and easy to bake a load of bread!

Proofing the Yeast

If using a bread machine, add 4½ tsps (or two packets) of gluten free active dry yeast (we use Fleischmann’s) and 1 tsp of sugar (half the sugar listed below) to the bread pan. Cover with 1 cup of warm water (approximately 110°). Let stand for 10 minutes. Properly proofed yeast will be thick and foamy.

Dry Ingredients

Put the following ingredients into a mixing bowl. Add the flours first then the sugar, salt and xanthum gum. Once in the bowl, mix the dry ingredients together using a whisk.

  • 1 ½ cups sorghum flour
  • 1 cup millet flour
  • ½ cup brown rice flour
  • ½ cup tapioca flour
  • 1 cup tapioca starch (we use Espandex modified tapioca starch with great results)
  • 2 ½ tsps xanthan gum
  • 2 tsps coconut palm or maple sugar (add 1 tsp to the mix, and 1 tsp to the yeast as above)
  • 2 tsps sea salt

Liquid Ingredients

In a separate bowl whisk together the following ingredients. They won’t completely blend, but that’s okay.

  • 1 ¼ cups warm water (110°)
  • ⅓ cup maple syrup
  • ⅓ cup canola oil

Baking the Bread (Bread Machine)

After the yeast has stood 10 minutes in warm water to become active (make sure the yeast becomes foamy and bubbly), pour the dry ingredients into the the bread pan. Then pour the liquid ingredients over the the dry ingredients. Set the bread machine to the “gluten free” setting, if your machine has one. If it doesn’t, choose a long setting for both the final rise cycle and baking, such as “French bread.”

If you can choose the color of the crust, select the darkest setting. Start the machine. You’re now about three hours away from a loaf of great tasting, gluten free and vegan bread!

For good instructions on how to bake this recipe the conventional way without a bread machine, please refer to the original recipe from The Whole Life Nutrition Kitchen.

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