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A Delicious, Gluten-Free Brown Rice Bread

If you have a gluten-free diet, one of the things you may want to learn to make at home is bread. Although gluten-free bread is available in stores, homemade ones tend to be so much better. Brown rice flour is especially well-suited for making gluten-free bread at home. It has a rich taste and it results in bread with plenty of texture. Here's a good beginner's recipe to start with as you begin making your own gluten-free bread.


  • 1 1/2 cups brown rice flour 
  • 1 1/2 cups white rice flour
  • 1/4 cup oat flour (look for gluten-free oat flour specifically)
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar or 2 teaspoons white vinegar plus one teaspoon apple juice
  • 1 1/2 cups water or 1 cup milk plus 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil

As you can see, you have a few varietal options with this recipe. Using the milk will result in a richer, slightly more flavorful loaf, but you can certainly use all water with good results if you prefer a vegan bread. The loaf is best made with apple cider vinegar, but if you don't have that around, white vinegar and apple juice will work.


Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and make sure the rack is in the center.

Combine the flours, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. Mix with a whisk to combine. Make sure all of the ingredients are well-distributed. Create a well in the middle of the dry ingredients, and pour in the wet ingredients. Stir to combine; you should get a dry batter that looks like a cross between bread dough and muffin batter.

Lightly sprinkle your counter with a little extra brown rice flour, and turn the dough out onto the counter. Knead it gently — about 10 times — being sure to keep your hands covered in flour so the bread does not stick.

Let the dough rest on the counter for five minutes while you grease a loaf pan. Place the bread dough in the greased loaf pan, and bake it in the preheated oven for 55–60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean.

Cool for 20 minutes in the pan, and then remove from the pan to continue cooling. Slice when cool, and enjoy.

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