Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Allergy Friendly Bread (i.e. free of the top 8 allergens and more!)

I have my favorite bread recipes that I utilize frequently in my house...my Teff Sandwich Bread is my go to bread for sandwiches and such, I like my Sorghum Millet Bread for Sunday dinner rolls.  But when a friend approached me about finding a bread that would meet their families needs, I realized I needed to add a recipe that would help families that have several allergies, not just a few like our family.

My friend's little boy has an allergy list that is longer than I can list, but it includes wheat, eggs, soy, dairy, rice, corn, nuts, seeds, and much more. My friend is still nursing her son, so she doesn't eat anything on his allergen list either, and was trying to find some foods that they could both enjoy. So I set out to make them some bread.  The result ended up being a slight modification to my sorghum millet bread and it turned out fantastic.  It does go stale quickly, like most homemade gluten free breads, but can easily be brought back to life by toasting or microwaving for a few seconds.

This recipe isn't vegan, because of the honey and the gelatin, but probably could be made vegan by subbing in agave or maple syrup for the honey and agar powder for the gelatin.  I haven't tested the agar powder, so adjustments may need to be made to give the texture you want.

Just a note, when proofing the yeast, mix all of the wet ingredients together making sure to dissolve the yeast in the water. It should look like this after it has proofed for a few minutes:

The bread comes out soft and chewy, and most importantly bendable and sturdy...so it can hold up to plenty of sandwich toppings!

Allergy Friendly Sandwich Bread
1 1/4 cup warm water
1 tablespoon yeast
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon vinegar
1/2 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup sorghum flour
1/4 cup millet flour
2/3 cup potato starch
2/3 cup tapioca starch
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons xanthan gum or guar gum
2 teaspoons (or one packet) unflavored gelatin

In a small bowl mix together water, yeast, honey, oil, and vinegar.  Let sit for 3-5 minutes or until yeast is dissolved and beginning to proof.

In a mixing bowl, stir together dry ingredients.  Add the yeast mixture to the dry ingredients and mix on low speed until combined.  Once combined, mix on high speed for 3-5 minutes.

Grease a medium (~8"x4") loaf pan. Pour the batter into the pan, smooth the top with wet fingers or a wet spatula. Cover and let rise in a warm, humid environment for 20 minutes. (If you are like me and live in a dry, cold environment, do the following:  heat a very wet tea towel in the microwave until it is piping hot (I microwave mine for 2 minutes).  Quickly open the microwave, place the loaf of bread inside and place the hot towel on top and shut the microwave again.  It should stay warm and moist in there for 20 minutes.

As the bread is rising, preheat the oven to 400F.

Bake for 50-60 minutes, covering with aluminum foil after the first 10 minutes.  After 50 minutes, check the internal temperature of the bread.  It is done when it reaches ~205F.

The bread will last a couple of days on the counter/in the fridge.  If you don't plan on eating it that fast, slice it and freeze it.

This post was shared on Allergy-Free WednesdaysWaste Not Want Not Wednesdays, and Gluten Free Fridays.


  1. Yum! My son is wheat-allergic but I don't love feeding him rice products every single day. So I will definitely be adding this to the rotation. Thanks!

  2. Thank you for this wonderful sounding recipe. And the best part is that we can ALL eat it! Thank you!

  3. What a beautiful slice of bread, with a perfect crumb!

  4. Oh, what a great-looking bread! I can't believe it's free from the big 8 -- I'm impressed :)

  5. This looks like amazing bread, and so allergy-friendly! We have a recipe a lot like it that we LOVE!

    Thanks for sharing with Waste Not Want Not Wednesday!

  6. is it safe for diabetic..meaning is it a low glycemic kind of bread ? bread looks awesome ..omg..

    1. If you slice the bread into 12 pieces, one slice contains 21g of carbs, which I'm guessing would not put it into the low glycemic area...It would be considered high though. I am estimating the glycemic load would be around 14.7, so in moderation it would be okay.