Yeast Free Gluten Free Bread for Sandwiches

Yeast Free Gluten Free Bread for Sandwiches

This yeast free gluten free bread recipe is perfect for sandwiches and needs no rising time or advanced preparation at all. If you’re in a hurry, or just can’t have yeast, this bread is for you!

This yeast free gluten free bread recipe is perfect for sandwiches and needs no rising time or advanced preparation at all. If you're in a hurry, or just can't have yeast, this bread is for you!

Quick & easy

You probably know that I’ve written 5 gluten free cookbooks, but you may not know that I didn’t choose the subject of my second cookbook. At the time, I was so thrilled that my publisher wanted me to write a second cookbook, and thought nothing of the fact that they were dictating the subject.

I remember being kind of freaked out that there were other gluten free cookbooks already on the market that were called “quick and easy.” My editor was like, um, Nicole, it’s basically a category of cookbooks. Relax.

I had a subject matter, then, but no hook. I flat out refused to make every single recipe in the book ready in 30 minutes or less (I’m not Rachael Ray!). Too arbitrary.

So I decided to add as many baking recipes as I could that were yeast-free. No yeast means no rising time, which means quick and easy!

This yeast free gluten free bread recipe is perfect for sandwiches and needs no rising time or advanced preparation at all. If you're in a hurry, or just can't have yeast, this bread is for you!

How to make sandwich bread without yeast

I had already developed this very yeast free gluten free bread recipe for the blog after being asked a few times over the years whether there was any way to substitute yeast in my yeast bread recipes. At first I figured, um, no way. It’s yeast bread. 🙄

And generally, there is no substitute for yeast. Chemical leaveners such as baking soda and baking powder (which is really just baking soda + cream of tartar + starch) aren’t yeast substitutes.

Not really. They’re completely different ways of baking, they react more quickly, and produce a much different result in baking.

Usually, baking soda is used in quick breads like banana bread, and tend to be sweet, not savory. But that doesn’t mean that I couldn’t develop an entirely different recipe for yeast free bread that could be used for sandwiches.

I tried to give the bread as much chance of success as possible, so little by little, failure after failure, I added more support. It turned out that egg whites were really the key to adding structure and support.

Even though egg whites are mostly liquid, they actually tend to dry out baked goods so the recipe would need plenty of moisture for balance.

This yeast free gluten free bread recipe is perfect for sandwiches and needs no rising time or advanced preparation at all. If you're in a hurry, or just can't have yeast, this bread is for you!

This recipe was such a success when I first posted it on the blog many years ago. I ended up deleting the post, though, most likely in a fit of shame.

The photos were just horrid. I remember also being a little nutso with the text overlays that were (I swear!) popular on blogs at the time.

Along with the success on the blog of my recipe for gluten free yeast free pizza crust (one of the most popular posts on the whole blog!), and how much you love my recipe for yeasted gluten free white sandwich bread, it seemed time to bring this recipe back.

It’s a high-rising-then-falling sort of bread, so expect the shape to be a little unusual. You can score the top of the raw bread to help it split in the center rather than more irregularly, but it won’t matter too much. Just be sure to bake it until a toothpick comes out entirely clean and all will be well.

The crust is thick and bakery-like, and the crumb is moist and tender but surprisingly strong. Expect some crumbs when you slice into it, and be sure to let it cool first. It freezes quite well after being sliced, too.

Ingredients and substitutions

Since this recipe was developed as a response to all the substitution questions I have always gotten on the blog, it seems only fair to advise you on how to make more substitutions!

But remember that the more substitutions you make, the further the recipe gets from its original roots and the more likely it is to fail.

Whey powder: In recent years, whey protein powder is much more commonly available than whey powder. This recipe calls for whey powder, which I have always purchased at Whole Foods or my local natural foods store.

If you have trouble finding it and you can have dairy, I recommend using nonfat dry milk in place of the whey powder.

Dairy: I’ve made this recipe dairy free at least 100 times, but there are a few things to note. For milk, just use your favorite unsweetened, nondairy milk.

In place of butter, use either virgin coconut oil, Spectrum nonhydrogenated vegetable shortening, or Melt brand VeganButter.

Instead of whey powder, you can use soy powder or egg protein powder. But since the egg protein powder tends to lead to a larger rise than either whey powder or soy powder, if you use it I recommend reducing the baking powder from 4 teaspoonsful to 3 and using about 1 tablespoon less milk.

Eggs: This recipe is quite egg-dependent, so making it egg-free is a tough one. Since it’s only egg whites, I’d recommend trying aquafaba and treating it just the same as you would the egg whites as instructed in the recipe.

Cream of tartar: This ingredient is used to help stabilize the whipped egg whites. In its place, you can use 1 teaspoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice.

Honey: In place of honey, you can use agave syrup or Lyle’s golden syrup. If you’d like to use pure maple syrup, I’d recommend using 1 1/2 tablespoons (32 grams) rather than 2 as it’s less viscous.


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Prep time: Cook time: Yield: 1 loaf of bread


4 egg whites (100 g), at room temperature

1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar

3 cups (420 g) all purpose gluten free flour (I like Better Batter here)

1 1/2 teaspoons xanthan gum (omit if your blend already contains it)

1 teaspoon (6 g) kosher salt

1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon (45 g) whey powder or nonfat dry milk

4 teaspoons baking powder

6 tablespoons (84 g) unsalted butter, melted and cooled

2 tablespoons (42 g) honey

2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar

1 1/2 cups (12 fluid ounces) milk (any kind), at room temperature


  • Preheat your oven to 375°F. Grease and line a 9 inch x 5 inch loaf pan and set it aside.

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat 2 of the egg whites on high until stiff (but not dry) peaks form, adding the cream of tartar about halfway through. With a silicone spatula, gently scrape the beaten egg whites into a medium-sized bowl and set the bowl aside. In a separate, medium-size bowl, place the flour, xanthan gum, salt, whey powder and baking powder and whisk to combine. To the bowl of the stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, place the butter, honey, vinegar, the 2 remaining egg whites, and milk, then top with the dry ingredients and mix to combine well. The batter will be stiff and thick. Add one-third of the whipped egg whites to the dough, and slowly mix using the paddle attachment until the egg whites are incorporated into the batter. Remove the bowl from the mixer, and gently fold the remaining egg whites into the batter until nearly no white streaks remain.

  • Scrape the dough into the prepared loaf pan. Smooth the top of the dough in the pan with a wet spatula. Grease the underside of a piece of aluminum foil and tent the loaf pan with it. Place the loaf pan in the center of the preheated oven, and bake for about 50 to 60 minutes (rotating once during baking). Remove the foil and continue to bake until the top is brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

  • The bread will rise higher than you expect and will fall as it cools. Allow the bread to cool for a few minutes in the pan, and then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely before slicing and serving.


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  • Gayle Thorn
    May 2, 2018 at 2:27 PM

    I can’t do the whey powder. Any substitutions available?

    • Nicole Hunn
      May 2, 2018 at 5:29 PM

      Please see the section of the post titled Ingredients and Substitutions, Gayle!

  • Hannah J
    April 30, 2018 at 1:57 AM

    I can’t do vinegar :( would it be possible to sub out lemon juice like I do in other recipes?

    • Nicole Hunn
      April 30, 2018 at 10:04 AM

      That should work fine, Hannah. I haven’t tried it so I can’t 100% promise, but I imagine it would work.

  • Jennifer
    April 29, 2018 at 5:34 PM

    Any idea how to use a nut flour instead if the GF flour? I’m trying to stay away from wheat completely?

    • Nicole Hunn
      April 30, 2018 at 10:06 AM

      I’m afraid you can’t replace the grain-based flour blend with a nut flour, Jennifer, but nothing on the entire blog is wheat-based at all. If you’re staying away from grains completely (if that’s what you meant!), try my Paleo recipes.

  • YM Kwon
    April 29, 2018 at 1:51 PM

    The video says to bake at 375, the recipe directions say 350. Which works better? Thanks 😊

    • Nicole Hunn
      April 29, 2018 at 3:21 PM

      So sorry about that, YM! The correct temperature is 375°F. I’ve edited the recipe to reflect that. Thank you for pointing that out!

  • Judi
    April 29, 2018 at 12:57 PM

    Oh I forgot to ask… I wanted to make individual “popover” type bread for a ladies luncheon I have coming up, so could I use a muffin pan for this type of bread? Do you know how much time to allow in the oven? I adore your recipes and have used so many!!

    • Nicole Hunn
      April 29, 2018 at 3:23 PM

      Hi, Judi, I recommend using my recipe for gluten free popovers! It’s from my very first cookbook (and the second edition reboot as well), and it’s reprinted here on the blog. Please use the search function!

  • Judi
    April 29, 2018 at 12:48 PM

    Hi Nicole – I don’t have a stand mixer with paddle attachment so could I just use a regular hand mixer with dough hook attachment or would that ruin the dough.

  • Darlynn Everett
    April 29, 2018 at 11:36 AM

    I made the gf WW bagels and I am in love with them!❤️ I actually worked raisins into the dough. I then shook my cinnamon/sugar mixture on top. Ohhh, so yummy. The next time I’m making a dozen! Thanks so much for the recipe!

    • Nicole Hunn
      April 29, 2018 at 3:24 PM

      Oh that sounds delicious, Darlynn! They freeze really well, too, so go ahead and make a bunch. :)

  • Joan
    April 29, 2018 at 11:18 AM

    It is my understanding that the gums are bad news for the intestines and wonder if something else can be used? Or have you tied any other methods or ingredients that work like the gums?

    • Nicole Hunn
      April 29, 2018 at 11:30 AM

      Hi, Joan, there’s a small percentage of people who seem to have trouble with gums, but I wouldn’t call them bad news for the intestines! I’m afraid that xanthan gum or guar gum is absolutely essential to this bread recipe. Some have used psyllium husk in place of gums, but I don’t recommend it as it doesn’t work the same and creates an offputting taste and texture.

  • Fiona
    April 28, 2018 at 4:03 AM

    Do you have to make it sweet or can you leave the honey out?

    • Nicole Hunn
      April 28, 2018 at 5:03 PM

      You need something in place of the honey if you don’t want to use it, Fiona. Please see the ingredients and substitutions section!

  • Frances Houston
    April 26, 2018 at 11:50 AM

    Thanks, I miss toast and sandwiches

  • Pat Schenbeck
    April 26, 2018 at 10:57 AM

    Can I make the bread in a bread machine with the gluten free option selected?

    • Nicole Hunn
      April 26, 2018 at 1:42 PM

      I don’t use or recommend a bread machine, Pat, and since this doesn’t have a pre-oven rise, I’m not sure what advantage a bread maker would give you?

  • Tracey
    April 26, 2018 at 10:17 AM

    Hi Nicole,

    I don’t have dairy at all and I’ve never seen non dairy whey powder!
    Please help

    • Nicole Hunn
      April 26, 2018 at 1:41 PM

      There is no such thing as nondairy whey powder, Tracey! :) Please see the “ingredients and substitutions” section above the recipe itself for tips on making the recipe dairy free.

  • Alice
    April 25, 2018 at 2:49 PM

    I don’t have a new mixer just the old fashioned kind with beaters is it possible to make the bread with that?

    • Nicole Hunn
      April 26, 2018 at 1:43 PM

      Hi, Alice, you can definitely use the beaters to whip the egg whites! For the rest of the batter, you can try the beaters but I don’t think it will go too well. Maybe try a large bowl, wooden spoon and some elbow grease? I’m afraid I haven’t tried making the recipe by hand so you’ll have to experiment.

  • Nancy Hunter
    April 25, 2018 at 2:45 PM

    What if you can have honey? What can you use as a substitute? I was thinking maybe maple syrup?

    • Nicole Hunn
      April 25, 2018 at 5:17 PM

      Please see the list of ingredients and substitutions, Nancy!

  • Liz
    April 25, 2018 at 2:29 PM

    Have you tried psyllium husk in place of xanthum gum?

    • Nicole Hunn
      April 25, 2018 at 5:18 PM

      Hi, Liz, no I haven’t. I have baked others’ recipes that call for psyllium husk and I find that it doesn’t work the same as xanthan gum and it gives a very unpleasant taste to baked goods. I’m afraid I won’t bake with it again!

  • Judy
    April 25, 2018 at 1:28 PM

    Hi Nicole,
    Thanks for yet another bread recipe. Where do you get the whey powder? I am dairy free gluten free . I have tried your other bread recipes and I wondered if they could have more flavor if the whole egg was in them.? They are so bland and take along time to toast in the toaster. Thanks for any help in making a bread that is really tasty. Judy

    • Nicole Hunn
      April 25, 2018 at 1:42 PM

      Hi, Judy,
      I have always purchased whey powder from Whole Foods or my local natural foods store. But since you can’t have dairy, please see the instructions in the Ingredients and Substitutions section for making the recipe dairy free. I’m not sure what you mean about blandness, but if you’re looking for yeasted flavor, please see the recipes in my cookbook, Gluten Free on a Shoestring Bakes Bread.

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