The American Diabetes Association estimates that approximately 1 percent of the world’s population, or 70 million people, have celiac disease, a type of digestive disorder. A person with celiac disease will experience abdominal pain when they ingest food containing gluten as their body reacts by damaging the small intestine. The small intestine is responsible for absorbing nutrients from food, but is unable to do that if it is damaged. Therefore it’s absolutely vital that a person with celiac disease avoid gluten, which is typically found in wheat, rye, and barley.
Some people who do not have celiac disease will follow a gluten-free diet because they are either sensitive to gluten or are gluten intolerant. In these cases, there is no damage to their small intestine, but they experience uncomfortable symptoms such as bloating, constipation, diarrhea, abdominal pain or discomfort, migraines, severe acne, headaches, or fatigue. To avoid these symptoms, one can simply follow a gluten-free diet. In addition, regardless of gluten sensitivity, many people who have tried following a gluten-free diet say they generally feel better and have more energy.
But removing gluten from your diet can be difficult and frustrating, especially if you need to eliminate food as common as bread from your diet. The good news is that you can easily make your own gluten-free breads with a good bread maker.
There are many bread machines on the market, but only some are programmed particularly with gluten-free settings. We tested and picked out the best bread machines for making gluten-free bread, which are listed below.
Top 5 Gluten Free Bread Makers:
1) Zojirushi BB-PAC20 – Our Top Pick
The Zojirushi BB-PAC20 is our top pick for making horizontal loaves, but it’s also our top choice for making gluten-free bread. First and foremost, it has a dedicated gluten-free setting which takes out the hassle of figuring out an appropriate baking cycle for a bread maker that doesn’t have one. When you turn on the machine, it’s as quiet as a sleeping baby. Inside the recipe book that comes with the machine, you will find gluten-free recipes. TIP: check out pages 20-23 for an awesome “gluten-free course” along with recipes for brown rice bread, cafe au lait bread, soymilk bread, flaxseed bread, raisin bread, Italian herb bread, cornmeal bread, walnut bread, apple oat bread, and chocolate bread – ALL gluten free. With this machine, you will turn your home into a gluten-free bakery.
2) T-fal PF111
Another great bread machine for making gluten free-bread is the T-fal PF111. It’s one of the smaller models that can bake gluten-free bread so it’s great for small kitchens. The bread maker also has a unique 15-hour delay timer which is even more useful because it is very quiet. You would be able to set it to run during the night. Many people buy this to make gluten-free bread exclusively because it’s small and for one or two people in the family, it is more than sufficient. Finally, the design is one of the boldest we’ve seen among bread machines, which may be an added advantage to you. Check out our full review.
3) Breville BBM800XL
The beautiful Breville BBM800XL is a high performer when it comes to making gluten-free bread. If you want to make gluten-free bread with fruit and nut, even better. There’s a dispenser that automatically releases the ingredients at the perfect time. It’s a smart bread machine with many programmable options, so even if your recipe doesn’t turn out right the first time, you can adjust it easily. We know that baking gluten-free breads require a lot of trying to get the recipe and timing just right. This machine calculates the settings for gluten-free bread so you can get the recipe right quickly.
4) Hamilton Beach HomeBaker 29881/29882
The Hamilton Beach HomeBaker comes in two colors: white (29881) and black (29882). It’s the best value bread machine for baking gluten-free bread. Not only is gluten-free bread expensive to buy at the store, the options are minimal. And when you opt instead to buy a bread machine to make gluten-free bread, you will find that most of them with gluten-free settings are expensive. The Hamilton Beach fills the gap for those who want a gluten-free bread maker at an affordable price.
5) Oster CKSTBRTW20
As one of the best-selling bread machines on the market, the Oster CKSTBRTW20 is also known to handle gluten-free bread well. Depending on the bread maker, gluten-free recipes can easily turn out tasting “off”. But the Oster CKSTBRTW20 turns even gluten-free bread tasting like any other bread from the bakery, which is why it deserves to be on this list.
When making gluten-free bread…
We want to remind everyone that getting a quality gluten-free flour is important. The brand we recommend is Bob’s Red Mill and Pamela’s Bread Mix. We find that mixing in different kinds of flour produces delicious bread too so give it a try.