There’s nothing like a smell of a homemade bread.
This Vegan Bread Recipe is easy, quick and fail-safe. The bread comes out soft and moist with a crispy skin.
Some people think baking bread is a complicated and long process. Admittedly, some recipes consist of many stages and everything lasts more than a day. Not this one.
With this vegan bread recipe you could be eating delicious homemade bread in a blink of an eye. And you don’t need any extraordinary skills or ingredients.
Why you should try this Vegan Bread Recipe?
- no-knead easiest recipe ever
- super quick
- beginner friendly !
- homemade bread is so much better and healthier than store bought
- it has nice crispy crust
- based on this recipe you can prepare various versions of bread
Ingredients in Vegan Bread Recipe
There are basic ingredients, that are essential in this recipe. There are also additions that can be skipped or freely swapped for something else. Let’s have a look at our basic ingredients.
There’s a certain flexibility when it comes to type of flour in this recipe. If you want traditional white bread, use only white all-purpose flour. If you want to make a little healthier loaf, mix all-purpose flour with whole wheat flour half and half. You could even go ahead and try using only whole wheat flour, however your bread will be heavier and may need more rising time.
Remember than whole flour ‘drinks’ more water, so you may need to add about 1/3 cup more water when using it.
I just love using instant yeast in baking. They make your life so easy. No dissolving in water and waiting for the mixture to bubble. No ‘accidents’ with yeast you forgot you mixed with water that went for a walk outside the container.
You just mix instant yeast well with the flour of your choice and that’s it. When you add liquid to form the dough they will start their magic immediately.
Rolled oats, quick oats and oat flakes will all work fine in this vegan bread recipe. Oats add chewy texture and they keep humidity in the bread. They are of course healthy superfood, so their addition raises nutritional values of the loaf.
Although instant yeast do not require sugar to work, adding a bit of sugar can speed up the rising process. I think, despite the small quantity, it improves the taste too.
Even when baking sweets, a small addition of salt is recommended. Same works for bread. I once forgot to add salt to my bread and it turned out bland and boring.
I always use filtered lukewarm water, unless it’s very hot outside and room temperature water will suffice. Using warm water speeds up the process of rising.
Be careful not to use too hot water. If you cannot keep your finger inside for 10 seconds, then it’s definitely too hot. If the temperature is too high you may kill the yeast and the bread won’t rise at all.
Surprise your family with delicious homemade Vegan Bread. This recipe is so easy you will be tempted to bake it everyday.
Easy Vegan Bread RecipeCourse: Breakfast, SidesCuisine: veganDifficulty: Easy
Don’t forget to check out notes below the main recipe for additional tips about this vegan bread.
- BASIC INGREDIENTS
450g all purpose wheat flour (3 3/4 cups)
4 tbsp oat flakes
7-8g dry yeast (1 packet / 2tsp)
2 tsp sugar
2 tsp salt
430-450 ml / 1.8-1.9 cup lukewarm water
1/3 cup pumpkin seeds
1/3 cup dried cranberry
- Add all dry ingredients into a bowl and mix them well. It is important that yeasts and sugar are evenly distributed.
- Add your additions (if using any) and stir them into the dry ingredients.
- Pour the water in and start mixing with the spatula (or a spoon) – water and flour will come together forming the dough. It will be a bit shaggy, not smooth on the beginning but that’s fine. Give it some time.
- When you no longer see dry flour in your dough it is ready to be placed in your baking tray. After it’s all in, drizzle it with some water and even the surface with spoon or spatula. You can sprinkle some sunflower or pumpkin seeds on top.
- You can use any baking tray you like, just make sure the dough takes maximum half the height.
Now your loaf needs to rest and rise – preferably in warm place. It should double the size. It may take an hour or more – depending on your yeast and room temperature.
- Preheat your oven to 200°C / 390°F. Bake your bread for 50 minutes enjoying delightful smell that will fill you kitchen after a while.
- For extra crispy crust take baked bread out of the tray and put it back into the warm (turned-off) over for additional 10 minutes.
- This recipe doesn’t require you to knead the dough. Actually you will notice this dough is quite wet and sticky, so it would be difficult anyway. Mixing the ingredients well is enough.
- In order to get amazing golden crispy bread crust brush your loaf just before baking with aquafaba (chickpea brine). Yes, it is one of hundred things aquafaba is great for. I always store it in the fridge after I drained chickpeas. If you don’t have aquafaba you can use any unsweetened plant-based milk.
- If you’re in no rush and want to give your bread a bit more time to rise you can leave the dough in the bowl (covered with cloth) for an hour or two. Then transfer it gently to the baking tray and give it another hour. This double-rising process should result in really well risen dough and bread with big artisan holes.
- Be careful with water. It has to be warm, but never hot (too high temperature will kill the yeast). You can also use room temperature water, but I noticed that warmer water encourages our yeasts to start their work faster 🙂
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Additions to Vegan Bread
You can bake this bread without any additions, just basic ingredients and it still will be great. I really enjoy adding pumpkin seeds and dry cranberries. Pumpkin seeds get this amazing aroma after baking and cranberries add nice sweetness. If you don’t like sweet additions in your bread you can mix various grains in. Here are my suggestions for interesting versions of vegan bread recipe:
- 2 tbsp of each: pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds and chia seeds
- Italian version with pieces of dried figs and walnuts
- nutty: 2 tbsp of walnuts, pecans and hazelnuts
Is every bread vegan?
The most basic bread recipe consists of flour, yeast, water and salt. So yes, in it’s simplest form the bread is vegan.
Some types of bread may include additions like eggs, milk or other type of dairy, casein or buttermilk. Those might be used for taste or texture, but are actually completely unnecessary in baking real homemade bread.
This recipe is simple, fail-safe and 100% plant based.
I bake bread, buns, rolls regularly and I like to check out various recipes, but this one is on repeat most often. I just like how easy it is. Little effort – great results! Who wouldn’t like it?
Would you like to read more about healthy vegan baking? Please let me know in the comments what other recipes you would like to see here.