Gluten Free Irish Brown Bread Recipe

Gluten Free Irish Brown Bread Recipe

Great gluten free bread is something we all seek, and many of us pine for when it’s not readily available. And I’m not talking about those frozen loaves you find in nearly any supermarket nowadays. I’m talking about GREAT gluten free bread: soft, aromatic, yeasty and oh-so edible slices of fresh-baked heaven.

If you don’t have a gluten free boulangerie around the corner (and honestly, most of us definitely don’t!), then you need some great gluten free bread recipes. Like this one for Gluten Free Irish Brown Bread.

Gluten Free Irish Brown Bread with butter heart

This dense, dark loaf has a deep, nutty flavor that’s just begging for a thick pat of butter. Served for breakfast or for supper with a hearty stew, this popular traditional bread finds its way onto nearly every Irish table and now it can find its way onto yours, gluten free.

My gluten free Irish Brown Bread recipe embraces the spirit of true brown bread — made from whole grains and dark treacle (molasses). Rather than whole wheat grains, its hearty texture comes from gluten free teff seed and golden flaxmeal, combined with the perfect chew from gluten-free oat flour. (For more on selecting safe gluten free oats, hop to my article on Gluten Free Oats Safe for Celiacs.) And of course, my gfJules Gluten Free All Purpose Flour holds it all together without adding any funky flavors or odd texture.

gluten free Irish Brown Bread Loaf on paper

Bake it in a dark loaf pan to help the crust develop and become even darker (I used a light-finished pullman loaf pan here*). Then turn the bread out before the bake time is finished to obtain a crunchy crust all around. This lets you dip pieces into yogurt or mead without crumbling.

Or top with slices of avocado and herbs and you’ll have yourself a fourteen dollar slice of avocado toast that only cost a fraction of what it would at a fancy NY restaurant. Oh, and it’s gluten free!

gluten free Irish brown bread avocado toast with herbs

So if you’ve been seeking a gluten free bread that’s not white, or one that’s got nutty, whole-grain flavor and texture, this one really satisfies! Also take a look at my Gluten Free Pumpernickel Bread Recipe. And of course use the search bar at the top of every page to search for all kinds of other great gluten free bread recipes like Gluten Free Pull Apart Rolls or Gluten Free Crescent Rolls.

And if you’re looking for Irish recipes, in particular, I have lots! Just use the search bar and search “Irish”. Here’s my favorite Easy Gluten Free Irish Soda Bread recipe, for example.

For an even easier way to get great gluten free sandwich bread from the oven or a bread machine, check out my award-winning gfJules Gluten Free Sandwich Bread Mix!

Happy Bread Baking!


Gluten Free Irish Brown Bread Recipe

gluten free Irish brown bread avocado toast with herbs

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  • Prep Time: 45 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 1 loaf



Preheat oven to 450°F. Spray a nonstick 9-inch or Pullman loaf pan with cooking oil. Line pan with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, whisk together teff seeds, golden flaxmeal, oat flour, gfJules Flour, yeast and salt.

Place warm water in a separate bowl. Add molasses and oil and stir to mix.

Slowly stir liquid mixture into dry ingredients, combining with a fork as mixture gets thicker. Dough should resemble thick oatmeal. If it’s too dry, add more warm water, a tablespoon at a time.

Scrape dough into prepared pan. Smooth the top with a wet rubber spatula.

Dampen a clean kitchen towel and place it gently over the bread pan. Set pan in a warm, draft-free place to rise 20 to 30 minutes or until dough reaches the top of the pan (an oven preheated to 200F then turned off works well). Remove towel from pan.

Place pan in preheated oven with an oven-safe bowl of ice cubes on a lower shelf to add steam. Bake 20 minutes.

Reduce heat to 400°F. Release loaf from pan by pulling up on the parchment paper. Place loaf (without pan) on the parchment paper back in the oven. Bake 10 to 15 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 205°F and bread sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom.

When done, remove from oven. Let loaf cool on a wire rack before slicing.


1 slice contains 129 calories, 3g total fat, 0g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 0mg cholesterol, 2mg sodium, 23g carbohydrates, 3g fiber, 1g sugars, 3g protein.

For more tips on gluten free bread baking in general, hop to my Top 18 Tips for Gluten Free Bread Baking!

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12 thoughts on “Gluten Free Irish Brown Bread Recipe

  1. How beautiful looking. But I and several of my GF friends cannot eat oats, not even GF oats. Never could, don’t think ever will. Is there some other thing that could be used in place of oats? I most often use quinoa-not the same flavor, but similar ‘feel’. Hemp is not my friend (at least, not hemp milk) and neither is buckwheat (another weird allergy). So I am limited even in alternatives. Help? Thank you!

  2. Looks yummy. I’m new to teff, sorry if this is a dumb question, but could teff flour be used instead of teff seeds? I have a GF family member who is also prone to diverticulitis and should avoid seeds… Thanks, Sam

    • No worries, Sam, and no question is dumb, especially when it comes to gluten free baking! Teff seeds are used to make the teff flour, so if avoiding seeds, your family member probably needs to avoid the seed flour, as well. Buckwheat flour might work here instead, but I haven’t tried it myself yet.

  3. Could this recipe really be gluten free?? I am so impressed with it! I missed my brown bread, but not anymore! This was delicious.

    • YAY! That’s so fantastic to hear, Noelle! How wonderful that you have authentic brown bread back in your life! Thanks so much for letting me know you tried the recipe and enjoyed delicious success!

  4. Hey Jules, I am super excited to make this recipe (I’ve been DYING for a good non-white gluten free bread!) But… I don’t have a Pullman pan and don’t really want to spend $23 to get one that I would only use for this. (Unless you have other recipes that would use it?) Could you please clarify if you’re referring to a 9 inch square pan as an alternative? It’s just not quite clear in the recipe. Thanks!

    • Hi Rozelyn, I’ve linked to the teff seeds that I used to develop this recipe in the recipe. Let me know if you still have troubles finding it!