Gluten-free and low FODMAP Bread

Gluten-free and low FODMAP Bread
I am ecstatic. I have conquered gluten-free bread! Thanks so much to Chantelle, one of my readers, who sent me the recipe. I have made changes but the base idea is the same. I used a different gluten-free flour mix, made a few other changes and plonked it all in a breadmaker to save me work. It came out delicious and light with air holes like in gluten bread. My family approve wholeheartedly. It feels like such an achievement after so many weird results in the past. Now I have that one ticked off, I am going to make a start on a gluten-free and low FODMAP cookbook. For a while I floundered about getting the hang of this new eating regime but I feel confident enough now to do this.

I am glad of this triumph because I have been feeling down lately because of the problems I am having with my neck and shoulders due to my job. In the last week, I have been doing a specific databasing task and it has almost killed me. After two solid days of it, I had to change hands and use the mouse in my left hand (no mean feat) because of the intense burning down my neck into my right shoulder and on down into my arm. Two more days and I had to change back. So I now have burning in both shoulders and down both arms. Friday was diabolical and I ended up taking painkillers for the first time and dosing myself with a hefty helping of wine. My physiotherapy appointment on Friday evening helped quite a bit but he says it is my choice to suffer like this or not since we know the cause – my job! What am I to do? It is my work. And this blog and my writing are my hobbies. I have spent very little time on the computer today – Saturday – but I did want to get this post done about my wonderful bread and so I am back on the computer. It’s a no-win situation. And I have no solution for it at this stage. Suggestions welcome.
Gluten-free and low FODMAP Bread



Gluten-free and low FODMAP Bread


Gluten-free and low FODMAP Bread
1.5 cups white rice flour
1/2 cup brown rice flour
1/2 cup potato starch
3/4 cup tapioca flour
2 tbsp chia seeds
1 tbsp sesame seeds
1 tsp salt
3 eggs
3 tbsp olive oil
1 cup warm water
2 tbsp sugar
1 tsp white wine vinegar
2 tsp fresh yeast granules


1. Place everything in a breadmaker and put it on the dough setting.
2. I wanted it to rise more than the breadmaker allowed so I removed it when it was mixed, placed it in an oiled loaf tin and placed it in the drawer under the oven to stay warm for 1 hour.
3. Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F.
4. Bake for 30 minutes or until it sounds hollow when you knock the top with a knuckle.
5. Let sit in the loaf tin for 5 minutes and then remove to a cooling rack.
6. Let cool completely before slicing.


Gluten-free and low FODMAP Bread


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  1. I have a dear friend who will love me if I bake this for her tomorrow! If you say it’s wonderful, I know it will be.

    • It was great this morning too for toast and then again for lunch with tomato and a fried egg. I am milking this loaf for all its worth. It’s the first bread I have had in ages.

  2. Really good looking recipe and great picture! I’ve had hand pain in the past from too much mousing. Sometimes switching to a mouse with a trackball works – at least it did for me. Worth a try, at any rate.

    • You know, John, that’s exactly what Adriano was talking about yesterday – that I should get one of that type of mouse. He’s going to look into it for me. Thanks for reinforcing the idea.

  3. Your bread looks so good, I’d never know it was gluten free from the photo! I can relate to your neck and shoulder pain – I am often in severe pain too from using the computer too. Stretching helps, and so does a heating pad if you haven’t tried that already!

    • I am so sorry to hear you have similar problems. I had a miserable day yesterday but stayed off the computer except for posting the recipe and today is already a bit better and now I am checking all my favourite blogs. I guess moderation is going to be key. I stretch, do exercises (set by my physio), use heat packs, wine and massage. Sometimes I use all of them at once. LOL.

  4. Chantelle Nunez says:

    YAY!!! That looks PERFECT! I’m really looking forward to trying it out with the, no-doubt, improved changes! On another note, sorry to hear about the pain you’re experiencing. I hope you’re able to find a viable solution.

    • Hi Chantelle, great to see you here. I hope all is well with you. Thanks for this recipe. I am very impressed with it. Chia seeds are amazing. I have enjoyed using them lately.
      I feel a bit better today but tomorrow I am back at work so we will see how that goes.

  5. You make this sound really good and the pictures look awesome! I need to try it. I pinned it too! http://www.pinterest.com/pin/180988478748455307/

  6. Congratulations on a fabulous looking loaf. I hope your neck feels better soon.

  7. Congratulations Suzanne!! The bread looks perfect, I would not have guessed it was gluten-free. Sorry to hear about the pain your job is causing you. Our modern life being in front of a computer is so bad for us but what can we do. I hope you find a solution soon.

    • I think that is the mark of success – when the bread doesn’t look gluten-free.
      I think there is going to be a massive epidemic of computer-related ailments in the next few years as people spend more and more time in front of them with little relief.

  8. Hope you feeling good now. Do stretching Or yoga that will help in blood circulation is those areas. Again a yummmm recipe :)

  9. Just mouthwatering…looks delicious!

  10. Looking at that crust I can certainly say that you’ve mastered it.

  11. Congrats on conquering the bread! It’s so exciting to get a recipe just right. And, now I hope you find a solution to the pain from working at a computer.

    • It is exciting and I like to tick off recipes so I can move on.
      I am using a special mouse with my computer now and it seems to be working. Fingers crossed.

  12. That looks delicious and fairly large. What size loaf tin did you use?

  13. Your bread looks fantastic. It’s so hard to find a decent GF bread. I think a cookbook for FODMAP sufferers is a fantastic idea. I’m so sorry about all the pain you’re experiencing. It really does seem to be a no-win situation. It’s a shame your job requires you to spend so long in front of the computer. I hope the physio is able to bring you some relief xx

    • Thanks, Charlie. I am feeling a bit better now with a new marble mouse which minimizes the movement of the arm and shoulder – just the hand moves. The pain is easing, thank goodness. Otherwise some serious decisions were going to have to be faced.
      It is hard to get good gluten-free bread. I was very pleased with this one.

  14. Suzanne, glad to hear you are feeling better. Congratulations on conquering the bread making, the loaf looks fantastic.

  15. If we made this without a breadmaker how would we do it? or does it have to be made in one?

  16. Gorgeous loaf of bread Suzanne! Who needs gluten when gluten-free looks like this!!!!
    I’m sorry to read about your shoulder pain but also can relate to feeling it quite often- I stretch when I can and try to lay off doing things that bother my shoulder when it really is uncomfortable!
    Maybe we need more baking time and less computer time! Take care and have a wonderful week ;)

    • Sorry I missed your comment back in October. I agree that when you manage to conquer the whole gluten-free thing, you no longer miss it.
      I have now left my stressful job and am freelancing, helping bloggers, which includes taking photos for them so i am getting more baking and photography time now. I feel much better for it.

  17. Hey,

    I came here to look for a bread recipe – right now, my xanthan gum attempts give me jello-like goods – and saw your mention of arm and neck pain. Not sure if it’s still an issue, but if so, you could try some of my tricks (I have the same problem). Try to stretch every night, whether you’re in pain or not (maybe you already do?), take an evening off typing immediately when you start feeling pain (sometimes this stops an attack), and try sleeping on one of those orthopedic pillows which follow the curvature of your shoulder and neck. Good luck!


    • I only use xantham gum occasionally. It is not always necessary. Tapioca flour binds gluten-free products quite well.
      Thanks so much for taking the time to make some suggestions for my neck and arm pain. I do stretching exercises every day but should probably be doing more. I do sleep with an orthopedic pillow – it makes a lot of difference. The one thing I don’t do is take an evening off typing and that is very good advice.

  18. Christina says:

    Just curious if you had any suggestions for doing an egg-free version, since I’m intolerant to eggs?


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