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Easy Basic Vegan Bread Machine Recipe

Easy Basic Vegan Bread shown slathered with Vegan butter

This Easy Vegan Bread Machine recipe has saved my family countless dollars at the grocery store while we get to indulge in the fresh aroma and taste of home made bread almost daily!

sy Basic Vegan Bread show being cut

It sounds like a chore as I write this now-making bread DAILY?!! But honestly, when you have a bread machine to do it for you, it’s nothing to throw the ingredients in the pan and hit start!

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I use a basic Sunbeam 2 pound bread maker-I know there are much fancier versions than the one I have, but this guy has been around for almost 4 years now, working pretty hard for my family, and I don’t have a complaint yet!

Check out the reviews for yourself over on amazon. I really think this bread maker is the best one you can get at this price point.

I purchased mine on amazon, but I frequent the thrift stores often and have seen it for sale locally for around $20 gently used (because lets be honest-how many people actually use their bread makers right!?). Well, after you see how easy it is to make your own VEGAN bread at home, I can bet you will be using yours more often!!

The recipe I’ve adapted over time was originally inspired from the book “300 Best Canadian Bread Machine Recipes” by Donna Washburn and Heather Butt. There are a few vegan recipes in the book, and many gluten free ones, but the recipe I’ve made was inspired by their “All Occasion White Bread”.

I’ve veganized other recipes from this book as well! You can find many more vegan bread maker recipes over on my other blog Baking Vegan Bread. This site is dedicated entirely to vegan bread recipes, tips, tricks and tools!

Two loaves of Easy Basic Vegan Bread

Why My Easy Basic Vegan Bread Recipe is Great

Well, as the title suggests-its pretty easy guys! You will save a ton of money making your own instead of purchasing bread from the store-especially if you are used to buying organic, or specially made vegan bread! My loaf works out to around 30 cents a loaf!

If you aren’t buying organic bread then you are most likely buying bread that has a ton of added preservatives and other little nasties that most people want to avoid.

Funny story about that…

When Adam and I had our son I wanted to make things as easy for us as possible around the home as we adjusted to our newest little one. I decided to purchase the same variety of bread we used to go with before making the switch to home made.

Honestly, my tastes sure have changed-I think I got spoiled from the freshness of our home made vegan bread! The store bought bread (and I did try a few different varieties) all had a strange sour taste to it. Totally grossed me out!

Need more reasons to try home made bread? Read my post on The Benefits Of Home Made Bread next!

Ingredients for Home Made Vegan Bread

These ingredients you most likely already have on hand. If you enjoy making your own bread at home, I would suggest buying in bulk. You can save even more money this way!

  • All Purpose Flour
  • Ground Flax Seed (the whole seed will not work, it must be ground)
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Bread Machine Yeast. Bread machine yeast is finer than traditional yeast and breaks down more easily in the bread maker. Be sure you use yeast made for the bread machine. It also goes by “Instant Yeast”.
  • Oil. I just used canola oil, but any neutral tasting oil will work
  • Plant milk. I like to use Silk Soy Milk. It’s extra creamy.
  • Salt
  • Water

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Is Home Made Bread Healthy?

I am not an expert in nutrition but I can tell you that according to the Canada Food Guide it is recommended that people, “Eat plenty of vegetables and fruits, whole grain foods and protein foods. Choose protein foods that come from plants more often.

This home made vegan bread maker recipe does contain oil and refined flour. But, being home made eliminates a whole host of other additives and preservatives often found in store bought white bread.

This vegan bread recipe also contains ground flax, which is a great way to add healthy omega 3 fatty acids into your diet.

To up the fiber and nutrition of home made bread, switch out the all purpose flour for a whole wheat like I’ve done here in my Homestyle 100% Whole Wheat Vegan Bread.

So, If I’ve convinced you to give it a go here’s how to put it all together!

How to Make Easy Basic Vegan Bread

Easy Basic Vegan Bread shown slathered with Vegan butter
4.25 from 4 votes

Easy Basic Vegan Bread Machine Recipe

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours 40 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 45 minutes
Servings 20 slices
Author Megan Kerry


Ingredients Check:

  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/3 cup Silk Soy Original
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup ground flax seeds
  • 1 1/2 tsp bread machine yeast


The Nitty Gritty:

  1. Add all of your ingredients to your bread machine in the order listed by the manufacturer.
  2. Place insert into the machine and select “basic cycle” for a 2 pound loaf

  3. Some machines have an option to select crust colour-I always choose “medium brown”

  4. Once the machine is done (mine takes around 3 hours)  carefully remove the insert from the machine and turn the loaf out onto a cooling rack.

  5. If you can hold yourself back from slicing it right away (we can never do that!!!) Then It’s best to wait until the loaf is fully cooled before slicing. The structure of the loaf will be compromised with it still being hot-making for a squished loaf while slicing (but honestly, squished or not-it’s so worth it for the warm slice of fresh bread slathered with vegan butter!)

  6. Once cooled, slice your loaf lengthwise into two smaller loaves. Now cut these loaves into slices of bread.

    Easy Vegan Bread being sliced lengthwise
  7. I like to cut all of my bread at once so the kids and the rest of the family have easy access to it, and to contain the mess of all the crumbs from constant slicing!

    Two loaves of Easy Basic Vegan Bread

Recipe Notes

  • You can substitute the Silk Soy milk with your favourite non-dairy milk
  • In Canada All-purpose flour works perfect due to the gluten content for bread-no need to purchase “bread flour”
  • Yeast made for the bread machine has smaller granules and will dissolve and do its thing more readily than traditional yeast (which needs to be dissolved in liquid prior to adding to a recipe). Be sure you are using bread machine yeast, otherwise known as instant yeast.

***Calorie and nutrition information are an estimate.

f the easy vegan basic bread straight from the bread machine

For our family of 6 (with my youngest not yet eating any bread) we tend to go through one recipe about every day and a half to two days, depending on what meals we are having. Often the girls will have toast for breakfast with oatmeal. Sometimes they will have a good old PB & J for lunch or a veggie ham sandwich. And, a lot of the time they love snacking on toast and fruit and veggies as well, so it goes pretty quick in our house.

Easy Vegan Bread being sliced lengthwise

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Two loaves of Easy Basic Vegan Bread

How to Store Home Made Bread

I store my bread in a large ziploc storage bag and I leave it on the counter. It will stay fresh like this for up to 3 days.

If you need a little more time, simply throw it in the freezer.

Buttered pieces of the easy basic vegan bread

How to Freeze Home Made Bread

If you have a smaller family or just don’t eat as much bread this recipe freezes great! Simply wait until your bread has completely cooled, slice it and freeze half in a freezer bag. This makes it super convenient if you only want to toast up a couple slices rather than having to defrost the whole loaf to slice it!

Bread shown dipped into creamy vegan mushroom soup

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Megan Kerry

Megan Kerry is a Vegan Lifestyle Educator and Licensed Practical Nurse. Her content focuses on vegan recipes and ethical living. She is a mom of four children, a long time vegan, and an even longer time foodie. She loves veganizing any and all dishes and sharing her recipes and lifestyle tips with all of you!

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  1. I tried making this with Namaste gluten free flour and it was super gummy :/ it was worth a try though. I have been trying to find a gluten free AND vegan bread machine recipe and oddly there aren’t many out there.

    1. Sorry to hear this didn’t work out well for you Christy. I agree, there are not very many vegan and guten free bread machine recipes out there. Good luck with the search and thanks for posting about your experience so everyone can learn from it <3

  2. 2 stars
    I have tried to make this recipe several times. However, every time it over rises and comes out the top of my machine. Leaving a huge mess to clean up. I follow the recipe to a T. What am I doing wrong?

    1. Hi Jess, sorry to hear you’re having a hard time with the rise. The first thing I would suggest is to reduce the amount of yeast by 1/2 tsp. See how the recipe goes with that small change.

  3. 5 stars
    Hi Megan! Have made this bread several time, we love it! I can not find the calories and nutritional information. I have touched the headings but nothing comes up. I hope you can help me with this issue. Thanks for share!

  4. 5 stars
    Hi Megan – When I lifted the lid of my bread machine, I said “Oh Wow!”. The rise was amazing. With other recipes, the top caved. Not this one. I have one beautiful delicious loaf. I used Sunrise Flour Mill’s Heritage Bread Blend. This is a wonderful recipe!
    Would you clear up a discrepancy between the video and the written recipe?
    The video says 1 1/3 cups water and has no ground flax seed.
    The written says 1 1/2 cups water and 1/4 cup ground flax seed
    Which is correct on the liquid? I followed the written recipe.
    Thanks again for guiding me to my most beautiful loaf!

    1. Hi Bea!! I’m so happy you enjoyed this recipe! Both of the recipes are correct 🙂 You need to add a little extra liquid when using the ground flax.

      1. 5 stars
        I’ve made this bread a few more times. The results are consistent with the first time I made it. So good!

  5. 3 stars
    I’m making this right now. I’ve made French bread a few times already in my new bread maker with good results, and I thought I’d try a vegan bread for my vegan child. It’s on the second fermenting cycle, and it looks like it fell. It’s not going to be nice and rounded like in your pictures. Does that mean I need to add more flour? I hope it’s still edible. Thanks for any help with this.

    1. If you leave it out sometimes the bread rises a little too much. You can reduce the yeast by 1/4 tsp if you find this happens. I really enjoy the flavor and texture from the flax but you don’t need it. Enjoy!

      1. 5 stars
        Unbelievable soft bread. Very nice receipe . I usually get crispy crust and it breaks when I cut the slices . At some point of time , I literally hate making bread. Luckily my kid has searched this receipe and wanted to try this soft bread. Perfect consistency . So easy to cut the slices . I will follow this going forward with some variations like hemp seeds, chia seeds etc . Thank you Ms.Megan.

        1. Thank you for your kind comment:) I’m so happy you enjoyed this recipe! I have many more vegan bread machine recipes on my other blog bakingveganbread.com I bet you will find more recipes you enjoy there!

  6. I currently am making this for the first time today and is the bread dough more like a batter consistency than a kneadable bread dough? That’s what I currently have going on in my machine. I’m hoping this is the case!

    1. Hey Danielle! Yes almost every bread machine recipe I’ve made has a “wetter” consistency than would be workable by hand. Did your bread turn out ok in the end?

      1. 3 stars
        I’m making this right now. I’ve made French bread a few times already in my new bread maker with good results, and I thought I’d try a vegan bread for my vegan child. It’s on the second fermenting cycle, and it looks like it fell. It’s not going to be nice and rounded like in your pictures. Does that mean I need to add more flour? I hope it’s still edible. Thanks for any help with this.

        1. It can be hard to pinpoint the problem as the bread falling could mean a number of things. You could try to increase the amount of yeast by 1/4 tsp next time. You can also add 1/4 cup of vital wheat gluten to your flour to give it some more structure. Good luck! Don’t give up;)

    1. Hi Hannah! I haven’t tried it myself but I do know that bob’s red mill makes a great gluten free flour that you can sub 1:1 with!

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