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!
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!
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!
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)
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.
Add all of your ingredients to your bread machine in the order listed by the manufacturer.
Place insert into the machine and select “basic cycle” for a 2 pound loaf
Some machines have an option to select crust colour-I always choose “medium brown”
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.
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!)
Once cooled, slice your loaf lengthwise into two smaller loaves. Now cut these loaves into slices of bread.
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!
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.
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.
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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.
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!
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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!