Vegan white bread made in a bread machine is soft on the inside with a chewy crust. it is so delicious and easy to make. This dairy-free and egg-free white bread makes the perfect vegan sandwich bread too. With no kneading, no timing the rising and waiting, and no fussing, this vegan white bread recipe will soon become a family favorite.
I love eating homemade bread! Freshly baked and still a little warm from the oven slathered in my favorite vegan Whipped Maple Cinnamon Butter (when I’m craving a little sweet) or Vegan Basil Garlic Butter (when I’m in a savory mood). But what I don’t love is the actual making of the bread because bread making is hard…
You know – the mixing, the kneading, the rising, punching down, shaping rising again, and finally the baking! AND you have to time all of that just right!
Well, I’m sorry, but I don’t have the patience for all that. If I’m not baking super easy No-Knead Cinnamon Raisin bread or No-Knead Rosemary Garlic Bread, you had better believe that I’m pulling out the bread machine to make one of my no-fuss vegan bread machine recipes!
When I'm in a sweet bread mood I make Cranberry Orange Bread, Cinnamon Raisin Bread, or Wheat Bread with Molasses and Agave. But when my tastes run a little more to the savory side Olive Oil Herb Bread is my very favorite!
I think you are going to love this bread machine white bread!
This vegan white bread is nice and soft on the inside and a little chewy on the outside. The bread loaf is sturdy enough to slice and use for sandwich bread too. (Just make sure you cool it first!)
The bread flavor is neutral enough that you can serve it with savory ingredients like pistachio pesto or sweet ingredients like jam or pear butter. It makes a yummy grilled cheese sandwich and is perfect for a Sweet Heat Cream Cheese Panini with Jalapeno and Apricot Jam. YUM!
Or….just spread a little (vegan) butter and take a big bite! I do hope you have more patience than I do though and WAIT for your freshly baked bread to cool enough to slice it so it won’t get too squished and flattened in the process…
You can use the dough setting too!
When I make my white bread machine recipe I make it from start to finish in my bread machine. From mixing the ingredients, kneading, rising, “shaping”, rising again, and baking. Yum, freshly baked bread with no effort at all!
But did you know that most bread making machines have a dough setting too? Using the dough setting you can remove the mixed, kneaded, and risen dough from the machine and shape it the way you’d like, put it into another pan, and bake it in the oven.
This great recipe actually works out perfectly for baked bread requiring premade bake-and-serve bread dough. You can either buy a frozen loaf of bake-and-serve dough OR make this vegan white bread all the way up to the second rising using the dough setting on your bread machine. I have a super festive red and green swirled vegan Christmas bread that this white bread is the perfect recipe for. Look for my cinnamon raisin swirl bread (coming soon) that works with this recipe too.
About the ingredients
Isn’t most homemade bread vegan anyway? The answer is, of course, as long as the ingredients don’t include dairy and eggs, most homemade bread is certainly vegan. This recipe uses the following ingredients to make this vegan white bead and extra yummy loaf.
The special vegan ingredients
- oat milk or other non-dairy milk – I love the creamy texture and mild flavor of oat milk. You can substitute any plant milk of your choice, but be aware that some varieties of plant milk might have a particular flavor that you will taste in your finished loaf. Oat milk is pretty neutral.
- coconut oil – Coconut oil is used in this recipe because it becomes more solid when it cools. This gives your baked bread a nice soft (yet solid) texture inside. Use the type of coconut oil that becomes solid when it cools down. I’ve noticed that some coconut oil sold in stores stays liquid at cooler temperatures. This is called fractionated coconut oil and you will be losing the texture benefits. You can use virgin coconut oil or refined coconut oil. Some people with super sensitive taste buds might detect a coconutty taste with virgin coconut oil. I personally don’t. If you think that might bother you then use refined coconut oil which is mostly flavorless. Use regular vegetable oil if you prefer but I do like the texture better when made with coconut oil.
- agave nectar – Or you could substitute it with another liquid sweetener of your choice. If You choose to substitute with granulated sugar then add another two tablespoons of plant milk.
The basic bread machine ingredients
- salt – just a teaspoon to enhance the bread flavor. This really isn’t much and won’t make your loaf taste salty at all.
- bread flour – You can use all-purpose flour if that is your preference. This recipe was developed with bread flour because I believe in using the right flour for the intended job which in this case is making bread! This article from King Arthur Flour explains how each type of flour will affect your finished loaf. Bread flour has a little more protein than all-purpose flour which leads to a more stretchy strong gluten which then leads to a fluffier texture and a more satisfying chewier crust.
- rapid-rise bread machine yeast – This recipe was developed using bread machine yeast – otherwise known as rapid-rise, quick yeast, or instant yeast. Again, use the product for the job it was designed for. If you choose to use active dry yeast then increase the amount used (see the recipe notes).
- You will also need a bread machine for this recipe. I use (and love) the Cuisinart Bread Maker.
Let’s make bread!
It’s really so easy to make bread using a bread machine! Is this your first time making bread with your bread maker? No problem, this simple recipe is a great recipe to learn with.
The exact ingredients with measurements can be found in the recipe card below along with more concise abbreviated instructions. Read on for more details, tips, and tricks so that you will feel confident making this recipe.
First step: Adding the ingredients to the bread machine
I first measure the oat milk and heat it slightly in the microwave until it’s pretty warm – not hot – but definitely warmer than room temperature. This matters more if you are making bread the traditional method without a bread maker. But you still won’t want your plant milk to be ice cold either for the best yeast development.
If you are unsure how warm the milk should be then use a thermometer and check. It shouldn’t be any warmer than about 120 degrees F.
I add the coconut oil to the warmed milk. It should get a little bit melty if the temperature of the milk is warm enough. If your coconut oil is older and hard it won’t melt enough to use. Pop it in the microwave for a few seconds.
The coconut oil does not need to be perfectly melted before adding it to the bread machine but should be very soft.
Place the ingredients in the bread machine in the order given OR in the order your bread maker manufacturer recommends.
I first add the warmed milk and coconut oil. Next, I add the agave syrup. Then I add the salt, flour, and finally the yeast. I make a little “well” in the center of the flour and add the yeast to that indentation.
Next Step: The bread machine settings
This recipe was developed using the Cuisinart Bread Maker, Up To 2lb Loaf, New Compact Automatic bread machine. If you are using a different bread machine then it is important to understand the settings of your machine.
I set my bread machine to “white bread”, “medium loaf” (1 1/2 lbs.), and” medium crust” (doneness/browness). The bread machine will go through all of the steps from mixing, kneading, rising, punch down, 2nd rise, and baking till finished. My bread machine takes 3 hours and 25 minutes to go through the process. Your machine might be different.
Can we skip to the good part? The baked bread will cool enough in your bread machine to safely remove. Do make sure to remove the paddle attachment from the baked loaf if it didn’t come out when removing the loaf from the pan.
While there is absolutely nothing better than warm freshly baked bread with (vegan) butter slathered on top, try to be more patient than I am and allow for cooling before cutting into your fresh bread or the loaf will smoosh down.
After it cools keep it tightly wrapped and this loaf will last for a few days. If you are using it for sandwich bread then I recommend waiting to cut it into bread slices till just before use.
This bread does not have preservatives and so will not last as long as a store-bought loaf of bread. Though to be honest I’ve never put it to the test. It simply doesn’t last long enough in my house.
The printable recipe card
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Vegan White Bread Machine Recipe
- bread machine I use the Cuisinart Compact Bread Maker
- 1 cup oat milk or other non-dairy milk
- 4 Tablespoons coconut oil
- 2 Tablespoons agave nectar or other liquid sweetener of choice
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3 cups bread flour
- 1¾ teaspoons rapid rise bread machine yeast
- Place the ingredients in the bread machine in the order given OR in the order your bread maker manufacturer recommends.
- Set your bread machine to white bread, medium loaf (1 1/2 lbs.), and medium crust (doneness/brown). The bread machine will go through the process till finished. My bread machine takes 3 hours and 25 minutes to go through the process. Your machine might be different.
- Remove from the bread machine. While there is nothing like fresh hot bread slathered with vegan butter, it will slice better into sandwich bread once cooled.