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Gluten-Free Lemon Poppy Seed Bread

Gluten-Free Lemon Poppy Seed Bread is a delicious treat. It also makes a wonderful gift. 

Gluten-Free Lemon Poppy Seed Bread, Great Christmas Gift

I have always loved to bake during the holidays. It is comforting when my kitchen is heavy with lingering scents of freshly made loaves of bread and pies. While I love traditional flavors like pumpkin, I also enjoy bringing unique dishes to the holiday parties. Ever been in the situation where there are 15 pumpkin pies at the office party?

Since going gluten-free last year (per doctor’s orders) it has been harder for me to enjoy baking.  However, this year its a bit easier. After some practice, I am able to approach the holidays armed with some of my favorite recipes modified to be full of gluten-free deliciousness. Here is one of my favorites.

Gluten-Free Lemon Poppy Seed Bread

Gluten-Free Lemon Poppy Seed Bread, Great Christmas Gift


  • 1 ½ cups gluten-free flour baking blend (I often use Pamela’s or Bob Mills)
  • 1 ¼ cups sugar
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tbsp. poppy seeds
  • ¾ cup organic milk (can substitute a milk alternative if preferred)
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 large organic eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 heaping tbsp. freshly grated lemon zest

Lemon glaze:

  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice or concentrate from the bottle
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tbsp. organic, unsalted butter (melted and slightly cooled)
  1. Grease and flour one 9 x 5 loaf pan with organic vegetable shortening and gluten-free flour. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Combine gluten-free flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, and poppy seeds. Stir until mixed well.
  3. In another bowl, beat together the milk, vegetable oil, eggs, vanilla, and lemon zest. Beat until thoroughly combined.
  4. Mix the wet and dry ingredients together and beat by hand or with a hand mixer for a full minute until no lumps remain.
  5. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 45 minutes or until knife comes out clean.
  6. Lemon glaze: Mix together all glaze ingredients and brush over warm bread from the oven.
  7. Cool loaf about 20 minutes before eating.

Looking for more holiday desserts? Try these 45+ Homemade Christmas Desserts



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Amanda Marcott-Thottunkal is a freelance writer in Norman. In 2013, she graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Master’s degree in Public Administration. Amanda is concerned about environmental policies and the effects legislation has on creating a cleaner, greener Oklahoma. She is constantly searching out ways to make her life more eco-friendly and wants to share green living tips with others. She lives with her husband and two cats.

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