Deliciously Gluten-Free Focaccia Recipe

Are you tired of monotonous gluten-free recipes that lack flavor and texture? Want to indulge in a warm and hearty Italian bread that is healthy, gluten- and dairy-free? Look no further as I present to you my gluten-free focaccia recipe.

This recipe is a game-changer for anyone who loves the traditional Italian Focaccia bread but cannot consume gluten or dairy products. With the perfect balance of moistness, crunch, and herbaceous flavors, this focaccia will satisfy your craving for a classic Italian bread. Moreover, it’s an easy recipe that requires basic ingredients found in your pantry.

With my personal touch to the original recipe, I have used naturally gluten-free flours such as tapioca flour and rice flour and substituted cheese with sun-dried tomatoes to impart a distinct taste. This focaccia is also incredibly versatile and can be paired with different dips, spreads, soups, and salads or served as a side dish.

So preheat your oven, ready your baking sheets, and get ready to bake the best gluten-free focaccia bread of your life!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Gluten Free Focaccia
Gluten Free Focaccia

People, let me tell you about this Gluten-Free Focaccia Recipe that I’m obsessed with! You’re going to love this recipe for so many reasons. First of all, it’s gluten-free and dairy-free, which means it’s great for people who have a sensitivity to those ingredients or who want to make healthier choices in their diet.

Secondly, this focaccia bread is loaded with delicious flavors like sun-dried tomatoes, onions, and Parmesan cheese. The aroma of rosemary and olive oil wafting through your kitchen will instantly transport you to the streets of Tuscany. Trust me; if you’re a foodie like me, you’ll be astounded by how good this bread tastes.

Thirdly, making this Gluten-Free Focaccia Recipe is a breeze. With the right ingredients and a little effort, you can easily have fresh-baked bread on the table in less than an hour. And did I mention that it requires no kneading? Yes, it’s true! Even if you’re new to baking or having a hectic day at work, you can still whip up this mouth-watering bread without much fuss.

Finally, this recipe is versatile and adaptable – perfect for experimentation in the kitchen. You can mix and match the toppings or adjust the recipe according to your dietary preferences, swapping out ingredients like eggs for egg substitutes and using vegan-friendly cheese.

Overall, this Gluten-Free Focaccia Recipe ticks all the boxes: easy-to-make, healthy, flavorsome and versatile. Once you try it out, trust me; there will be no going back to store-bought bread. So what are you waiting for? Gather your ingredients and get baking!

Ingredient List

 Savor the flavor of this gluten-free focaccia.
Savor the flavor of this gluten-free focaccia.

Let’s dive into the ingredient list for this delicious gluten-free focaccia recipe! Don’t worry if you’re not familiar with some of these ingredients, I’ll explain what they are and where to find them.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 ½ cups warm water
  • 1 packet (2 ¼ teaspoons) active dry yeast
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 ½ cups gluten-free purpose flour
  • 2 tsp xanthan gum
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • Onion or garlic, sliced (optional)
  • Sun-dried tomatoes, chopped (optional)
  • Fresh rosemary or other herbs, chopped (optional)
  • Sea salt or kosher salt, for topping

Note: When choosing your gluten-free flour, make sure it’s a blend that’s suitable for bread baking. I recommend using King Arthur’s Gluten-Free Flour or Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour as they work really well for this recipe. You could also make your own blend by combining equal parts of rice flour, tapioca flour, and potato starch.

Xanthan gum is an essential ingredient in gluten-free baking as it helps to bind the ingredients together and create a chewy texture that resembles gluten-containing bread. You can find it in most health food stores or online.

Now that you’ve got all the necessary ingredients let’s move on to the next section to learn how to make this delicious gluten-free focaccia bread so no worries if you haven’t cooked with them before!

The Recipe How-To

 Enjoy the taste of Italy with this delicious bread.
Enjoy the taste of Italy with this delicious bread.

Step 1: Preparing the Dough

To start this easy gluten-free focaccia recipe, gather your ingredients: 2 cups of gluten-free purpose flour, 2 teaspoons of xanthan gum, and a packet of active dry yeast. Combine them all in a large bowl and mix well. Then make a well in the center of the bowl and add 1 tablespoon of sugar and 1 1/2 cups of warm water.

Step 2: Mixing & Kneading the Dough

Slowly whisk to combine all ingredients, and knead the dough using your hands (or a stand mixer with dough hook) until smooth, for about 10 minutes. Add more flour if needed, but the dough should remain moist and soft.

Step 3: Rising & Baking

Cover your dough with a clean cloth and let it rise in a warm place for about an hour. Afterward, preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (180 degrees Celsius). Grease a baking sheet with olive oil and spread out the dough on it. Pro tip: apply some olive oil to your palms so that the dough will not stick to your hands. Once you are done spreading out the dough, sprinkle some dried rosemary, some sliced onions or sun-dried tomato, grated Parmesan cheese, or any other toppings you prefer on top.

Bake for approximately 25 minutes in a preheated oven until risen and golden brown.

Step 4: Enjoying Your Gluten-Free Focaccia Bread

Remove from heat and allow cooling before slicing into perfect portions of delicious focaccia bread. Serve it warm as is or pair it with hearty pasta dishes like spaghetti bolognese or caprese salad.

Pro tip: The gluten-free focaccia can be stored plain or topped in a plastic bag or reusable container in the fridge. Reheat in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit (180 degrees Celsius) for approximately 10 minutes or use a toaster.

Enjoy your freshly baked, gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan-friendly focaccia bread any time of the day.

Substitutions and Variations

 Gluten-free doesn't mean taste-free with this focaccia.
Gluten-free doesn’t mean taste-free with this focaccia.

Alright, all you foodies out there, it’s time to get creative with our gluten-free focaccia recipe! Making slight substitutions and adding variations to the recipe can bring unique and savoury flavours to this Italian bread. Let’s dive into the different options:

First, let’s talk about the cheese. Parmesan cheese is a great addition if you can tolerate dairy, but feel free to switch it up with your favorite vegan cheese option, or skip the cheese altogether for a dairy-free version.

Sun-dried tomato and onion are fantastic toppings for the bread, but if they’re not your taste then swap them out for other veggies like bell peppers, zucchini, or olives. Give it a try with garlic cloves, rosemary sprigs or basil leaves to add a natural herb flavour.

If you cannot have eggs in your diet for any reason, use egg substitute or vegan egg replacers like flax eggs to achieve similar results in baking. Similarly, xanthan gum helps provide elasticity and structure in gluten-free cooking but you can replace it with equal parts psyllium husk powder or ground chia seeds.

For the flour blend, try substituting the gluten-free flour mix with rice flour or self-raising flour. King Arthur Gluten-Free Flour is an excellent option when making this recipe. You may also use baking powder instead of yeast if quick bread is more appealing to you.

Last but not least, switch up the shape of your focaccia by making individual rolls or braids from the dough. Get creative! You might be surprised at what you come up with.

Remember that cooking is all about experimenting and trying new things – so don’t be afraid to mix things up according to your taste buds. These variations will help you personalize your focaccia bread by making it gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan-friendly without compromising on its deliciousness!

Serving and Pairing

 Tasty and healthy, the perfect combo in a bread.
Tasty and healthy, the perfect combo in a bread.

Now that your Gluten-Free Focaccia is ready, it’s time to enjoy its deliciousness. This is one of those recipes that can truly stand on its own, but it also pairs well with other foods, as well.

First and foremost, I recommend serving this warm so everyone can enjoy the fresh flavor and aroma. A drizzle of high-quality olive oil can take it to the next level. Of course, you can add a sprinkle of extra salt, herbs, or grated Parmesan cheese for additional flavor.

The sun-dried tomato version of this Focaccia provides a slightly sweet and tangy flavor that would make a great partner on a platter of charcuterie or antipasto. You could even use these as buns for sliders or sandwich bread.

Additionally, the Classic Rosemary version would taste perfect alongside any Italian dish such as pasta, pizza or lasagna. Pairing it with soups or salads would work too!

If you made some extra variations or added toppings – like different types of cheese or vegetables – take the opportunity to experiment! This focaccia has many potential uses since its flavors blend well with many different foods.

Serve this bread at any time of day to compliment your breakfast eggs or enjoy an Italian-style snack with some sliced cured meat and soft cheese.

This focaccia also makes for a wonderful accompaniment to share during gatherings or parties with friends and family. Trust me; this bread will become the star of the meal!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Dive into this moist and savory bread.
Dive into this moist and savory bread.

This gluten-free focaccia bread is perfect for making ahead of time, storing and reheating for later. One of my favorite things about this recipe is how well it keeps. After cooling completely, you can store the focaccia in an airtight container at room temperature for up to three days.

If you want to make this bread a day or two in advance, simply follow the recipe instructions as written and then store the cooled focaccia covered tightly with plastic wrap. Keep it at room temperature until you’re ready to serve. If you want to keep the bread longer than three days, it’s best to store the focaccia in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Reheating this focaccia is super easy too! Just pop it into a 350°F oven for about 10 minutes or until it’s warmed through. Alternatively, you can microwave a slice of focaccia for about 10 seconds, but keep in mind that microwaving may result in a softer texture.

If you prefer your focaccia fresh and warm out of the oven, try freezing individual portions. Once cooled completely, slice the bread into portions and freeze them in freezer-safe bags or containers. This way, you’ll always have fresh baked gluten-free focaccia on hand anytime you want it.

Overall, this gluten-free focaccia is not only delicious when freshly baked but also easy to store and reheat. It’s perfect for meal prepping or making ahead for special occasions where freshly baked bread is a must-have!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Life is better with fresh baked focaccia, especially when it's gluten-free.
Life is better with fresh baked focaccia, especially when it’s gluten-free.

Hey guys! Now that you’ve got all the ingredients you need to make this delicious Gluten Free Focaccia Recipe, let’s move to some tips to make sure your results are as close to perfection as possible.

Firstly, keep in mind that gluten-free flour is a bit different than regular wheat flour. It is important that you do not overwork the dough. Gluten-free bread dough doesn’t need to be kneaded for very long, and it shouldn’t rise as much either. So once you’re done mixing the ingredients, just give the dough a few good turns before transferring it into the baking pan.

A key ingredient in this recipe is xanthan gum. When baking gluten-free bread, xanthan gum acts like gluten, giving structure to the dough and trapping air inside as it rises. Just make sure not to use too much of it, or your bread will end up being gummy.

Another tip is to brush your focaccia with olive oil before popping it in the oven. This will give it a crispy crust on top and those beautiful golden brown spots.

If you want an extra flavor boost, try adding some toppings like sun-dried tomatoes or caramelized onions. And for all you cheese lovers out there, sprinkle some parmesan cheese on top of your focaccia for that extra tangy kick.

Lastly, keep an eye on your bread while it’s baking in the oven. Every oven is different, so I recommend checking on your focaccia regularly towards the end of the baking time to prevent it from burning.

With these tips in mind, you are sure to create a delicious Gluten Free Focaccia Recipe every single time.

Bottom Line

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In conclusion, this gluten-free focaccia recipe is perfect for those who love delicious and healthy food. Whether you are avoiding gluten, dairy or other allergens, this recipe is versatile and can be adapted to your specific dietary needs. The combination of sun-dried tomatoes, Parmesan cheese, and rosemary creates a savory flavor that will make your taste buds dance with joy! Trust me, once you try it you won’t be able to resist having another slice.

This recipe is easy to follow and doesn’t require any advanced culinary skills. All you need are simple ingredients that can be easily found in any grocery store. I promise you that the effort put into making this homemade gluten-free focaccia bread will pay off in the end when it comes out of the oven looking golden brown and tasting outstanding.

So why not give it a try? Not only will you impress yourself but also your family or guests with this deliciously fragrant bread perfect for any occasion – be it an intimate gathering, holiday party or simply a lazy Sunday brunch.

Go ahead, take a leap of faith, and enjoy every bite of this warm and crusty Italian bread. Share your experience with others who might appreciate exploring new culinary horizons while keeping their dietary restrictions in mind.

Live your life unapologetically while enjoying good food that nourishes your body and uplifts your soul. And always remember, eating healthy doesn’t have to compromise taste or delight. So go ahead and indulge in the goodness of this gluten-free focaccia recipe without guilt!

Gluten Free Focaccia

Gluten Free Focaccia Recipe

This is a Bette Hagman favorite! This bread is sooo good! It does not store well, or have the same delicious texture the next day (but it never lasts that long, so who cares!). Prep time does NOT include rise time.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Course Appetizer/Side dish
Cuisine Italian
Calories 119.2 kcal


  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 cup lukewarm water
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons one packet yeast
  • 1 cup rice flour
  • 1/2 cup tapioca flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons xanthan gum
  • 1 tablespoon minced onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 eggs or 1/4 cup egg substitute
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • onion salt

optional topping(s)

  • parmesan cheese
  • sliced olive
  • sun-dried tomato
  • cheese


  • Spray 9x13" pan w/ cooking spray.
  • Put sugar in water, add yeast, set aside.
  • Whisk together rice, tapioca flours, xanthan gum, minced onion and salt, set aside.
  • Blend egg, 1 T. olive oil and yeast water. Add flour mixture and beat on high 2 minutes (I have always done this by hand, she recommends a heavy duty mixer but I've never found it necessary).
  • Pour the thin dough into prepared pan and spread to cover bottom of pan.
  • Dribble remaining 2T. olive oil over top and sprinkle with dash onion salt, parmesan cheese and desired additional toppings.
  • Cover and let rise 20-25 minutes (rapid yeast) or 40-45 minutes (regular yeast).
  • Preheat oven to 400, Bake 20-25 minutes or until slightly browned.
  • Serve hot from oven, cut into squares.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 45gCalories: 119.2kcalCarbohydrates: 15.5gProtein: 2.1gFat: 5.3gSaturated Fat: 0.9gCholesterol: 23.5mgSodium: 138.1mgFiber: 0.7gSugar: 1g
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