Gluten-Free Vegan Lemon Bread - Rhian's Recipes (2024)

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This Gluten-Free Vegan Lemon Bread is moist and fluffy, sweet and tangy, and covered in a rich lemon buttercream frosting. It comes together in one bowl and is refined sugar free too. Perfect for dessert or an indulgent breakfast or brunch.

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How sweet is this bread?

This is definitely a sweet bread recipe - it's similar to a Lemon Cake. To make it less sweet, you can omit the frosting.

Tips for baking with lemons

  • For optimum lemon flavour, I would recommend using fresh lemons (not ones that you've had sitting in your fruit bowl for weeks!) and organic ones if possible.
  • You have to be careful when baking with lemon juice as the acidity and lemon flavour can really vary depending on the lemons you use.
  • For the bread batter, I would recommend tasting the lemon juice you're using and adjusting the amount of lemon juice you use accordingly.
  • For the frosting, I would recommend tasting it as you're making it and adding extra lemon juice if necessary.
  • For the lemon zest, make sure you use unwaxed lemons.

How to make the bread

Scroll down to the bottom of the post for the full recipe.

Tip: Use ameasuring jugto measure out the plant-based milk.

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Tip:Make sure to line the loaf tin with greasedbaking paper- this will make removing the bread from the tin so much easier!

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  • Bake in the oven for45 minutes.
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  • Transfer to a cooling rackto cool down before applying the frosting.
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How to make the lemon buttercream frosting

Tip: Make sure the cashew nuts are soaked to make them easier to blend. Soak them overnight in cold water or in boiling water for at least 15 minutes.

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  • Whizz until completely smooth.

Tip: You will have to mix it around a few times to make it easier to blend up.

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Substitutions you can make

  • You can use any type of oil: coconut oil, olive oil or vegetable oil.
  • You can use any type of plant-based milk: almond milk, rice milk, soy milk, cashew milk, oat milk etc.
  • You can use any type of liquid sweetener: maple syrup, agave syrup, brown rice syrup etc.
  • You can replace the ground almonds (almond meal) with ground walnuts.
  • For a nut-free version: replace the ground almonds (almond meal) with ground sunflower seeds or use 30g (¼ cup) coconut flour instead of 150g (1 ¼ cup) ground almonds.
  • You can use plain flour,wholemeal (whole wheat) flouror spelt flourinstead of the gluten-free flour if you're not gluten-free.

Ingredients you can mix into the batter

  • Poppy seeds - use my Gluten-Free Vegan Lemon Poppy Seed Cake recipe instead!
  • Dried cranberries.
  • Fresh or frozen fruit like blueberries or raspberries.

How long does this Lemon Bread keep for?

This Lemon Bread definitely tastes best when fresh, but keeps covered in the fridge forup to a few days.

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Gluten-Free Vegan Lemon Bread

This Gluten-Free Vegan Lemon Bread is moist and fluffy, sweet and tangy, and covered in a rich lemon buttercream frosting. It comes together in one bowl and is refined sugar free too. Perfect for dessert or an indulgent breakfast or brunch.

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Course: Breakfast, Dessert

Cuisine: American

Keyword: gluten-free lemon bread, vegan lemon bread, vegan lemon cake

Prep Time: 30 minutes minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes minutes

Total Time: 1 hour hour 15 minutes minutes

Servings: 10 slices

Calories: 341kcal

Author: Rhian Williams

Ingredients

For the lemon bread:

  • 60 g (¼ cup) coconut oil (or sub olive or vegetable oil)
  • 180 ml (¾ cup) unsweetened almond milk (or any other plant-based milk)
  • 8 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons lemon zest (use unwaxed lemons)
  • 12 tablespoons maple syrup (or sub any other sweetener)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 150 g (1 ¼ cup) ground almonds (almond meal) *
  • 150 g (1 ¼ cup) gluten-free flour blend (or sub plain flour if not gluten-free)
  • 2 heaped teaspoons baking powder (ensure gluten-free if necessary)
  • ¼ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)

For the lemon frosting:

  • 100 g ( cup) raw cashew nuts soaked in cold water overnight or in hot water for 15 minutes
  • 6 tablespoons maple syrup (or sub any other sweetener)
  • 4 tablespoons lemon juice

Instructions

For the lemon bread:

  • Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius (350 degrees Fahrenheit).

  • Place the coconut oil in a large bowl and melt over a saucepan of boiling water or in the microwave (skip this step if using any other oil).

  • Once melted, add the milk to the same bowl along with the lemon juice, lemon zest, vanilla, maple syrup and ground almonds
.

  • Sift in the flour, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda.

  • Mix well, adding a tiny splash more milk if it’s looking too dry.

  • Transfer mixture into a loaf tin lined with greased baking paper (I used a one-pound loaf tin).

  • Bake in the oven for 45 minutes until risen and golden brown and an inserted skewer comes out clean.

  • Once out the oven, transfer the loaf from the baking tin onto a wired rack to leave it to cool completely before applying the frosting.

For the lemon frosting:

  • Drain soaked cashews and add to a food processor or blender with all the other ingredients.

  • Whizz until completely smooth, adding some water or plant-based milk to thin out if necessary.

To frost and decorate:

  • Use a knife (or palette knife) to spread frosting over the top of the loaf.

  • Tastes best when fresh, but keeps covered in the fridge for up to a few days.

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Notes

*You can alternatively usealmond flour.

This is definitely a sweet recipe – it’s similar to Lemon Cake. To make it less sweet, you canomit the frosting.

Tips for baking with lemons

  • For optimum lemon flavour, I would recommend using fresh lemons (not ones that you've had sitting in your fruit bowl for weeks!) and organic ones if possible.
  • You have to be careful when baking with lemon juice as the acidity and lemon flavour can really vary depending on the lemons you use.
  • For the bread batter, I would recommend tasting the lemon juice you're using and adjusting the amount of lemon juice you use accordingly.
  • For the frosting, I would recommend tasting it as you're making it and adding extra lemon juice if necessary.

Nutrition Facts

Gluten-Free Vegan Lemon Bread

Amount Per Serving

Calories 341Calories from Fat 171

% Daily Value*

Fat 19g29%

Saturated Fat 6g30%

Sodium 56mg2%

Potassium 186mg5%

Carbohydrates 42g14%

Fiber 3g12%

Sugar 24g27%

Protein 7g14%

Vitamin C 9mg11%

Calcium 115mg12%

Iron 2mg11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Amelia

    I followed the recipe, without any substitutions and it was very chewing in the middle and didn't taste like it had cooked properly. The flavour was delicious, but the consistency of the cake pretty weird and gummy. I can't figure out why it came out like this.

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    • Rhian Williams

      I'm sorry to hear that - what type of gluten-free flour did you use? I think this may have been the issue

  2. Jo Knight

    How big ias your 1 lb loaf tin? I made half quantity in mine which is 9 x 19 cm (top opening size )and 5 cm deep. This filled the tin but it sunk in the middle which was disappointing. I am an experienced baker and wonder if this was too much baking powder. GF FLour was Doves. Tempersture was oK as I have thermometer. ANy ideas please as I nee to do one again quckly

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    • Rhian Williams

      Hi - sorry to hear that, did you make any substitutions?

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