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Orange Poppyseed Bread

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Gluten Free Orange Poppy Seed Quick Bread is a fun twist on an old favorite. A beautiful pound cake filled with tangy orange zest, sweet poppy seeds, and topped with a beautiful orange glaze.

January is the month of Citrus, and what better way to start the new year than with a loaf of Orange Poppy Seed Bread exploding with sweet and tangy citrus flavors??

I promise you’ll love this gluten free quick bread – and you won’t miss the gluten one bit.

We love making this Orange Poppyseed Bread with cara cara oranges, also known as blood oranges for their deep red color. Feel free to use any kind of orange you have you on hand, though and let us know which variety you baked with!

Gluten Free Poppyseed Bread

This baking venture began with a trip to Costco where I picked up a gigantic bag of cara cara oranges. What is a person to DO with 10 lbs of oranges?? They were deliciously juicy and HUGE, so I set off to develop a recipe.

I’m a sucker for all things poppy seed (helloooo Almond Poppyseed Bakery Muffins!) so I knew that had to be in the mix. A quick Google search brought up a Lemon Poppy seed Bread recipe from Cooking Classy so I made a few tweaks and voila.

If you love orange flavors, then check out this recipe for tangerine posset!

Gluten Free Poppyseed Bread
Gluten Free Poppyseed Bread

Gluten Free Orange Poppy Seed Quick Bread

Yield: 1 loaf
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 50 minutes

Gluten Free Orange Poppyseed Bread is a fun twist on an old favorite. A beautiful pound cake filled with tangy orange zest, sweet poppy seeds, and topped with a beautiful orange glaze.



  • 1 2/3 cup gluten free flour (I used Grandpa's Kitchen - see notes)
  • 2 Tablespoons poppy seeds
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 Tablespoon lightly packed orange zest (any orange will do)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened (can use dairy free sticks as sub)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 eggs, room temp
  • 1/3 cup sour cream (can use dairy free)
  • 3 Tablespoons milk (any kind)
  • 3 Tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice


  • 2/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 2-3 tsp freshly squeezed orange juice


  1. Whisk together gluten free flour, poppy seeds, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  2. Measure sugar and orange zest together in bowl of stand mixer (or use a regular bowl if you have a hand mixer) and rub together with your fingers for a minute or so until the sugar becomes a yellow/orange color and is fragrant.
  3. Add butter to sugar/zest and mix using medium speed until mixture is pale yellow/orange and fluffy.
  4. Add vanilla and eggs one at a time, beating after each addition. 
  5. Add flour mixture, sour cream, milk, and freshly squeezed orange juice. Mix on medium-low just until creamy and any lumps are gone.
  6. Let the mixture sit while the oven preheats to 350. 
  7. Line a loaf pan with parchment or grease well with butter, oil, or cooking spray.
  8. When the oven is preheated, spread batter into prepared pan and bake for 45-55 minutes until the loaf is golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  9. Allow the loaf to cool on a rack while you prepare the glaze.
  10. FOR POWDERED SUGAR GLAZE: whisk together powdered sugar and freshly squeezed orange juice to make desired consistency. Pipe or drizzle onto the loaf when it has completely cooled.
  11. Store leftover bread in an airtight container or bread bag in the fridge for 5-7 days. You can also freeze.


  • I used Grandpa's Kitchen flour in this recipe. I would also recommend Bob's Red Mill 1:1.
  • This recipe tastes great with any type of orange, blood orange is our fav 🙂 it definitely tastes best with fresh-squeezed orange juice.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 249Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 71mgSodium: 230mgCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 1gSugar: 19gProtein: 4g

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Friday 4th of June 2021

Would this recipe make good muffins?

Friday 4th of June 2021

I haven't tried it, but that's a great idea!

Margaret E Clegg

Tuesday 19th of March 2019

This bread makes me think of spring! Maybe if I make a loaf it will coax the warm weather to return!

Private Joy

Sunday 17th of January 2021

do you have gluten free pound cake recipe? I searched and this was the only thing that came up. I tried just swapping in gluten free flour in a couple recipes and they were a fail and way too sweet.

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