Gluten Free Challah


Challah by Imagine That Gluten Free 

“But, if it is celiacs, I will never eat challah again!”

Those were the first words that my daughter spoke after being rushed to the Emergency Room.

A little over two years ago, my husband and I were standing near her as the Emergency Room Team was moving quickly to get a handle of what was going on. She had collapsed getting out of the car and the orderly grabbed her out of my arms and we rushed through the entrance of the ER. In the midst of the stress, I yelled out, “She is getting tested for Celiac Disease in two days and we were told to keep giving her gluten until the test. She had a pancake this morning?”

The team took a deep breath and though they were moving swiftly, there was a change in the mood.

The year prior had been rough, as we had her tested for just about everything BUT celiac disease. It was one of my midnight google searches, that lead us to the disease. I came across it, looked at the symptoms and turned to my husband.  As I read the list out loud, I knew we were onto something.  The next morning, the blood work was scheduled.

Now, with two children with Celiac Disease and and one with Hashimoto Disease we are strictly gluten free.


This may have changed the way we eat – but it does not mean we cannot eat challah!


So where do I buy fresh gluten free challah locally?

Almost Heaven This is a new gluten free bread bakery in Cary. They have a regular bread, that my youngest flipped over. It has a texture and taste of challah. We purchased their bread at a gluten free expo and plan to visit the bakery at some point soon.


Imagine That Gluten Free This is our favorite place for bread. Dave, the owner, takes great pride in breads. They can be found at the Carrboro and Durham farmer’s market and they are a dedicated gluten free facility. If you want you can order ahead by contacting them directly. They do not have a challah per se, but they have breads that look braided. We have talked and he has spent hours working on a bread. The one in the photo above is a sample, but he always has ones that look like a “rip apart bread.” We are so thrilled they are in our community. I encourage everyone to support Dave and his attempt to fill the need of the our local community. (I will be writing a general post about this amazingly delicious company next week). Gluten, Dairy and Nut Free facility!


Ordering Online Gluten Free Challah

Heaven Mills

Katz Katz has a wide range of gluten free challah options, including rolls, sliced, round and regular.



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First time making Challah rolls using Nosh on This cookbook

Gluten Free Recipes

Gluten Free Canteen (gluten and dairy free)

Gluten Free On a Shoestring chocolate braided bread

Gluten Free Mama

The V Word:  Gluten Free and Vegan


Nosh On This The photo of my homemade challah rolls are from Nosh on This – please note that was my first attempt and I have been able to braid them since – the taste is fantastic.



May your year be as sweet as honey. Looking for local honey? Check out this post.

Please note – I cannot find my really nice photos of the challot I have made – but trust me – they are much better than the one photo I just posted of the roll…  Thus once again, I am reminded of my blog post on why I cannot be a true food blogger.



Share your gluten free recipes, challah sources and photos with me – and I will update the post.


L’Shana Tova! Happy New Year!




4 thoughts on “Gluten Free Challah

  1. I work close to Whole Foods in Cary. Any chance you will be selling your bread there? GF sandwich bread, hamburger buns, hot dog buns are my main interest.

    You are 4.8 miles from me, but if you had a GF sandwich shop, that would be a dream come true. We miss convenience food so much.


    • Hello Laura-

      Imagine That Gluten Free is based on Durham but can be found at the Durham and Carrboro Farmer’s Markets. I know that Primal Restaurant uses their bread as well. This bread is really worth the trip. Almost Heaven Bakery is located in Cary – closer to WF in Cary. Hope that helps. I have only baked bread for my family – My 9 year old has big plans of opening a bakery someday… I have high hopes on that one – she follows recipes much closer than me…


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