Our jalapeño cheese garlic bread is perfect for big game appetizers, after school snacks, or as a side for your favorite pasta dish. This recipe is completely dairy free and gluten free, and is easy to make in under 15 minutes. It will quickly become a family favorite!
If you’re brainstorming appetizer ideas for game day parties or love to have a good garlic cheese bread with your pasta, our jalapeño garlic cheese bread is just the thing you need!
Our homemade garlic cheese bread is completely dairy free and gluten free, and has a nice spicy and tangy kick thanks to the pickled and tamed jalapeños.
This makes a great appetizer, snack, or side for meals, and takes less than 20 minutes to assemble and cook so it’s incredibly easy to make and it’s already a favorite at our house. Just add some lunch meat or pepperoni to make this an open faced sandwich or french bread-style pizza!
Our gluten free cheese bread is:
- Dairy free
- Gluten free
- Peanut free
- Tree nut free (except for coconut)
- Soy free
How to make dairy free jalapeño garlic cheese bread
Here are the steps for making our allergy friendly jalapeño cheese bread (this is just an overview, the full recipe is at the end of the post).
- Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F and line a baking sheet pan with parchment paper.
- Cut your allergy friendly rolls in half. I used the BFree panini rolls so we had 4 halves.
- Mix together the soft dairy free butter and the garlic powder, spread it evenly over the 4 pieces of bread. Sprinkle black pepper on top of the buttered bread.
- Add the tamed jalapeño slices to the bread. Use as many or as few as you like, or use full heat pepper slices if you want this to be hotter.
- Top with the dairy free cheese.
- Bake in the oven for about 10 minutes, until the bread is browned on the edges and the cheese is melted.
- Cool for a few minutes before serving as an appetizer or a side with your favorite main dish!
Recommendations for allergy friendly bread
If you’re looking for bread options that fit multiple food allergies, we have some favorites! Some popular brands of gluten free bread end up having other allergens (Schar brand has soy protein, Udi’s has eggs, etc.) so finding bread for multiple allergies is trickier.
We used the BFree panini bread in this recipe, and the BFree bread is multiple allergy friendly. In fact, all BFree products are top 8 free, and the BFree dinner rolls and panini rolls are soft and delicious!
I can’t do too much of the BFree products however because they do add a lot of fiber to them. Which is great for people who want the extra fiber, but not so great for people like me with IBS (many added fibers are higher FODMAP). So if you have IBS, try them out first before buying a lot.
Other great options for allergy friendly bread include:
- Little Northern Bakehouse Bread: I’ve only had their sliced white bread, but they do have bagels and rolls as well.
- Kim & Jake’s bread: the Kim & Jake’s rolls are delicious and soft! Their herb rolls are yummy for Thanksgiving, too. I found these at Natural Grocers but I think they are available at other stores and you can also order them online. The ingredients are simple and top 8 free, I highly recommend this bread!
- Katz Egg Free Bread: I have not tried this one yet, however the reviews are mixed on Amazon.
- Young Kobra’s sourdough bread: I haven’t tried this particular brand of bread myself but they have a few flavors/varieties and are top 8 free.
- Outside the Breadbox buns: I haven’t tried these ones, but it looks like these are top 8 free. However I’m not sure about cross contamination in the facility. They offer online shopping and shipping for these.
Allergy friendly options are always changing and more brands are being added to the market each year, so this list isn’t comprehensive, but it’s a good start! I’m always excited to see top 8 free products being made for the food allergy community.
What kind of dairy free cheese can I use?
You can use any kind of dairy free cheese in this recipe that you prefer and that fits your food allergies!
I personally prefer the Violife and the Follow Your Heart mozzarella shredded cheese. I made this cheese garlic bread recipe with both of those cheeses and they both tasted delicious.
Daiya is another top 8 free brand of cheese that melts pretty well, but some people dislike the taste. We don’t personally mind it, but we prefer the Violife or Follow Your Heart cheese.
Not all dairy free cheese will melt the same, but if you can have nuts or soy, other great brands to check out include Miyokos (cashews), Chao (soy), and Forager (made with cashews).
Check out our other allergy friendly appetizer and snack recipes:
- Dairy Free Cheese Ball Recipe
- 45 Dairy Free and Gluten Free Appetizers
- Gluten Free Garlic Herb Crackers
- Easy Dairy Free French Onion Dip
Gluten Free Cheese Jalapeño Garlic Bread (Dairy Free)
- 2 gluten free and dairy free french or baguette bread (we used the BFree Panini Rolls)
- ¼ cup soft dairy free butter
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- Black pepper
- 1 cup dairy free cheese (we used Violife mozzarella cheese)
- ½ cup tamed jalapeño slices (we used Mezzetta)
- Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Line a baking sheet pan with parchment paper (this helps with the cleanup of spilled dairy free cheese).
- Cut the gluten free baguette or panini rolls in half horizontally/lengthwise. With 2 BFree panini rolls, you'll have 4 pieces of cut bread.
- Mix together the garlic powder and soft dairy free butter, and spread evenly across the 4 pieces of bread.
- Place the bread on the baking sheet. Sprinkle black pepper over the buttered bread.
- Arrange the jalapeño slices over the bread, however many as you prefer (we used about 5 to 6 slices on each piece).
- Sprinkle the dairy free cheese on top of the bread.
- Bake in the oven for about 8 to 10 minutes until the cheese is melty and the edges of the bread are lightly browned.
- Cool for a few minutes then cut in half and serve warm. You'll have 4 to 8 servings.
Sarah Jane Parker is the founder, recipe creator, and photographer behind The Fit Cookie. She’s a food allergy mom and healthy living blogger based in Wyoming. Sarah is also an ACSM Certified Personal Trainer, ACE Certified Health Coach, Revolution Running certified running coach, and an ACE Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist