When you “go gluten free” bread is probably one of the first foods you want to replace. Who wants live without delicious sandwiches, buttery toast or a classic PB&J? In the past, gluten-free breads didn’t always have the best flavor (to put it nicely). In most cases, each slice tasted like cardboard that crumbled any time you tried to do anything with it. Fortunately, times have changed now that celiac disease and gluten intolerance are making headlines, and food manufacturers are meeting the demand by developing tasty varieties.
Although you can follow a gluten free bread recipe, you might not always have the time to bake. To make things easier, we’ve compiled a list of the best gluten free bread brands, which are listed in no particular order. The products below are chosen based on taste, availability, texture and average customer reviews.
Gluten Free Bread Brands in Detail
For those of you who miss white bread, Canyon Bakehouse offers a delicious option that is not only gluten free, but dairy free, wheat free, soy free and nut free — perfect for those who have other food allergies.
We choose this particular brand because of it’s amazing softness and flavor. This bread is a top choice for sandwiches because it doesn’t fall apart and is ideal for grilled cheese, french toast and peanut butter and jelly. Canyon Bakehouse bread has a shelf life of approximately 6 months when frozen.
Ingredients: Brown rice flour, water, tapioca flour, whole grain sorghum flour, organic agave syrup, garbanzo bean flour, white rice flour, eggs, xanthan gum, extra virgin olive oil, yeast, cultured corn starch, sea salt, vinegar, sugar, whole grain amaranth.
We like Dr. Schar because they create their breads in facilities that are dedicated to being gluten free, which means no possibility of cross contamination. This multigrain bread is also wheat free, egg free, lactose free, cholesterol free and contains no preservatives.
This particular bread make our top-choice list because of its delicious multigrain flavor, which to some, may taste better than the white bread options. We like that this bread doesn’t get soggy even if you don’t eat your sandwich right away. It also has a traditional bread texture that won’t fall apart, and is a great option for all kinds of sandwiches including BLTs and grilled cheese.
Ingredients: water, corn starch, rice flour, rice starch, soy flakes, potato starch, buckwheat flour, soy bran, rice syrup, soy protein, palm oil, psyllium seed husk powder (vegetable fiber), millet flakes, yeast, sugar beet syrup, sugar, modified cellulose, apple extract, salt, citric acid, tartaric acid *Contains SOY.
If you eat Kosher, Rudi’s offers a multigrain sandwich bread packed with flavor. This gluten-free bread is all natural and certified by the Orthodox Union. Expect a shelf life of approximately 5 to 6 months when frozen.
Rudi’s bread is one of our top picks because it has the look and flavor of an artisanal bread that is not lost after you defrost it. The texture stands up to condiments, such as mayo or mustard, without becoming soggy. We found the loaf slices to be a bit larger and denser than other brands.
Ingredients: Water, potato extract, rice starch, rice flour, sorghum flour, organic high oleic sunflower/safflower oil, organic evaporated cane juice, organic honey, egg whites, organic inulin, yeast, sea salt, xanthan gum, organic cornmeal, organic sunflower seeds, organic millet, organic flaxseed, organic molasses.
Another top white sandwich bread option, Udi’s makes gluten-free bread that is also friendly to those who can’t consume dairy, soy or nuts. This bread has an approximate shelf life of 6 months when frozen.
What sets this bread apart from others is that it doesn’t require toasting or microwaving before eating, and you can leave it out at room temperature after its been thawed. The flavor is that of a traditional white bread taste. It also has a pleasing, light texture.
Ingredients: water, tapioca starch, brown rice flour, potato starch, canola oil, egg whites, sugar, yeast, xanthan gum, salt, baking powder (sodium bicarbonate, corn starch, calcium suflate, monocalcium phosphate), cultured dextrose, ascorbic acid (ascorbic acid, microcrystalline cellulose, corn starch), enzymes.
If you miss rye, Three Bakers makes a rye style bread that is not only gluten free, but soy free and dairy free as well. As a bonus, it’s also an excellent source of fiber. This brand has an approximate shelf life of 8 months when frozen.
Three Bakers makes our top 5 list because it is a distinctly larger loaf of bread than other other brands. The delicious slices genuinely taste like rye and hold up to all kinds of sandwiches including grilled cheese, patty melts and french toast.
Ingredients: Water, brown rice flour, corn starch, tapioca starch, eggs, corn dextrin, sugar, non GMO canola oil,honey, potato flour, baking powder, yeast, rice bran, xanthan gum, natural flavors, salt, vinegar, caraway seeds, enzymes (calcium sulfate and enzymes).
You can usually pick up many of these gluten free bread brands in Whole Foods or Trader Joes. You can also go to health food stores in your area or farmers markets to find a wide selection. If you don’t have access to these specialty markets, you can always order from an online retailer such as the Gluten-Free Mall for Gluten-Free Foods.[signup id=”1049″]