As you may or may not know, I am vegan, but I am also gluten free. I can eat a little gluten every now and again, but only when it’s really worth it or there are no other options because I get a terrible stomach pain that lasts for hours. Like most people, I also love bread. So what’s a vegan and gluten free gal to do when it comes to bread?
Typically, gluten free and vegan baked goods are difficult to find because eggs are often added to gluten free flour replacements as a binder. Fortunately, more and more vegan and gluten free food has become widely available and after trying several different bread brands over the years, I thought I’d share a list of my favourites in order.
Little Northern Bakehouse was the first gluten free & vegan bread that I actually LOVED. I have tried the Millet & Chia Loaf, Seeds & Grain Loaf, Cinnamon & Raisin Loaf and the Millet & Chia buns. I believe the brand is Canadian, but it is widely available in the US in various grocery stores and can be found in the frozen aisle. If you live in New York City, I purchase mine at my local Fairway Market.
They also offer 2 wide slice loafs, as their original loaves are a little bit smaller sized and new to me–hot dog buns!
Best for: replacement buns, general toast.
Tied for first place is North Carolina based brand, Simple Kneads, who make my favourite vegan & gluten free sourdough bread. It is refrigerator stable for a few weeks, and also stores well in the freezer in 3 varieties. Quinoa Power Grains (my personal favourite), Sourdough and Pumpernickel. This bread is refined sugar free and made with whole plant ingredients. Absolutely amazing for sandwiches and in my personal opinion, the closest texture to glutinous bread yet.
Best for: sandwiches, sourdough lovers.
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Food for Life Baking Co. was the first brand that introduced me to healthier bread alternatives. Before I stopped eating gluten, I used to eat their Ezekiel sprouted breads (I can still eat these sometimes with no stomach pain) and once I stopped eating gluten, I was happy to find they had an option for me. I’ll always have a special place in my heart for the Gluten Free Brown Rice Bread, because it was the first ever vegan & gluten free bread I had tried. At the time, there weren’t many other options so I was just beyond happy that I could eat bread again.
Other gluten free options are: Exotic Brown Rice Bread, Raisin Pecan Bread, Rice Almond Bread, Rice Millet, Rice Pecan, White Rice, and a host of others.
I have not tried their newer gluten free options: Sprouted Almond, Sprouted Cinnamon Raisin, Sprouted Flax Bread, Sprouted 3 Seed Bread. I’d be interested to try these as the original Brown Rice Bread has a very crumbly texture, even after being toasted, and doesn’t travel well in packed meals.
Best for: a variety of GF options! Sprouted too.
I found Free Bread Inc. through Instagram, and then one of my best friends told me it was her favourite GF bread ever so I had to give it a try. I have only tried the MOXY variety (millet, oat and flax based), but they also offer Gringo (sorghum and hemp based). They also offer slider buns, a ciabatta-like bread, bagels and muffins, which I have yet to try. Not all their bread is vegan, as they do offer one bread containing cheese, but the majority of their offerings are vegan.
Personally I find the MOXY bread to be very seedy, and full of texture and flavour. It is not too reminiscent of white bread, but rather a seedy, healthy bread (in a good way!).
Best for: seed and texture lovers.
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BFree bread is both gluten and wheat free, and every single products seem to be vegan. They offer an impressive variety of products including tortillas, bagels, sandwich bread and pita, which I haven’t seen any other vegan & gluten free brands offer. I have not tried any of their products yet myself, but a few friends of mine really adore their products, so it makes the list!
Best for: pita!
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Breadsrsly was another brand that I tried very early on in my gluten free adventures. I have only tried the Sweet Onion Sourdough so far, and made the mistake of freezing the loaf before cutting it (cut it before freezing!! don’t make my mistake). Overall, I loved the flavour of the bread, but the texture was similar to the Food For Life Brown Rice bread–a little more crumbly, and didn’t travel well. I adore Breadsrsly for the flavour of their onion bread, and love their packaging as well. It’s sleek, and doesn’t make you feel like you’re eating “specialty” or “healthy” bread. They are San Francisco based, and I find their bread very difficult to find in NYC, but if you’re a sourdough lover it’s worth a shot!
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At Bread SRSLY, we are ✨PASSIONATE✨ about sourdough. Our bread rises for 12+ hours (something you just won’t get from conventional bread), and that results in light and tender loaves with a nice crumb. We hand bake everything in our dedicated gluten-free kitchen in Berkeley, and our greatest joy is reuniting gluten-free eaters with their beloved sourdough when they thought it was gone forever. 🍞❤️
These are only a handful of the incredible gluten free & vegan bread options on the market today, and everyone has different tastes and preferences so I’d recommend you try a variety in order to find your favourite. It’s easy to get discouraged if you don’t enjoy trying your first vegan or gluten free food item, but we are so fortunate to have options–so take advantage of that and try until you find your one!
Updated September 20th, 2017
A quick update to include some of YOUR favourite bread brands in response to my list of faves! I have not personally tried these two brands, but they came highly recommended to me so here they are:
Coco Bakes has almost what I would describe as a…. dare I say it… cult gluten-less bread eating following. I say this because as soon as I shared this blogpost, I got several messages within the first hour recommending her sourdough which is only made and available for purchase on the weekends (online and for pickup in LA). The bakery offers a variety of other gorgeous items, but the sourdough is supposedly a must-try.
I discovered The Greater Knead in the freezer section of local NYC vegan grocery store, Orchard Grocer. Unfortunately, I had a long day ahead of me on what was a hot September day, so I didn’t pick any up but I did share it on my Instagram stories and you all told me I HAD to try it. Upon further research (read: stalking their Instagram), I discovered they also offer rainbow bagels and french toast bagels. Kneadless to say (ha), I will definitely be trying these bagels out because to this day, one of the few things I’ll eat containing gluten despite the stomach pains, is bagels.
Love & bread!
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