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A helpful guide to finding the best gluten-free, vegan bread brands taste tested and approved! You’ll find a ton of bread variety options that are carried in grocery stores or ordered online and shipped directly to you. This is the ultimate guide to vegan and gluten-free bread, including sandwich bread, sourdough, buns, bagels, and more!
A Guide to Vegan and Gluten Free Bread Brands!
Typically, vegan and gluten-free bread and baked goods are difficult to find because eggs are often added to the gluten-free flour blend as a binder. Therefore, many gluten-free bread recipes are, in fact, gluten-free, but they are not vegan.
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 no particular order.
Let’s just say not all gluten-free and vegan bread is good, tasty bread! But you can guarantee that if it’s on this list, it’s delicious, egg-free, dairy-free, and gluten-free!
And, of course, if you prefer to home-make your gluten-free bread, check out my gluten-free sourdough bread starter highlight on Instagram!
How to Store Vegan Gluten-Free Bread
When storing gluten-free bread, it’s important (usually) to keep it in the fridge. You can also store it in the freezer for the best freshness, but it’s important that you slice your bread before storing it. It’s really difficult to slice into frozen bread, so make sure you do this before storing it in the freezer!
Gluten-free and vegan bread is best enjoyed freshly toasted regardless, so my preferred method of storage is slicing, freezing, toasting, and then serving!
Without further ado, here’s my list of the BEST gluten-free, vegan bread brands!
Gluten-Free Sliced Bread and Buns
Little Northern Bakehouse
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 Bread Loaf, and the Millet & Chia buns. The brand 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 loaves, as their original loaves are a little bit smaller sized and new to me–hot dog buns! As of 2021, they now offer pizza crusts, bagels, and more. Yum!
Best for: gluten-free buns, toast, most similar to white bread.
Food for Life
Food for Life Baking Co. was the first brand that introduced me to bread alternatives. Before I stopped eating gluten, I used to eat their Ezekiel sprouted bread (I can still eat these sometimes), 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 gluten-free vegan 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 huge variety of GF options! Sprouted options also.
BFree Bread is both gluten and wheat free, and every single one of their gluten-free bread products seems to be vegan. They offer an impressive variety of products, including tortillas, bagels, sandwich bread, and pita, which I haven’t seen any other gluten-free vegan brands offer.
I tried the pita bread last time I was in Europe and absolutely loved it. I can’t speak for the rest of the product line personally!
Best for: pita bread!
Gluten-Free Sourdough Bread (Plus Pastries & More!)
Breadblok makes the best gluten-free, vegan bread I’ve had the pleasure of eating, hands down. Though it is local to Los Angeles, you can also online order nationwide. If you ever find yourself in the area, however, be sure to make a stop at one of Breadblok’s all-organic and gluten-free bakery cafés because they not only have bread but an entire range of pastries and some light bites. Not everything is vegan, but much of the menu is!
I recommend the buckwheat sourdough (heavenly) and the chestnut bread.
The chocolate peanut butter cookie is also a favourite. I have tried most of the other vegan pastries, like the banana bread and scones, and didn’t love them, but the cookie never disappoints.
Best for: sourdough, chocolate peanut butter cookie
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 blog post, 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 lovely!
High on my list is the North Carolina-based brand Simple Kneads, which makes my favourite gluten-free, vegan sourdough bread. It is refrigerator stable for a few weeks and also stores well in the freezer in 3 pre-sliced 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. Also, the size of these slices is wonderful and, for once, not tiny just because it’s gluten-free.
Best for: gluten-free sandwich bread, sourdough lovers (the ferment is strong in flavour)
This POC, woman owned bakery makes incredible vegan and gluten-free sourdough bread in loaf form, cinnamon roll form, and bagel form!
Their loaf bread reminds me of a true white sourdough, and they offer bagels in flavours like blueberry, everything, and my personal favourite, togarashi! I recommend the bagels especially.
Best for: flavored bagels
This was a gem of a find that I am so excited to tell you about! Talia from Sixteen Mill makes the most amazing sourdough everything and vegan, gluten-free, refined sugar-free treats. Pictured below is her seeded bread, which is a must for sandwiches and toast, but she also makes fabulous gluten-free bagels, and her banana bread is to DIE for (I’m not even being dramatic).
Aside from bread, she also has a rotating menu of sweets, most of which are usually vegan-friendly too, so keep an eye out on their social media page for updates!
Get the: seeded bread, bagels, and banana bread (!!)
I discovered Sharon’s delicious baking company, WOW Bakes, through Instagram, and she is truly a gluten-free sourdough wizard. She’s got your standard bagels but also pop tarts and cookies (also made with sourdough). Her gluten-free bagels have been the best yet that I’ve tried, and the pop tarts are magical.
Get the: pop tarts, bagels, and chocolate chip cookies
I tried this sourdough on a whim as I was browsing gluten-free bread options at Erewhon! It was flavourful, delicious, and toasts really beautifully. I didn’t get a chance to really try it on its own because I ended up using it for a joke TikTok video, but the bites I had, I enjoyed! It’s not my #1 favourite, but I’d definitely buy it again.
Gluten Free Bagels
The Greater Knead
I discovered The Greater Knead in the freezer section of the 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.
For my paleo friends out there, The Pagel is a great gluten-free and vegan bagel option. They are heavy in almond flour, so if that is an issue for you, stay away from them! Otherwise, they’ve got great flavours and can be stored in the freezer and toasted.
Texturally, they are not exactly bread-like, but they make a wonderful paleo option, which, again, is hard to come by!
Gluten-Free Vegan Bread Conclusion
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. This list is an excellent place to start!
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!
Gluten-free bread often contains ingredients that make it non-vegan, such as honey, milk, or butter. Some gluten-free bread brands also contain eggs, which are commonly used as a binding agent in baking. If these animal products are used, then the bread is not vegan. This list, however, contains brands that do make gluten-free, vegan bread options.
To make vegan & gluten-free bread, alternative grains, and plant-based ingredients are used instead of regular dairy, eggs, and wheat gluten. Many of the gluten-free, vegan bread brands above use a variety of the following ingredients:
–Gluten-free flours: Alternative flour blends made from grains such as brown rice flour, quinoa, millet, oat flour, sorghum flour, or buckwheat flour.
–Starch: Tapioca starch, potato starch, or corn starch are used to create a light and airy texture in gluten-free, vegan bread.
–Plant-based milk: Plant-based milk, such as almond, soy, or oat milk, can be used instead of regular dairy milk to add moisture and flavor to the bread dough.
–Oil or vegan butter: Plant-based oils or vegan butter can be used to add moisture, richness, and flavor.
–Xanthan gum: Xanthan gum is a plant-based ingredient commonly used in gluten-free bread making to improve the texture and help bind the dough together.
–Yeast: Yeast is often used as a leavening agent in gluten-free, vegan bread to help it rise and create a fluffy texture.
–Sweeteners: Sweeteners like maple syrup or agave nectar can be used to add sweetness. These are an alternative to honey, which is not vegan.
Some recipes also call for apple cider vinegar, aquafaba, or chia seeds as an egg replacement and standard ingredients like baking powder, baking soda, and salt in their vegan and gluten-free bread recipe. Whatever their recipe is, these brands have figured out the perfect bread!