With almost 3 million Americans needing to eat a wheat-free or gluten-free diet, there are a plethora of great (and not so great) products to choose from.
When going gluten-free, giving up bread can be the most difficult part. Sigh. One could believe that the days of easy lunch sandwiches, warm grilled cheeses, and french toast breakfasts are gone forever. But fret not! Many companies have done their best to provide us wheat-free, gluten-free people with some great bread choices!
My Top Three Picks for Gluten-Free Breads
Through years of tasting a variety of gluten free foods, I have developed a list of what I consider to be the best gluten-free breads. Each product has been selected based on taste, texture, availability and ease of use.
#1 – Kinnikinnick Foods Gluten-Free Bread
Found in the freezer section of my local grocery store, I tried Kinnikinnick bread after reading several reviews and taste-tests. It is by far the most bread-like gluten-free bread I have ever tasted.
Delicious with the softness of wheat bread, it can be eaten without being toasted! Its slices are surprisingly close to that of a normal size loaf and it is under $5.
Kinnikinick comes in both white bread and multi-grain varieties, and uses a mixture of potato, brown rice, quinoa, and teff flours to achieve its amazing taste and texture.
#2 – Trader Joe’s Gluten-Free Multi-Grain Bread
Although it looks like your typical, very tiny, gluten-free loaf, Trader Joe’s Multi-Grain Bread is soft, slightly chewy and readily available, so its $4.50 price tag is slightly more digestible.
It only has 120 calories for 2 slices, and toasted, it makes a quick and easy breakfast or snack. Brown rice, amaranth, sorghum, and teff flour are the main ingredients listed.
#3 – Whole Foods Gluten-Free Prairie Bread
Found in the frozen foods section, Whole Foods Prairie Bread is full of seeds and nuts, which gives it a little more flavor and nutritional value than other multi-grain gluten-free breads.
At $5.99 a loaf it is the most expensive bread on the list. Made from rice flour, millet and buckwheat, it is dense, crumbly, and chewy. It falls apart easily, so it is best used for toast and grilled cheese sandwiches.
It does not have the pliable softness of wheat bread; however, if you are looking for something hearty to serve with stews and soups this bread is a suitable choice.
Baking Your Own Gluten-Free Bread
Special Bread Machine Note:
If you are going to make your own gluten-free bread using a bread machine, unless it has a gluten-free setting, you will need to override the bread maker settings and adjust for your gluten-free loaf.
The suggested gluten-free settings are 20 minutes mixing, 1-hour rise cycle, and an hour for baking.
About the author: Contributing author Jennifer Partridge is an artist, teacher, home school mom and experienced cook who has perfected a delicious gluten-free lifestyle. Look for her advice, recipes and gluten-free substitutions throughout the site.