Taste Test: Gluten-Free Breads

by in Gluten-Free, Taste Test, April 6, 2012
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Is your favorite gluten-free bread on our list?

The gluten-free phenomenon has lead to dozens of new products on store shelves. Breads and baked goods are some of the hardest foods to make tasty and sans gluten. We polled our readers and took their favorite brands for a test drive.

The Criteria
For this taste test, we rated breads based on taste, texture, nutrition and cost. Each variety was rated on a 5-point scale (5 being the highest). Gluten-free breads are famously higher in calories so we tried hard to find some smart and tasty options. Most of the brands recommended toasting for best taste –this was definitely the preferable way for just about all of the options.

Food for Life – Millet Bread
Rating: 3.5
Cost: $5.99
Nutrition Info (per slice): 100 calories; 21 grams carbohydrates; 0.5 gram fiber
Our Take: The millet gave this bread a pleasant nutty and sweet flavor. While many GF breads are dry and crumbly, this was almost too chewy. The slices are tiny and overall, not worth the price.

Food for Life – White Rice Bread
Rating: 3.5
Cost: $5.99
Nutrition Info (per slice): 110 calories; 22 grams carbohydrates; 0.5 gram fiber
Our Take: Another small and overly chewy bread. The white rice did make for a slightly lighter consistency and subtly sweet flavor. The ingredient list was plain and simple (a good thing). This option would be best toasted with jam.

Udi’s Whole Grain Loaf
Rating: 5
Cost: $ 4.99
Nutrition Info (per slice): 75 calories; 12 grams carbohydrates; 0.5 gram fiber
Our Take: A favorite from our Facebook fans, this bread lived up to the hype. Made from brown rice flour and potato and tapioca starches, this dairy, nut and soy-free option uses egg whites for texture and evaporated cane juice for sweetness. This was the only option that really tasted good without being toasted. A great choice for sandwiches or even French toast.

Whole Foods Gluten-Free Sandwich Bread
Rating: 4
Cost: $6.99
Nutrition Info (per slice): 150 calories; 24 grams carbohydrates; 0 grams fiber
Our Take: Made from rice, tapioca, eggs and milk, this bread tasted great toasted. It was moist, sweet and dense – reminiscent of a thin slice savory pound cake. One slice for breakfast might be as far as you should go – especially for 150 calories per tiny slice.

Genius by Glutino White Sandwich Bread

Rating: 4.5
Cost: $4.99
Nutrition Info (per slice): 80 calories; 11 grams carbohydrates; less than 1 grams fiber
Our Take: This bread was made from a similar combo of ingredients — potato, rice, tapioca and egg whites. It had good flavor but was dryer than the Udi’s brand. It was still a solid option overall.

Tell Us: What other gluten-free products should we test?

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Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC, is a registered dietitian, certified athletic trainer and owner of Dana White Nutrition, Inc., which specializes in culinary and sports nutrition. See Dana’s full bio »

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  2. fiksy says:

    My husband has found he likes Canyon Bakehouse the best (http://canyonbakehouse.com/). He specifically likes the Mountain White, the Rosemary & Thyme Focaccia and the Hamburger Buns.

    • Karen says:

      I agree. Canyon Bakehouse is the only store-bought brand I like. I would never recommend any of the gluten free breads that were a part of this taste test.

  3. Kate says:

    We love Canyon Bakehouse bread and have stopped eating other gluten-free breads. We like the Mountain White and the 7-Grain as well as the Cinnamin Raisin for French Toast. It works for making panninis, too — something we thought we thought we could no longer have when we found out we had celiac disease.

  4. Julie says:

    Udi's Whole Grain Gluten Free bread tops all the above!

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  6. Udi's is by far the most tolerable, however I don't understand why anyone would brag about evaporated cane juice. It's just a trendy new description for sugar.

  7. Misty says:

    I do have to point out that Food For Life Wheat and Gluten Free breads do not use eggs or dairy making them vegan as well as GF. (only the White Rice Bread contains honey so it is not a vegan option) And they are sweetened with fruit juice rather than evaporated cane sugar. There aren't many vegan options available in Gluten Free breads.

  8. My son's favorite is Canyon Bakehouse's 7 Grain Bread. It is light and has a nice loft to it compared to Udi's which seems dryer and smaller in size. He also likes Canyon Bakehouse' hamburger buns and Udi's Whole Grain bagels and Udi's Pizza Crust.

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