Whether by necessity or by choice, people are transitioning to a gluten-free/vegan lifestyle at increasing rates, leaving companies scrambling to meet demand for basics such as bread. Made without any dairy, eggs, cheese, butter or other animal byproducts, these breads are getting their much-deserved time in the spotlight as part of this rapidly growing segment in the natural foods industry. Here are nine companies creating gluten-free vegan breads full of flavor, fiber and protein.
Luce’s Artisan Gluten Free Bread mixes require 15 minutes of work and only one added ingredient to produce a rustic loaf of bread that is crusty on the outside yet soft in the middle. Combine the mix with water, mold it and bake it in the bag included with the mix. Words cannot properly express how incredibly easy these mixes are to prepare. Each one is also free of nuts, soy, added sugar and oils. Consumers can purchase the sourdough, Really “Rye,” Italian and Bold Buckwheat bread mixes online. Not third-party certified.
BFree’s range of loaves, pita bread, rolls, bagels and wraps are high in fiber, low in fat and low in calories. Made with allergen-friendly ingredients, these breads get their protein and fiber from whole peas, apples and potatoes, and use a blend of buckwheat and corn flours to create a structure reminiscent of wheat-based breads. Certified gluten free by Gluten Free Certification Organization.
Bloomfield Farms has joined the prepared foods category with its new vegan bread that is free of the top eight allergens. Produced in a dedicated gluten-free and peanut-free facility, this sandwich bread gets its soft, fluffy texture from a rice, sorghum and millet flour base. The bread contains both guar and xanthan gums. Certified gluten free by Celiac Support Association.
Bread SRSLY’s sourdough bread is an industry breakthrough—one without any dairy, eggs, soy or nuts. The company was born out of a college student’s unrequited love for a guy with gluten sensitivity, which led to the discovery of her own gluten sensitivity and an understanding of gluten-free ingredients. Available in classic, seeded, kale, sandwich and dinner rolls, these breads can be purchased online. Happily, that student—Bread SRSLY’s owner—won over the guy in the end. Certified gluten free by Gluten Free Certification Organization.
The new Follow Your Heart vegan bread line includes three types of bread and two types of tortillas. The brioche, millet and oat breads and classic and chia & flax tortillas are all made with plant-based, non-GMO and hearty whole grain ingredients. In addition to being vegan, these breads are also free of nuts and soy. Certified gluten free by Celiac Support Association.
Food for Life has added a line of vegan breads, called Sprouted for Life, to its offerings. Made from sprouted quinoa, millet and chia seeds, these breads are reported to have a soft and chewy texture reminiscent of wheat bread. Available in four flavors—Original 3 Seed, flax, almond and cinnamon raisin—these new protein- and fiber-packed breads are formulated to maximize nutrition and aid digestion. Not third-party certified.
The new line of “free from” breads from Happy Campers comprises groundbreaking allergen-free creations made from a nutritious mix of millet, quinoa, amaranth, buckwheat and sorghum flours. Available in five flavors and hamburger buns, they are free of eggs and dairy, potato and common allergens such as soy, rice, corn and nuts. And the ingredients are organic and non-GMO. The breads are hearty with a soft middle and chewy crust. Choose from Classy Slice, Super Bread, Hemp Hemp Hooray, Stompin’ Good Seedy Buckwheat Molasses, Cravin’ Raisin Cinnamon Spice and Wild Buns. Certified gluten free by Gluten Free Certification Organization.
Little Northern Bakehouse’s line of vegan breads is also free of soy and nuts and has expanded to include hamburger and hot dog buns. The sandwich bread comes in three flavors: Cinnamon & Raisin, Seeds & Grains, and Millet & Chia. Made from only non-GMO ingredients, the breads’ taste and texture reportedly rivals wheat bread. Certified gluten free by Gluten Free Certification Organization.
O’Doughs’ new line of sandwich thins and flatbreads are vegan; however, they run on the same lines with other breads that contain eggs. The sandwich thins come in original and multigrain and are free of nuts but do contain soy flour. Use these sandwich thins in a panini press to create a sandwich that is sure to impress. Certified gluten free by Gluten Free Certification Organization.
News Editor Jennifer Harris is a gluten-free consultant and blogs at gfgotoguide.com.