There is a common assumption when it comes to gluten-free that it’s a cliche now. “Gluten-free bread is like cardboard.” *sigh* Not all gluten-free bread is amazing, and I’ve certainly tried some that are downright awful. One universal truth to the gluten-free bread debates: there is not only one right answer. I’ll even go further than that. There is no unified idea of what defines gluten-free bread as good. What I’ve found is that when we are imitating wheat products. Everyone has a different idea of what makes something good. Even in my house, we have different ideas. One of the things I look for in bread that I enjoy is how soft it is, especially when toasted. Something that my husband likes is a good structure that holds up to sandwiches and isn’t gummy. Now, I don’t mind some gumminess in bread, such as the Glutino bread, if it is soft. So when I talk about what makes bread good, I recognize that everyone is going to have different opinions. And looking for different things. So saying that I like a brand of bread isn’t enough. Saying “this is the best bread” isn’t something that’s going to work here.
What Information is Important?
The number one thing to look at first is safety. First, is it gluten-free? Second, is it done in a dedicated facility? Third, what other allergens does it contain? These are the most important questions. Other questions are secondary. All brands of bread that made the cut are gluten-free and made in a dedicated facility. I have made note of the allergens they contain as well. The other aspects of bread are so subjective that they are hard to categorize. So this list will inevitably be a compilation of my opinions on bread. I have attempted to look at the reviews to get other opinions besides my own. And have tried to ask the following questions. Is it good toasted? Is it good untoasted (such as for sandwiches)? Is it soft? Is it bigger or smaller than other gluten-free brands of bread? I have also included other general observations. In the end, this list and any writings on this site are a matter of opinion. I hope this list will be helpful in narrowing down what bread brands to try. Make sure you read all the way to the bottom for my all-time favorite bread (and a bit of a hidden gem).
Gluten-Free Bread List
This list will be updated periodically, but of course, it is up to the consumer to verify prices, allergens, and all other details about the products prior to purchase or use.
And in no particular order…here is the Gluten-Free Bread List:
Franz Gluten-Free Bread
I decided to include these loaves of bread together in one entry because they are so like each other. It’s obvious that they are the same base recipe with different flavors and variety thrown in. So if you like one of them, you’ll like them all. I have eaten this bread on many occasions and it is the main one that we use in our home. Price is one reason for that because I am able to get it at a Franz Outlet near me for $4.50 per loaf. The online price on their website is $7.85. We enjoy this bread because it has a great structure and doesn’t fall apart. It is also one that we can use untoasted. When toasted, it has a soft inside texture as well. It does not have a gummy mouthfeel. Negatives: This is a standard “gluten-free size” loaf. For those unfamiliar: it is approximately half the size of their gluten counterpart. There have been reports of some mold issues before the date stamped on the packaging. Allergy notes: Yeast, Eggs, Blueberry loaf contains food dyes Click here to visit their website.
Udi’s Gluten-Free Bread
Again, I am including these loaves together due to their similarity. Udi’s has many different types of bread products, but I’m going to only talk about the sandwich bread here. Overall: My favorite thing about Udi’s bread, especially the white bread? It reminds me so much of “regular” bread when toasted. Crusty, crumbly outside, and soft on the inside. My husband informs me that he is not as fond of this one as that softness when toasted translates to him as “gummy”. Negatives: The biggest, and most common complaint – large holes inside the loaves. These are not small pockets. But cavernous holes that affect the entire loaf, or almost the entire loaf. This is particularly an issue with the large size loaves they carried. Although I haven’t seen them lately and am unsure if they’re discontinued. Allergy Notes: Eggs and Yeast Click here to visit their website.
Sticking to the most popular and available, I chose Canyon Bakehouse next. This is a brand that usually doesn’t register for me because its like Franz. And as I mentioned earlier, Franz has an outlet near me which makes their bread a killer deal. Overall: Canyon Bakehouse bread has a good structure. It isn’t dry and crumbly like Udi’s or some others untoasted. It also toasts up nicely and doesn’t give you the gummy texture. The Negatives: Like other gluten-free bread, this is a small loaf. You can expect it to be about half the size of a typical wheat bread slice. Most of the negative reviews mention its size. And a few reviewers sharing that it has gotten noticeably smaller over time. The biggest negative that I need to note though is that it contains oat flour. Oats are a difficult one. Because many Celiacs are unable to eat even certified oat products. Although this oat flour is certified gluten-free though for those who can handle it. This is reason enough to not recommend it for me. Allergy Notes: Eggs, Yeast, and Oats Click here to visit their website.
BFree is a brand I have a more limited experience with, but I did enjoy most of the products I’ve used from them. Overall: The texture of the products was good. The size of the slices is larger than the typical gluten-free bread size. Unlike some other breads on the list, this one is vegan. Negatives: While the size of the slice is good, the size of the loaf is…strange. It almost looks like they took a partial loaf and put it in the bag. There are fewer slices in the bag than in other loaves, but the sizes of the slices themselves are larger. Allergy Notes: Yeast Click here to visit their website.
Glutino was an early favorite in my household. They have a huge variety of products and we’ve enjoyed most of the ones we’ve tried. My kids make sure the pretzels don’t last long! Overall: The texture of this loaf is completely unique. It is very soft and I will say its one of my favorite slices to eat untoasted. But, it is soft enough that it will easily tear when buttering it. So you need to be gentle with it. Negatives: The softness of the bread comes at a cost of gumminess and fragility. You are going to get more of the gummy texture when you eat this one. Allergen Notes: Yeast, Eggs Click here to visit their website.
Rudi’s is another popular brand to find around the gluten-free bread aisle. And deserves a spot on this list. Overall: The texture is close to Canyon Bakehouse and Franz. This means it has good structure and doesn’t crumble apart. Negatives: My big negative with this brand is that they offer both gluten-free and gluten products. At least one other brand on this list does this as well. But Rudi’s puts their products in very similar packaging. And the stores frequently shelve them near each other. This can cause confusion. I recommend double- and triple-checking these products before purchasing. Allergen Notes: Honey, Yeast, Eggs Click here to go to their website.
Schar Gluten Free
Schar brand gluten-free products are very popular and in just about every store. This means that if you like this bread it is easily available. They also have sales on their site online for free shipping or other discounts. So if you wait for those to stock up you can save a bunch of money. Overall: I’m not a fan of their bread texture. Schar has many products, but I’m going to focus on sandwich bread here. The texture of this bread begs to be toasted. Honestly, it is pretty unpalatable before toasting. It tends to be more expensive and shorter loaves than other gluten-free bread as well. However, if you do like the texture of this bread, or always toast your bread, this is a good option. Negatives: Like Rudi’s, I have some hesitation with Schar. The company is in Europe and has started to use gluten-free wheat in its products. It is extremely important to decide whether you are okay with that. While I won’t go into this here, I do recommend reading up on gluten-free wheat or wheat starch. This also concerns me because many people are both gluten-free and allergic to wheat. Use caution when looking at this brand. Currently, wheat in any form is not an ingredient in their sliced loaves. Always check the ingredients before purchasing. Allergen Notes: Wheat, Soy, Honey, and Yeast Click here to go to their website.
This one is less prevalent nationally, but it is starting to get there. It is somewhat local to me so I have seen it around for years. Although I might not be able to forgive the name they chose. Which will forever remind me of my 8th grade English teacher. Alright Happy Campers, let’s talk about this bread. Overall: I love that this is a certified organic brand. Especially when you first start gluten-free your body can just be in reaction mode. Taking it as simple as possible is usually helpful. They have a variety of flavors. I have to say, as far as flavors go, this one has got to be on or near the top of the gluten-free bread mountain. Negatives: I do hate to say this, as much as I love the taste, but the texture is just … hard. It has been a few years since I’ve tried this one, but I have taken a look in stores at it and it doesn’t seem to have changed. Like some other bread, this one is great toasted. However, I would not recommend it as untoasted sandwich bread. Allergen Notes: Yeast Click here to go to their website.
New Cascadia Traditional
I had to finish this Gluten-Free Bread list out with my all-time favorite. In fact, I will keep mentioning these guys all over the place. This is another local company but is available nationwide. This will come off as if I am their salesperson, but I have no financial or personal ties to them. Overall: First of all, these guys are a family business, not run by a corporation which I love. Just a mama finding the best bread to feed her family and then expanding to help other families. How can you not love their story? I’ve gotta say the best part is the bread and other products. They have so much variety. Most companies on this list are using the same basic recipe and applying it to different flavors. While New Cascadia does this to some extent, they have at least 3 or 4 different recipes they use. But I’m going to have to rave about their challah above everything else. It’s a boule loaf that doesn’t come sliced, but I would slice it and use it for sandwiches on the food cart. I also used it to make stuffed french toast. If you haven’t tried these guys, you are missing out. Negatives: They also have some sliced bread, and sometimes it can be on the more crumbly side. Although not more than other bread on this list. Never the challah, though. It does the squish and expands thing you’d expect from wheat bread. They are not available in stores nationwide which I have to put on the negative side. But you can order from their website to have it shipped. The website option is going to give you more limited options than going in person. If you’re in the Portland, OR area then you can go right to the store. The last negative I will mention is the shelf life. They keep their recipes simple, without most preservatives in other brands. So they have a shorter shelf life. But they freeze very nicely. Allergen Notes: Varies by product. Some products contain certified gluten-free oats, eggs, and dairy. But most are vegan and oat-free. Click here to visit their website.
Notes on the Gluten-Free Bread List
This Gluten-Free Bread list is in no way a complete and total compilation of all gluten-free bread. For one thing, I have only listed you can find in stores and not any recipes. There are some amazing gluten-free bakeries out there that only sell to their local area. This would be a never-ending list if I tried to include them all. But, if you think I left off any important contenders, please let us know. Visit our contact us page or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also use that same email for any other suggestions of what to cover for future articles. Are you just starting out and want to find a good jumping-off point? Click here to jump to my 10 tips for starting a gluten-free diet.