Gluten-free Bread Options

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One of the biggest challenges in adhering to a gluten-free diet is going without bread. A few years ago there were scant choices to supplant your bread urges. Luckily, today there are many choices on the market. Trouble is lots of them taste like cardboard. If you are also vegan, the quest for sufficient bread can be doubly challenging. Manufacturers in some cases seem to be adding more egg in place of gluten.

Here are some gluten-free bread options that are delicious and satisfying. Keep in mind you can also make such breads at home. Food for Life makes gluten-free bread, English muffins and tortillas. The company has been around for 50 years. It was started in the 1960’s by Max Torres who spent his life exploring the health food scene. His grandchildren run the company now. All the ingredients are non-GMO and organic. They even grow their own grains. No refined sugar, shortening or artificial preservatives are used in their products.  Tortillas come in black and brown rice flavors. There is brown rice and red rice bread, made from Bhutanese rice. These have a warm, nutty flavor. The company has recently come out with a new line including: Flaxseed, Almond, Original, and Cinnamon Raisin flavors.

Ener-G became famous in the vegan world for its egg substitute, but few know that they also make bread. The family that owns the company was originally looking for healthy, low-protein foods. But they’ve recently jumped on the gluten-free bandwagon. They make dinner rolls, English muffins, pizza shells, cookies, crackers, pretzels, flour and bread crumbs that are gluten-free and vegan. Their varieties of gluten-free bread include: “Light Brown Rice Loaf, Light White Rice Flax Loaf, Brown Rice Loaf, White Rice Loaf and Tapioca Loaf.” These don’t fall apart in crumbs like some gluten-free bread does. They taste good but are really nice when toasted. Last stop Manna Organics, purveyors of gluten free, vegan breads. It’s also certified kosher and organic. They have five different kinds of gluten-free bread including Original, Open Sesame, Ciao Chia, Ancient Grains and Cinnamon Raisin. They also sell kale chips, vegan spreads, and a vegan seasoning that kind of tastes like cheese. Check out these products online or see if your local, upscale supermarket or health food store carries them.

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