Figuring out which gluten-free products we like has been (and still is) a daunting project. We hope that by sharing reviews of some of the products we try, we can simplify that process a little for you. We currently do not work with any sponsors; we are not receiving any payment or compensation for sharing this post, and our opinions are our own.
Since going gluten free, we’ve tried several bread products, which range from pretty yummy to completely crummy (you know who you are, flavorless wannabe bread). Some we’ve made at home using store-bought bread mixes, and others we’ve purchased pre-made. Eventually, we hope to try making bread completely from scratch—who doesn’t love a good loaf of homemade bread, after all?
To be completely honest, we haven’t found any bread products (whether bread, bagels, or muffins) that are exactly the same as the wheat products we used to buy or bake. Using gluten-free ingredients opens up a whole new spectrum of flavors and textures, for better or for worse. In the beginning, it usually feels like “for worse,” but we’ve got this dream that someday we’ll master the perfect gluten-free bread. When we do, you’ll be the first to know.
One of the things we quickly discovered is that many gluten-free bread products try to replicate the taste and texture of white bread. Since our taste buds lean heavily in the direction of whole wheat products, this has been a major disappointment on several occasions. We’ve also discovered that gluten-free baked goods taste best fresh. Of course, almost every baked good tastes best fresh out of the oven, but with gluten-free, it’s not unusual to find that what tasted pretty good on day 1 tastes pretty crummy on day 2, and what tasted pretty crummy on day 2 tastes AWFUL on day 3. Now, we’re used to the concept, but the first time, it was a huge shock and disappointment. At this point, we’re pretty much resigned to the fact that our fresh baked goods need to be eaten quickly or popped in the freezer for a later date.
So, after 8+ months shopping gluten-free, what is our go-to gluten-free bread?
Answer: Udi’s Gluten Free Whole Grain Bread.
A week or two before Heidi’s celiac diagnosis, we noticed that our Costco sold gluten-free bread. How long had it been there? We don’t know. We’d never given much thought to gluten before—until Heidi’s mom suggested that we request a test for celiac disease. Moms are pretty smart, aren’t they?
After we began our gluten-free shopping career, we quickly discovered that not only did Costco sell gluten-free bread, but that the price was (relatively speaking) fantastic: $7.59 for a large 30 oz (1 lb 14 oz) loaf is nothing to sneeze at. (Availability and prices may vary.)
This was one of the first gluten-free bread products we tried, and it’s one of the few that we’ve continued to eat on a regular basis. The taste and convenience it supplies and the price it demands land pretty squarely on our gluten-free equilibrium.
Here’s our quick list:
- Certified Gluten Free (buying certified products is the best option, when available).
- Wheat, Dairy, Soy, and Nut Free (the only common allergen we found was eggs).
- Lasts well and tastes good for several days (a week or more in the fridge). We’ve even frozen loaves so we have them on hand, and the taste is not affected.
- Holds together well for sandwiches, including packed lunches, but does not squish easily.
- Larger loaf size (versus commonly smaller loaves—selection varies) makes a more standard size sandwich. This is annoyingly difficult to find in the gluten-free world!
- Good flavor and texture (in our opinion), despite being different from gluten breads. It’s mild enough that it combines well with everything from PB&J to chicken salad.
- Very processed. This is not a “simple” bread.
- Definitely not the whole grain wheat bread we were used to eating, no matter what they call it. If you’re looking for a whole grain bread replacement, this ain’t it.
- Not the light, fluffy bread you might be looking for.
Udi’s has a great website, where you can check out this whole grain bread, as well as other products and resources. Overall, we’ve been pretty happy with the Udi’s products we’ve tried so far, including their cinnamon raisin bagels. We also like that Udi’s Gluten Free products are happy. 🙂
A quick note here, though. The ingredients on the Udi’s website for this product are no longer current, as of this posting. Here’s our current ingredient and nutrition information.
So, what’s our final rating for Udi’s Gluten Free Whole Grain Bread?
Not quite perfect, but for the price, really good.
Please chime in and share your own thoughts in the comments. Agree with us, disagree with us, add helpful tips, or share where you shop for this or similar products—all constructive feedback is welcome here!
P.S. While you may find this online, it’s generally for a 12 oz. size, not 30. Buyer beware!