And even if we are not eating bread, pasta, or cookies every day, gluten is found in a lot of comfort foods. From mom’s lasagna to the classic grilled cheese, it was hard to imagine a life without these yummy treats. Especially losing my preious bread.
Thankfully, through my journey I am finding out that there are a lot of gluten-free bread options, which has really lifted my spirits. However, if you have been gluten-free for long enough, you have probably also realized that not all gluten-free bread is the same. Some can be seriously delicious and hard distinguish from regular bread. Annnnd some brands kind of miss the mark.
The true test that I use to determine if gluten-free bread meets my needs is whether it passes the sandwich test.
Yes you heard me, the sandwich test.
Can you make a piled high, stuffed-to-the-max, delicious gluten-free sandwich, WITHOUT the bread:
All jokes aside, finding the right gluten-free bread that fits my taste, is versatile, and can pass the good 'ol sandwich test has been an adventure.
BUT with some trial and error I have discovered some great brands that actually don’t have me missing gluten-filled bread (well... almost). Here are the best tasting gluten-free bread brands I have found so far, a couple of my personal favourites, and a few local stores they can be found at!
Schar is definitely a brand that I feel has mastered gluten-free bread. A big bonus you get with Schar is that it does not fall apart when you make a sandwich! And trust me this can be a common occurrence with some gluten-free products. Also, when it comes to flavour and texture, I love the loads of seeds and grains you get with this brand making it just like any other multigrain bread. This is my go-to brand for any kind of sandwich, toast in the morning, or even for a sweet treat on the weekends as french toast.
Schar products can be found at Longo’s, Nature’s Emporium and Vince's Market locally (York Region Ontario). But here is a link to their website to help you find where they sell it closer to you!
Aiden's has nearly perfected gluten-free pitas, and they're actually the brand used by Pita Pit. I am pretty impressed with their flavour and texture as they're light and doughy, and don't taste as grainy as some other gluten-free pitas. At the same time, Aiden's pitas can rip pretty easily if you fill it up too much, so don't get too greedy with your toppings. So far these are the best pitas I have come across and really fulfilled my needs.
When it comes to Aiden's loafs, I really enjoy the Red Lentil Sandwich Bread as it reminds me of a tasty sourdough bread. It keep its shape well just like Schar when you build a sandwich and it has ended up being one of my go-to brands for a while now. I will caution though, that the bread is made from lentils so if you seem to be sensitve to lentils this may not be the brand for you.
I can find Aidens at Nature’s Emporium and Longo’s but again here is a link to find it in a store near you.
For those of you that are sad to see those good ‘ol bagels go, have no fear, O'Dough has got you covered! These gluten-free bagels are soooo delicious, and although they are small, their texture is perfect in my opinion, and they are only 100 calories each! So there is no need to feel guilty when indulging in this one! (as if there was guilt in the first place)
Hands down the best gluten-free flatbread for a quick homemade pizza or pleasing some gluten-free guests with a yummy bruschetta appy. This one is almost unrecognizable as gluten-free. It's soft, a little fluffy, and not as dense as most other gluten-free flatbread products I've eaten. This is something I have shared as an app with my partner, who is not gluten-free, and he even said he could not tell the difference.
O'Doughs is found in a lot of grocery stores in Ontario from Superstore and Loblaws, Metro, Sobey’s, and even Vince's Market. Here is a store locator just in case you are not close to any of these retailers.
It took me a while to find good gluten-free wraps and has been one of the more difficult products to replace on my low-FODMAP journey. I either found wraps with absolutely no flavour, it fell apart as soon as I touched it, or unfortunately (and usually) I'd get both. I discovered La Tortilla Factory wraps when I found myself craaaaving the pre-made wraps at Nature’s Emporium and finally just did a little digging to find out the brand. I find these wraps hold up better than others and because they are a little doughy in texture they simulate a regular wrap really well.
Again I found these at Nature’s Emporium, a local health food store near me, but check out their website to see where you can find them near you!
Keep in mind that these brands work really well for me, but they may not be for everyone. The low-FODMAP diet is a personal one, and this is YOUR journey. My hope is that I can just make it a little bit less bumpy. I hope some of these brands give you a good starting point on your gluten-free endenver, and let me know if you find any awesome brands of your own!