8 Best Vegan Bread Brands
Bread: it’s the best part of any meal.
Whether you love bread rolls, breadsticks, bread slices, French toast, raisin bread, or some other form of this delicious carbohydrate, it’s impossible to argue its dangerously addictive nature.
Sadly, many forms of bread aren’t vegan. Many brands use eggs or milk proteins to stabilize, soften, and flavor their bread. Honey is a common sweetener. While some traditional bakeries still use simply yeast, water, and flour, it’s important to ask or check the label to be sure.
Do I need to avoid yeast-based bread?
Yeast is alive, but it isn’t an animal. It’s considered a fungus. It’s alive in the same sense that fruits, vegetables, and grains are alive.
In the breadmaking process, the yeast dies about halfway through the bread-baking process. If you’re (understandably) unsure whether or not you are comfortable consuming yeast, remember: it’s hard to imagine yeast as a fungus, but scientifically yeast is closer to mushrooms than to meat.
Unexpected (sometimes) non-vegan bread additives
Some vegans avoid white sugar because it’s processed with bone char. Others won’t eat anything processed with L. Cysteine, a feather-derived enzyme. No judgment – do what you feel is right.
If you’re just starting out as a new vegan, try not to be too hard on yourself or create a too-restrictive diet. It’s really difficult to find bread without white sugars. To know whether a loaf contains L. Cysteine, you’ll need to call the bread company. Begin by finding familiar foods that are mostly cruelty-free, then focus on the finer points of veganism once you’re comfortable cooking a plant-based diet.
In summary, to completely ensure your bread is vegan, you would need to either call your bread company or make your bread at home. Most of us don’t have the time to bake ourselves or contact our favorite bread corporation.
Thankfully, there are some incredible options for us well-meaning time-pinched vegans who don’t want to cut carbs. Keep reading for our favorite cruelty-free plant-based bread brands:
Vegan bread brands
Arnold is a vegan-conscious brand. While not all varieties of Arnold bread are vegan, the brand’s main varieties (like 100% Whole Wheat and Premium White) don’t contain animal products. The Arnold website itself offers a link to ingredient listing specifically for vegans needing a truthful bread brand.
While many of Arnold brand’s seed or whole grain varieties are not vegan, Simply Nature offers purely plant-based seed breads. Simply Nature’s SeedTastic bread is highly rated, with black sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, triticale, and more. Even better: this specific variety contains no white sugar. If you’re avoiding white sugar because of the bone char involved in creating its color, you’ll still be able to enjoy Simply Nature’s SeedTastic.
Some vegan brands can only be found in specialty stores. Nature’s Own, on the other hand, is probably in the bread aisle of every grocery store in your town. The brand’s 100% whole wheat loaf contains no animal products. There’s not even honey in the recipe, allowing you to enjoy your peanut butter and jelly sandwiches guilt-free.
Rudi’s Organic is purposefully vegan. Almost all of their loaves are plant-based – avoiding even honey for flavor – and their website explicitly informs visitors that Rudi’s loaves are vegan. Unfortunately, Rudi’s gluten-free loaves are not vegan (all of the gluten-free loaves contain eggs). While we wish Rudi’s offered gluten-free vegan breads, we’re happy to see Rocky Mountain sourdough, cinnamon raisin, and nut flavors in vegan-friendly form.
Thomas Bread built a reputation for delicious-smelling bagels and English muffins. If you loved the scent of Thomas blueberry bagels warming in the toaster before you became a vegan, don’t worry: you can still enjoy those heavenly fruit-filled bagels as a vegan. Thomas Bread creates many other vegan bagels, including cinnamon raisin, “everything,” and bagel thins. Before buying a Thomas-brand baked good, however, check the label. Thomas English Muffins (and some other products) are not vegan.
Food for Life
Food for Life is a well-known completely-vegan bakery. On their website, Food for Life defines a good vegan bread as “no eggs, dairy, or honey.” The website also cautions vegans to check all food labels from other brands, as some brands mistakenly label products as “vegan” but still include ingredients like honey or milk byproducts. Food for Life’s loaves are pricey, but they’re packed with nutrients. One slice of their Ezekiel 4:9 bread contains a whopping 4 grams of protein and 3 grams of fiber – not an easy feat to accomplish.
If you’re looking for a delicious gluten-free or nut-free vegan brand, look no further. BFree is an Irish brand that contains no gluten, nuts, or soy. Their chefs create a wide variety of vegan or nearly-vegan baked goods. The BFree white bread is completely vegan: it isn’t even sweetened with honey. Because BFree is made in Ireland, it can be difficult to find in the US. However, you can order it online from select retailers.
Dave’s Killer Bread
With the tagline “The Best Bread In The UNIVERSE,” you would hope Dave’s Killer Bread is halfway good (both in taste and ethics). Dave’s Killer Bread follows through on its promise. A soft texture and sweet nutty flavors shine through the bread’s rough exterior. For an interesting spin on traditional whole-wheat loaves, try Dave’s Blues Bread: cornmeal and sunflower seeds combine for hometown blues-band flavor.
These are just a few of the many yummy vegan bread options available. As our world has grown kinder, packaged foods have become more wholesome. Try one of these breads today and “vote” with your dollars for a cruelty-free world – one where we can all live free.