As part of my duty to this blog, I try a lot of products I wouldn’t normally buy. Gluten Free bread is high on that list. I’m not trying to be Gluten Free. I love all my gluten products. But I understand.
I have a family member that has been celiac for many decades and can’t touch the stuff. He shops at Trader Joe’s all the time. It’s one of his favorite grocery stores because of the amount of Gluten Free products they carry. In order to help him, I’ve been doing as many Gluten Free reviews as I possibly can.
One of the most basic things that most people love is the bread and is one of the hardest Gluten Free things to get right. The taste, the texture, the appearance. It can go wrong fast.
I don’t know when, but in the past couple of years, Trader Joe’s has moved a lot of their Gluten Free bread products to their own area, usually right next to the existing lineup of bread.
For those of us that like regular wheat bread, it’s come at a cost of less options. That’s OK, I always thought that Trader Joe’s had an abundant selection of normal bread. It’s one of the things I really like about my local Trader Joe’s is that I can mostly count on a decent loaf at a good price.
OK, on to the Gluten Free Whole Grain Bread with Brown rice, sorghum, Amaranth, and Teff. I know what the rest of those grains are but never heard of Teff. Had to look that one up. “Eragrostis tef, also known as teff, Williams lovegrass or annual bunchgrass, is an annual grass, a species of lovegrass native to the Horn of Africa, notably what is today modern-day Ethiopia and Eritrea. It is cultivated for its edible seeds, also known as teff.” Well OK, that’s some cool stuff.
The first thing you notice is how small the loaf of bread is. I would say it’s half to a 1/3 the size of a regular sandwich loaf you would see at a mainstream grocery store.
The whole loaf only weighs in at 12oz when a normal loaf would be about twice that. When you take it out of the bag, the slices are so small! I took a picture with a quarter next to it, so maybe it’s 4 inches wide. If I was making a sandwich, I’d have to make two of them because it’s really, really small.
But we aren’t here to talk about the size. How does it taste? Just like whole-wheat bread. I ate a piece without doing anything to it and found it to have a flavor and texture so similar to whole wheat bread, that I could barely tell the difference.
The holes and the mouthfeel and everything about it are just like regular bread. I am impressed. I toasted a piece to see what it would do and it toasted up just like regular bread and tasted wonderful with a little butter on it if a little small! 😉 The only small hint that you aren’t dealing with gluten is there was a slight gumminess when I chewed it too long, but I doubt you would be able to tell the difference.
I wholeheartedly recommend this bread if you are avoiding gluten!
GLUTEN FREE WHOLE GRAIN BREAD: Water, Tapioca Starch, Potato Starch, Brown Rice Flour, Cane Sugar, Rice Flour with Cultured Rice Flour (for freshness), Modified Tapioca Starch, Whole Grain Sorghum Flour, Whole Grain Amaranth Flour, Expeller Pressed Canola Oil, Whole Grain Teff, Xanthan Gum, Yeast, Egg Whites, Tapioca Maltodextrin, Baking Powder (Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate, Sodium Bicarbonate, Potato Flour, Monocalcium Phosphate), Flaxseed Meal, Sea Salt, Molasses, Calcium Sulfate, Enzymes. CONTAINS EGGS.