Ener-G bread loaves were some of the first allergy-friendly bread options on the market. I often describe this company as a functional brand.
Not much has changed about the company in years – the original line of products look pretty much the same, new products are introduced slowly and methodically, and they evade flashy marketing. In fact, I can’t remember the last time I saw a promotion of any kind from Ener-G. They seem to follow an “if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it” motto, and truthfully, it does give them an image of reliability and trust.
We’ve sampled quite a few of their products, some of which have sadly been discontinued, but most of the Ener-G bread loaves have persisted. Our trials included two of the more popular options, the Tapioca Light Loaf and the Seattle Brown Loaf.
The bakers at Ener-G are quite serious with the name of the Tapioca Light Loaf. The entire thing weighs just 8 ounces, and one slice will only set you back 70 calories. Adults will love these snack-sized portions, and kids will enjoy eating a whole sandwich for themselves as each slice is perfectly sized for little hands.
The flavor of the Tapioca Loaf was very mild and it had an aftertaste that was quite similar to traditional white bread. Overall, it went with just about everything: dairy-free buttery spreads, jam, peanut butter, honey, you name it. Though it was gluten-free, the bread held together fairly well. We were able to enjoy it as the base for chunkier sandwiches, such as tuna fish, without a single collapse. That said, it has a very unique dry and brittle texture, which was a little odd as is, but delightful once toasted. In fact, once heated, my husband had no idea it was gluten-free.
If you want to up your nutritional game, Ener-G has packed a lot of goodness into their little Seattle Brown Loaf. It is surprisingly dense and very heavy, yet the shape makes slices that are sized perfectly for little hands or light snacks. I liked the flavor, which was somewhat “wheat-y” from the corn and rice blend of flours and starch.
Although the Brown Loaf is a good contender for those who must follow a gluten free diet, the texture was definitely different from your average gluten-containing yeast bread. It was soft with a very fine granular texture that seems to be common with gluten-free breads. Overall, it did not crumble, an incredible bonus, however it did tend to break apart easily. For this reason, we don’t recommend it for chunky sandwiches, such as tuna fish or those made with add-ons like lettuce and tomato. Luckily, it makes great PB & J’s. It is also marvelous toasted for a light snack with some butter, jam, or a savory spread such as hummus.
As for their great care with ingredients and processes, Ener-G shares the following on their allergen protocol:
Ener-G Foods’ facilities are dedicated wheat-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, peanut free, tree-nut free, soy free, and kosher certified. The company has three separately owned production lines.
The bakery production line uses Egg Powder and Dry Whole Eggs for a limited number of products. These products are produced on separate equipment (pans, bowls, etc) and are separated when not in use. The only common equipment for these known allergens and other products are the ovens but the food product is never in contact with the oven at any time. These products are all labeled with the Ener-G Select Brand to designate that they contain Eggs.
Certifications: Ener-G Bread Loaves are Certified Kosher Parve and select varieties are Non-GMO Verified.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Ener-G Bread Loaves are dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan / plant-based, and vegetarian. Nonetheless, check with the company on their manufacturing processes for all varieties if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. Processes and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company / product.
For More Product Information: Visit the Ener-G website at www.ener-g.com.