Living dairy-free doesn’t automatically evoke concerns over bread. But many brands contain milk in some form or another, whether it be whey (a common dough conditioner), casein (for structure or taste), buttermilk, butter, lactose, non-fat milk … could go on. I quickly learned to bake my own bread at home when the grocery store in our small town (at the time) didn’t carry a single loaf of dairy-free wheat bread. But in the past decade or so, Rudi’s Organic Bakery Breads (made in a dairy-free facility!) have emerged and can now be found in many natural food stores, and even in some mainstream grocers. And darn is it good!
I still enjoy baking my own bread, but when my niece came to live with us and was diagnosed with EoE, we leaned on Rudi’s Organic Bakery breads once again. Wheat was one of the foods that she could eat, and though she also took on baking homemade bread, she loved it when we would splurge on a loaf of Rudi’s. We typically ate the 100% Whole Wheat and sometimes the Colorado Cracked Wheat (both pictured above) due to some of her other food allergies with the condition, but I’ll update this review with other favorite Rudi’s Organic Bakery varieties (I really want to trial the Sprouted and Seeded loaves!) as we discover them.
As for the 100% Whole Wheat and Colorado Cracked Wheat, both have a lightly sweet, nutty, and earthy taste against a surprisingly soft and tender texture. Though hearty, these aren’t dense breads in the least bit, which is surprising since Rudi’s Organic Bakery shuns additives and chemical dough conditioners. We’ve also sampled the Double Fiber bread from Rudi’s Organic Bakery, which was quite good, but didn’t beat out our whole wheat favorites.
At last check (from their website), Rudi’s Organic Bakery breads are dairy-free, soy-free, egg-free, and peanut-free (they do not use dairy, soy, or peanuts in their facility at all) and they have just one variety with tree nuts (they use allergen processes). They take their ingredients very seriously, which we love!
Have you tried any bread from Rudi’s Organic Bakery? What are your favorites?
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Rudi’s Organic Bakery Breads are dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, peanut-free, soy-free, and vegetarian. Most are nut-free, and they offer several vegan breads (they use honey in some varieties). 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 Rudi’s Organic Bakery website at www.rudisbakery.com.