Like many people, the concept of dairy-free used to be quite simplified in my head; it meant no milk, butter, ice cream, or cheese. But dairy-free living extends far beyond these simplified foods. Milk ingredients are used in so many everyday processed foods, from granola bars to packaged meats, and yes, even to bread.
As shared in my prior and ongoing review of Rudi’s Organic Bread, various types of milk ingredients linger in store-bought bread, but Rudi’s bakery products are dairy-free (at least all that we have seen). And not only do they make a plethora of organic loaves, they also churn out other bread products in the shapes of rolls, English muffins, tortillas, and even soft pretzels!!
I haven’t sampled the full line-up – believe me, it’s big – but I have dabbled in tastings of various Rudi’s Organic Bakery rolls, tortillas, and more, and thus far, not a one has disappointed…
Rudi’s Organic Bakery English Muffins
When given the opportunity, I chose to taste-test two types of Rudi’s English Muffins, since so many brands contain milk and I have trouble finding whole grain versions. My first choice was the Spelt English Muffins (I simply love spelt), but I was equally intrigued by their Harvest Seeded English Muffins.
We really enjoyed the Spelt varieties, but as it turned out, the Harvest Seeded English Muffins were our favorite. Both had an equivalent whole grain flavor with a texture that was just fluffy enough to qualify as an English muffin, but the little seeds in the Harvest Seeded won us over.
Rudi’s Organic Bakery Tortillas
I also had the opportunity to trial Rudi’s Spelt Tortillas. They were of course heartier and a tad less flexible than regular flour tortillas, but I still managed to wrap up some Thai Peanut Wraps for lunch without making a mess.
And they sliced beautifully too …
I still love making my own spelt tortillas, but these were pretty excellent, and of course perfectly round, which my homemade versions never seem to be. If in a pinch, I wouldn’t hesitate to purchase these.
Rudi’s Organic Bakery Rolls
Specialty summer sandwiches, hamburgers and brats get a gourmet upgrade with the nice selection or Rudi’s Organic Bakery rolls. For my niece’s hamburger obsession, we occasionally picked up Rudi’s 100% Whole Wheat Hamburger Buns. If she was going to insist on burgers, and we didn’t have time to make our own hamburger buns, then she was definitely going to eat whole grain! But she never argued; she loved them.
I admit to giving in on my wholesome addiction to address my curiosity about a new fad, Pretzel Rolls. Oh my heavens, these are AMAZING. Earthy, a touch hearty, but still donning that wonderfully traditional pretzel texture, these perfectly dense Rudi’s Organic bakery rolls were spot on with flavor and oh-so enjoyable. And though they do use some “wheat flour” (a.k.a. organic all-purpose flour), they also have a little whole wheat flour in there, and use just a handful of ingredients, with no dairy or unwanted additives.
Rudi’s Organic Bakery Soft Pretzels
And speaking of pretzel goodness, Rudi’s now has frozen soft pretzels (two varieties) that bake up in less than 5 minutes! Seriously, from freezer, to oven, to mustard dip, to mouth, in minutes.
Rudi’s Organic Bakery Soft Pretzels really are just like the ones you buy from the vendor! They even come with the cool salt sprinkles, but without the junk ingredients. The flavor and texture experience of the Original, while the MultiGrain offers a similar pretzel experience, but isn’t quite as puffy (slightly denser) and has a nutty, whole grain taste. We loved them both and think they would be so much fun for a sports party. Tasty, fast, fun, nostalgic, and high quality!
Rudi’s Organic Bakery Bagels
We haven’t sampled any of their bagels as of yet, but will update when we do. Feel free to share your own review in the comments!
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Rudi’s Organic Bakery rolls and other bread products are dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, peanut-free, soy-free, and vegetarian. Most are nut-free (they make one bread with tree nuts in the facility), 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.