Review: Nature’s Own Gluten-Free Breads

108_0101In our gluten eating days, we ate Nature’s Own whole wheat bread. It was soft, had a decent amount of fiber and didn’t contain any preservatives. To say I was blown away when I found out that Nature’s Own was introducing a gluten-free bread – two of them in fact – is quite an understatement. Even though this bread is not available anywhere except the Metro Atlanta area right now, I thought our readers might want to know how this new bread stacks up against other gluten-free options.

My sample breads from Nature’s Own arrived last week and right away I noticed that the feel of the loaf was not as soft or light as the breads 108_0111from Udi’s. First up, I tried the Extra Fiber White bread with peanut butter on it. The bread was soft in the middle, but tough around the edge. However, the taste was incredible! It reminded me of the bread I ate growing up. Next, I tried a piece of the Multi-Grain bread for a cold open faced sandwich. Being able to see the seeds in the bread was a negative for me, but I tried to keep an open mind about the bread before tasting it. The taste was actually better than expected considering I don’t like seeds in my bread. For some reason, I could not really taste the seeds. Again, the middle of the bread was soft and the edges were tough. The bottom line for these breads for cold sandwiches for us is that they don’t compare to Udi’s or Canyon Bakehouse breads. If the edge of the bread was as soft as the middle, it would be a completely different story.

108_0115Obviously, most gluten-free bread tastes best when heated in some way and the same is true for the Nature’s Own gluten-free breads. In fact, the Extra Fiber White bread makes the best toast I’ve had in over four years. Taste is relative and again, this bread reminded me of the toast I ate growing up. Since we got several loaves of the Healthy Multi-Grain bread for our test taste, I used it to make cheese toast one day. In a word, the toast was incredible! As you can see in the photo, my cheese toast is more like cheese bread – just the way I like it.

108_0114Over the weekend, I whipped up a batch of French toast and without question, the Extra Fiber White bread made the best French toast we’ve had at home since going gluten-free. It is better than many gluten versions I’ve had as well. Due to the egg coating, the edges of the bread softened up quite a bit. It was not tough in any way.

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Last but not least, the bread makes exceptional garlic bread. We took it into a restaurant here to do a little test and see how it fared in a super hot oven. I almost cried when I tasted it. Nature’s Own is sending the new breads to select Atlanta stores and each location only gets a few loaves each. At Kroger stores, it’s been found near the nut bin aisle and in the Nature’s Market section. The bread is fresh –  not refrigerated or frozen. The shelf life isn’t very long since the breads don’t contain preservatives. The loaves put out on May 10th had a  date of May 20th. That means if someone bought the bread on the 18th, they’d need to eat or freeze it within two days. Freezing the bread did not change the taste at all. Once it thawed out, it was exactly as it had been before freezing.

You can find the full nutritional information for the breads on the Nature’s Own website. The Extra Fiber White bread has more fiber then the gluten bread we use to eat from Nature’s Own – 11% of the RDA of fiber in one slice – 13% in the Healthy Multi-Grain. The introduction of these new breads could be a game changer in the world of gluten-free products. The R&D group wants to make the bread better – they want it to be softer around the edges just like we do. The bread is made in a dedicated gluten-free facility in GA and ships to the Atlanta stores at least weekly for now. They retail for $5.99 and being able to buy them in a regular grocery store makes it worth every cent for us. They may not have hit stores in your area yet, though, but there are nine more brands that sell-gluten free bread, several of which are in your town’s grocery store, in the Grocery Guide.

Let us know if you’ve tried the breads and if so, what you think of them. The comments will be sent to Nature’s Own in an effort to help them help us. The company’s goal is to roll out the bread nationwide eventually, but that will only happen if the test market in Atlanta is successful. That means the gluten-free set in Atlanta holds the fate of the rest of the (U.S.) gluten-free set in their hands – literally. Let’s show everyone how powerful the gluten-free market in Atlanta really is!


49 thoughts on “Review: Nature’s Own Gluten-Free Breads”

  1. I was so excited to try the Nature’s Own GF bread–I live in Macon, but my daughter lives in ATL and was coming to visit so I had her bring me some when she came to visit. I could tell when she handed it to me that it was not going to be what I was hoping for–it was very heavy and somewhat firm when holding the package. I went ahead and tasted it right out of the bag, no heating or toasting. I did this because I know I already have Udi’s that I’m incredibly happy with, so if it wasn’t better than Udi’s out of the bag, I knew I wouldn’t be interested. Well, I took one bite of the white and knew that I didn’t care for the taste or the texture. I then tasted the multi grain and I didn’t even want to swallow it–I spit it out! It was terrible. I asked my daughter and my husband to taste it, just to make sure I wasn’t crazy. They both agreed that it was some of the worst bread they had ever tasted (neither of them are GF). So, the bottom line is, I’ll stick with Udi’s!

  2. I was so excited to try the Nature’s Own GF bread–I live in Macon, but my daughter lives in ATL and was coming to visit so I had her bring me some when she came to visit. I could tell when she handed it to me that it was not going to be what I was hoping for–it was very heavy and somewhat firm when holding the package. I went ahead and tasted it right out of the bag, no heating or toasting. I did this because I know I already have Udi’s that I’m incredibly happy with, so if it wasn’t better than Udi’s out of the bag, I knew I wouldn’t be interested. Well, I took one bite of the white and knew that I didn’t care for the taste or the texture. I then tasted the multi grain and I didn’t even want to swallow it–I spit it out! It was terrible. I asked my daughter and my husband to taste it, just to make sure I wasn’t crazy. They both agreed that it was some of the worst bread they had ever tasted (neither of them are GF). So, the bottom line is, I’ll stick with Udi’s!

  3. Wow Stacy – so sorry you didn’t like the bread. So far, you are the only person I know (out of about 50) who has tried the bread that didn’t either like it a lot (agreeing with me that the edges have to be soft like the middle) or love it. Obviously, taste is relative but I seriously wonder if something was wrong with your loaves. I know the company is trying to improve the texture but they are happy with the taste. It’s great that you can get Udi’s, but the majority of people living gf can’t, unless they order online. That’s why it’s so important that the Nature’s Own test market be successful. If it isn’t, others won’t get to make up their minds about it. I agree with you that it’s definitely too firm (around the edges) and the company is working hard to try and figure out how to make the whole loaf soft. They achieved success doing that in small batches, but the dynamics changed when they started making it on a larger scale.

  4. Wow Stacy – so sorry you didn’t like the bread. So far, you are the only person I know (out of about 50) who has tried the bread that didn’t either like it a lot (agreeing with me that the edges have to be soft like the middle) or love it. Obviously, taste is relative but I seriously wonder if something was wrong with your loaves. I know the company is trying to improve the texture but they are happy with the taste. It’s great that you can get Udi’s, but the majority of people living gf can’t, unless they order online. That’s why it’s so important that the Nature’s Own test market be successful. If it isn’t, others won’t get to make up their minds about it. I agree with you that it’s definitely too firm (around the edges) and the company is working hard to try and figure out how to make the whole loaf soft. They achieved success doing that in small batches, but the dynamics changed when they started making it on a larger scale.

  5. I LOVED the white bread (haven’t tried the multigrain but hope to). I had to try a piece straight out of the bag as soon as I got in the car after buying it, and it was pretty good (mine wasn’t hard around the edges or dry), then at home I made cinnamon toast and toasted it with peanut butter and even ate it plain again for a week and it was excellent! Even my picky 2 year old (who eats gluten) will eat this bread plain without anything on it and without toasting (he won’t eat the Udi’s bread). For the money and convenience, I definitely pick this over Udi’s. I hope they roll this out – it would be so great to be able to buy bread non-frozen in the regular grocery store!

  6. I LOVED the white bread (haven’t tried the multigrain but hope to). I had to try a piece straight out of the bag as soon as I got in the car after buying it, and it was pretty good (mine wasn’t hard around the edges or dry), then at home I made cinnamon toast and toasted it with peanut butter and even ate it plain again for a week and it was excellent! Even my picky 2 year old (who eats gluten) will eat this bread plain without anything on it and without toasting (he won’t eat the Udi’s bread). For the money and convenience, I definitely pick this over Udi’s. I hope they roll this out – it would be so great to be able to buy bread non-frozen in the regular grocery store!

  7. My kids love this bread. My son has been eating some right out of the bag everyday and my daughter loves it too. They have eaten 2 loafs in 2 days. I love how easy and convenient it is to buy since I can pick it up at my regular grocery store. I am so excited Nature’s Own has done this and I hope they continue the product. We also buy Udi’s (I love their lemon muffin’s) but I have to drive an hour from my house to buy this and it is just not convenient.

  8. My kids love this bread. My son has been eating some right out of the bag everyday and my daughter loves it too. They have eaten 2 loafs in 2 days. I love how easy and convenient it is to buy since I can pick it up at my regular grocery store. I am so excited Nature’s Own has done this and I hope they continue the product. We also buy Udi’s (I love their lemon muffin’s) but I have to drive an hour from my house to buy this and it is just not convenient.

  9. I just tried the multigrain bread this weekend and I love that one too (and so does my 2 year old!). My 5 year old didn’t like it b/c of the seeds, but I would prefer the multigrain for sandwhiches and use the white to toast/make french toast/peanut butter, etc. with. I will definitely keep buying these breads!

  10. I just tried the multigrain bread this weekend and I love that one too (and so does my 2 year old!). My 5 year old didn’t like it b/c of the seeds, but I would prefer the multigrain for sandwhiches and use the white to toast/make french toast/peanut butter, etc. with. I will definitely keep buying these breads!

  11. I don’t share your desire for a soft crust – the thing I miss the most in gluten free breads besides the flavor is a good hearty crust like on a San Francisco sourdough French bread.
    Also why are gluten free bread slice so darned small? – good for finger sandwiches but not for a real sandwich.

  12. I don’t share your desire for a soft crust – the thing I miss the most in gluten free breads besides the flavor is a good hearty crust like on a San Francisco sourdough French bread.
    Also why are gluten free bread slice so darned small? – good for finger sandwiches but not for a real sandwich.

  13. After reading the article right after it was sent to me this morning, I immediately looked up the stores – I live in Norcross – and made a trip to a Publix in John’s Creek. That’s the luxury of being off in the summertime. My husband had a slice or two for lunch and seemed to like it. Next time, I will look for a place closer in town. Thanks for the heads up. The price was a little steep, but compared to other gluten free loaves I have been buying, it is a larger amount.

  14. After reading the article right after it was sent to me this morning, I immediately looked up the stores – I live in Norcross – and made a trip to a Publix in John’s Creek. That’s the luxury of being off in the summertime. My husband had a slice or two for lunch and seemed to like it. Next time, I will look for a place closer in town. Thanks for the heads up. The price was a little steep, but compared to other gluten free loaves I have been buying, it is a larger amount.

  15. i loved this bread. i am so happy to be able to buy right of the shelf, instead of the freezer. to me it was not any harder around the edges than any other GF bread i have bought, and i loved the taste. i have bought every brand except udi’s and i have not found it, so to me this is the best. Natures
    Own, please keep up the good work.

  16. i loved this bread. i am so happy to be able to buy right of the shelf, instead of the freezer. to me it was not any harder around the edges than any other GF bread i have bought, and i loved the taste. i have bought every brand except udi’s and i have not found it, so to me this is the best. Natures
    Own, please keep up the good work.

  17. I had not been able to find a single GF bread I could eat — to me they all have a weird chemical aftertaste that I cannot get rid of (I have not yet tried Udi’s) so I was pretty hesitant when I bought a loaf last week. I put a slice in the toaster oven and hesitantly took a nibble — I was shocked. It tasted just like bread. I made the first grilled cheese sandwich that I have been able to eat in 2 years and was brought to tears. It doesn’t have any off flavors at all! The edges area little hard… but overall it is wonderful.

  18. I had not been able to find a single GF bread I could eat — to me they all have a weird chemical aftertaste that I cannot get rid of (I have not yet tried Udi’s) so I was pretty hesitant when I bought a loaf last week. I put a slice in the toaster oven and hesitantly took a nibble — I was shocked. It tasted just like bread. I made the first grilled cheese sandwich that I have been able to eat in 2 years and was brought to tears. It doesn’t have any off flavors at all! The edges area little hard… but overall it is wonderful.

  19. When I saw your post, I was going to let you know about Udi’s. I recently discovered this bread and it is wonderful. I haven’t tried the whole grain, but have tried their original granola. The granola is hard to chew but would probably be good with milk.

  20. When I saw your post, I was going to let you know about Udi’s. I recently discovered this bread and it is wonderful. I haven’t tried the whole grain, but have tried their original granola. The granola is hard to chew but would probably be good with milk.

  21. So glad so many of you agree with my assessment of this great new gluten-free bread! Udi’s is still the best for cold sandwiches for me, so I’ll keep both on hand. What I can’t get over is the amount of fiber in the Nature’s Own bread – it’s amazing to have a “white bread” that’s actually good for you. I’ve heard the test market is going well so hopefully more people will be able to taste the breads eventually.

  22. So glad so many of you agree with my assessment of this great new gluten-free bread! Udi’s is still the best for cold sandwiches for me, so I’ll keep both on hand. What I can’t get over is the amount of fiber in the Nature’s Own bread – it’s amazing to have a “white bread” that’s actually good for you. I’ve heard the test market is going well so hopefully more people will be able to taste the breads eventually.

  23. Been gluten free for about 23 years now. Learned how to make pretty good bread in a bread maker, but this is the best gluten free bread I have ever had!

  24. Been gluten free for about 23 years now. Learned how to make pretty good bread in a bread maker, but this is the best gluten free bread I have ever had!

  25. I am so excited to hear about the gluten free Nature’s Own bread, especially the white bread. I have been buying Masada Bakery whole grain breads for quite awhile. They don’t seem to have a lot of gluten, if any, and it’s not listed in the ingredients. But I would love to be able to eat white bread again, and finding it on all grocery store shelves would be heaven! Does anyone know which Kroger (or other stores) is or will be carrying it in the Atlanta area. I live in the Cumming area.

  26. I am so excited to hear about the gluten free Nature’s Own bread, especially the white bread. I have been buying Masada Bakery whole grain breads for quite awhile. They don’t seem to have a lot of gluten, if any, and it’s not listed in the ingredients. But I would love to be able to eat white bread again, and finding it on all grocery store shelves would be heaven! Does anyone know which Kroger (or other stores) is or will be carrying it in the Atlanta area. I live in the Cumming area.

  27. I was thrilled at first to discover this delicious Gluten Free bread. My husband, who does not have Celiac’s, will only eat Nature’s Own Breads. I loved the first two loaves I bought and sincerely thought them the best Gluten Free bread product I have ever eaten. However, the last two loaves that I have purchased have been molded! Both loaves were opened within one day of purchase and at least five days prior to the expiration date and both contained green, furry mold on the first few slices. I would love to continue purchasing this product, but I will have to stop until something can be done to address the mold issues. I love the bread but cannot risk my health!

  28. I was thrilled at first to discover this delicious Gluten Free bread. My husband, who does not have Celiac’s, will only eat Nature’s Own Breads. I loved the first two loaves I bought and sincerely thought them the best Gluten Free bread product I have ever eaten. However, the last two loaves that I have purchased have been molded! Both loaves were opened within one day of purchase and at least five days prior to the expiration date and both contained green, furry mold on the first few slices. I would love to continue purchasing this product, but I will have to stop until something can be done to address the mold issues. I love the bread but cannot risk my health!

  29. Seeing this bread at Publix a couple of days ago made me (and my kids) so incredibly happy. We bought the extra fiber white one, and my son and daughter have eaten almost the whole loaf already! Toast, pb&j, ham and cheese, etc…all tasted great. I agree with the comments above about the edges being somewhat harder than the center- but who cares! It is at a regular store, and tastes great, and is almost twice the length and height than a loaf of Udi’s, for almost the same exact price…and reminds me of the bread (smell, flavor) of when I was young. Hurray for Nature’s Own! I hope other brands follow suit!

  30. Seeing this bread at Publix a couple of days ago made me (and my kids) so incredibly happy. We bought the extra fiber white one, and my son and daughter have eaten almost the whole loaf already! Toast, pb&j, ham and cheese, etc…all tasted great. I agree with the comments above about the edges being somewhat harder than the center- but who cares! It is at a regular store, and tastes great, and is almost twice the length and height than a loaf of Udi’s, for almost the same exact price…and reminds me of the bread (smell, flavor) of when I was young. Hurray for Nature’s Own! I hope other brands follow suit!

  31. This bread is just ok. I still don’t think any of the breads are as good as The Grainless Baker out of PA. Best GF bread I have ever had period. Not even Udi’s is as good.

  32. This bread is just ok. I still don’t think any of the breads are as good as The Grainless Baker out of PA. Best GF bread I have ever had period. Not even Udi’s is as good.

  33. I have two kids with celiac and they both agree that this bread is better than the rest(well other than fresh baked in our breadmaker!) I sent a PB&J in my sons lunch bag without telling him and he said he thought I forgot and put the wrong sandwich in his bag…he said he kept looking around while he ate thinking he was going to get caught!! lol! We love the homemade breads best but they always seem to crumble after a day or two so this bread is good for all the other things you would normally do with bread that you just can’t with the rest. Grilled ham and cheese seems to be a hit lately…

  34. I have two kids with celiac and they both agree that this bread is better than the rest(well other than fresh baked in our breadmaker!) I sent a PB&J in my sons lunch bag without telling him and he said he thought I forgot and put the wrong sandwich in his bag…he said he kept looking around while he ate thinking he was going to get caught!! lol! We love the homemade breads best but they always seem to crumble after a day or two so this bread is good for all the other things you would normally do with bread that you just can’t with the rest. Grilled ham and cheese seems to be a hit lately…

  35. I tried Nature’s Own GF multi-grain for the first time over the weekend and REALLY like it. I had it untoasted for sandwiches and it was wonderful. Great flavor. I see what they mean about the edges being a little tough compared to the center and if they can correct that it would be awesome, but I would continue to buy it either way. I’ve also tried Uni GF bread and it is great on texture but a little bland. I haven’t done a side-by-side taste test, but if I did, it wouldn’t surprise me if the Nature’s Own multi-grain won. And… it’s a bigger loaf for about the same price that can be purchased at my local grocery store. Hurray!

  36. I tried Nature’s Own GF multi-grain for the first time over the weekend and REALLY like it. I had it untoasted for sandwiches and it was wonderful. Great flavor. I see what they mean about the edges being a little tough compared to the center and if they can correct that it would be awesome, but I would continue to buy it either way. I’ve also tried Uni GF bread and it is great on texture but a little bland. I haven’t done a side-by-side taste test, but if I did, it wouldn’t surprise me if the Nature’s Own multi-grain won. And… it’s a bigger loaf for about the same price that can be purchased at my local grocery store. Hurray!

  37. I was delighted to see Nature’s Own Gluten-Free bread on the shelves at Publix. I have been on the GF diet for 11 years and this is the best bread I’ve had to date. This is also the only GF bread I’ve had that was not frozen.

    The convenience of finding GF bread on a grocery store shelf along side other breads is not only a treat, but I believe it will raise awareness of the need for GF products and lead to the introduction of other GF products on the shelves of grocery stores.

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  38. I was delighted to see Nature’s Own Gluten-Free bread on the shelves at Publix. I have been on the GF diet for 11 years and this is the best bread I’ve had to date. This is also the only GF bread I’ve had that was not frozen.

    The convenience of finding GF bread on a grocery store shelf along side other breads is not only a treat, but I believe it will raise awareness of the need for GF products and lead to the introduction of other GF products on the shelves of grocery stores.

    .

  39. We have been buying this since it came on the market at $5.99/loaf and while expensive my son and I enjoyed it. AS with all gluten free breads we use it sparingly due to the cost and I supplement it with hoemmade gf bread I bake in the breadmaker, saving the Nature’s Own gf bread for sandwiches BUT and this is a big BUT-they just INCREASED the PRICE to $7.49 a loaf!!!!! That’s crazy money. They’ve lost me. I’ll continue to bake my own bread or I’ll buy Udi’s. There is no way I would pay $7.49 for a loaf of bread-coffee maybe but not bread-NOT WORTH IT!!!

  40. We have been buying this since it came on the market at $5.99/loaf and while expensive my son and I enjoyed it. AS with all gluten free breads we use it sparingly due to the cost and I supplement it with hoemmade gf bread I bake in the breadmaker, saving the Nature’s Own gf bread for sandwiches BUT and this is a big BUT-they just INCREASED the PRICE to $7.49 a loaf!!!!! That’s crazy money. They’ve lost me. I’ll continue to bake my own bread or I’ll buy Udi’s. There is no way I would pay $7.49 for a loaf of bread-coffee maybe but not bread-NOT WORTH IT!!!

  41. I too had the same problem with molded Nature’s Own 100% Whole Grain Hot Dog Rolls. Had been eating them for two days, without noticing mold. Had purchased them 2 days prior to finding the mold. And I don’t mean a little spot of mold, I mean COVERED in mold. Got very sick & on the last day opened the bag in the morning when the sun was shining in through the window so that i could see well & guess what? top looked fine, but the bottom was pure green mold. Then I knew without a doubt what had been making me sick. Had questioned the Oscar Mayer hot dogs, until I found this. Looked all over the bag many times for an expiration date, with glasses on, none to be found. Needless to say, i was quite upset. So angry i didn’t even bother to call the company to complain, would have been the same old quality customer service (we could care less) , type of call & a waste of my time, I’m sure. Felt like I would’ve wound up even angrier about the whole thing all over again. But needless to say, I will never purchase another “Nature’s Own” product again. Not to mention the so called “Oven Fresh” bread or buns, it’s like trying to eat a dry sponge. It won’t even dissolve in your mouth. Disgusting. John Derst is the ONLY bread that I buy, & now that Flowers has taken it over, you can hardly find it locally anymore. Warner Robins, Byron, Macon. Guess I need to start baking my own. What a shame that another independent family owned company has been sold out to a corporation that could care less about the quality of what they sell to consumers, another lost “great product”.

  42. I have found nothing beats bobs red mill fantastic bread mix easy to make and the loaf is about two times the size of iDisk. I have also found I like it best when left out of the frig . Makes fantastic toast and grilled sandwiches ok plain when just out of the oven.
    Next I am going to add cinnamon and raises too it!

  43. Although I loved Udi’s when I first tried it I quickly grew tired of a $7.00 loaf that has holes in it neat the size of the entire slice (not including the crust) which made melting cheese or loose sandwich fillings like egg salad nearly impossible. thought it was isolated to my area until I googled it.

    https://www.google.com/search?q=udi's+holes&client=safari&rls=en&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=LD2jVZ-TCsK0etbQgagL&ved=0CAgQ_AUoAg&biw=1271&bih=668

    Unfortunately I am in Florida…perhaps I should have my Georgia dwelling brother to send me some! 😀

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