It’s been well over a decade since I had to go gluten free. But, I remember clearly that one of the things that made me the saddest was the thought of giving up really delicious bread. Thankfully, there are more options now for us than ever before! I can still enjoy sandwiches, French toast and my morning toast. And you can, too!
Kinnickinnick gluten free products
Kinnickinnick is a family owned and operated gluten free bakery, established and still based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Not only are they famous for their loaves of yummy gluten free bread, but their range now even includes gluten free pie crusts! (Expect an upcoming post on that soon – just as soon as I can get my hands on some. If there’s something in life that makes my heart sing, it is a fresh, steaming pie.) Their range of products also include: buns, bagels, cookies, muffins, waffles, baking mixes and pizza crusts.
Today, though, we are focusing in on my all-time favourite gluten free bread: Kinnickinnick whole grain bread. It comes in a 504 gram size, and usually is only available frozen. (The ingredients in this loaf of bread are pictured, below.)
Now, I know that some of you might not love the idea of using frozen bread. But, eating and loving this bread is easy to do – even if it does come frozen! I usually put a few slices at a time in a covered dish in the fridge so that it’ll be thawed out when I need it. Or, simply pop a couple of slices of the frozen bread into your toaster and the toast will be perfect! (As with toasting any frozen bread, the toast setting might need to be set a little higher.) And, if you have a large family who all eat gluten free, you could simply store the loaf of bread in the bag in the fridge. It will keep for a few days refrigerated. Easy!
Why I LOVE Kinnickinnick bread
- Kinnickinnick bread loaves taste the most like real bread. I sometimes forget that it’s gluten free. It’s just BREAD to me.
- This bread holds together beautifully – in fact, even untoasted it holds together well enough to make sandwiches. No bread falling apart when you go to eat it out of your lunchbox. It has a lovely slight chewiness, like any good bread should have.
- It’s reasonably priced. At about $6.99 a loaf, it’s a fair price for gluten free. (The multigrain version is generally less expensive, at about $5.99 a loaf.) Gluten free bread will never be as inexpensive as its gluten-containing counterpart, but at least this bread is reasonable. (I noticed that the prices are even lower if you order direct from the Kinnickinnick website.)
- It’s local! It’s family run and operated. It’s wonderful to support local business whenever possible. And when their products are the best ones out there, well, that support is pretty easy to give.
- Did I mention how it TASTES? It is a delicious, nutritious whole grain loaf. It is the perfect bread for your morning toast smothered in butter, or for a grilled cheese sandwich. It is mild (no annoyingly strong chickpea flour taste here) and yummy. The whole grain loaf is a classic loaf of bread, and the multigrain is the option to choose if you like seeds in your bread. (These two types are my favourites, and I happily eat both. But, there’s also a white bread, and cinnamon raisin bread so that everyone can have their favourite. The white bread would be most popular with kids, and still has fiber content.)
- It’s healthy and SAFE – with 5 grams of fiber in a two slice serving, and healthy gluten free flours like brown rice flour and teff flour. And this company takes serious allergies very seriously. Their dedicated facility (meaning they ONLY make gluten free products at their factory, so there is no possibility of cross contamination) is also free of dairy, peanuts, nuts, and soy. So, those of you with multiple food allergies to contend with can feel safe eating these delicious products.
Where to buy Kinnickinnick bread
Here in Canada, you have many options on where to stock up on Kinnickinnick bread and baked goods. I usually find mine at Safeway, but you can also shop at your local Sobey’s or Walmart Canada. Kinnickinnick has an online store, too, where you can get free shipping within North America on an order of $50 or more. (Please note that a $100 minimum is required for free shipping to these areas in Canada: Northern Manitoba, Yukon, Nunavut, and Northwest Territories. And again, a $100 minimum is required for shipping to these areas in the US: Alaska and Hawaii. Plus, there is a $30 shipping surcharge to Alaska and Hawaii.)
Kinnickinnick Fresh in Edmonton – Gluten Free Bakery & Grocery Store
If you happen to live in Edmonton, or are planning a visit then you can enjoy a special treat – the Kinnickinnick Fresh store! Just as its name suggests, Kinnickinnick Fresh is a fresh gluten free bakery, where you can get all of their delicious products, but fresh and not frozen. Plus, they now have a dedicated gluten free grocery store, too! You can pick up fresh gluten free meals, condiments, meats, cakes and cupcakes, biscotti, and so much more.
Final Rating for Kinnickinnick Whole Grain Bread – 9/10
I can’t imagine improving this bread much at all! If I could make it a perfect product, it might contain a little more fiber and a little less of the lower-nutritional value starches like potato starch and corn starch. But, as for taste and quality, it simply can’t be beat. In my opinion, it is the most like regular bread that I’ve ever eaten. Which is why it continues to be the bread I eat day after day in this gluten free life of mine.
Have YOU tried Kinnickinnick gluten free bread or baked goods? What is your review? Have you visited the Kinnickinnick Fresh store in Edmonton? Please leave a comment below and let us know all about it!