Having received this package from Rudi’s Organic Bakery a few weeks ago, I have been enjoying the contents since.
They sent along their Honey Sweet Whole Wheat Bread, Cinnamon Raisin Bread, Spelt Ancient Grain Bread, and Multigrain with Flax English Muffins.
Overall, the ingredients are simple and wholesome and the nutrition facts are impressive:
I was especially glad to see that none of these breads contain soy. All too often, I see other organic breads whose ingredients include soy lecithin or soybean oil, which, in my eyes, is a cheap filler. Today’s consumers are exposed to enough soy; we don’t need it in our breads! Thankfully, these Rudi’s products omit this in favor of better-quality oils, such as sunflower and safflower.
Each of these products contains 4-5g protein and 2-3g fiber per serving, which are traits one should always look for when evaluating an item’s potential staying-power. Double those numbers if you’ll be eating two slices, open-faced or sandwich-style. These breads are also low in sugar (even the Cinnamon Raisin Bread, for its variety: most of the sugar is from the raisins, apparent by its top spot in the ingredient list) and also contain no saturated- or trans-fats. Each product also contains a multitude of vitamins and minerals.
The Spelt Ancient Grain Bread was a real hit in my house. Its seedy, chewy texture — reminiscent of Panera Bread’s Artisan Multigrain Bread — and hearty, nutty flavor was perfect for breakfast with spreads like Earth Balance, Naturally Nutty peanut or almond butter, Crofter’s fruit preserves, or even a savory spin, as enjoyed by my dad, such as whitefish or smoked salmon salad. This versatile bread is also firm and dense enough for lunch sandwiches that you can really sink your teeth into.
Rudi’s Organic Multigrain with Flax English Muffins were also a favorite. Although I have purchased the Whole Grain Wheat variety before, this flavor was a nice change.
Extreme-close up: true to claim, flax seeds and grains throughout
These muffins also have a chewy texture, but are a bit lighter than the Spelt bread. English-Muffin-authenticity is reached by the flour-dusted exterior and the multigrain flavor is very apparent, but without a topping (which most everyone would opt for anyway), these are a tiny bit on the dry side, as compared to their Whole Grain Wheat variety that I normally buy. Nonetheless, they were tasty and satisfying at breakfast — with the abovesaid toppings or done-up “Egg McMuffin”-style, as I did — and make for a convenient packed lunch or veggie burger dinner bun. They’re also great for make-your-own-mini-pizzas: just add organic sauce and cheese (real or vegan) and pop it in the toaster!
I have not yet gotten to try the Honey Sweet Whole Wheat Bread or Cinnamon Raisin Bread (half of each is frozen for later), but, judging by how my family has been working on these, they must be great. My brother seems to be an especially big fan of the Cinnamon Raisin Bread + cream cheese combination.
I feel that Rudi’s Organic Bakery is a company whose products are high-quality, wholesome, nutritious, and versatile. These breads also freeze and unfreeze excellently, tasting just as fresh and soft afterward. Though I do sometimes wish whole-wheat flour was the first ingredient more often, I do understand that this may cause issues with taste and texture. I look forward to more from Rudi’s soon, including their newly-announced gluten-free line.
*Full disclosure: These items were received at no cost; no monetary reimbursement was received for this review.