Helga’s 5 Seeds Gluten Free Bread Review
You often hear people say “there’s so much more available now on the market for those who need to eat gluten-free”… As far as bread goes, this could not ring more true. For me, this was particularly evident at The Gluten Free Expo, held in Melbourne in October, 2013. I could not believe the number of breads on offer at this event. I will be releasing a post on this event soon, so stay tuned!
To Helga’s credit, I nearly ran into trouble last week. My husband made us cheese and tuna on toast for lunch one day and I sat down to what I thought was my plate (my husband eats non-GF bread)… I very nearly ate his slice as it looked so similar in size and texture to the new Helga’s 5 Seed Gluten Free bread! This is a compliment, as so often gluten-free bread is so small and appears overly moist. And the bonus is, this bread is also dairy-free!
My personal favourite in the new Helga’s Gluten Free bread range is the Sunflower and Red Quinoa variety, which has a lovely, unique flavour, dissimilar to any other gluten-free bread I have tried (it’s not surprising I love it due to my love of quinoa!). At this point in time, it is my preferred gluten-free bread. However, I have decided to review the 5 Seeds product, as it is a more “traditional” variety of bread.
WHAT I CONSIDER WHEN PURCHASING GLUTEN-FREE BREAD
When selecting a gluten-free bread, I consider a number of things:
- number of slices per pack
- size of slices
- degree of moisture
- energy content per serving (2 slices)
- price point
With 13 slices and 2 crusts of reasonable size per pack, this means I can get approximately 15 slices of toast or ~7 sandwiches from a pack (I am happy to use the crusts if they are of reasonable size!). I think Helga’s 5 Seeds Gluten Free bread has a lovely traditional seeded bread flavour and the texture when straight from the pack is a little moist for my liking, but perfect when toasted.
With an energy content of ~858kj per 2 slices or serving, this is just right for me. I generally aim for around ~800kj per serving, as once I add topping or filling, I find this fills me up nicely. Some gluten-free breads on the market have much less or much more energy and I find I’m left either hungry or overly full.
After looking around at a few major supermarkets, the price of Helga’s 5 Seeds Gluten Free bread seems to be quite standard regardless of location, at approximately $6.50 per loaf. As any one who follows a GF diet knows, bread is generally expensive! However, in my opinion, regarding decent gluten-free bread, this price is reasonably standard.
As far as widely available seeded GF breads go, I would definitely recommend this product as well as the Soy and Linseed, and Sunflower and Red Quinoa varieties.
What is your favourite GF bread? We’d love to hear your thoughts below!