Where can I buy vegan bread without emptying the bank?
When I started eating vegan, I asked myself: where can I buy vegan bread? I love having toast in the morning… Was I going to have to switch to an expensive bread available only in specialized natural food stores?
Where can I buy vegan bread? The supermarket option
It turns out that you can find vegan bread in your average supermarket. You have to invest a bit of time reading the labels to make sure none of the following non-vegan ingredients or additives are listed:
- Powdered milk
- Lecithin (except if it says soy lecithin)
- Sodium stearoyl-2-lactylate
- And probably a few more…
In the supermarkets in my area, I can find bread from a local company called St-Méthode and their whole wheat and multigrain sliced breads are vegan. The only ingredient I could not recognize when I read the label was calcium propionate, and a quick search online confirmed that it was vegan.
Where can I buy vegan bread? The natural food store, or online option
Some companies make clearly identified vegan bread, Ezekiel being one of the more popular ones. You can often find Ezekiel bread in the frozen food section of natural food stores, or online.
Ezekiel also makes other food products, such as pasta, cereal and waffles. None of their products contain animal-based ingredients. Their cinnamon raisin bread looks really delicious. On average however, these products are more expensive than the average bread product out there, but you can be certain that they are all vegan.
Where can I buy vegan bread? The (very) economical at-home option
I never thought I would make my own bread. However, when I inherited an old Black&Decker breadmaker, I tested a few recipes and realized that it wasn’t that complicated. I am no baker, but I can read a recipe, measure ingredients and press buttons! That’s about the level of skills required to make bread with a machine. More importantly, the cost of making your own bread is just incredible, cents on the dollar, really!
You don’t need a fancy machine with complicated settings, just something simple and durable, like this Black & Decker 1 1/2-Pound Bread Machine.
All machines come with a booklet with a few recipes, most of which are using non-vegan ingredients. After a bit of search and several trials, I found this simple whole wheat bread machine recipe that works every time! Simply replace the butter with oil (I use olive oil) and the honey with agave syrup and voilà! Home-made goodness!
A few helpful tips for those of you new to bread making and bread machines:
- Always make sure you add the ingredients in the order they are listed in the recipe. If you allow some of the ingredients to mix too early in the process, your bread will turn out as a big heavy lump.
- Always measure flour by weight, not volume. One cup of whole wheat flour is 120 to 126 grams, depending on which source you consult. I’ve used 126 grams per cup and it worked out perfectly. Why is it necessary to be so precise? Flour measured simply in a cup can vary a lot in quantity, depending on whether you packed it or not. When measured by weight, you are more likely to use the quantity intended by the recipe. I use a very basic kitchen scale to measure flour when I bake.
By making your own bread, you will know for sure that all the ingredients are vegan and you will have the pleasure of having a kitchen that smells like fresh bread. And instead of paying $4-5 for a loaf, it will come out to more or less $0.50 per loaf. If you don’t have a machine, it will pay for itself really quickly! And you’ll never again wonder “where can I buy vegan bread”!