Bread Without Sugar: What are the Best Brands?

April 27, 2020   61 Comments

Do you know how hard it is to find bread with no added sugar? Recently, I went off of sugar for three weeks and I had to search!

Bread Without Sugar: What are the Best Brands?

The bad news is that there weren’t many options and the ones that fit the bill were expensive. The good news is that I found my new favorite bread.

My favorite healthy bread is 100% whole wheat and is pretty delicious. You can find decent bread in the store if you look hard enough.

All the breads featured here do have a little sugar (1 gram per slice). Yeast needs sugar in order to create the texture of bread so it is (I believe) impossible for bread to have no sugar added.

Compared to other 100% whole wheat breads that add sugar for flavor, these three breads have far less sugar and are all sprouted grain bread.

Sprouted grain breads may be a little more nutritious than regular bread but I like them because of their lack of added sugar.

Instead of grinding up the whole grains and making flour, the grains have been allowed to germinate before they are ground into flour.

Their flavor comes from the nuttiness of the grain and not from sugar. This makes them a bit of an acquired taste if you are used to sweeter, fluffy bread.

In addition to being the lowest in sugar that I have found, these store bought brands have much more protein than regular bread.

Silver Hills Bakery sprouted bread is made in Canada and a game changer. I don’t know how they do it but the bread is fluffy in texture and very tasty. Can you see all those air bubbles? This was far less dense than many of the other options.

The best one was called “Squirrelly” and did not remind me of anything a squirrel would eat. I didn’t miss the sugar!

I found it at Big Y but it is also can be found in the freezer section at Targets nationwide. Check out: Where to buy.

For one slice of Sprouted Power - The Big 16 (another flavor of Silver Hills Bakery bread):

100 calories, 0 g fat, 0.0 g saturated fat, 18 g carbohydrates, 1 g sugar, 6 g protein, 4.0 g fiber, 135 mg sodium, 3 WW Smart Pts

I ate it with avocado or peanut butter spread on it. YUM!

I found Silver Hills in the freezer section of one grocery store and in the bread section of another store. Ack! Make up your minds! This is not as common as other brands so I would suggest calling your store and finding out if they have it (and then asking them where they keep it).

I have featured two other brands of sprouted bread on my site (usually found in the freezer section). Ezekiel Bread is a great option. My favorite loaf is the raisin bread which has natural sugar because of the raisins. I love it with peanut butter in the morning.

Famously, Trader Joe's has Ezekiel bread in its stores (not in the freezer where I found it at Stop & Shop).

Alvarado Street Bakery has added some new breads in its line up that are fluffier. I tried the sourdough sprouted option and I really liked it (it could have been more sour). As a San Francisco resident for many years, sourdough has a flavor that I enjoy.

I found this brand both on the shelf and in the freezer as well.

Sprouted breads are getting more and more popular it seems, I have been covering them for a while now and I am happy to see so many brands and options.

I buy a couple of loaves when they are on sale (they are expensive for bread) and I always keep them in my freezer.

When I want to eat bread, I pop a slice in my toaster on defrost and there you have it. Keeping bread in the freezer ensure's freshness and you don't run out.

Yes, some of these taste like cardboard but others are fantastic! It is all up to personal preference and my suggestion is to give two or three brands a try before you give up on them. They are a great almost zero added sugar option.

Do you have a favorite bread without sugar? Please share.

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Sprouted Power looks good, will have to look for it. I've been in a bread rut lately and needing a change. Sometimes I'll get a loaf of Vermont Bread Co.'s but seriously, we need more good bread choices! There's a Big Y nearby, now if only I can pass by their paczki donuts that greet you right as you enter, LOL. Thanks Lisa :)

Ezekiel is my favorite. Since I'm extremely sensitive to salt and have been basically salt-free for decades, I get the low sodium one. I've been using it for years. I did try the Alvarado Street low sodium years ago which was good, but I prefer Ezekiel.

Would it be possible for you to talk about store brand items. I get a sprouted bread at Aldi that is much cheaper. I also use Price Chopper brand items and they are very good.

I recently bought the "original" Ezekiel bread for the first time. I wasn't sure if I liked it the first time or two that I ate it, but now I really enjoy it with mashed avocado on top. The Sprouts close to me carries Silver Hills bread so I'll have to check it out next. Thanks for the review.

Paczki donuts are no longer a temptation because they are not available after Ash Wednesday, which was Feb. 14 this year.

I really like Dave’s Killer Bread! I tell my husband that the last piece, the heel, is mine. I then dump all the seeds left in the bag onto my peanut butter and spread them around. Great breakfast with a fruit and coffee!

Trader Joe’s also has their brand of sprouted grain bread which taste the same as Ezekiel bread but is about a $1 cheaper. Watch out for the sugar in Dave’s Killer Bread, some have as much as 5G per slice!

@Madeline - that is a great idea! Yes, I will work on store brands. Thank you for your question!

I use Joseph's Oat

Bran and Whole Wheat pita rounds for 60 calories each (1 smart point) and there is no sugar. I get them at Market Basket.

Lisa - if you do store brands, please include Trader Joe's!

We were given a zojirushi bread machine and would love your healthiest bread recipes

I make my own. The tsp of sugar in a 2 - 3 loaf batch is mostly consumed by the yeast in the proofing process (yeast + water + sugar = CO2 + alcohol) The CO2 makes the bread rise and the alcohol boiling off is a big part of the fragrance. If you think it is too much work check out the King Arthur Flour site for their "no knead" method ... It does have to sit overnight but is easy, good and has no added sugar at all. I also add cooked quinoi (so?) or mashed cooked beans to the sponge to up the protein. Makes the bread soft and chewy as well. I have been making bread for 50 years and added a stand mixer to my tools a few years ago when I injured my shoulder. With a stand mixer there are no excuses for store bought bread.

All bread still have a lot of carbs. Most grains and some veg also have lectins which kill digestive flora and encourage the growth of bad bacteria causing one to want more carbs (simple and complex) thus causing the formation of belly fat. Instead of offing sugar only, try to abstain from certain carbs. Whole eggs are really a health food and filled with vitamins, minerals, protein, good fat, fight heart disease and fight belly fat. Eat mostly veggies that have a lot of fiber and (exclude potatoes). Exclude grains except for buckwheat, quinoa and a few others. Buckwheat groats (available from Bob's Red Mill) can be popped like popcorn for a great snack.

I still eat tomatoes, peppers, and some grains and beans. I just make sure they are cooked completely to rid them of lectins. There is such a thing called red kidney bean poisoning caused by raw or undercooked kidney beans. These are my favorite so I buy canned and make sure they are very cooked.

Prebiotics help the gut flora and usage of probiotics. Probiotics alone can be killed without multiplying if prebotics are not used with them. It is believed that improper flora is a contributing factor in obesity.

When I read the Silver Hills Bakery website for Squirrelly bread, it says it has 180 mg of sodium per slice which is quite a bit. You listed 135 mg. Is that a typo or is that actually what your wrapper lists as the correct amount?


I can’t have gluten so sprouted bread is out. Any recommendations for GF?

@Vivian - I posted the nutritional information for the BIG 16 bread - not the Squirrelly. I will clarify that above. I agree that Squirrelly is a bit too much. I can't win!! Thank you for your comment.

Homemade Grains
No Yeast. No Sugar.
1 "Slice"

4 Tblspns. Whole Wheat 1 tspn. Buckwheat 1 tspn. Hemp Seeds Mixed With Water Upon A Microwavable Plate.

Zap In A Microwave Oven @350 Then At 275 Degrees (In Order To

Dry It).

There Are No Holes In It (it Doesn't rise).

Despite it It Is Very Bendable Also Cuts Easily.

Since None Of The Posters Deploy Anything Oily

What It Cannot wrap Anything oily slippery (Mayo, Miracle


What It CAN Wrap Anything Which Is Not Slippery Peanut

Butter Vegs Tomatoe Sauce Stir Fry Sauce.

I Assemble One Of Those For Wraps Pizza.

I Assemble Two Of Those For Sandwiches Calzones.

Trader Joe’s sells sprouted breads that are good. I really like the rye sprouted bread

I agree with you. The Ezekiel Raisin Bread is so good. I also love the Sesame, lots of flavor toasted. I actually lost belly fat when I started adding this bread and complex carbs. High protein diet causes belly fat unless you are a body builder working it off. I love SF sour dough bread and anxious to try the Alvarado bakery one. Does it contain yeast or is it real sour dough?


Low protein and excess carbs cause belly fat.

Foods to eat to combat belly fat.…

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