Review: Canyon Bakehouse breads
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May 6 2010

Review: Canyon Bakehouse breads

I recently had the opportunity to enjoy several products from Canyon Bakehouse.  Canyon Bakehouse creates their breads in a dedicated facility in Loveland, CO.  In addition to be gluten-free, all of their products are dairy-, nut- and soy-free.

Once I read that they carried focaccia I knew I needed to taste this bread.  Being someone who has to eat gluten-free, it feels like I am on the constant quest for new and amazing items, specifically baked goods.  I know that for myself personally, it is as if I feel I need to continually prove that gluten-free items can be just as good, and most of the times better that the gluten-filled items I ate before I was diagnosed with celiac.

There are lots of gluten-free breads out there, and some of them are extraordinarily good, such as Udi’s and Katz, but what stood out to me as soon as I looked on the packages of Canyon Bakehouse breads were the ingredients.  The ingredients in their products are a bit different than the typical loaf of gluten-free bread.

I started off with the Cranberry Crunch Muffins.  It was too tempting to see these large and tasty looking muffins and just let them sit in the package.  The ingredients include items such as pumpkin seeds, poppy seeds, millet and cranberries.  It is such an intriguing ingredient list it had to be eaten!  I love the idea that they contained ingredients that provided some nutrition, rather than just a blend refined flours.  I immediately liked the texture of the muffins, the millet and seeds gave the muffins a crunch, hence the name, Cranberry Crunch.  They were moist and delicious.  Unfortunately, they are not low calorie, or low fat, but they are a great treat!

As soon as I opened the box full of the Canyon Bakehouse goodies, I could smell the the rosemary in the Rosemary Thyme Focaccia.  This was the first focaccia bread I have seen since eating gluten-free, and wow, was I excited.  It was dense and moist just as the focaccia I remember.  The bread was extremely tasty and would be perfect being dipped in a good quality olive oil or used as sandwich bread, such as a caprese sandwich with fresh mozzarella, sliced tomato and fresh basil.  This would make an impressive bread to offer at a dinner party.

Canyon Bakehouse offers three different loaves of bread.  All three were ready to eat straight out of the package with no heating needed.  This is rare thing with gluten-free bread, and only a few breads I have tried fulfill this quality.

The Cinnamon Raisin bread uses a flour blend of brown rice flour, tapioca flour, sorghum flour and garbanzo bean flour, along with sunflower seeds and raisins.  It has a great flavor of cinnamon and juicy raisins with the texture of a gluten-filled bread. This bread makes great toast as a side with breakfast or an afternoon snack.

The Mountain White bread makes a great sandwich bread and again contains a flour blend that includes garbanzo flour, which you don’t usually see in gluten-free breads (please note I did not notice any bean taste), as well as amaranth.  I enjoyed the taste and the texture and it closely resembles a white sandwich bread.

The San Juan 7-Grain bread has an impressive ingredient list with the above flour blend in addition to teff, millet, molasses, quinoa, amaranth and corn meal.  This combination results in a truly tasty whole grain bread.  Unfortunately my body doesn’t enjoy lots of quinoa, even though I love eating it.  Therefore, I didn’t want to indulge too much, but my husband who is a gluten eater loved this bread and ate enough for both of us.  I think it would make a great sandwich with grilled veggies and feta, or turkey, muenster cheese and sprouts.

These products are currently available to order online for $4.99 a piece, or at Whole Foods locations throughout Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Utah.  I look forward to seeing them expand distribution so I can eventually these tasty baked goods at a Whole Foods near me.  They would definitely become a regular item on my grocery list.

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Anne is a self-proclaimed foodie who loves eating out as much as cooking for friends. Since being diagnosed with celiac, she has been determined to not let it put a damper on her food adventures, and to raise awareness among the general public. Anne recently moved from Chicago to Atlanta and is enjoying exploring the gluten-free wonders in her new city. Follow Anne on Twitter and Google+!

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Comments

  1. Cara says:

    I love the Cinnamon Raisin Bread! YUM!!!

  2. TomW says:

    San Juan 7-grain is the best.bread.ever. My daughter-in-law is gluten-intolerant, and my grandson has celiac. We adjusted to a mostly gluten-free diet so we can accommodate them when they come over to the house. I was surprised to see so many gluten-free choices, transition was not nearly as difficult as I thought it would be. Truly awesome discovery was Canyon Bakehouse breads. Believe me when I say it: San Juan 7-Grain is the best.bread.ever. I will not eat any gluten breads again. Ever.

  3. Tiffany Janes says:

    I love the focaccia and White Mountain breads from this line. The raisin bread is very good too, but would be better with more cinnamon and raisins, in my opinion. As far as I know, these are not available in stores in the Atlanta area yet.

  4. Melanie says:

    Canyon Bakehouse Bread is now available on the West Coast. It’s available in Sacramento. California at the Gluten Free Specialty Market, 2612 J Street, #1, Sacramento, CA 95816. Call or check blog for fresh delivery dates. 916-442-5241 or gfspecialty.blogspot.com

  5. Thanks for the info Melanie! We just finished up our focaccia bread from this line recently. It’s fabulous and kept well in the freezer for months!

  6. Michael D says:

    Hi Anne, I thought you might be interested to know that there are a few stores in Chicago now carrying Canyon Bakehouse. They are:

    American Health Food in Oak Lawn
    New Vitality Health Foods in Orland Park
    Health Nutz in Mokena
    and Nutrition Network in Winfield

    I also know that the W Grocer in Wicker Park is considering bringing the product in as is the Dill Pickle Coop in Lake View

  7. Judy says:

    I just got my first order of canyon bakehouse bread and I love it. At last I can enjoy sandwiches and toast. Thanks so much

  8. Judy – So happy to hear that! Enjoy the breads and I hope you got their killer foccacia…it’s to die for!

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