• Why is Barely Bread grain-free?

    Our founder Amanda created Barely Bread, in her own kitchen, when she was dissatisfied with the heavily-processed “traditional” breads, carb-heavy “bakery” breads, and the bad-tasting “health” breads currently on the market. Although she wasn’t trying to create grain-free bread (or even gluten-free bread) in that moment, she wanted a bread with CLEAN, honest ingredients that she could enjoy every day without the multitude of sins now associated with bread and other baked goods: the refined ingredients with very few nutrients, the starches known to cause blood sugar spikes, and the potential bloating and inflammation associated with gluten.

    Months of experimenting with various nut and seed flours (all coincidentally without a speck of grain) eventually produced a bread that met her high standards of nutrition, held up to toasting and spreading, and most importantly, tasted good enough for her Italian, bread-loving husband! Any other whole wheat, sprouted-grain, gluten-free, or low-carb bread simply didn’t stack up from a taste, performance or nutrition standpoint.

    After researching the benefits of a grain-free lifestyle, Amanda fully understood the importance of Barely Bread to the marketplace. It’s been a gratifying achievement to bring a “staple” like bread back to the table for those with celiac disease, gluten sensitivities, and diabetes; as well as those adhering to a grain-free, paleo, or low-carb diet; and those simply trying to follow a clean, minimally-processed, preservative-free lifestyle!

  • …But I thought whole grains were good for me?

    All grains including those that are gluten-free, provide a concentrated source of carbohydrates, which can lead to blood sugar spikes and promote an insulin response. Overtime, this may contribute to the development of chronic inflammation or overeating behaviors. Switching to a diet that replaces sugar and carbohydrates with healthy fats and lean proteins helps to stabilize blood sugar levels and promote an overall satiated state.

    At Barely Bread, our 100% grain-free products are made from a blend of nuts, seeds, and coconut flours, providing genuine nutrition. Unlike grain-based bread (or simply gluten-free bread), our products are high in fiber, low in carbohydrates and contain both protein and healthy fats, which help to slow digestion and provide a stable source of energy. All of our products are designed to keep you feeling satisfied and truly nourished.

  • How is Barely Bread different?

    Barely Bread is 100% GRAIN-FREE, inherently gluten-free, and great-tasting! We don’t use ANY of the high-carb alternative flours such as potato starch or rice flour that other typical gluten-free breads contain (which often cause spikes in blood sugar and can contribute to diabetes, heart disease, weight gain, and more).

    Unlike grain-based bread (or simply gluten-free bread), our products are high in fiber, low in carbohydrates and contain both protein and healthy fats, which help to slow digestion and provide a stable source of energy. All of our products are designed to keep you feeling satisfied and truly nourished.

    We are proud to say that our breads, bagels, baguettes, and rolls all taste and perform like traditional grain-based breads (after three years of meticulous R&D)! They are versatile enough to use as you would your typical loaf or slice – toasted with a thick layer of nut butter, smothered in avocado, piled high with turkey, layered in condiments, or whipped into a big batch of French toast.

    Our combination of ingredients support a multitude of diets and lifestyles (whereas a strictly gluten-free bread, wheat bread, or sprouted grain-bread is much more limiting):

    Grain-Free: Barely Bread contains a flour base of nuts and seeds – no wheat, rice, or grain of any kind.

    Certified Gluten-Free: Contains no oats, yeast, or other hidden gluten; officially certified by the GFCO.

    Rich in Protein & Fiber: Contains protein-rich eggs, high-protein almond flour and high-fiber flaxseed meal.

    Low-Net-Carb Count: Contains naturally-low-carb ingredients: no potato, rice, corn, or tapioca starches; and no sugar alcohols to upset your digestive system.

    Low-Glycemic / Diabetic-Friendly: Contains low-glycemic ingredients and no refined sugars.

    Certified Paleo: Contains no grains, legumes, peanuts, dairy, soy, or processed sugar; officially certified by the Paleo Foundation.

    Clean, Honest Ingredients: Contains no fillers, gums, stabilizers, artificial flavors, or preservatives – only ingredients you’d find in your own pantry (or your local grocer).

  • What is the difference between gluten-free and grain-free?

    Gluten-free products may still contain grains such as quinoa, buckwheat, rice, corn, teff etc. Grain-free products contain no grains or pseudo grains of any kind. In addition to their difference in ingredients, many commonly consumed packaged gluten-free foods are actually higher in fat and carbohydrates and lower in protein, iron, and B vitamins. Therefore the true nutritional benefit of eating gluten-free packaged foods for those without celiac, may be minimal.

  • Is Barely Bread safe for those with celiac disease?

    Yes, all of our products (and our production facility) have been certified gluten-free by the Gluten Free Certification Organization (GFCO), an industry program of the Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG).

  • Is Barely Bread organic?

    Although Barely Bread is not certified organic, we try to use organic ingredients when available, and we are committed to using all Non-GMO ingredients.

  • I’m dairy-free…Can I have Barely Bread?

    Yes, none of our products contain dairy.

  • Is Barely Bread Vegan?

    No. Our current formulation uses egg (and honey, in some cases), so our products are not vegan.

  • Can I eat Barely Bread if I’m diabetic or following a low-carb diet?

    Yes, Barely Bread products are low in carbohydrates and provide a good mix of fiber, fat and protein. All of these factors slow digestion, which helps to avoid a rapid rise in blood sugar levels and the triggering of an insulin response. All of our products contain fewer than 10 net carbs per serving (even our big, fluffy bagels), and little-to-no sugar!

  • How are “net carbs” calculated?

    Net carbs represent the grams of carbohydrates in a food minus its grams of fiber.

  • What allergens are in Barely Bread?

    Our products contain eggs and tree nuts (i.e. almond, coconut, and in some cases, hazelnut). We have NO peanuts, NO soy, NO corn, and NO dairy.

  • Where can I buy Barely Bread?

    In addition to our Online Store, Barely Bread will soon be found in the freezer or refrigerator section of many grocery stores across the country. (A Store Locator page will soon be available on our website where you can identify local retailers.) Please ask your grocer to start carrying us – retailers DO listen to their customers.

  • Why is Barely Bread sold frozen or refrigerated?

    We proudly use no preservatives, so the cold temps prolong our shelf life!

  • This costs more than my usual bread…Why?

    Our high quality ingredients and small batch baking process do make our products more expensive, but we think it is worth it for a loaf that is 100% grain-free and free of fillers and preservatives. We are certified gluten free, certified paleo and do not use any GMOs. Our products are chock full of nutrition: naturally higher in fiber and protein and lower in carbohydrates and sugar than traditional grain-based breads or gluten-free alternatives.

  • How do you calculate shipping for e-commerce?

    We use a flat rate, depending on your distance from our East Coast location. States east of the Mississippi are charged $14.95 and those west of the Mississippi are charged $24.95. We aim to get your order to you as quickly as possible (overnight) and as fresh as possible (in a patented insulated container with a package of dry ice).

  • I just placed my online order, what next?

    Barely Bread is shipped Mondays through Thursdays. If your order was placed before 10:00 AM EST, it will ship the same day. We package all product, while still frozen, in an insulated container with dry ice and then ship using overnight delivery in order to keep your bread fresh and cool. (You may find that your bread has thawed a bit in transit – this will not affect the bread. It can be frozen again if desired.)

  • How is Barely Bread best prepared?

    We love bread toasty and warm. If you’re like us, we encourage you to toast your Barely Bread, or warm it in the oven. Feel free to do either straight out of the freezer (no pre-thaw necessary). Our breads, bagels, baguettes, and rolls all taste and perform like traditional grain-based breads. They are versatile enough to use as you would your typical loaf or slice – toasted with a thick layer of nut butter, smothered in avocado, piled high with meat, layered in condiments, served alongside charcuterie, or whipped into a big batch of French toast. Feel free to experiment with panini, pizza bagels, bread puddings, and more – use Barely Bread however you would traditional grain-based breads. (And please, share your recipes!)

  • How should I expect grain-free bread to taste?

    We are very proud of Barely Bread’s taste (and performance). Many people have told us that it is reminiscent of a soft whole wheat bread. “Light but filling” is another phrase we often hear. While other grain-free breads tend to be soggy, heavy, or cake-like, Barely Bread’s texture and crumb is a very close match to traditional grain-based breads.

  • How can I get more information and stay informed?

    Please sign up for updates on our website and be sure to follow Barely Bread on Instagram and Facebook. Also check out our Press Page to see how the media has been sharing the love.

  • Is Barely Bread on Social Media?

    Yes, and we’d love for you to follow us on Facebook and Instagram at @barelybread. We also love our customers, your posts, and seeing how you’re enjoying Barely Bread at home. Please tag us in your pics!

  • I’m interested in a grain-free lifestyle. Where can I learn more?

    We love staying informed and love learning about health and wellness.
    Best-selling books such as Grain-Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter, Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis, and the Blood Sugar Solution by Dr. Mark Hyman are all informative reads. We think Dr. Frank Lipman and Dr. Jeffrey Morrison are also great resources for living a balanced, healthy and happy life!

  • What are the benefits of going grain-free? And how can Barely Bread help?

    While grains can provide nutritional benefits to an overall healthy lifestyle, going grain- free can offer even more benefits by lowering your overall carbohydrate intake and increasing your levels of soluble fiber, protein and healthy fats.

    Carbohydrates are a necessary macronutrient in our diet. While grains contain carbohydrates, there may be a more effective way to meet your needs. Depending on the degree of processing and ingredients used in whole grain products, grains can cause spikes in blood sugar leading to obesity, inflammation, and autoimmune disease. Grains also contain phytates, a substance that can impair your body’s absorption of certain minerals such as magnesium, iron, calcium, copper, and zinc. Grains can also be overly processed with additives to ensure maximum shelf life on your local grocery store shelves.

    By eliminating grains, we have tried to remove some of the hurdles that often come with leading an active and healthy lifestyle.

    With ingredients like almond flour, flaxseed meal, and egg whites, we have replaced ingredients that have less nutritional benefit with those that contain an enhanced nutritional profile for your overall health. Our product contains lower carbohydrate and sugar content, with higher soluble fiber, protein, Omega 3’s, and minerals. We also ensure that our product is baked without preservatives and additives, so you can enjoy knowing that our product is preservative and additive-free!

  • How can I reach you with additional questions or comments?

    We love interaction with our customers. Feel free to reach us at hello@barelybread.com with any questions or feedback.

  • Where do I store Barely Bread?

    We proudly use no preservatives in Barely Bread! As such, all products are best stored in the refrigerator (or freezer) depending on your planned consumption.

  • Can I re-freeze?

    Absolutely! Barely Bread does very well in and out of the freezer if you decide to save it for a later date.

  • What is the expiration date on Barely Bread?

    You can store Barely Bread in your refrigerator for up to two weeks and in the freezer for one year.