Paleo Bread Review

A little over a month ago, I found a recipe for Paleo Bread at Free the Animal (Fat Bread Recipe). I’d been really missing sandwiches, burritos, burgers… Pretty much anything that you can eat with your hands and hold. I made the recipe and was incredibly excited to absolutely love the bread. It’s delicious, moist, and made a chicken sandwich with extra mustard taste like the good-old days. AND, it was super high in fat while being low in carbs. Perfect for my current scheme.

The only downside to this amazing concoction was the time it took to make, and the cost. It’s definitely in the $15+ a loaf range (mainly due to the coconut butter). Now, I’m fine spending $10 on lunch when I go out to eat, so it’s not super prohibitive, but it’s probably not something I’m just going to have on hand every week. And I think I may have eaten the loaf in about 8 hours. :( It was that good.

Enter PaleoBread.com, a site I learned about probably a week after my Paleo bread-making experiment. I was incredibly excited, and reached out to them to see if I could get a sample loaf. They were great and sent me some the next day.

The Bad News

Unfortunately, the day the bread arrived turned out to be the hottest day of the year in Portland, with temps around 100 F. Not worse than a lot of the country, but it meant we were heading towards the river to keep cool. Well, the bread came, and the delivery man (UPS?) decided the safest place to put it would be on the East side of our house, either to prevent theft or sun exposure or ??? And there it sat until we came home that evening around 8pm to find that the local ants had discovered our parcel, and infested the box, the bread, and the goodness I was so excited about trying. And when I say the ants discovered it, I’m talking thousands. The bread was almost moving (we have an ant problem on that side of our house… bummer that’s where the bread was placed).

The Good News

I was really disappointed, as I was pretty excited about the idea of a turn-key bread solution. I emailed the guys at PaleoBread.com, and explained what happened and that I’d be happy to pay for the second shipment, but the first didn’t make it intact. Rather than letting me pay, the overnighted a second shipment, which came the next day. Talk about amazing customer service. I have to say, every exchange I had with them was super great. They’re nice people who love what they do.

So, How Was It?

The bread is super dense, and very low in both calories and carbs compared to normal bread (which makes sense due to the absence of grain flours). I love the fact that I’m getting my calories around what’s *in* the bread, and not from it. The bread itself is a bit dry though, and I couldn’t figure out the best way to prepare it to bring out the flavors and add some moisture.

However, it’s very solid (versus the crumbly, fall apart, flimsy slices I’ve had in other paleo breads), so it definitely holds a sandwich well. You just have to make sure there’s some paleo mayonnaise or some moist meats in there to help you eat it.

I think in the end, I still prefer the homemade stuff, but that’s something I’ll only try making at most once a month. In the meantime, this is a great alternative and one I’m happy to have found.

Note: Why are we writing about manufactured Paleo foods? Read our post on packaged Paleo here.

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14 Comments

  1. A few month ago I ordered 2 loaves of bread from Julian Bakery… I wasn’t eating Paleo at the time and was trying to stay away from carbs,and having a wheat allergy, I decided on the Smart Carb 1 and the Purity bread. When I finally got my order I couldn’t believe how small the loaves were for the money. I was disappointed but realized this was specialty bread and supposedly you get what you pay for so I made myself the sandwich that I had been craving for a long time. I took my first bite and was even MORE disappointed. The bread was dry, fell apart and tasted like cardboard! So much for my sandwich craving..I crumbled up the 2 loaves I bought and used them for bread crumbs. I would rather spend the xtra money and make my own bread than to order from the Julian Bakery again. Sorry to say I will never recommend them to anyone.

  2. Paleo Kelly

    Good review -I ordered from the Julian Bakery and it did take a week for them to make it but I also understand they bake and ship fresh. It was delivered in 2 Days which was a plus since I am on the other side of the country from their bakery. I set my expectations low after seeing the ingredient list which is great I figure Coconut or Almond does not have much flavor to begin with so I figured this bread is more about what you put in between it than the bread itself. My bred did toast up well and I will definitely buy again as it did have good flavor and texture. It was so good to have a sandwich again as it’s been 6 months of strict Paleo and I am glad to add this into my Paleo Plan.

  3. Les Merrithew

    I will not order this bread from Julian Bakery again. It took forever to arrive, about two weeks. I find it extremely dense and without much flavor. I realize that flavor can come from the contents in a sandwich but the bread should add flavor not subtract from it. I have not tried to bake my own Paleo bread other than Coconut Paleo bread which comes out kind like a corn bread, very tasty and even better with a little raw honey. I am going to try my hand at baking my own Paleo bread but will not order from the Julian Bakery again.

  4. julie forrer

    Mike Sisson has a flax bread that’s pretty decent. You have to slice it thin though or it’s spongy. Pretty good if you are having a hankering!

  5. I got a loaf of the almond and a loaf of the coconut this week at the store. The almond is dense, tasteless, and I’ve yet to find a use for it. Maybe breading things? I don’t really eat anything breaded anyhow.

    The coconut seems like it’s a little lighter and better tasting.

    Not sure either is worth the $9 a loaf from natural grocers. I don’t really eat bread alternatives and I guess I won’t likely be starting.

  6. I’ve been looking for this bread for two months now. Any time I have been near a Natural Grocers (the only local-ish vendor that sells bread from Julian Bakery) and still have yet to find it. The bread is more than expensive enough by itself without adding the shipping costs to it as well. I’ve decided that since bread in general clearly means it’s a splurge meal for me (with or without grain, I just don’t eat much bread or bread-type things any more), I might as well save some money and just buy a whole grain gluten free loaf from the local grocery store that costs less per loaf and also minus the shipping or driving costs necessary to acquire some Paleo Bread. Of course, if I had a blog with a lot of traffic and could get it for free from the company, then I’d gladly eat some Paleo Bread instead!

  7. Do you have any suggestions on a good homemade recipe that doesn’t fall apart and tastes good?

  8. valerie armstrong

    Re: Paleo Bread…I ordered two loaves it was inedible…The coconut was slimy and had a huge hole inside and hard as a rock on the outside…The almond was hard as a rock all the way through…They refused to refund so now I am going through Paypal dispute to get my money back…Save your money! I paid nearly $30, for two loaves. I have just been blocked from their Facebook page for leaving a truthful review. Google the product and get the real reviews before you buy it…The Facebook page and the Julian’s bakery that sells it deletes any bad reviews.

  9. I bought the coconut bread the other day at my local Good Earth store. I think I paid 7 bucks for the loaf. It took me about 10 minutes to find it as I didnt realize it is in the frozen section. I will admit I was a bit surprised at how small the loaf was… until I picked it up and realized it was as heavy and dense as a rock. I am new to the whole Paleo thing and was focused on the cookies I was about to make so I didn’t try it right away. Yesterday while searching through my fridge trying to make lunch I saw the bread… and the fresh almond butter… and a banana. One of my favorite sandwiches is peanut butter and banana… I thought, what the hell? worth a try. I had to have a HUGE glass of water to choke down the bread cause it is SO dry… but then remembered my coconut flour cookies I made and how dry those were as well… so, par for the course. Bottom line is that I had a pretty damn good sandwich seeing as how I am not doing bread anymore… so, one thumb up
    Today… my girlfriend text me while i was at crossfit telling me she was having french toast at my favorite restaurant… I thought… HELL NO… went home, cracked a few eggs, coconut milk, spices and threw in a few slices of the bread… while soaking I made a MEAN syrup with coconut sugar… Fried it up… sliced a banana over the top and drizzled the syrup on… HEAVEN… well… paleo Heaven… It was still a bit dry though. I am thinking that if I soak the bread in the eggs for a few hours that it would soak it up more and be a bit more moist… but the important thing is I made french toast that kicked ass… AND… I have been full for the last 6 freaking hours… All in all… I’ll buy another loaf cause I dont feel like making my own… I can doctor it up and make it work =)

  10. Julian removed my negative comment from their paleo bread page. When I commented a second time, they blocked me from posting.

  11. I too sent an email to Julian Bakery, asking if the Coconut Paleo was any better than the Almond Paleo, as I couldn’t choke it down….was like chewing on a dry sponge, and literally couldn’t swallow. Never heard from Julian Bakery. About to bake my own, and hoping for better results. I’ve seen a recipe that uses natural applesauce in the ingredients to add moistness. I think that is key, at least hoping!

  12. I understand that this is an older review…and an excellent one at that! However, based on the comments is how i ended up on this page. I, as well, have been screwed over by Julien’s bakery, paying nearly 30 dollars (inc. shipping) for 2 loaves of bread that tastes HORRIBLE. They refuse to give me a refund and I am NOT happy with their customer service at all. WILL NOT RECOMMEND THEM TO ANYBODY. At least now I know it is not just me!

  13. miss.pink

    I drove about 40 miles (round trip) to buy some Julian Bakery paleo bread and I think I’m underwhelmed. Those ads on facebook make the bread look like some big ‘ol puffy bit of deliciousness. The texture is okay, but the taste is sorta bleh.

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