The good news is that most bread is vegan. Typical ingredients for making bread are flour, salt, yeast and water.
However, some recipes for making bread may contain milk, eggs, butter or other animal byproducts. Hence, this type of bread will not be suitable for vegans.
It is always best to check the ingredients label just to be sure that bread does not contain any animal products.
Here is the list of bread from all over the world which are NOT suitable for Vegans.
Let’s eliminate the ones that are unstable first.
Naan (Indian) – oven-baked flatbread usually contains milk and ghee (clarified butter) and typically brushed with butter.
Tortillas (Mexican) – will contain shortening (any fat that is a solid at room temperature) which can be animal-based or plant-based
Crumpet (English) – usually contains milk
Breadsticks Grissini (Italian) – usually contains butter and sometimes parmesan cheese for sprinkling
Brioche Bread (French) – contain eggs and butter
Brown Soda (Irish) – is made of wholemeal flour but will contain buttermilk and honey.
Challah (Jewish) – braided bread, traditionally served on the Sabbath and holidays will contain eggs.
Pretzel (German) – pastry/bread usually contains butter.
Pão de Queijo (Brazil) – cheese buns will contain eggs, milk and parmesan cheese.
Pain de Ménage (Quebec) – plain white loaf, simple country bread can be moistened with lard.
Basque Pumpkin Bread (Basque country) – adopted into the cuisine in parts of southwestern France and northern Spain – include eggs.
Pan de Muertos (Mexico) – Mexico’s Day of the Dead bread is baked to honour the loved once are gone – contains butter and eggs.
Frybread (USA) – multicultural feast at Thanksgiving usually contains milk. The traditional recipe contains lard.
Common Vegan Bread
Pita Bread 🇬🇷
Pita is Vegan – traditional Greek pita bread. This has always been vegan and we highly recommend that you eat this with hummus.
Ingredients: water, yeast, flour, salt and olive oil
For the recipe go here: https://thestayathomechef.com/homemade-pita-bread/ or here https://www.halfbakedharvest.com/traditional-greek-pita-bread/
Ciabatta is Vegan – Italian white bread made from wheat flour, water, olive oil, salt, and yeast.
For an authentic recipe go here: https://bakerbettie.com/authentic-ciabatta-bread-recipe/
Focaccia is Vegan – is a flat oven-baked Italian bread product similar in style and texture to pizza dough. Ingredients: yeast, water, sugar, flour, salt, olive oil and rosemary.
Here is my delicious oil-free vegan recipe for Focaccia Oil-Free Vegan Focaccia Bread Using Air Fryer
Sourdough bread is made by the fermentation of dough using naturally occurring lactobacilli and yeast. Sourdough bread has a more sour taste and better inherent keeping qualities than bread made with baker’s yeast.
For the recipe go here: https://www.splendidtable.org/recipes/classic-sourdough-bread-pain-au-levain
Ezekiel (Sprouted bread)
Ezekiel (also know as Sprouted bread) is Vegan, – It’s a type of sprouted bread, made from a variety of whole grains and legumes. This is named because it follows an ancient formula which is mentioned in biblical texts Ezekiel 4:9
For the recipe go here: https://www.survivalkit.com/blog/how-to-make-ezekiel-bread-with-minimal-resources-2/
Conclusion and Tips
TIP !!! – Bread that looks fluffier, fuller and glossy shiny most likely contain eggs, butter and/or milk and not suitable for vegans. The ones are flat, savoury and dry tend to be vegan-friendly.
It is very tempting to have a bite when you see crispy freshly baked bread. The natural instinct to think what the heck it’s ‘just bread’ with simple and ‘innocent’ ingredients. But don’t get fooled by its temptation. Be aware of ‘hidden’ animal-derived ingredients. Always check, ask and be aware!