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.

Non-Vegan Bread

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.

Pita Bread is Vegan - here we have it with hummus
Pita Bread is Vegan

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 🇮🇹

Ciabatta is Vegan – Italian white bread made from wheat flour, water, olive oil, salt, and yeast.

Ciabatta Loaf of Bread
Ciabatta is Vegan

For an authentic recipe go here: https://bakerbettie.com/authentic-ciabatta-bread-recipe/

Baguettes 🇫🇷

Baguettes in a basket

Baguettes are Vegan – a thin loaf of French bread – made from yeast, flour and salt.

For the recipe go here: https://www.kingarthurflour.com/recipes/classic-baguettes-recipe

Focaccia 🇮🇹

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.

Focaccia Bread
Focaccia is Vegan

Here is my delicious oil-free vegan recipe for Focaccia Oil-Free Vegan Focaccia Bread Using Air Fryer

Sourdough Bread🇨🇭

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.

Sourdough Loaf
Sourdough Bread is vegan

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

Ezekiel (Sprouted bread) Slices
Ezekiel (also know as Sprouted bread) is Vegan

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!