Is Trader Joe’s Sprouted Bread Still King?

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I have blogged before about the best bread – Trader Joe’s Sprouted Wheat. It was the best bread until a new formula appeared in their bread aisle. When I asked Joe why he changed his bread it had to do with warehouse being too far away from the producer, changing producers, original recipe proprietary to original baker, blah blah blah. The bottom like was my favorite bread had changed. It didn’t’ taste as good, slices were not uniform, and, worst of all, it now had a different nutrition profile. Not terrible, but different. This sent me in search of a new bread. The table below tells the story of my search. The bottom line is that the Trader Joe Sprouted Wheat still beats out the competition, in my opinion. This, however, does not stop me from emailing Trader Joe’s (which I have done multiple times) to ask them to PLEASE make nice with the original baker and get our bread back to normal. I encourage you to do the same. In the meantime, let me know if you think your bread could take Trader Joe’s Sprouted Wheat in a head to head nutrition and taste.



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16 thoughts on “Is Trader Joe’s Sprouted Bread Still King?

  1. Nature’s Own Whole Wheat has a good nutritional profile, is widely available and is affordable. I live in New Bern NC and Trader Joe’s is not an option. I like to identify products that meet these three criteria : good nutritionally, availability, and affordable .

    1. 11 grams of net carbs though for a 1 oz slice. Not a very hearty tasting bread. Kind of soft and spongy?

  2. I just bought some bread set Trader Joe’s and ours is different too. I’m so disappointed. The sprouted wheat bread was the only bread I could find with a net carb count of 4g, now the lowest I can find is 9g net carbs.

    1. I had read that the original labeling was actually incorrect. It’s not that the formula of the bread has changed, it’s that the nutritional breakdown was not listed correctly in the first place. As to what is true, I do not know.

    2. It is actually both. The bread was reanalyzed since it had been a while – different numbers found. There was also a change in recipe for the bread. According to Trader Joes’s the manufacturer who made the bread in the past owned the recipe so it could no longer be used when they changed companies. Bottom line, still the best around in my opinion. There are a couple of breads on the market that are lower calorie but not sprouted and have more sugar.

  3. I, too, am terribly disappointed in the change of Trader Joe’s Sprouted Wheat and Rye breads. The one’s I have been eating have 7 g. carb and 3 g fiber for a total of 4 net g. carbs and 60 calories and tasted absolutely delicious. Could not tell that it was lo-carb or lo-calorie. It had great texture and taste. It seems it is no longer made, and they have been replaced with 90 calorie breads that have at least l7 g. carb and 1 or 2 g. fiber for a total of at least 15 g. carb. This is no longer lo-carb bread. Someone must be making this bread. Can someone find out who is making it and/or distributing it and who is carrying it or making it available online? This has been my go to bread for breakfast and lunch and an absolute life saver for me after having lost 30 pounds and struggling to keep it off. Please help!!

  4. As of today, I discovered the old formula was gone. So disappointed
    I will try the Ezekiel bread, but hate to spend the money.

  5. Trader Joe’s in Southern California still sells Ezekiel bread. The original sprouted grain bread and it is superior to their own. Ask them to sell ezekiel again. I’m not sure why Southern California is so fortunate.

    1. That is very interesting, thank you for sharing Debra! We will add that to our list of requests and maybe the rest of the country will be able to enjoy it soon as well. 🙂

  6. The new stuff is full of raison juice and is rubbery like it has latex added to it like subway did to their bread. Strange stuff. Not the same

  7. I spoke to the manager in Temecula California and although he was sympathetic he said it hadn’t changed but he did give me my money back on the two types I tried as a replacement. Doing searches on net I think I have found the original vendor but they only sell wholesale to restaurants and institutions. Now I have to figure out how to get them to sell it to me, even if I have to get a quantity it would be worth it. Of the 2 types I tried to replace it at Trader Joes, one tasted like Swedish flat bread only more spongy and the other was like dry wallpaper glue with a touch of molasses. I won’t be buying bread at Trader Joe’s again, it isn’t worth the drive.

  8. I spoke with the manager at the Raleigh Trader Joes. They indicated that they had to switch distributors. When they did, the old distributor’s recipe was proprietary thus had to be reformulated. Good for you for finding the good old recipe!

  9. I live in Nashville, TN. I was so sad to see the formula changed. I came home to Michigan for the holidays and the Trader Joes here has the original. They know nothing about the change. The only thing she thought was a distribution issue. She said Tennessee was the cutoff. So, it may depend on what region of the states you live in to be able to get the original bread. Sure was happy to have it again. I will be bringing many loaves back with me

    1. That’s so interesting that it might be a regional issue. You are lucky to have another location to stock up- hopefully the more people talk about it, the more motivated they are to go back to the old recipe. Thank you for sharing! 🙂

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