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Millet bread/Deland's Bakery

Just wanted to let you know that I called Deland's bakery (386-734-7553)today to ask about their millet bread and they said it does contain minute amounts of gluten due to cross contamination and that they hope to manufacture it in a gluten free facility within 6 months.

I want to follow up on the note I wrote yesterday about Deland's millet bread. Since I was told on the phone that the bread was essentially gluten free except for microscopic cross contamination I ate a roll last night and have had a bad reaction to it. I think the amount of gluten is probably more than microscopic and I will not finish the package of bread.
I found a natural food store this weekend that sold this bread. (an hour from home) I spent a fortune to stock up my freezer because I was told it was gluten free. I just found this website today and I'm very concerned about feeding my PDD/Autistic son these products. He has been gluten free for 15 months now. The ONLY thing he will eat the last few days is this bread. Now I am concerned it is his body craving more gluten and we could be in for some rough days ahead and a long recovery to once again eliminate the gluten. I am so distressed. Any other autistic families have any input????

Sara, there is definitely a small amount of gluten in the current bread (Jan 2006) If you have worked so hard to get your son gluten-free, I would suggest you not give him this bread until it is certified gluten free.

You might consider reselling the bread , say at church or work.

Cari Sherwood

I need a recipe for bread that does not contain:
I cannot have wheat or gluten myself. I've tried Deland's bread and thought it was fabulous - except for the fact it contained traces of gluten. (I also was very disappointed) Now I get my bread from a bakery in New York State - Ina Garden Old World Breads. They are fantastic bakery breads that are made in a 100% gluten-free facility! (they don't make anything but gluten-free products)Check out their website for a full list of products and prices - They will ship anywhere! Hope this helps. The web address is:
I just called DeLand's bakery and they are not yet gluten-free. They plan on being gluten-free in "a couple months".
Lynn, thanks for the update.
angie provenzano
wanted to know how much longer it will be till you get your bread certifed gluten free. I really love the breads,but am very gluten intolerant . I also can not have yeast,I can not have any bread at all ,that taste decent ....deland was the only one I could have ,excect for the gluten...please let me know.. Angie
Angie, I am not associated with Deland Bakery. you need to call them directly-
Just called today and they are still not gluten-free.
Kathy T
I am in Deland today. The bread is still not completely gluten-free. For me, it is not a problem if I do not eat too much of their millet brand. I will be thrilled, though, when it is GF. I will ask them today when I p/u my order about their plans for another facility or going GF.
Kathy T
The person I talked to at the Deland bakery did not know of any plans to go completely GF. It was not an owner, but she works quite a bit with the bakery portion of the store. (It is also a health food store.)
Thanks for the updates. If you are in the San Antonio area, there is a gluten free bakery (run by a celiac family) now on Avenue B, near the witte museum, it is called the Little Aussie Bakery and Deli.
Jen B
Anybody know the current gluten-free status of the Deland millet bread? I bought some today thinking it was, but I had a piece earlier and now I'm starting to get a headache. It could be something else, but if I've been glutened, work tomorrow is going to be rough. I emailed the company, but they won't be open until tomorrow morning. Thanks.
Cindy B
I have celiac disease and have been eating the millet bread for 2 years and have never had a reaction of any kind. It's the only bread I like!
Which just goes to show that some celiacs have a little more leeway than others...
Betsy Chollet
I gave my 6 year old daughter who is a Celiac the Zucchini Millet Bread from Deland Bakery today. I had first called the bakery to double check that the bread was not made with gluten but merely in an environment that has gluten. I was assured that gluten was not an ingredient so I felt it was okay to give it to my daughter. She had a huge horrible reaction (hours of vomiting). She would not react like that to a trace amount of gluten. I feel this bakery is not a reliable source of gluten free products. Celiacs be aware. There are plenty of other great and more reliable sources of gluten free products.
San Francisco
Hi all, I have been giving my son millet bread from Deland Bakery for over a year now and it is good. I called the bakery and they said that because the bread is not made in a "gluten free" enviornment that they had to put on the label "Contain wheat, gluten, or yeast. If you look at the ingredients the majority of the breads they make contain the following: organic millet, brown rice flour, water, sea salt and baking power. Which do not have gluten in it. There labels did use to state gluten free until they were told they has to change due to the enviornment.
The owner of the Portsmouth New Hampshire Health Food store recently told me the bread was o.k. for gluten sensitive people,but after reading the posts it seems health food store owners are being duped like the rest of us WQe should all be angry .Can someone out there provide us all with a recipe like Delands bakery. There are so few ingredients in it and it looks like a simple batter type bread. That way,we can all make it ourselves and finally deland will stop fooling us with false promises. It is criminal to think how we suffer while they make BIG money on us.
A New Leaf Health Food Store In Needham,Ma. which specializes in Gluten Free products also sells alot of this product with little dire warnings about its dangers. I cant help but wonder in this poor economy if stores do this because they make such a profit selling it for double what you can buy it in Florida. It goes for under 7 dollars a loaf there,compared to about 3.50 in Florida.
OK. It is important that sensitivities to wheat range from intolerance to allergy to celiac disease, which is a genetically mediated condition and is not the same as a wheat allergy. Also that people with true celiac disease can be as sensitive to gluten as to get diarrhea and bowel inflamation with a few grams of wheat, where folks with intolerance may be able to handle quite a bit more on an occasional basis, without long term inflammation of the bowel.

People with full blown celiac disease can react to as little gluten as can occur when a flour like oatmeal, which has no gluten, is baked in a pan that previously had wheat bread in it. So the FDA now requires that bakeries that are NOT completely gluten free, never using gluten, cannot any longer mark the bread as gluten-free, EVEN THOUGH NO INGREDIENTS WITH GLUTEN ARE USED IN THE MAKING.

The millet bread from Deland is made with special commercial equipment and an lengthy process. You cannot do exactly that at home. If you are looking for a gluten-free, sliceable bread, I STRONGLY recommend you get 3 items; a bread machine, as gluten free breads do not tolerate regular kneading; Bette Hagmans book "the Gluten Free Gourmet Bakes"; and guar gum or xanthan gum which act as gluten substitutes in the gluten-free bread recipes.

We live in an environment where fear, suspicion and negativity contribute hourly to down-spiralling energy and loss of hope. Don't contribute; just take good care of yourself and those you feed.


Bread makers are lined with unsafe coatings and toxic chemicals . I have been unable for years to locate a Bread Pan that is ONLY quality stainless steel in which to make bread inside a bread maker. I wonder if the person who wrote this last post works at Delands bakery and is defending them or at a health food store that sells its bread because the only ingredients in Delands recipe for Millet Special for example is :Organic Millet Flour, Brown Rice flour,Water,Baking Powder and sea salt. Five ingredients . We have a right to organic bread too with ingredients we can say. There must be some Wonderful cook out there who can come up with a similar recipe like Delands. Also, I own Bette Hagmans cookbook and even purchased Her Non-Organic Premade flours. I do not care for them. After a while they all seem to taste alike and that bean taste gets to you after a while. Also,many people also have difficulty digesting legumes of which beans come from the same family.It would e so much simpler and cheaper to locate a simple recipe like Delands and just because they are commercial does not mean we cannot make a similar bread at home. Do not let that last post deceive you. There is always someone trying to take your power away and give you something lesser to eat. Maybe even one of you will open a certified gluten free organic bakery,you never know.
Karen, the person who wrote the last post is me, Ellen, who created and maintains this site. I got in touch with Deland directly when there was so much distress and discussion about tolerating their bread (or not) and was told that millet varies tremendously in character and that they contract for a special crop of a particular cultivar, then use special machines and overnight processes to prepare it; so I was not just "being negative" when I said you can't duplicate this at home.

As I also said, some people are SO sensitive to gluten that just preparing the gluten free bread in the same pans and ovens as gluten breads can leave enough trace to cause reaction. This is similar to what happens when oats, which are gluten free, are rolled or processed in factories that also do gluten-containing flours and the most sensitive folks then get a reaction to the oats, even though many sensitives do not. So if you or your family member are in that most sensitive group, you have to find gluten free foods processed in gluten free bakeries, and Deland is NOT a gluten-free bakery at its present factory.

There are even some gluten free breads that can be made in a crock pot. Check this site:

Organic Delicious Gluten Free Cake
(Contains Nuts and Eggs) (Flour and Yeast free)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Grease an 8x12 glass pyrex baking dish

Recipes was found on I made it into a cake instead of muffins, as I was looking for a healthy ,natural birthday cake that was fast and easy to make. Delicious and foolproof,too! I bought organic ingredients,but if organics are unavailable, it will be just as good.( I also used baking powder instead of baking soda ) I substituted pecans for the walnuts the recipe called for. Only need the food processor and a class pyrex rectangle glass dish to make. Little mess and easy to clean up.I was surprised how well nuts replace flour in gluten free recipes.


1. 6 large free range organic eggs
2. 1/3 cup organic honey
3. 1 and 1/2 cups Organic Walnuts( I used Organic Pecans) 4. 1 teaspoon gluten free baking powder( I use Hain )
5. 1/4 teaspoon salt,any,but (I used celtic sea salt)
6. 1 teaspoon vanilla,( I used Frontier brand alcohol free)
7. 1 small to medium banana ripe

FIRST, grease a glass rectangular glass baking dish ,the kind you make lasagna in. I greased mine with Nutiva Coconut Oil.

SECOND in a food processor, put in first 3 ingredients on list,#1,2,and 3 or eggs,honey and walnuts. Process for 4 minutes till smooth and creamy.

THIRD, add all the remaining ingredients EXCEPT THE SALT So,now,you are adding the baking powder,vanilla and banana. Process until smooth and well combined.

FOURTH, Stir in the SALT or process in food processor. ( I stirred it in well)

It is ready to pour into an 8x12 well greased rectangular glass pyrex lasagna type dish. Bake for about 30 minutes till golden brown in corners and set in middle,but do not over bake. Everyones oven is different so you may want to watch carefully the first time you make it. and note the timing.

This is not overly sweet,but sweet enough for me. If you want it sweeter,I suggest a thin layer of honey or all fruit preserves . Would be delicious as a plain cake with tea for company.

As a large birthday cake,I would make 2 of these in two same size baking dishes and just double the recipe or make two separate batches and bake them individually,doesn't really matter. Ideas for a filling would be fresh fruit mixed with all fruit preserves or honey and chocolate powder to make a chocolate frosting. For a nutty,caramel taste,try almond butter and honey. Note-Agave Nectar can be substituted for honey and is safer for diabetics, but has the same tastes.

Anyway, most importantly,enjoy It ,it is Light ,Airy ,Moist and Wonderful Tasting with a small hint of banana! Perhaps also you could use applesauce instead of banana and add spices if you desire a different taste and flavor. ENJOY!!!


Low Cholesterol Gluten Free Cake Above (A Variation)

Today, I made it again, this time with Egg Whites Only (as some people watch their cholesterol levels) and it came out just as Deliciious . This time I used Agave Nectar instead of honey, which is safe for diabetics .This worked just as well. I took two pieces and put a middle layer of Bionaturae All Fruit Preserves in the middle layer and wow. Better than a jelly doughnut and alot healthier and nutritious too!

Toni Kaste
I have tried DeLand bread, my family and I have had no bad reactions to it. I need a bread that is yeast free egg free gluten free and dairy free and tastes good. This is the only bread I have find that fits the bill. Any other recommendations??? I sure wish they would get certified GF!!! Thanks.
Hi Ellen - You said you talked to Deland in the fall about their process. Even though it is lengthy and "not possible for home kitchens," could you expand on any details you got about their process? I understand perfectly that we may not be able to make this bread at home, but I have been completely baffled by how DeLand makes the bread I buy for them with the ingredients they list. Some insight into their technique would be great -- it may lead to some breakthrough in my own home bread, even if I can't copy their technique completely in a home kitchen. Thanks!
Anne they start by contracting farmers for a particular cultivar of millet (there are over 100 kinds grown in the world, you know- millet is interesting). They do a multi day process with grindings and soakings and risings and specialty baking- I think injected steam is involved.
My celiac daughter and I bought a loaf of Deland's Millet Zucchini bread today in a local health food store. As we had never had it before, we checked the ingredients and i made her a sandwich for lunch. As others on this website have experienced, within 5 hours she became extremely ill. I feel it is against the law (as well as morally unethical) to have in VERY small print "contains wheat, gluten or yeast" when NONE of those ingredients are listed. The only ingredients listed are all GF. Cross contamination can allow a label to say that it was processed in such a facility, but that is not what they are saying. And, in fact, they don't use wheat in their facility so the only cross contamination would be with oats, which many celiacs can tolerate. The degree of sickness which she is experiencing is much more than cross contamination. We have contacted the FDA and hope that others will do so as well....
Today was my first time in buying the deland
bread from a health food store and she said the
bread makes great grilled cheese sandwiches and after eating the sandwich my stomach is very upset....
I normally purchase my bread from Samis bakery in Tampa,Fla
The bread is process in a gluten free facility
and this bread is wonderful. I have been celiac
for 20 years and this is the best ever
good luck
I'm heading to San Diego in a few days and I am looking for a store that carries Deland Bread. Does anyone know one? Thank you.
Call them (the number is in the first message) and ask.
Billie, I just wanted to warn you that Sami's bakery is not a gluten free facility. In fact, the vast majority of products they make are wheat based. I have a slight intolerance and have been eating Sami's bread for a while without any major ill effects, but after reading these posts, I am a litle hesitant to try the Deland's bread which I bought today.
Billie, Sylvia, there are degrees of gluten sensitivity and what works for one may not for another. Pay attention to the longer term effect, not just the single day effect.
I was going to order some bread from DeLand bakery only to find you can only order a minimum of 24 loafs. I live in Atlanta, GA and I've never seen this bread at any health food stores here.

I don't have the time, energy or counter space to make own breads. I guess I will just have to stick that that nasty, expensive brown rice bread I've been buying. It wouldn't be too bad if it wasn't so dry.

There is a REALLY GOOD recipe for gluten free sandwich bread using a Whole Foods store mix and baked in a crockpot here:

This is a terrific gluten-free site and I intend to get her cookbook as soon as it is available.

I have been to the Deland Bakery in Deland, Florida. It is a charming little bakery where you can purchase baked goods GF and with wheat. Although I was not in the baking room and cannot comment of their cross contamination questions, I am on a strick GF diet, have used their products for years and so far am completely satisfied. This is not some big conglomerate bakery we're talking about. It is a little shop in a quaint little town. Last I knew it was family owned and operated. The fact that they have orders for their breads from all over the country says something positive about their satisfied customer base. Their GF products arrive to us here in PA frozen but if you are ever in Deland (Daytona area) make a stop. Their breads fresh out of the oven are absolutely delicious. I don't know if they make GF breads daily so call ahead. Their prices are well under what you pay in the health food stores and I believe they still ship in bulk.
We just bought the Millet bread from a local health food store and I am excited but nervouse. My son has been GFCFSF for 3 years, but then we had to add egg and yeast, so we lost our bread products. He just ate some for breakfast. I am hoping we are ok!
gluten free for me
The Deland Bakery does not claim that their products are gluten free and never has done so. Parents choosing to give their children the bread do so at their own risk. The bread is made in a facility that produces pastry products (currently sold in the health food store) that contain wheat, eggs, dairy and yeast. Also, the bakery distributes a "Heaven Sent" bread product that also contains wheat (spelt flour) and yeast. Please do not even risk giving your child the bread if they are very sensitive to gluten or yeast. Many people can tolerate the bread with little or no effect to their health that have gluten allergies, but others cannot.
The bread is made in the same ovens and is packaged in the same areas as cookies, muffins, crackers and breads containing wheat, gluten, eggs and dairy.
However, continue checking with the bakery and their website, they have plans to expand to the building next door and separate the gluten and GF bakeries.
I am in Atlanta and found this bread at the Harris Teeter Whole Foods in Alpharetta. The bread is, surprisingly, in the Gluten Free refrigerated section with the gluten free cupcakes, cookies, etc. I just finished a sandwich and was so impressed with the taste and texture, I had to research. I am kinda worried about the possibility of cross-contamination. Too good to be true? We'll see...
was just in lakeland with my parents and found the deland bread. really enjoyed feeling like i was eating real bread finally. can't have yeast, wheat ( not gluten sensitive thankfully), eggs, dairy, cane sugar (but i cheat on that),. i really don't have anywhere to keep 24 loaves tho. down in keys no one has it. will look in LA and Chicago as i go thru over the next several weeks. my sympathies to celiacs. i am so tired of my stomach cramping and bathroom stops!
Virginia Drake
I love your bread. I have been ordering it for personal use but the freezer life seems to be short. I cannot eat all the 24 loaves before they seem to be wet/crumbly. I live in Cincinnati and cannot find a store that sells your bread. I would like Jungle Jims (Cincinnati)to sell your bread. Is there a store in Cincinnati or Dayton that sells your bread.
Virginia, I am not Deland bakery- go to their site for local suppliers.
Sure wish I had found this site before eating those two slices of bread last night. Stomach cramps all night, but the bread was delicious....Should have known it was too good to be true. No bread that is gluten, yeast, soy, milk and egg free, tastes that good, or is as soft. Just doesn't happen..
The Little Aussie Bakery, a local gluten free bakery, has begun shipping their bread. It is terrific; light, sliceable. Costly, yes, but for a special treat worth the price. Check out the site:

Personally endorsed by me!

And yes, they are dairy, soy. etc free. As they say:
" all of the bread products we produce are 100% gluten free, we understand that people with gluten issues
often have other dietary issues. So we don't use ingredients that fall into the common high allergy categories.
Our breads are free of soy, corn, dairy of any sort, or dairy derivative, nuts, eggs and beans."
I have also been having a violent reaction to Deland's bread (IBS). I have also noticed that their millet crackers contain spelt flour.

I once worked as a professional baker in a health food restaurant and have a great deal of experience baking GF.

I sincerely believe that the reason that Deland's bread tastes so wonderful compared to all of the other GF brands and anything that anyone can make at home is because it contains a significant amount of gluten.

My favorite GF baking mix is 2.5 cups rice flour, .5 cups corn starch and .5 cups of almond meal. This is for cakes and muffins.

I have yet to be able to make a yeast bread that tastes better than any of the yucky (other than Deland) brands. And I do use Xanthan gum, potato flour, millet flour and rice flour.

If I use eggs, it is not so bad, but without eggs (like Deland's) it is really tough.

You might want to try the bread from Little Aussies Bakery above, just to give yourself hope.. They use ground golden flax and water in lieu of eggs. It is definitely not yucky.
I am so confused! I just saw this Deland bakery bread and bought it. But as I read some of these posts, I am truly afraid to try it out! I have been GF for a long time now and use to go through periods of cheating here and there. I never actually tested for Celiac's because I would have to eat a bunch of gluten to see if it is what I have. NO WAY! I already know I am allergic to wheat and it took me years to fix my body from it. After all that, I made a promise to my body to be on a strict GF diet. looks like the safest way to keep me in check is to make it myself. So I have been baking ever since, but haven't got to the bread yet.

So here I am wondering if I even want to risk trying this bread out....Nope. In the trash it goes. So my question is.."Can I make my bread in a claypot? I have a large enough Romerptoff pot with a lid. Any suggestions with this??

Give it away, don't toss it- it is really good bread, just not GF.
Yes you can make bread in a romertopf. But go to and look at the gluten-free bread made in a crock pot; so simple and good.
I haven't read the entire blog, but I want to commend Ellen for offering bread without egg, soy and Gluten. My daughter had had Gluten, Egg, Soy and Dairy sensitivities (she has a double gene for Gluten Sensitivity and cannot digest Gluten). This bread has truly been wonderful for our family and she has tolerated it for several months VERY well. My son whom has no sensitivities also eats it/enjoys it and it has made our lives so much easier with lunches, breakfast, etc. Thank you Ellen!
I have been eating this bread for more than 10 years. I am yeast allergic and have no problems with gluten. This the best yeast free bread I have found. I get 24 packages shipped to me. I have found that the best way to store it is to put each package in 4 ziploc freezer bagsand keep it frozen. I save them to reuse. The texture is always best if it is thawed at room temperature. I take out individual servings and leave it on the counter in a sandwich bag. They do have a problem with cross contamination. Several times I have gotten plain millet hamburger buns that taste like cinnamon raisin and even have bits of raisin baked onto the bottoms of them. I am allergic to raisins and I have called and asked that they replace that bread and they have done so at no charge.
To All: Just to clarify, the bakery originally DID have GLUTEN FREE BREAD on their store front and my husband went in because of that. I have continued to use it based on that buying it at health food stores. Now I understand why I've been having reactions. I am very disappointed - in myself to for assuming it was as advertised for years.
I just bought this today from whole foods and had a reaction to it. It does taste amazing, but it's true, when did you ever have bread this good without gluten? I've had millet bread from Sami's bakery and it wasn't nearly as good as this. I'd rather not take the chance on this bread until they go fully gluten free...if they ever do. I'm very disappointed that whole foods keeps this in the gluten free section and I will be bringing this up to the store manager next time I go. Our allergies and intolerances are very serious and need to be taken seriously. I urge you all to do what you can to make sure this bread does not end up in gluten free sections in your grocery stores.
I can't wait until they are completely GF. I am on a raw diet, but my family still eats bread and can't do sugar, dairy, eggs, gluten, etc. I go there regularly and they are still not GF. They are currently under construction, so it is only a matter of time until they are done with the kitchen and can be GF! I am going there later today, 01/25/10, because the fourth Monday of each month is customer appreciation day and everything is 20% off. And, no I don't work there either!
My son is highly sensitive to yeast and moderately sensitive to wheat. After struggling through a year of lousy tasteless bread, I was thrilled to come across Deland's Millet Special bread. This is the only bread that I have found that is yeast free, gluten free, tastes good and holds up on a sandwich. Since my son does not become violently ill when he gets a touch of wheat, I am not concerned about the fact that Deland's is not a gluten free facility.

If anyone has any other suggestions for bread or if you have a good recipe for sandwich bread that is yeast and gluten free, please let me know,


This bread was tested by the University of Nebraska's Food Allergy Research & Resource Program in 2004, and found to have greater than 5000 ppm of gluten. This is higher than what can be accounted for by contamination. The bread is not gluten-free.
Thanks Nina.
I purchased this bread in the gluten-free section of a health food store and in 3 months my daughter's celiac blood screened number doubled! This is the only product not officially labeled GF that she ate in the last 3 months - so don't eat it if you have celiac disease. My daughter never has symptoms, so I had no way of knowing what it was doing to her intestines - thank God her doctor sends her for routine screening. Very misleading product line, stores that carry GF items need to put this in a different section for sure!!!
Matt M.
Yea I have reaction to the willet bread. I thought finally some bread to ea!, but I was still affected. I would love to hear of a place who will go all the way if they are going to go at all. I love the bread otherwise :(
If you are into ordering on line, try the Little Aussie bakery in San Antonio, link above. Run by celiacs. Good stuff.
I ate a piece of this bread this morning and was thrilled with the taste and couldn't believe I had finally found bread again that tasted like bread! Yesterday, my trusted health food store owner had explained to me that the bread was GF, YG and WF, just that it was made in a plant that had wheat. She's not going to be happy to hear this. Trace amounts have never bothered me before. About 5 hours after consuming one piece of the bread, I noticed the old familiar PAIN! I couldn't figure it out....duh! So, to the internet I went, and happened upon this site. I'm very disappointed. Since I have intolerances to wheat, gluten and am highly intolerant to yeasts, I'm not sure what's the deal here, but I can say for sure that I do not think that there is only trace amounts of gluten. I do not have this kind of reaction with trace amounts!! Do we know for certain that there is no yeast in this bread? I am sorry for those of you who have had to suffer through bad illness because of this. I'm certainly not looking forward to the weeks of symptoms that I know are coming. I'm calling the bakery in the morning. Sad.
Sorry to hear of the tummy troubles. Many sellers are mis-informed about DeLand breads, you will be doing a service to spread the word. It should not be in the gluten-free section- even the bakery is now saying this.
Marie Cashin
As of this date, March 2011, I can say that they have not gone GF, since one slice of the Millet Special made me very ill. Many people had requested that my local store carry it, but it's a mistake!!!!
Judith Ricker
My husband eats strictly GF; just lost his entire breakfast because of 2 slices of Deland Bakery's Millet Basil and Garlic Bread. The label is misleading at best. ("Contains Wheat, Gluten, or Yeast") Of the listed ingredients only millet was suspect to me, so I checked that particular ingredient online, and found that supposedly millet is GF. The store where purchased put it in the GF section. Never another Deland product in this household.
Judith, it said it contained wheat, gluten or yeast? This would suggest it is not gluten free. The bakery no longer claims to be gluten-free, it is not the millet, it is cross-contamination.
Deland Bakery now has a certified gluten free bakery!
That is good news.
O local health food store sold me a loaf yesterday & swears it is GF & that they just haven't got all the bread in the new labelled bags yet, have to use the old ones..... Now I am too scared to try it after reading all of this.
Lori, if gluten-free is critical, wait till the correctly labelled bags come; you can be sure the bakery started using the new bags as soon as they legally could. In the meantime, check out the Little Aussie gluten free bakery in San Antonio, which sells on line and ships nation wide. The bread is good, and so are their special mixes.
Thank you! I will look Little Aussie up!
Is it true that Deland Bakery is now truely gluten free?
I have not seen the new packages, but a reader reports that they have completed their gluten free facility and the new bread says "processed in a gluten-free facility". Do look up Little Aussie Bakery in San Antonio, Texas- they are completely reliable, and the food is great.
So, what's the word? Deland is completely, thoroughly, gluten-free, or not? From what I am reading the bags do not indicate that yet, and having just bought some, the bags do still indicate that they contain wheat, gluten, and yeast. I can eat a little of the bread at a time, and get typical reactions for me: extreme, sudden tiredness, dizziness, etc. So, it seems to me that the bread may still not be fully gluten-free/wheat free?
Deland is now certified Gluten Free! I bought and brought home several loaves from Florida in February, 2013.
Let me recommend my ellenskitchen personal favorite gluten free source, The Little Aussie Bakery. You can order on line.

I have scoured the internet for a recipe that mimics Delands millet products, but cannot find a single recipe. I have 7 kids at home and would like to make millet bread to save money since it is $6.00 a loaf. Does it worry anyone that their recipe cannot be replicated in the home kitchen?
As discussed, 3/9, this is a multi-day process starting with a particular cultivar of millet they have specially grown and involving steam injection.

There is a great gluten free site for crock pot cooking, which includes a gluten-free bread baked in a crock pot. I use their cook book, too:

Might be great for your houseful.

Most comments have been about DeLands millet bread. Any ideas about their Oatmeal bread. I would love to know how to make oatmeal bread gluten free.
I am not that sensitive to gluten but do have minor reactions here and there so I stick with GF. I am also allergic to dairy, peanuts and eggs. I bought their millet bagels and within 2 minutes I had a very violent anaphylactic attack. My throat completely closed shut and my whole body became one big rash. My epipen barely worked so I was rushed to the hospital unconscious. The doctor said whatever allergen was in that bread was so dangerous and severe that it almost cost me my life. I was in the hospital for 2 days and needed lots of steroids, 5 epi injections and a constant Benadryl IV to get it under control.

Anyways, stay far far away from this bread, especially if you are allergic to anything. Their packaging is irresponsible and the bakery should be investigated for their manufacturing processes. Most likely there is some more contamination beyond gluten and yeast in the millet bagels.

Brenda Hart Neihouse
I have been "doing" natural food since 1978. I have been "doing" gluten free for 4 1/2 years due to my daughter's thyroid condition. I have been "doing" soy free for over 3 years when my daughter showed as allergic to soy being substituted in GF breads I was making. I was a chef twice, and baked my own bread almost exclusively for 30 years. I have an incredible wealth of information about food, and about allergies. My daughter is allergic to many things, as am I.

I now do policy analysis. I write policy. I do advocacy and diplomacy. I deal with high level people in organizations and talk about huge issues and persuade people day to day to do things they don't want to do but are usually legally obligated.

I am giving you some background so you understand where I am coming from.

I am stunned at what I am reading. People blaming the world for their food allergies, blaming the world for not having cheaper bread or bagels, for not having more GF options.

30 years ago, when I was a vegan, there were no choices. If was was GF 15 years ago there would have been no products on the shelves that I could eat. Now I am again an omnivore but gluten, soy, etc. make me very sick. In Europe, the choices are stellar. That discrepancy is not due to manufacturers finding making GF products sexy. The choices are available because European governments pull for their people. In the US, that doesn't happen. But we do have recent labeling changes that are mandatory that are going to help.

I first bought this DeLand bread years ago locally in GA. Then it disappeared from the stores. Then I ran into it in MA this past year. Now I order the products directly from DeLand. This is, as noted, a small operation that is trying to do the best it can for all of us. Small print saying that a product has wheat in it should be heeded. At the time this happened, it wasn't even legally obligated to list cross contamination, so blaming the bakery for making the type small or listing this is specious. It was kind of the bakery to recognize cross contamination.

As for you who will think to sue the bakery because you are angry at the world, or angry that you are dealing with food allergies in a country that could care less, try calling your Congressmen or Senators instead. Tell them that people with food allergies need fully protection under the ADA, and that foods should be nutritious and healthy and not full of junk. Tell them that every person with an allergy should have choices both at the supermarket and at the restaurant.

For the person who had an anaphalactic shock response, I would take a look at everything you ate that day and not just the one bread. I would call the owners of the bakery and have an open and honest (non judgmental) talk with them and see if there is some common ground. Instead of blaming, make the world better so no one else has to deal with what you dealt with. But being angry and blaming people doesn't cross that bridge.

If we, as the "food allergy" crowd, cannot and will not put aside rancor and anger, we will never get major legislation passed to protect us. We will never have our rights protected under the ADA. And people will never take us seriously.

And as to making the same millet bread at home: I have a special piece of marble just for baking bread. I've been baking bread for almost 30 years. Deland had to be doing something special in their process to make this bread that cannot be done at home. Likely it is a fermentation process of some sort or handling the flour in such a way as to get it to perform especially well. I do get the issue -- wholesome, less expensive, products at home. But some things cannot be replicated.

Hmm, a few buttons do get pushed over food.

The special process that Deland uses, starting with custom grown millet, is described in this column. Yes, we do need better food and better food regulation in the USA, but the likelihood of that is small in the current political climate-

The reactions could be also coming from consuming a grain product. Especially if it is a delayed reaction (sometimes even up to a few days). And there is a difference between being gluten-sensitive/intolerant vs having celiac as well. Being an informed consumer is important, I think.

the deland millet bagels were the only thing I ate that day. literally seconds after eating it is when I went into anaphylactic shock. I don't think it was the gluten, because really, I'm not that sensitive to gluten but I do have other food allergies like previously stated. when we contacted Deland Bakery we kept getting the turning around and it was really frustrating. if so many people have had reactions to this bread than it's obvious something is wrong.

Just an update on this post. I have never heard of this brand today until a friend dropped it off today telling me how much she loves it. I thought the label was sketchy and called and the production manager told me they add wheat flour to their recipe. So this label is very deceptive! He point blank told me that he wasn't legally required to tell me how much but it is added. So the ingredients list is a SHAM.
Thanks. This is quite a disappointment...
Holli Adams
I actually called Deland today and they specifically stated that this is NOT cross-contamination and that gluten and yeast are added to make the bread rise. It was a frustrating and confusing phone call as they would not state how much and I repeatedly asked why those aren't listed in the ingredients. This is very similar to the labeling on Sami's bread which has the same ingredients and when tested by consumers was found to have 25% wheat/gluten!! I don't understand how they can get away with not listing it in their ingredients?
After reading Holli's post I called Deland this morning and spoke with a representative. She informed me that the All Natural line of breads (the non-certified GF ones) are made using a gluten-starter and a small percent of wheat is also added in the recipe, she was not able to explain why this would not be listed in the ingredient list.
Stanley binder
Gosh didn't know about this site.
I've been buying the millet special or zucchini bdeland breads often, and have lots of questions . Why no date on Publix frozen breads..? it better to pick one with more or less ice crystals in bag? What is %brown rice in millet special bread? Where is rice grown? Why not certified organic? Where are other products sold near bartow,lakeland,winterhaven area?
I was told by DeLand in 2019 that the bread starter has gluten in it, but that often their celiac customers don't react to the small amount. I am on an elimination diet though, not celiac. I prefer their natural oatmeal bread, but am also concerned about the number of people having reactions.
It is clear things have changed at Deland. There are modern brands several gf breads, usually frozen; the less ice in the bag, the better. Against the Grain is my favorite, Udi's is good, and tthere are some fine regional ones.
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