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Hey everyone, and welcome back to my blog for another keto product review! It’s prime holiday season right now, and if you live in the United States, you know that it’s “carb city” pretty much everywhere. One of the core ingredients of a lot of home-cooked comfort foods is bread (e.g. french toast, stuffing/dressing, monkey bread, etc) and that’s just heartbreaking for keto dieters. While the market for keto products has gotten better over the past 3 or so years, it’s still severely lacking in the keto bread department.
That’s why I was so excited to receive a message from Uprising Superfoods about collaborating for a product review! Full disclosure: the product reviewed in this post was sent to me at no cost in exchange for a product review and to share it on social media once I formed an opinion on it. As always, all opinions here are my own! I don’t use talking points and I really care about saving you guys money on things that you need vs. the “nice to have” foods. So special thanks to Uprising for sending over this yummy keto bread! And without further adieu, let’s get started.
Who is Breadlam Uprising Superfoods?
From their website:
“Here at Uprising, we are waging war on gut health! We want YOU to finally win. With 95% of people suffering from the fiber gap it’s time for the good gut bugs to get some reinforcements. Our weapon of choice, the Uprising superfood cube, the likes of which this world has never seen before. Between the painstakingly chosen ingredients and the perfectly proportioned recipe, our cube packs an unmatched health boosting + taste buds pleasing combination!”
Fiber is great! Remember, if you’re doing a keto diet, the subtracted fiber must come from the food itself to count. So if you’re eating carbs elsewhere (e.g. an apple), following up with fiber from another source won’t negate those carbs. I think fiber is a huge help for keto, though, especially if you’re adjusting to having more fats. Admittedly, all keto dieters get a little less “regular” from that experience, from time to time. Adding in something like this, and some leafy veggies, will help your body figure it out.
Anywaysm there’s some more info on the founders up in that link, so go check it out and then come back for the rest of the review.
How does it taste?
When you receive bread cubes (that’s right, cubes, not loaves) from Uprising, they’re packaged in a thick paper/printed cardstock container. The box is shrink-wrapped, which helps keep the bread fresh during shipment. The cubes are not sliced–you will need to slice up your cubes into 8-10 slices on your own. I actually like this because it gives you the chance to try the bread at different thicknesses. I prefer mine a little thinner.
The texture is very dense. If you’ve ever had Julian’s Paleo Thin bread before, I think it’s pretty similar to that! It was pretty easy to slice the cube into thin slices and it didn’t crumble like I thought it would at first glance. Though, if you have a hard time cutting even slices as I do, I would suggest using something like a bamboo bread slicer guide (Amazon link) to help you out.
The bread has a purple flavor that comes from the fiber used in the baking process. It does not affect the flavor of the bread at all, it just looks a little red/blue toned. Don’t worry!
You will need to toast the bread up to enjoy it. I was not a fan of the bread before it was toasted. It has a wet texture on its own that needs to be dried out. You can either toast it on a pan (with a little garlic butter if you’re fancy) or in the toaster! It took a couple of toaster cycles to get it the texture I wanted it to be.
Since the texture was very similar to the Julian’s bread (which I hate with a passion) I admittedly did not have high hopes for this. But one bite into the bread changed my mind entirely! The flavor is actually fairly mild and sort of reminds me of the dark honey wheat bread served at Outback Steakhouse (but denser).
After you open up the bread, you can leave it in the fridge a couple of days before you need to freeze it. I’m notoriously forgetful about things in the fridge, so just to be safe, I sliced it up and froze it all. This makes it really easy to keep a lot on-hand in case I need it. Also, I’m not pressured to eat the whole loaf in a weekend when I freeze it (though I could if I wanted to).
I ate the slices of bread a few ways. First, and most-favorite, was with breakfast foods. Think: avocado toast, bacon egg and cheese, and peanut butter/granola/cinnamon. It was honestly delicious with all three of these combinations. I also enjoyed cinnamon/brown swerve and maple flavor choczero on a piece of buttered toast! So much yum. The first pic on above is that one. I highly recommend, as it reminds me of foods I ate as a kid.
Next, I tried it as a sandwich with some deli meat. Not my most favorite because the bread was so dense. It did make the sandwich filling, but it
stole the show from the meats. Finally, I tried it as a grilled cheese and it just didn’t work. The bread was too heavy and most of the cheese squished out.
If you love toast and open-faced sandwiches (e.g. chicken salad/egg salad) then you’ll really love this! But if you want something lighter to toast up with a delicate ingredient like melted cheese, this won’t be the one.
The price is… pricey. You will need to order these in a bundle just to try them, which is a little crazy to me. Most companies that have pricey products (understandably, this is one of those, because the ingredients are top-notch and it’s small biz) offer something lower-priced for people to use as a sample before committing to the product. I don’t see anything of the sort on their website, which is a huge let down for me. This will lower the score for product price for sure. I’d like to see a sample or single-loaf option added, even if that loaf costs $15.
As an aside, I had some issues with the website. I think it’s probably optimized for mobile viewership, which leaves the desktop version a little awkward. There are a lot of pages and those pages are long because of really large photos. I think a more minimalist approach would greatly help conversions via the website. Also, because there is a discrepancy in the brand name between the URL, headers, logo, and socials, I’m not sure exactly what the official brand name is. Is it Uprising Superfoods? Is it Breadlam? Is it Breadlam Uprising? This needs to be more clear and consistent across pages. The press kit leaves me to believe it’s just Uprising… either way, consistency would answer this question.
- Really great ingredients
- Flavor is on-par with one of my fav restaurant breads
- Easy to freeze and keep on-hand
- Really informative Instagram account: https://www.instagram.com/uprising_superfoods/ and youtube account: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSEPhrXqWWnWtsjY5FOby1Q
- Really confusing website (not very accessible either)
- All options are higher-cost
- Only available on their website
RKF Product Score
Though the texture was pretty dense and similar to other “low carb” breads that I’m not a fan of, the flavor was incredible. Definitely a “healthy” flavor to this bread because of the ingredients used. But toasted just right, it’s stellar.
You can only buy these on their web shop and they only come in bundles of several loaves or combo packs with the chips. This makes it really hard for the average consumer to buy a loaf “just to try.” This score could be improved by offering single/double loaf listings and making them available in grocery chains.
You don’t need a keto bread to do keto, but you do need clean, healthy ingredients. And if you’re eating a lot of protein and fat, you’ll probably want some fiber. This should check those boxes for you.
Pricey, pricey. Would recommend lowering cost or splitting packages to offer something in the $10-25 range. Budget shoppers aren’t going to splurge $50 for a “let’s try it and see if we like it” item. I do think it’s a good bread, though. If money ain’t a thang, you should try one of these.
Great quality! Only 8 ingredients.
Website could use some improvements and I’m a little confused about branding (see above comments)
Bottom line: 5/10
As a side note, most of my pains with this have to do with the availability and cost of the product. The web stuff can be fixed fast and doesn’t affect how good the actual bread is. Because it’s really good. All of my reviews give a holistic picture of my experience as a consumer so that’s why those items must be included.
Did it knock me out of ketosis? No
Want to try for yourself?
Here’s a link to their web shop: https://www.uprisingfood.com/collections
Ready for another product review, but don’t see it listed on my blog? Drop a comment below and let me know what I should try next!
Until next time,