We Tried Aldi’s Version of Cult-Favorite Dave’s Killer Bread — And We Were Shocked

updated Jul 29, 2019
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Credit: Lisa Freedman

The editors here at Kitchn LOVE Dave’s Killer Bread. (Get it? Like the way Oprah loves bread in general!) The brand’s 21 Whole Grains and Seeds made our list of the 100 Most Essential Groceries for our favorite whole-grain loaf. And even the White Bread Done Right got a little shoutout.

See, Dave’s Killer Bread churns out some impressively good loaves that are packed with protein, fiber, and whole grains, and have no artificial ingredients. (Plus the company has a huge social mission of employing ex-cons and helping other companies to do the same.) So when we heard (from the folks at Aldi, no less!) that Aldi has a comparable seed- and grain-laden version, we knew we had to do a side-by-side taste test.

Our findings? The Aldi folks are right! Aldi’s Simply Nature Seedtastic bread is pretty darn similar to Dave’s 21 Whole Grains and Seeds. Let’s take a closer look.

Going just by appearance and the packaging, Aldi’s bag says the bread is made with 23 whole grains and seeds (compared to Dave’s 21). One slice has 6 grams of protein (one slice of Dave’s has 5), 4 grams of fiber (Dave’s has 5), and 150 milligrams of sodium (Dave’s has 180 milligrams). Both are organic and non-GMO. Dave’s seems to have more oats, but Aldi’s seems to have more seeds in general. Oh, and for what it’s worth, Aldi’s is a few bucks cheaper.

On to the tasting part of the taste test!

Credit: Lisa Freedman

For your reference, Aldi’s version is on the left and Dave’s is on the right. We tasted the Aldi one first. Loved it. It was fresh, and full of grains and seeds that we could actually feel (texture-wise) in our mouths. Then we tried Dave’s, only to realize we had the exact same notes. Then, one of our testers (you know who you are!) confused the two slices and it took us a minute to figure out which was which.

Credit: Lisa Freedman

Just for fun, we even smooshed two halves together (Aldi on the left, Dave’s on the right) and had a hard time spotting the differences. The point? Dave’s bread is really good! And Aldi’s bread is really good! If you shop at Aldi and want something comparable, this really is a pretty spot-on dupe.

Have you tried Aldi’s Seedtastic bread? What’d you think?