Trader Joe’s Sourdough: Nutrition & Recipes For Sliced Bread

By Phillip Adcock
Last updated: Jan 8, 2023
Trader Joe's Sourdough Nutrition & Recipes For Sliced Bread

In addition to being tastier than regular bread,  a loaf of sourdough bread can also be healthier because it reduces the likelihood of a blood sugar spike, and many customers find it easier to digest.

But do they sell sourdough bread at Trader Joe’s? The answer is yes, and they currently come in at least eight different varieties, all of which are considered extremely delicious.

This post is for you if you want to learn more about Trader Joe’s bread generally and sourdough type particularly. We’ll give you the most candid and thorough review possible.

About Trader Joe’s Sourdough

Only some bread at this store is made with “authentic” sourdough. Some other bread, like sprouted and ground flour, are made by adding yeast instead of sourdough. Most Trader Joe’s sourdough also contains enriched or fortified flour, which is not a standard bread recipe and not completely sourdough bread. 


There are many sourdough bread varieties:

1. Sourdough Sliced Bread

Sourdough Sliced Bread

Made from enriched flour, sourdough, water, and salt, this sourdough bread is considered a bestseller. The reason is that it has a mild sour taste with a yeasty, chewy, and soft bread texture. That makes it ideal for when you are tired of the same old bread. 

Children may not like these slices of bread more than their regular white bread, but adults will appreciate a delicious sandwich made with this unique-tasting sourdough.

2. San Francisco Sourdough Bread

Ingredients include unbleached enriched flour, salt, water, and malted barley flour. These San Francisco-style sourdough loaves sometimes go stale before expiration because Trader Joe’s doesn’t use artificial preservatives. 

The store has also introduced a multi-grain version of this sourdough bread in the past. Sadly, many consumers have reported being unable to find this at Trader Joe’s as of 2021, so it probably has been discontinued.

3. Sourdough Sandwich Bread

Sourdough Sandwich Bread

This is the simplest bread to make, which requires unbleached flour, sourdough, water, and salt. 

4. Whole Wheat Sourdough Bread

It is made with whole wheat flour, sourdough, water, extra-virgin olive oil, wheat gluten, and salt.

5. Sprouted Wheat Sourdough

The ingredient list is rather complicated, namely organic germinated wheat berries, water, fermented wheat flour, vital wheat gluten, honey, yeast, cultured wheat starch, fermented rye flour (organic), sea salt, salt, distilled vinegar, and sunflower oil (organic). 

6. Cracked Wheat Sourdough

Bakers make this bread from unbleached enriched flour, water, refined wheat flour, sourdough, cracked wheat, and salt.

7. Crush Wheat Sourdough

The recipe calls for unbleached enriched flour, sourdough, water, crushed whole wheat, yeast, salt, and ascorbic acid. 

8. Sourdough Baguettes

Unbleached flour, sourdough starter, water, salt, and wheat germ are required ingredients to make these sticks of bread. 


TJ’s bread is generally quite healthy in loaves as they are all very low in sugar and some even low in calories. In particular, sprouted wheat flour is higher in protein, has more fiber and fewer carbs, calories per slice than most other varieties, and significantly increases potassium intake.

Bread TypeServing Size (slide)Calories (gram)Carbs (gram)Protein (gram)Sugar (gram)Fiber (gram)Iron (DV)Potassium (DV)
Sourdough111022 >18% 0% 
San Francisco Style Sourdough110022 >18% 0% 
Sourdough Sandwich Bread12024 8% 0% 
100% Whole Wheat Sourdough Sandwich Bread12019 4% 0% 
Sprouted Wheat Sourdough9014 4% 200% 
Cracked Wheat Sourdough11023 8% 1% 
Crushed Wheat Sourdough7015 >1 4% 0% 
Sourdough Baguettes⅕ loaf12025 2% 0% 


Each Trader Joe’s sourdough bread type has its own price range:

Bread TypePrice
San Francisco Style Sourdough$4
Sourdough Sandwich Breadcurrently unavailable
Whole Wheat Sourdough Breadcurrently unavailable
Sprouted Wheat Sourdough$4
Cracked Wheat Sourdough$4
Crushed Wheat Sourdoughcurrently unavailable
Sourdough Baguette$2.5


What Are Common Recipes For These Sourdough Bread?

Despite the many uses for sourdough, sandwich is still its most well-known application. 

Toast made with sourdough is also a delectable treat when spread with cheddar cheese (or your favorite cheese), jame, or butter. Add some mashed avocado or a fried egg to your sourdough toast, or top it with some hummus or your other favorite spreads.

How Low Is FODMAP In Trader Joe’s Sourdough Bread?

FODMAP stands for fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides and polyols. These short-chain carbohydrates (sugars) are substances that are difficult for the small intestine to absorb. After consuming them, some people experience intestinal upset.

Sourdough bread is reported to be quite tolerable for people with problems with FODMAPs, even though wheat is the best ingredient for them. Sourdough bread variation at Trader Joe’s that follows the sourdough tradition and does not add many additives can be a good choice and has an acceptable level of FODMAP.

What Is The Shelf Life Of Trader Joe’s Sourdough Bread?

We would say 2 days a room temp and 2 weeks in the fridge.

One great aspect of Trader Joe’s is that none of their foods, including their bread, use chemical preservatives. For this reason, their bread won’t last as long as others but should be consumed as quickly as possible.

While seeing mold on your bread two days after purchase may seem serious, it can certainly happen if your bread is kept in a humid or warm environment. 

So keep your TJ sourdough in the refrigerator or even think about freezing it to extend its shelf life. Let it go to waste once it shows signs of spoilage, and reheat the bread in a toaster or oven before serving.


A great alternative to regular bread is sourdough bread because it contains more nutrients, is generally easier to digest, and is less likely to spike blood sugar. Many customers claim that sourdough bread tastes, smells, and textures better than bread produced with baker’s yeast.

Just be aware that gluten is not destroyed during sourdough fermentation. So stay away from sourdough bread made from wheat, barley, or rye, as they are all gluten-containing grain breads if you have celiac disease or gluten sensitivity.

Everything you want to know about sourdough bread at Trader Joe’s is now available in our article. At this store, you can discover the ideal sourdough bread for you, whether you’re searching for something basic to go with or something hearty.

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* Disclaimer: We do not buy, sell or provide service, we only share with you our trusted sources, and experience. In case of any changes in the products or services of the companies, all the information below is supposed to change at any time.

Phillip Adcock is the founder and Managing Director of the research agency Shopping Behaviour Xplained (SBXL), a shopping research organization using psychological consumer insight to explain and help consumers answer their questions about stores and services.

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