Panera Bread Nutrition & Calories (Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian)

Panera Bread Menu Prices

Panera Bread Nutrition Info

Panera Bread is generally considered to be healthy, but is it? How many calories are in your chosen menu options, and what about salt, sugar and fat? On this Panera Bread Nutrition Info page we aim to find out, showing you which options are the best whether you’re on a diet or now and helping you to better understand what goes into the food that you order from this top chain.

What is Panera Bread?

Panera Bread is a food chain that is based in the United States. It is defined as a fast casual bakery, which essentially means that the food is served quickly and there are dine-in options available. There are a growing number of chains out there that are like Panera Bread, but many of the similar ones have a business model that is closer to the likes of Arby’s and Subway.

Panera Salads Nutrition

Salads used to be a bland side-dish, something to accompany a meal and something that most people would avoid. In the early days of the fast food industry, they discarded them completely, save for some wilted lettuce served in the middle of a burger. Thankfully, these days we have experienced a salad revolution of sorts.

You can order a huge number of salads at many different chains and Panera Bread have some of the best salads around. Some will tell you they are just as bad as sandwiches and burgers because they have over 500 calories. But don’t focus on the calories. There are sauces made with healthy oils; nuts that are full of healthy fats. These increase the calorie count. But it’s healthy calories and is a far cry from the greasy, protein-packed fatty mess that is a burger.

You can order all kinds of fruit, vegetable and nut combinations with your salad, including Watermelon and Feta, Apple and Chicken, and more.

 Menu PriceCalories (Whole)
Asian Sesame Chicken Salad$6.99410 calories
Mediterranean Salmon Salad$8.59540 calories
BBQ Chopped Chicken Salad$7.59500 calories
Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad$6.89510 calories
Chopped Chicken Cobb Salad$7.59500 calories
Salmon Caesar Salad$7.99480 calories
Fuji Apple Chicken Salad$6.99520 calories
Classic Salad$5.29170 calories
Greek Salad$5.69430 calories

Panera Bagel & Cream Cheese Calories

 Item PriceCalories
Bagel Pack (13 bagels and 2 tubs of spreads)$13.995640 calories
Jalapeno & Cheddar Bagel$1.34310 calories
Cinnamon Crunch Bagel$1.34430 calories
French Toast Bagel$1.34350 calories
Cinnamon Swirl Bagel$1.34320 calories
Chocolate Chip Bagel$1.34380 calories
Asiago Bagel$1.34330 calories
Blueberry Bagel$1.34340 calories
Plain Bagel$1.05290 calories
Sprouted Grain Bagel Flat$1.05230 calories
Everything Bagel$1.05310 calories
Half-Dozen Bagels$6.251860 calories
Plain Cream Cheese (2 ounces)$1.25190 calories for the whole thing
Plain Cream Cheese (tub)$2.99100 calories per serving
Honey Walnut Cream Cheese (2 ounces)$1.25150 calories for the whole thing
Honey Walnut Cream Cheese (tub)$2.9980 calories per serving
Reduced Fat Cream Cheese (2 ounces)$1.25130 calories for the whole thing
Reduced Fat Cream Cheese (tub)$2.9970 calories per serving
Hazelnut Cream Cheese (2 ounces)$1.25150 calories for the whole thing
Hazelnut Cream Cheese (tub)$2.9980 calories per serving
Reduced-Fat Roasted Veg (2 ounces)$1.25110 calories for the whole thing
Reduced-Fat Roasted Veg (tub)$2.9960 calories per serving
Wild Blueberry Cream Cheese (2 ounces)$1.25150 calories for the whole thing
Wild Blueberry Cream Cheese (tub)$2.9980 calories per serving
Chive and Onion Cream Cheese (2 ounces)$1.25130 calories for the whole thing
Chive and Onion Cream Cheese (tub)$2.9970 calories per serving

Parfaits, Fruit Cups and Oatmeal Calories

 Menu PriceCalories
Steel Cut Oatmeal with Blueberries & Granola$4.19350 calories
Oatmeal with Fresh Strawberries and Pecans$4.19340 calories
Power Almond Quinoa Oatmeal$4.19290 calories
Summer Fruit Cup$2.5970 calories
Strawberry Parfait$3.89310 calories

Panera Bread Delivery

You can place an order with Panera Bread online and over the phone. They are rolling out delivery to all of their locations. If there is no delivery near you right now, then give it time and there will be eventually. The only stipulations are that you place an order above a certain amount that that you live within a certain distance of your nearest Panera Bread location.

Baked Goods & Pastries Desserts Nutrition Info.

 Menu PriceCalories
Cinnamon Roll$2.79630 calories
Bear Claw$2.69570 calories
Cobblestone$2.69570 calories
Chocolate Pastry$2.69410 calories
Pecan Braid$2.69470 calories
Pecan Roll$2.69740 calories
Cheese Pastry$2.69400 calories
Cherry Pastry$2.69420 calories
Carrot Cake with Walnuts$2.69650 calories
Butter Croissant$2.19300 calories
Cinnamon Crumb Coffee Cake Slice$2.69470 calories

Is Panera Bread Healthy?

Panera Bread is like many other modern chains that focus on freshly baked treats and sandwiches: there are healthy options and there are not-so healthy options. It’s all about moderation, portion size and focusing on what’s good for your specific needs. If you’re looking to load-up protein then you can choose form their lean meats, if you want to load-up on carbs then there are plenty of pasta dishes.

If it’s low calories and low fat that you want, then keep the sauces and the breads to a minimum and order smaller portions. In terms of using healthy and fresh ingredients, there is certainly plenty of that. They have made a commitment to removing preservatives and additives from their menu, so there is very little (if any) colorings, sweeteners, trans fats and all of those other controversial “foodstuffs” that none of us want in our favorite meals, snacks and drinks.

It’s still a chain, so don’t expect the sort of attention to detail that you would get from a local independent bakery, but they do seem to try and incorporate fresh produce where possible.

It’s also worth noting that Panera Bread has been considered one of the “healthiest fast food chain”s by many experts. In 2008, for instance, Health magazine voted it the number 1 healthiest chain in the United States.

Panera Cookies, Muffins, Scones & Brownies Calories

 Menu PriceCalories
Chocolate Chip Muffie$1.59320 calories
Pumpkin Muffie$1.59290 calories
Apple Crunch Muffin$2.09450 calories
Pumpkin Muffin$2.09580 calories
Blueberry Muffin with Fresh Blueberries$2.19460 calories
Shortbread Cookie$2.09380 calories
Toffee Nut Cookie$2.09450 calories
Petite Cookies$4.99100 calories
Oatmeal Raisin Cookie$2.09400 calories
Candy Cookie$2.09420 calories
Chocolate Brownie$2.59470 calories
Chocolate Chipper Cookie$2.09440 calories
Flip Flop Cookie$2.59430 calories
Chocolate Duet Sandwich Cookie with Walnuts$2.39380 calories
Cinnamon Crunch Scone$2.59550 calories
Orange Scone$2.59550 calories
Triple Berry Scone$2.59400 calories
Mini Scone Variety Pack$6.791460 calories
Wild Blueberry Scone$2.59470 calories

Is Panera Bread Fast Food?

It’s classed as “quick-service” which, in essence, is what fast food is all about. Many of us define fast food as something that is unhealthy and greasy, something that is built on the back of drive-thru and drive-ins. Panera Bread doesn’t really fit this criteria, but in terms of cost and speed, as well as many other aspects of the chain, Panera Bread is very much a fast food restaurant.

Does Panera Bread Have Gluten Free Bread?

As things stand there is no gluten-free bread on the Panera Bread menu. This may change in the future, but there is nothing in the pipeline as of yet. There’s no guarantee that the food they sell will be gluten-free either. That’s because cross-contamination is hard to avoid in chains like this. They don’t want to make any guarantees for legal reasons.

Speaking of cross-contamination and gluten-free options at Panera Bread….

Panera Bread Gluten-Free Menu

If you have a high sensitivity to gluten then you should look to avoid Panera Bread altogether. After all, cross-contamination is likely to be at its worst in a bakery like this. If you can tolerate small amounts or if it’s more of a dietary choice than a need (if you’re not a celiac, basically) then you can order some of the foods below.

These gluten-free Panera Bread options have been taken from the official Panera Bread menu, but some of them may be limited editions and may therefore not be on the most recent menu:

  • Greek Salad and Greek Salad with Quinoa
  • Apple Chicken Salad
  • Green Goddess Cobb Salad w/ Chicken
  • Strawberry and Poppyseed Salad w/ Chicken
  • Southwest Chicken Tortilla Bowl
  • Watermelon and Feta Salad (w/o ancient grain blend)
  • Sesame Salad w/ Chicken (w/o wontons)
  • Caesar Salad and Caesar Salad with Chicken (no croutons)
  • Barbecue Chicken Salad (w/o frizzled onions)
  • Vegetarian Creamy Tomato Soup (w/o croutons)
  • Baked Potato Soup
  • Vegetarian Black Bean Soup
  • Vegetarian Summer Corn Chowder
  • Steel Cut Oatmeal (okay with many of the mix-ins)
  • Coconut Macaroon

Panera Bread Rewards

The Panera Bread Rewards program is known as My Panera. You need to signup in order to access these rewards. But if you are a regular visitor to Panera Bread then you’ll want to make sure that you do. You’ll earn reward points every time you spend at Panera Bread and these can be used to unlock all kinds of goodies.

You can tie these into your online ordering, using the app and making sure that everything is connected and that every dollar you spend is accounted for and is rewarded with points.