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The Best Gluten-Free Croutons [zero-waste]

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Everyone with gluten-free needs knows that gluten-free bread is expensive! It can be anywhere from 3-5x as expensive as regular bread.

Gluten-free bread turns stale quickly. Make the best of that stale bread by baking up gluten-free croutons.

We want to prevent you from having to throw out hardened gluten-free bread. So we bring you our crunchy, ready-in 10-minutes, gluten-free croutons!

Our gluten-free croutons are delicious, zero-waste, and a celiac-safe recipe best used to spice up your soups and salads. This is also a great way to add extra nutrition AKA carbs to your meals.

Keep reading for the best dairy-free, vegan, and gluten-free crouton recipe. If you are feeling tired of cooking, or you don’t have any stale gluten-free bread on hand, we will show you where and what certified gluten-free croutons to buy! 

What You Need

  • Gluten-Free bread (any kind will do the trick!)
  • Olive oil
  • Garlic Powder
  • Italian Seasoning 
  • Salt 
  • Pepper

How To Make 

These gluten-free croutons require very minimal effort.

  1. Cut 6 oz or 4 slices of gluten-free bread into chunks.
gluten-free bread before cutting for gluten free croutons on a wooden cutting board
cubed gluten free bread on a wooden cutting board

2. In a large bowl, add the bread chunks, drizzle the olive oil and sprinkle in the spices. Toss all together.

this is a photo of gluten-free bread chunks drizzled with olive oil with spices sprinkled in to make gluten-free croutons.

3. Spread oiled bread cubes out on a baking pan. Then bake at 400 °F for 8-10 minutes.

cubed gluten free bread line on a baking sheet with parchment paper
a photo of golden gluten-free croutons on a baking sheet right out of the oven

4. Sprinkle over a bowl of tomato soup or a salad.

gluten-free croutons in a white bowl filled with our gluten free tomato soup

Variations

Feel free to get creative and adjust the seasonings as you please. You can use any gluten-free bread that you have on hand.

For our gluten-free croutons, we used stale Canyon Bakehouse Gluten Free Honey White bread.

Regarding olive oil, any kind works, but if you would really like to make your croutons more garlicky we recommend using garlic-infused olive oil in place of garlic powder. Garlic-infused olive oil makes this recipe FODMAP-friendly, gluten-free, and dairy free.

When selecting gluten-free garlic powder be careful! Often spices can be an overlooked source that can gluten you. We recommend using McCormick or Morton & Bassett garlic powder. As always, we recommend double-checking your food labels! 

Storage Tips 

These homemade croutons keep their crunch and are shelf-stable for up to a week stored in an airtight container. 

How to Use 

These celiac-safe, gluten-free croutons add a delicious crunch to any meal. We recommend adding them to our gluten-free tomato soup recipe or anti-inflammatory salad recipe. 

You can also make gluten-free croutons out of our leftover gluten-free garlic bread recipe. 

Store Bought Gluten-Free Croutons

If you are feeling tired of cooking and looking for pre-made gluten-free croutons we recommend the following certified gluten-free croutons from Amazon. 

We have not tried the croutons as we prefer to make our own. Please leave a comment below if you try any of these certified gluten-free croutons. Scroll to the bottom for our gluten-free crouton recipe!

Olivia’s Croutons 

this is a photo of olivia's garlic gluten free croutons found on amazon

These croutons only come in one flavor, garlic! Olivia’s croutons are the most expensive on our list. They cost about $1.33 per ounce and come in a pack of three. Like our recipe, these croutons are made from gluten-free bread. 

Aleia’s Croutons 

This is a photo of Aleia's parmesan gluten-free croutons found on amazon.

Aleia’s croutons come in two different flavors: classic croutons and parmesan croutons. They do not have a variety pack that includes both flavors but you can buy a pack of 2 of one flavor for about $0.94 per ounce. These croutons are also more bread-like. 

Heaven and Earth Veggie Croutons 

Heaven and Earth gluten-free croutons made from plantains found on amazon.

Heaven and Earth veggie croutons are the cheapest on Amazon at this time. However, these croutons are made from plantains. 

Plantains have a nice crunch when baked and taste like an unsweetened banana chip. They come in one flavor and cost about $0.85 per ounce. 

TropicMax Plantain Croutons

The TropicMax gluten-free croutons are also made from plantains. They come in a pack of three consisting of hot spicy, garlic, and sea salt flavors. These croutons are the second most expensive gluten-free croutons available on Amazon at $1.26 per ounce. 

Our Recipe

Above all, we believe our recipe is the cheapest and makes the best use of stale gluten-free bread. This is a great way to create less waste and spice up your gluten-free meals in 10 minutes!

Check out our recipe below! 

Gluten-Free Croutons [zero waste]

The crispiest, tastiest best use of stale gluten-free bread!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Appetizer, Salad, Soup
Servings 4
Calories 189 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 4 slices gluten-free bread
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp italian seasoning
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp salt

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Cut the bread into chunks.
  • In a large bowl, add the bread chunks, drizzle the olive oil and sprinkle in the spices. Toss all together.
  • Spread the bread cubes out on a baking sheet.
  • Bake until golden, turn halfway through the cooking to ensure all sides of the bread are browned. The more dry and stale your bread is prior to cooking the faster it will brown. Be sure to watch your bread closely after the 8 minute mark (mine usually take about 10 minutes).
  • Remove from oven and let cool. Store leftovers in an airtight container.

Nutrition

Calories: 189kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 2gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 407mgPotassium: 14mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 85IUVitamin C: 0.02mgCalcium: 48mgIron: 0.4mg
Keyword gluten-free, quick, easy
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