Being Gluten Free doesn’t mean sacrificing one of the best parts of a tasty salad… CROUTONS! These delicious gluten free croutons require only 3 ingredients with 5 minutes prep time, and are ready to top your favorite salads and soups in just 20 minutes.
Let's talk Gluten Free Croutons!
Croutons are well known for topping salads, soups, or creating gluten free stuffing during the holidays. But did you know they're awesome for snacking on, turning into bread crumbs, and using in other recipes? To make, all you need is GF bread, salt (and/or preferred seasonings) olive oil! That's it.
You can buy croutons at the store, but let's be honest, homemade croutons are ALWAYS better! They are usually more cost-effective as well. You can use just about any store bought or homemade gluten free bread to make croutons, and I've often found that if I don't like the bread normally, I'll absolutely like it crisped up as Croutons or breadcrumbs.
Here are some great options for making gluten free Croutons.
- Buy an extra loaf of your favorite gluten free bread just for making into Croutons.
- Don't like eating the end pieces? Or the slice of bread is broken in half? Or the loaf had a giant air bubble in the middle and won't make a good sandwich? Save these pieces in the freezer for later and make Croutons out of them!
- Did you find or visit an amazing gluten free bakery, but can't eat the whole loaf of fresh bread before it gets dried out and stale? This is the perfect candidate for making Croutons.
- Did someone gift you a gluten free loaf of bread you usually hate? Use it to make croutons!
They're a great way to reduce waste in the kitchen and they store really well.
Once you have enough bread and want to make gluten free Croutons it's a pretty straight forward process. I like to cut or tear the bread into pieces and I keep ALL the bread, crumbs included. After the croutons are done baking I can separate the Croutons from the bread crumbs so nothing goes to waste.
This recipe covers basic gluten free Croutons, but you can add whatever spices you want to them before or after baking. I've flavored them with ranch, Italian, Greek, smokey paprika, and Herbs de Provence before. The possibilities are endless! I do however like the versatility of having plain Croutons on hand, though.
I love how they add crunch to my salads and soups (like my Broccoli Cheese soup or Potato Leek soup) and they can be quickly crushed and used for breadcrumbs when needed (like for these Turkey meatballs). I've also been known to snack on them between meals or as I'm preparing dinner because how can you not devour them straight off of the baking sheet??
For storage, they should be stored in an airtight container with a paper towel in the bottom to help them stay crunchy for up to a week. They can be stored in the freezer for a few months, and reheated in a toaster oven or oven before use.
Looking for more gluten free breads and snacks?
- Classic Gluten Free Cornbread
- Easy Gluten Free Bread Recipe
- Gluten Free Stuffing for the Holidays
- Best Gluten Free Pizza Crust
- Gluten Free Cinnamon Twist Donuts
- Simple Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies
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Gluten free Croutons
The crunchy and salty goodness of Gluten free Croutons are easy to make and even easier to eat. Can be made in larger batches and frozen!
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 15 minutes
- Total Time: 20 minutes
- Category: Appetizer, Salad, Snack, Soup
- Cuisine: American
- 1 Loaf Gluten free bread (Or odds and ends of gluten free bread from the freezer)
- 3-4 TBS Olive oil
- 1 tsp Salt
- Preheat the oven to 350F
- Cut or tear the bread into bite sized cubes and place them in a bowl.
- Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle the salt over the bread and toss to combine.
- Pour the bread cubes on to a baking sheet and bake 10-15 minutes (take care not to burn them).
- Allow to cool completely before using or storing.
Keywords: bread, Croutons, Gluten free
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