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Recipe Collection: Garlic & Herb Croutons

Sarena-Rae Santos April 21, 2023

By Sarena-Rae Santos, Natural Health Blogger

I don’t know about you, but for me, a salad isn’t a salad without croutons. As a plant-based person who eats a lot of salads, unfortunately, I couldn’t find any organic, gluten-free croutons in my local stores that didn’t contain eggs. I tried to take the crunchy deliciousness as a loss, but after enough crunch-less salads, I had to put my foot down and accommodate my lack of croutons… so I started making my own.

The best part about this recipe is you don’t have to use gluten-free bread as I did. Instead, you could use sourdough or any other brand you like to accommodate your tastebuds. Personally, I love garlic, so of course, I had to make garlic and herb croutons. 

Garlic & Herb Croutons


  • 1/2 loaf of bread of your choice (I used gluten-free) – ¾ inch cubes
  • 2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil or melted butter
  • 1 tbsp. finely grated parmesan cheese (optional)
  • 1 tsp. Italian seasoning (homemade or store-bought)
  • ½-1 tsp. garlic powder
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Pepper (to taste)


Step 1: Preheat oven to 375°F before lining a large baking sheet with unbleached parchment paper and setting it aside.

Step 2: Cut your bread into ¾ inch cubes before adding them to a large bowl.

Step 3: In a large bowl, toss the bread cubes in the olive oil before evenly sprinkling the seasonings on the bread.

Step 4: Spread the bread cubes in a single layer on a baking sheet.

Step 5: Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden (cooking time will depend on the thickness of the cubes; thinner bread may burn). Be sure to flip the bread cubes halfway through. 

Step 6: Remove the croutons from the oven, and let them cool completely. Use immediately, or store in an air-tight container for up to 1 week.

What’s your favorite flavor of croutons?

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Sarena-Rae Santos is the founder of The Holistic Hipppie blog, dedicated to natural health and plant-based eating. Her journey to natural health began in 2019 when she swayed away from allopathic medicine after becoming wheelchair-bound due to the side effects of 20+ medications. Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) and dizziness due to nystagmus were the sources of her many health complications. Sarena's symptoms diminished after adopting a healthier lifestyle surrounding whole foods and herbs, leaving her a fantastic quality of life and a passion for educating people.

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