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Easy Vegan Croutons

  • Author: Liz Madsen
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2 cups 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


Crunchy and flavorful, these Easy Vegan Croutons are the perfect topping for soups and salads. Make them quickly in the oven, toaster oven, or air fryer.


  • 4 slices bread of choice (use gluten-free if desired) (see note 1)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder (use spices and herbs of choice)
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley
  • Spray oil or water in a spray bottle (see note 2)


  1. If you're using the oven method, preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (or 180 degrees Celsius). Line a baking tray with parchment paper, or if you can use silicone baking mats. I like them because they are more cost effective and they are reusable!
  2. Oil-free folks: Also, make sure you have your water in a spray bottle (if using water instead of oil).
  3. Prep spices: I also recommend having your spices measured out and mixed in a little bowl. It helps evenly apply the seasoning on the croutons, plus we don't want to be fumbling with spices and measuring spoons when the bread is wet (especially when using the water method.
  4. Now slice up your bread into squares. I find it easier to use a serrated knife for this task so I don’t squish the bread. You can also just tear it into pieces. Leave the crusts on or remove them according to your preference. Add the squares of bread to a large bowl.
  5. Add spices: Using your oil or spray bottle, finely mist the bread a few times, and quickly sprinkle the spices and herbs on top. Use a silicone spatula to gently stir the bread. You can then repeat this process if you wish to cover the unseasoned side of the bread, but I find there’s enough flavor just doing one side, plus I’m usually kind of lazy to be honest.
  6. Oven method: Bake the croutons at 350 degrees Fahrenheit (or 177 degrees Celsius) for approximately 10 minutes. Check on them halfway through, as everyone’s ovens differ.
  7. Air fryer method: Arrange your croutons in a single layer in your air fryer basket and cook for about 4-6 minutes at 350 degrees degrees Fahrenheit (or 177 degrees Celsius) or until they are browned to your liking.
  8. Check halfway through: You may choose how crunchy you want your croutons. Barely browned will be a little softer, while more browned will be crunchier.
  9. Store leftover vegan croutons in an airtight container on the counter for up to 5 days. Mine never last that long though; everyone in my house snacks on them.


  • Note 1: Technically any bread will work. I've made vegan croutons with French bread, whole wheat bread, white bread, and sourdough bread. You could even get fancy and make vegan challah bread into croutons. You can also use gluten-free bread if you need to.
  • Note 2: I recommend a spray oil for evenly misting the bread without soaking it. If using water, I also recommend putting it in a spray bottle to distribute the water evenly without using so much that your bread gets soaked through.
  • Note 3: Use whatever spices and seasonings you like. I like to use garlic powder, onion powder, and dried parsley. You could use Italian seasonings or any other spices you like. Everything seasoning is also fantastic for croutons (thanks to my hubby Paul for the idea!). You can use salt if you wish.
  • Note 4: 
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Category: Ingredient
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Vegan, Oil-Free, Soy-Free, Nut-Free, Sugar-Free, Can Be Gluten-Free, Vegan Croutons, Oil-free Croutons